Apr 17, 2014

Pulled Pork Pizza Recipe

I love pulled pork! I have an amazing recipe to make pulled pork in the Crock Pot that I use every single time I'm going to make a pork butt. I usually buy a 10 lb pork butt which makes a ton of food. Typically I make it on Sunday or Monday and then live off the leftovers all week. While I love pulled pork on it's own, I need to make things with it like tacos and enchiladas so I don't get bored with it.

Last summer my husband and I went to a pork festival where we had pulled pork pizza for the first time. We've been hooked ever since! I've tried a few recipes from Pinterest but none of them were as good as the pizza we had at the festival. What's a girl to do?

Why ask the pizza place that made the original pizza what sets their pulled pork pizza aside of course. You have to love small town restaurants since they actually told me what I was doing wrong. In all fairness it's not on their normal menu and only made for the festival. Which is a serious error in judgement if you ask me.

They didn't. I told them anyway.

The secret to their pizza is the spicy barbecue sauce they use in place of pizza sauce. I would never have guessed that since the pizza is not spicy, but it does explain the flavor that I was missing.

Last Friday I made this pulled pork pizza and it was amazing! I added some veggies which the original pizza didn't have since I like veggies. Plus I can convince myself that pizza isn't junk food if there are veggies on it.

My husband said I have to make pulled pork soon just so he can have this pizza again. The next day my kids had some leftover pizza and 2 out of 3 kids liked it. Which is the story of this mom's life.

1 pizza dough - I buy it, feel free to make it
Country Bob's Apple Chipotle All Purpose Sauce is my favorite, use your favorite
8 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
1 1/2 cups pulled pork
1 medium sized onion cut into thin strips
1/2 green or red bell pepper cut into thin strips
1/2 jalapeno sliced and deseeded
2T olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven according to your pizza dough instructions. Every dough is different so make it according to the package directions. Mine asked me to cook my dough half way before adding toppings.
2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add the oil and cook onions. Add salt and pepper to taste. These are going to cook down as you caramelize them.
3. Add bell pepper stripes to the pan and cook until soft.
4. Spread about 1/2 cup of apple chipotle sauce over the pizza dough. You want a thin layer but you may need more sauce depending on your crust size/preference.

5. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pizza.
6. Add the caramelized onions, bell peppers, and sliced jalapenos over the cheese.

7. Take about a tablespoon of pulled pork and drop it onto the pizza. Strategically place the dollops of pulled pork around the pizza.
8. Grab that bottle of Apple Chipotle sauce and drizzle some over the top of the pizza. I didn't measure, I just drizzled it until it looked good to me. This is a preference thing on how much sauce you use.

9. Bake the pizza according to your package directions.
10. Serve and enjoy!

Apr 16, 2014

Purex No Sort for Colors Giveaway and Sweepstakes

It's long been established that I love Purex laundry detergent. In fact I have a load going right now. Oh how I wish that the laundry wasn't my never ending task but that is the life of a mom with three small children. I do have a little secret about my laundry habits. It's something that horrifies my mother in law but that's OK, she still loves me.

I don't sort my laundry.


I just might be the world's laziest mother when it comes to my laundry skills. I know that the proper thing to do is to get all your laundry together and sort it according to whites. colors, darks, jeans, and towels. Yeah, that is never going to happen in my house. I just grab laundry baskets and dump them into the washing machine. I do towels separately but that's easy since I just grab the towels off their hook, wash and dry them, and then hang them back on the hooks.

I told you I was lazy about laundry, I wasn't lying huh?

Well now Purex has a new formula for laundry, Purex No Sort for Colors. I was sent a sample bottle of Purex No Sort for colors detergent in exchange for this product review, however all opinions are mine.

What is Different about the Purex No Sort for Colors?
It features a breakthrough anti-color-transfer technology which traps loose dyes in the wash which reduces color bleeding. Without color bleeding accidents your clothes come out bright and clean.

My Thoughts
I will be really honest that I didn't see any difference in the new formula versus the previous formulas that I've tried in the past. I didn't think that I would since I already didn't sort my clothes. My clothes came out just as clean as they always do and they smell fresh. If you're not like me and you're nervous about the color bleeding accidents in the wash then this detergent is a must try! Join me on the lazy laundry train and stop sorting laundry today!

Purex is running a contest where you can win $1,000 and a year's supply of Purex laundry detergent. I don't know about you but I could use both $1,000 and a year's supply of laundry detergent. 100 people will win a free bottle of Purex No Sort for colors detergent.
Enter the sweepstakes

I have three coupons to buy a bottle of the Purex No Sort for colors detergent so you can try it for yourself. Enter to win on the Rafflecopter form.

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Apr 14, 2014

Looking Great for Date Night with P&G Review and Giveaway

I've written many times on the importance of dating your husband. Partly because I love my husband and there is nothing like us stealing away from the kids for a few hours to reconnect. And partly because I truly do think it's vital to reconnect with your spouse while you're raising kids so you don't drift apart. When we do get a date night out of the house, I want to look my best. I can do that easily with some of the P&G product sample I was sent to facilitate this review as a member of SheSpeaks Blogger Society. All opinions are mine.

I'm a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl. You'll never catch me in yoga pants since I hate them. I'm aware that most of my female readers now think I'm crazy. Just to make sure you know that I'm crazy, I also don't like chocolate. Just letting it all hang out there but on date night I like to get dressed up and I actually curl my hair.

Unless we're going to a baseball game and then I'm all for casual date attire.

For my date night I used the CoverGirl line exact eyeliner, outlast nail polish, and flamed out mascara. I will say that I really liked the eyeliner and mascara that was sent to me. I don't normally wear black eyeliner which made my eyes look completely different from my normal routine. My daughters were so cute when they saw me all dolled up, they told me I looked like a princess. That is the highest of compliments from a 6 year old and four year old girl!

I wasn't a huge fan of the nail polish though. The color in the bottle shows a pale pink, but on my nails it looked clear. My husband thought that I used clear nail polish. This is just my preference, but if I'm going to put out the effort to paint my nails, I want to see some color.

Also included in my kit were Crest 3D white strips, Secret Clinical Strength deodorant, Old Spice body wash, and Mr. Clean magic eraser. My husband has used the Old Spice body wash for years and he loves it. He also loves Old Spices' deodorant too which wasn't included. If you have kids and you don't have any Mr. Clean magic erasers I don't know how you clean. They are little miracle workers that get crayon off the walls. Trust me, you will love them!

One of the things that I loved about my kit was that I already use all of the products. Basically I was sent some of my favorite products to use, you have to love that! I like P&G products since they are great quality and also because I get an awesome coupon book every month in my newspaper. I'm a girl that loves to save money on my favorite items! You can buy P&G products at your favorite drug store or mass merchant store and on P&G's website. Currently they are offering free shipping on orders over $25.

You can try out some great P&G too! One lucky winner will receive a sample pack from P&G. You can enter to win on the Rafflecopter form.
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Apr 10, 2014

Another Diagnosis?

I'm normally a pretty upbeat person but sometimes I feel like life is just throwing me curveball after curveball. Actually more specifically life seems to be hurling them at my son's head.

First we adjusted to my son being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. It was hard at first but we learned how to do all his therapies and we adjusted to our new normal.

The next adjustment was to Mark being developmentally delayed in school. It was beyond painful hearing how far behind Mark was compared to his peers but again we adjusted to our new normal.

Now we have another potential diagnosis and it just breaks my heart. Doesn't Mark have enough to deal with already? Can't this kid get a break?

I want to crawl under the covers and hide from the world. Oh how I wish that was possible! Instead, I will wait for the results from the specialist and then we will go from there. Sometimes being a grown up really sucks.

Apr 7, 2014

Things I Swore I'd Never Do as a Parent

Once upon a time there was a sweet young woman in her twenties that swore she would never do   fill in the blank   once she was a mother. Fast forward 7 years and meet the lady who has learned the meaning of letting things go.

The lady who no longer cares if her kids eat off the floor.

Or in the bathroom.

The lady who no longer cares if we arrive to church with the kids in clothes that match. Now the bar is set so low all I care is that they don't arrive places naked.

The lady who takes pictures of her kids' tantrums instead of being horrified by them.

The lady who no longer cares what the neighbors think of her, the kids need a place to yell and scream. It's not going to be inside, do you think she's crazy?

The lady who lets her child play in the backyard in her flower girl dress because the wedding is over and the dress was too expensive to only wear once. 

The lady who has learned to ignore how dirty her children get everyday in order to preserve their childhood and her sanity. 

The lady who does her kids hair crazy just to make the day a little brighter.

Yep, I was sure I would have kids is cute clean clothes with their hair always neat. My kids would never wake up the neighbors since I wouldn't send them out before 10 on weekends. And of course I would never allow my kids to throw a tantrum in public.

Hahahahaha, what an idiot!

I'm older and it's a toss up between me being wiser or just too tired to care about things that don't really matter.

Anything you swore you would never do once you were a parent?

Apr 4, 2014

Weekly Roundup 4/4/13

There are so many blogs out there fighting for attention in the blogosphere. I read many blogs and each week there are a few that really stand out. Here are some that I loved this week. Head on over and check them out.

Things I Wish I Had Known: First Time Mothering is Hard. Jennifer over at Mommy Life After PhD wrote about what she wish she had known the first time she became a mother. I remember the loneliness all too well. It's a great read for first time moms who are struggling.

Things I've Said This Week at Multitasking Mumma is a great read. We've all been there when we've said something ridiculous and wondered why we said that. I say things to my kids all the time that shock me. For example, no you cannot put a penny up your nose. I learned that penny science experiments and the tub don't mix with kids this week.

Tricia with Raising Humans wrote a touching post called We Worry. Last night I was on the phone with the night nurse about my youngest daughter and by the end of the conversation I felt like a huge worry wart. But like Tricia wrote, we are parents so we worry.

Do You Make Your Bed Everyday by Dude Mom cracked me up. If you're feeling guilty about not being on top of your housework (me) this post is for you. The good news is that you're not alone. I hate making the bed! Why would anyone make the bed everyday? I do it once or twice a week to make my husband happy who has OCD and makes the bed at night when he comes home if I didn't do it. I know he's a freak of nature.

Janel writes at A Mom's Take and she has turned me into a rockstar in my kids eyes with her Grilled Mac And Cheese Recipe.  They loved lunch today and told me that I'm the best cook ever. That almost made up for turning up their noses at my chicken cataccorie that I spent two hours making on Sunday. Almost.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Apr 2, 2014

On the Importance of Hurrying

There are a thousands messages about the importance of slowing down. Just type it into Google and see page after page of articles that will pop up on the subject. If you inquire about hurrying up, you will find an abundance of articles of slowing down. Hmmmm, that doesn't seem to add up does it?

I get that the message needs to be out there. We overschedule our kids and ourselves and then complain about how busy we are all the time. We are missing out on so many important aspects of live because of our busyness. While the purpose of the articles on slowing down are to remind you to stop and enjoy the little things in life, they seem to be missing the mark.

They're supplying us with guilt, not inspiration. 

Lately my friends and I have been talking about this subject. What's amazing to me is the conversation is the same among my different groups of friends and we are all hearing the same message: we are bad moms for hurrying our kids along anytime of the day. Including when we are trying to get to school on time. We keep hearing that we need to slow down and enjoy the tiny flower our children love but that would make us late for school so we hurry up. Later the guilt of the slow down message sets in because we chose to be on time for school over looking at a flower.

I'm sorry but there is a time and place for hurry! 

I'm all for stopping to enjoy a sunset or going for a nature walk and exploring. But when we need to be somewhere that is not the time to take a nature walk from the front door to the car.

There are times in life when we have to hurry our kids along. One of the many things we need to teach our kids is how to be punctual. They will be fired from their jobs if they are always late. There is nothing wrong with teaching them from a young age that we need to get from point a to point b in a specific amount of time.

This is a perfect example of when a good thing becomes a bad thing. Very few of the articles talk about balance. They talk about how parents are missing the small moments and stressing out our kids. Or that one day we'll realize we missed their childhood. Perhaps if you're in a constant state of hurriedness, but most of us are not. The majority of parents are doing the best they can with their circumstances. Too much pressure is being put on parents to enjoy every single minute and be perfect.

I'd bet my last dollar that my grandmother and her friends never worried about telling their kids to hurry up.

We need balance. You can't constantly be in a hurry and you cannot constantly be in a state of slowness. You see it's perfectly fine to slow down and enjoy life. It is not perfectly fine to decide that you're never going to tell your child to hurry up ever again and be late for school everyday.

It's not about slowing down to the point that you can never hurry up. Find joy in the small and large moments in life and leave the guilt behind. Life is all about balance. The trick is finding the right balance for your family based on your needs and desires not based on what an article say you should be doing.

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