Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork

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Shredded Pulled Pork on Cutting Board with Fork and Spoon

Tried and true recipe for slow cooker barbecue pulled pork that is sweet and tangy AND well seasoned with only 7 ingredients!

Even though there are hundreds of recipes for slow cooker barbecue pulled pork, this is my tried and true recipe I turn to time and again. My ideal slow cooker barbecue pulled pork is not only sweet and tangy but also well seasoned. Pulled pork should never be bland and cloyingly sweet. There’s a sweet spot (excuse the pun), and this recipe fits all those criteria.

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SPAM Musubi Rolls | Meal Prep

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Spam Musubi Rolls With Sauce

SPAM musubi rolls made with low-sodium SPAM, rice, nori, egg and a teriyaki-style marinade. Perfect for an on-the-go snack or breakfast. 

Hawaiian residents have the highest per capita consumption of SPAM in the United States.

Lovegren, Sylvia (2005). Fashionable food: seven decades of food fads.

When my brother lived in Hawaii, I asked him what one of his favorite things to eat was. He said he really liked SPAM musubi rolls. I’d never heard of them before, and I was intrigued. Although, it wasn’t until several years later until I would actually get to try one, and they are delicious! Once I tried one, I knew I had to learn how to create it at home.

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Slow Cooker Beef Pot Roast and Gravy

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Beef Pot Roast and Gravy with Bite on Fork

A slow cooker does all of the work for this beef pot roast–including making its own gravy! Dump 6 ingredients in a slow cooker and forget it for 9-10 hrs.

One of my dear friends, Brandi, introduced me to this recipe for slow cooker beef pot roast when she entertained my husband, Jonny, and I for game night at her house. From the first bite Jonny and I were hooked, and we ranted and raved about how good it was. Jonny whispered to me under his breath that I should ask her how she made it, so I could make it for him too. Brandi was surprised at our reactions because she explained it was made with just a few ingredients all thrown into the slow cooker. Those are the best kinds of recipes!

Every time I’ve made this recipe since then, we still have the same reactions after the first bite. This beef pot roast and gravy is so flavorful, and we both say, “Yum!” out loud. The slow cooker does all of the work for this recipe — including making its own gravy! The beef does not need to be seared before hand, and all the ingredients can be dumped in to the slow cooker and forgotten.

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4 Ingredient High Quality Homemade Puppy/Dog Training Treats

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Finished Homemade Dog Training Treats

To save money, and to feed our girls a more healthy treat, I set out to make my own homemade dog treats.

Yesterday (March 23rd) was National Puppy Day! This day was established by Colleen Paige in 2006.

National Puppy Day is a special day to celebrate the magic and unconditional love that puppies bring to our lives. But more importantly, it’s a day to help save orphaned puppies across the globe and educate the public about the horrors of puppy mills.

– Colleen Page, www.nationalpuppyday.com

My husband and I recently welcomed a new puppy into our home! We have a 3 1/2 year old Bernese Mountain dog named, Snugglepumpkin (Snugs for short), and we felt it was time for her to have a sister. Orla was born on January 9, 2019, and she came home with us on March 1, 2019.

Snugs and Orla (March 2019)

If you are here, I’m sure you know how fun AND difficult it can be to train a new puppy. Everything is a brand new experience for them, and they are continually learning!

When 1 1/2 year old Snugs came home with us, it took us about 4 months to fully train her. Unsurprisingly, we are still in the process of training Orla. Thankfully, she has potty training down!

Buying training treats all the time can be very expensive, and many of the ingredients used in the treats are not very wholesome or “natural”. In an effort to save money, and to feed our girls a more healthy treat, I set out to make my own homemade dog treats.

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Instant Pot Italian Marinara Pasta

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If you are using your Instant Pot (or other multi-cooker) for the first time, or if you need a quick and easy weeknight recipe, look no further. This Instant Pot Italian Marinara Pasta recipe is so simple, fast, and tasty! The sausage, onion, and tomato sauce infuses into the pasta to create a flavorful Italian dish great for any night of the week!

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Quick and Easy Air Fryer Turnovers (Apple)

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Make quick and easy flaky, crispy, and gooey air fryer turnovers at home using any pie filling or additional add-ins (like nuts or Nutella)!

Confession: my husband and I have a serious addiction to Arby’s! We seriously can’t get enough! With our meal, each of us will get a turnover as a snack for later. Jonny’s turnover of choice is the apple turnover and mine is the cherry turnover. Here’s the thing though… I don’t like fruit pies. But, there’s something about those turnovers that have my heart. I think I like them so much more because they are not made with traditional pie crusts.

Since our addiction is reaching ridiculous proportions, I attempted to make the turnovers at home. I am so happy with how they turned out! To make a basic turnover, you really only need two ingredients (pie filling and pastry dough). Below, I explain how to make apple turnovers, but you can use this recipe with any pie filling or additional add-ins (like nuts or the Nutella I used in a few turnovers)!

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Low-Carb Crispy Garlic Butter Parmesan Wings

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A secret ingredient makes these finger-licking, baked low-carb garlic butter Parmesan chicken wings stay juicy and have an extra-crispy skin without frying!

I’ve been pushing myself outside my comfort zone by preparing foods I dislike or have avoided for years. There are some foods I still don’t like, but I have discovered other foods I really enjoy now! I’m so proud of myself for challenging my preconceived notions by giving foods another chance.

Wings are one of those foods I gave a second chance, and I’m so glad I did! I never expected I would love eating meat off the bone. The meat stays juicy, the skin is crispy, and the garlic butter Parmesan sauce takes these wings over the top! While this recipe is not low calorie, it is low-carb friendly.

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Low-Carb Chocolate Lava Cake

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Spoon and Ramekin of Low-Carb Chcocolate Lava Cake

Do you want know how many times I have made this low-carb chocolate lava cake? Well, I can’t tell you because I stopped counting… I make this single-serving dessert whenever I have a chocolate craving (whether or not I am eating low-carb). It is so rich and delicious you would never know you were eating something with around 2 grams of carbohydrates. Plus, you can make this ooey-gooey chocolate lava cake with less than 7 ingredients in less than 7 minutes!

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Copycat Johnny Carino’s Italian Nachos

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Close up of a plate of Copycat Johnny Carino's Italian Nachos
Photos are missing olives. Don’t forget to add them like I did!

These Italian Nachos, developed by my dad, are a copycat for the appetizer found at the Italian restaurant, Johnny Carino’s. They would make a stunning appetizer for your Super Bowl party, but they are also amazing eaten as full meal. Since, the Carino’s in Utah closed, we can still enjoy these whenever we have the craving for them.

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