5/15/2016

Pulled Pork Sammies: Cook Once & Eat Twice {Recipe}

*Updated post from 2012

I love to BBQ but am not one of those brave souls that will grill in frigid temps. We have had cold and rain for two weekends in a row so I have not fired up the BBQ.  I am dusting off my crockpot to get some pulled pork goodness with a smoky, homemade BBQ sauce instead.


Pulled Pork Sammies.

What I use:

Part 1

1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon minced, dehydrated onion flakes
pinch salt and pepper (its easier to add more later)
2 pound pork loin, or cottage roll* if using a seasoned cottage roll don't add salt and pepper*

Part 2

1 jar of tomato sauce
2-3 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
2 tablespoons malt vinegar
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce

What I do:
  1. Mix the first three ingredients from Part 1 together in your slow cooker.
  2. Put the pork in and roll it around in the seasoning.
  3. Cook on LOW for 4-5 hours. *Internal meat temperature 165 degrees farenheit 
  4. Mix the sauce ingredients listed in Part 2.
  5. Pour over the pork and cook another 1-2 hours.Often we will complete the recipe up to the third step and have this for dinner one night and use the left over pork to make the BBQ Pulled Pork Sammies the next day. Just add leftover pork to crockpot and cook in sauce for two to three hours.


Food Safety Reference HealthyCanadians.gc.ca    

5/04/2016

Mother's Day & Father's Day Gifts @Hallmark_Canada #LoveHallmarkCA #Giveaway {05/17/CAN}


I received a selection of Spring themed products last week and Star Wars products this week.  The first thing my daughter claimed was the fairy ornament and ceramic fairy door. She is collecting items to make a fairy garden this weekend.  I claimed the ceramic lantern in my favourite shade of green, it is large enough to house a three wick candle (not included in purchase).  The Star Wars gifts were probably meant for the masculine family members but I have used the BBQ Oven Mitt and fork since I do all the grilling here and the framed Star Wars decor has been used to decorate our neglected third bedroom to transform it into a space themed playroom and guestroom.

Hallmark continues to be my go-to store for gifts and products to help celebrate special occasions. 

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4/28/2016

Pantene Expert Intense Color Care Shampoo and Conditioner Review #GotitFree

I don't have a flowing mane, or pay too much money on my hair. I get bargain haircuts and do home colour kits every 6-8 weeks. Bzz Agent invited me to review the Pantene Expert Collection, so I chose the Pro V Intense ColorCare Shampoo and Conditioner. My salon brand volume boosting shampoo added volume to my fine hair, and I suspect, residue that made my hair appear dull. So I was hoping for a hair make over.
image courtesy of  bzzagent

The first thing I test with new products, is the scent.  I have a sensitive sniffer and sensitive skin so have allergic reactions to most things. These products passed the scent test and didn't cause a skin reaction either.  After the first use I noticed softer hair immediately. For me, softer means less volume.  By this week, the second week, I have had friends asking me if I have had my hair coloured. It's been 8 weeks since my last cut and colour.  I am happy with the shine and vibrance that seems to be restored to my hair colour.

Verdict: I will continue to use the Pro V Intense ColorCare Shampoo and Conditioner but may alternate using it with my salon brand volume boosting shampoo.

Disclaimer: This product was given to me to aid my review. All opinions remain honest and my own.

4/08/2016

MLP Friendship Is Magic Giveaway! @ShoutFactory (CAN/USA 04/14)




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4/06/2016

My Little Pony Friends Across Equestria DVD Review @ShoutFactory

I loved the My Little Pony world as a little girl and collected ponies to make my own pretend play stories. The faces of the My Little Pony characters have changed over the years but I am just as thrilled to help my girl collect the pony "girls" of this generation.  We received a copy of the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic DVD. This latest release is called Friends Across Equestria.  For Easter, my girl got a new pony that we hadn't seen before. His name is Cranky Doodle.  After watching our new DVD (which I saved for Easter) we got to see all our favourite ponies as well as the introduction of Cranky Doodle Donkey, whom Pinky Pie tries very hard to cheer up.

Image still captured from the DVD
This DVD has been in my daughters portable DVD player since she received it and I have seen her lining up her ponies to act out the stories as they play.  We are happy to add Cranky Doodle Donkey to our collection as well as the Friends Across Equestria DVD.

More information from my friends at Shout Factory...

Press Release from February 2016
MY LITTLE PONY – FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC:
FRIENDS ACROSS EQUESTRIA
COMING TO DVD MARCH 1

Los Angeles, CA – Make new friends with the most powerful magic in Equestria! The newest DVD release of the phenomenally popular My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic contains 5 episodes and will arrive March 1, 2016 in the U.S. and Canada from Shout! Kids in collaboration with Hasbro Studios.

Every Pony has learned the very valuable lesson that there simply is no power greater than the magic of friendship. Join Twilight Sparkle and her very best friends — Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy and, of course, Spike — as they spread the word and the wonderful power of that friendship throughout their home of Ponyville and beyond, across the vast kingdom of Equestria! 

My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Friends Across Equestria carries a suggested list price of $14.98 and is now available for pre-order at amazon.comamazon.ca, and shoutkids.com.



My Little Pony – Friendship Is Magic: Friends Across Equestria 
Episodes:
Make New Friends, But Keep Discord
Slice Of Life
Amending Fences
Made In Manehattan
The Mane Attraction


Disclosure: I received a copy of this DVD to aid my review. All opinions remain honest and my own.
*If you read this entire post you are rewarded with a hint for my next giveaway, the answer = 8

3/29/2016

My Humble Candy Cake Recipe.

I have seen many pictures of cakes decorated with candy. I had a special birthday to bake for this weekend and made cupcakes. I usually bake the remaining batter to have a cake on hand in the freezer for last minute dessert ideas, but with the amount of candy we had from Easter celebrations, I decided to make a mini candy cake.
I had about 3 cups of batter left, so put it in a loaf pan and baked for 20-25 minutes at 325 degrees. Most candy cakes show a round cake as the base, but I don't have round pans and thought that the flat chocolate may fit better for me on a square cake.

When the cake cooled, I cut it in half then levelled out the bottom layer by slicing the rounded top. Now the cake is approximately 4 inch square.
I iced the whole cake liberally, and it didn't look very pretty yet.
I had two jumbo packs of Kit Kats (eleven sticks joined together) so divided them up to fit around the cake 6 sticks x 5 sticks and tied with a ribbon to hold in place. I piled 100 grams of mini eggs on top of the cake to fill in the void.

The end result was a cake that surprised even me. I'm not that good at making pretty food, delicious is easy, but pretty requires more patience than I normally have. This was a good size to start with and I may go ahead and attempt a larger version for the next special occasion we celebrate.

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