Pulled Pork Sandwich

Pork loins were on sale this week at the grocery store.  I got a nice little one for about $4.  It was about 1.5lbs.  I had been craving pulled pork, so I decided to try it out in the slow cooker, and it was very easy!  We wanted to have it Sunday for lunch after church, so when we got home Saturday night, we put it in the slow cooker on low.  It cooked for about 8 hours on low, and that was all it needed.  In fact, I put it on warm for the last little bit so it wouldn’t cook too much.  We put some water in the slow cooker, and a little bit of Worcestershire sauce.  I took it out of the cooker, and pulled it apart with two forks.  If you can’t pull it, it’s not done.  Before putting it back in the cooker, I drained the liquid from the pot.  I put the meat back in, and added this barbeque sauce (which is also excellent on ribs!):

Sweet BBQ Sauce

  • 1C brown sugar
  • 3T flour
  • 1/4C vinegar
  • 1/4C ketchup
  • 3T soya sauce

Put all of the ingredients in a pot, and stir.  Bring to a boil, and allow it to cook until it just starts to thicken.  Don’t allow it to thicken too much, because it will cook more on the meat.  I doubled this recipe (in fact, we usually double it for any recipe we do), and when I double it, I only put in 5T of soya sauce, not 6.  But try it, and if you think it needs the extra one, put it in.

You can put a little coleslaw on your sandwich, or some cheese, or some onions… it’s up to you, whatever you like!


Christmas Wishlist

I’ve been doing a little shopping for myself.  Well, not really.  Just browsing.  Here are some things that I think are pretty neat:

The Sharp Crochet Hook.  With this tool you can use the crochet hook to go through anything, like leather, fleece, fabric, etc.  You don’t need to pre-punch holes for the hook, either.  Then you just switch to a regular hook, and you’re all set!  I contacted the person who runs the website, and while it is an American company, they ship internationally to places like Canada for only $4.50.

Bakerella’s Christmas Cake Pop book.   If you haven’t checked out her website, you should!  She has the neatest things!

A pretty charm bracelet, because everyone needs something pretty for Christmas!

A half-pound Reese Peanut Butter Cup.  Have I mentioned that I’m pregnant?

What’s on your wishlist this year?

Happy 2nd Birthday (Cake!)

The little guy will be turning two on Wednesday.  Today is the day of his party.  Here’s how I made his birthday cake:

Using an old family recipe for chocolate cake, I made a cake in my half-sheet pan.  This chocolate cake recipe is my grandmother’s, and everyone has it on their birthday.

I mixed up some frosting using Martha Stewart’s Swiss Meringue Buttercream recipe.

I divided the frosting, and tinted the first part green, and then started to spread it on the cake.

I used a tooth pick to etch out where I wanted my ‘2’ to be.

I should mention that at this point, the dog was already outside.

The reason being for what she did to his baptism cake a year and a half ago.

She was definitely not the taste tester I had in mind.  Anyway, back to the cake.  I spread black frosting in between my ‘2’ lines, and topped with car gummies that I had found at the bulk barn.

Happy second birthday!

Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1 1/2c flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c cocoa
  • 2/3 c oil
  • 1 c sour milk (put 1T of vinegar in a measuring cup, and fill with milk until you reach 1c)
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Combine all ingredients together.  Put in a pan and back at 350° for 35-40min.

**Note** I doubled this recipe for my half-sheet pan.  I also reduced the temp to 325°, and baked for 25 minutes.  The above directions are for a tube pan.

Oh, and in case you were wondering about the case for my cake:

It’s an under-the-bed storage container that hubs found at Home Hardware.  It fits this size of cake perfectly!

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins

Yeah, it’s a bit of a mouthful, but a very tasty one!

I had some very ripe bananas, and I wanted to try banana oatmeal muffins.  The chocolate chips were just for fun.

Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins – recipe makes 18 (It made 17 for me, but I could have made it for 18)

  • 1 egg
  • 3/4c + 2T milk
  • 1/3c vegetable oil
  • 1t vanilla
  • 3 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 1/2c flour
  • 1c instant oats
  • 1/2c white sugar (I didn’t use a whole 1/2c… I probably put in 3/8c)
  • 2t baking powder
  • 1t baking soda
  • 1/2t salt
  • 1/2 – 1c chocolate chips (optional)


1.  Preheat your oven to 400°F.  Beat an egg with a fork, and then add the rest of the wet ingredients.  Mix in the bananas.

2.  Add the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined (you want the mixture to fall off a spoon in clumps, not pour off), and then add the chocolate chips.

3.  Put 18 cupcake liners into muffin tins.  Using an ice cream scoop, divide evenly among the cups.  Bake for 15-18 minutes.  The muffins are ready when they are brown on the top, and they spring back quickly after being pushed in on the top.

These were some of the most moist muffins I have made in a long time.  The oatmeal isn’t overpowering at all.  In fact, I hardly noticed it was there at all.  Enjoy!

Toddler Christmas Hats

While the little guy and I were watching “Tupty” (that’s Thomas and Friends, for those of you that can’t speak toddler), I finished a few of my Christmas hats.  He was more than willing to model for me!

To get the basic idea of what I did, you can check out the Santa hat for a new born, and my post on a quick elf hat.  For these hats, I used Red Heart Light & Lofty, and a 10mm crochet hook.

Round 1: Make a magic ring and ch 3.  Make 4dc into the ring.  Join to first dc, not the ch3.

Round 2: Ch3, 2dc in each dc. (if making the elf hat, switch colours every two rows)

Round 3: Ch3, *2dc in first, 1dc in second* repeat between * * 3 more times.  12dc

Continue to increase in this fashion for 8 rows (32dc)

If making the Santa hat, continue with red, if making the elf hat, switch to white

Row 9: dc all around

Row 10-12: sc all around with white

I’m still experimenting with this pattern.  I’ll have to do one post once I get it all figured out for all sizes.  Hope you enjoy the pattern!

PS – 50 posts!  Thanks for reading!

Poinsettia Headband

I was in the Dollar Store today, and they had their Christmas decorations out (who am I kidding, they’ve been out for a few weeks now… I’m only giving myself permission to browse now), and I found some poinsettia flowers.  I thought they might make a nice headband.

I also found the metal headbands at the dollar store, too.  First remove flowers and leaves from the stem.  You may need to cut the plastic bits right up to the flower if they stick out a bit.  Glue the leaf to the headband using hot glue, and then glue the flower on top of the leaf.

Ta-da!  I can also spell ‘poinsettia’ like a pro right now…

Crochet an Elf Hat in Under an Hour!

Start to finish… less than an hour.  Granted, it is a little hat, but still!  For the pattern, see my post on the Crochet Santa Hat.

I did make some modifications, however.  I used a DC instead of the HDC (I also ch 3 at the start of each row, not ch 2).  It’s still the same amount of row and stitches, though.

For the elf hat, the first two rows are green, rows 3-4 are red, 5-6 green, and 7-8 red.  Then there are three rows of sc in white.

Using the Dc instead of the HDC made it taller, and floppier, because the stitches are looser.  It’s up to you which one you like.  I like them both!

**As a note, this one does have a bigger circumference.  I’ve only done the one, so I’m not sure if it’s because of the pattern, or because of me, but this one would fit a baby up to 3 months.  But seeing as how it makes up so quickly, I could probably whip out another one tonight and see… or maybe just go to bed.  Good night everyone!

**Edit Nov 5** – I tried this one on little man, who is almost two, and if I really stretched it, it fits him, so I’d say this one would be sized up to 1 year