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Flashback Friday: Crockpot Pulled Pork

Crockpot Pulled Pork

I know it was just the holidays and we had a nice little break, but I am feeling totally exhausted this week. My brain feels fried and I want to spend the entire weekend on the couch just staring at the television while watching total garbage like Vanderpump Rules (please tell me at least some of you watch it…).

If I am going to spend the weekend being completely useless, I am going to need to pull out the slow cooker!

We’re actually not big pork eaters in this house, but I can never say no to pulled pork out of the crockpot. It’s so tender. You can eat it on a bun and serve it with fries or potato salad or you can also make it a nicer dinner with mashed potatoes and veggies. I like meals that can go either way, don’t you?

Crockpot Pulled Pork

I made this pulled pork for us for New Year’s Day since you know how they say it’s supposed to be luck. Don’t ask me who says this because I don’t know. They. They say it. Whatevs.

Since it was just the two of us, we had a lot left over and my husband who rarely eats leftovers, continued making sandwiches for 2 days after I made it. Now that is something!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Homemade Taco Seasoning

You guys, did you watch the BCS National Championship game on Monday? If so, then you know that the Florida State Seminoles won! If you didn’t know this about me already, I am a triple alum of FSU and was so nervous about the game that I physically could not watch it. We watched the first quarter and the Noles weren’t doing so good and we turned it off. Then, I kept getting updates online or through family texts. In the last few minutes of the game, both teams were scoring back and forth and it was so intense. My husband wanted to watch the last minute of the game, but I couldn’t deal so I went and hid in the bathroom. Yes, I hid. Then I heard him shouting, “they scored!!”. With 13 seconds left. And won! AHHH!!! I didn’t feel too well yesterday to begin with, but after that game, I felt even worse. Seriously, who would think that a football game could cause such anxiety?! I woke up yesterday morning feeling like I was hungover even though I didn’t drink an ounce of alcohol the night before. Such an exciting game and I’m so proud to be a Seminole!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ok, I will stop talking about football now so that we can talk about this homemade taco seasoning. I don’t know about you guys, but we go through a lot of taco seasoning in this house, particularly for making Crock Pot Ranch Chicken Tacos. But I love having it on hand for seasoning meat for any Mexican dish I make. Not only is it expensive to buy those pre-mixed packets, but they also contain other random ingredients that are not necessary! I’m willing to bet you probably already have most, if not all, of these spices in your cabinet already! It takes only a few minutes to mix this up and you can make as much or as little as you want! I’m done with those packets! Also, making my own spice mixes totally reminds me of those sand art craft kits from when I was younger, you know what I am talking about right?!

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

How many of you were super excited to watch Downton Abbey last night? I’m super excited it’s back, especially right now since Walking Dead and Once Upon a Time is on a hiatus for Sunday nights. I feel like I should have made a Downton-inspired dinner last night, but we had enchiladas instead. I did, however, enjoy a big cup of tea and it was a complete coincidence that I had made a loaf of this whole wheat chocolate chip banana bread yesterday, but it went perfectly with my tea. Banana bread is close enough to a scone or other tea party-type bites, right?

Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

While I love all quick breads, my favorite is always good ol’ banana bread. It’s comforting and perfectly sweet. I could eat it any time of the day. This version is made with whole wheat flour and chocolate chips. While it does contain some butter, I also added some Greek yogurt to cut down on some of the fat and it also adds some protein! There aren’t a ton of chocolate chips in the batter but there are just enough so that it tastes a little more decadent than regular banana bread. And oh man, does it smell good while it is baking! Is there really anything more comforting than banana bread baking in the oven?

Spicy Black Bean Soup

Spicy Black Bean Soup

So, the holidays are over. I guess it’s time to take down decorations. And before we know it, it will be summer and 118 degrees again here! Could I be more negative and whiny? Didn’t think so. Though I did get a few days to relax over the last two weeks, I still feel like I need another vacation from the vacation, just a few more days to be totally and completely useless and lazy.

You know how I told you that my pantry is a dark hole of doom and despair? Well, I finally started trying to go through it and discovered all kinds of things. Like 10 bags and boxes of pasta (most of which are basically empty), five bags of different types of chocolate chips, three boxes of stale crackers, some expired canned stuff, and lots and lots of cans of black beans. When things get lost in the pantry of doom, I end up buying more and more of them.

Not sure about you guys, but the start of the new year has me wanting to eat clean and simple foods. This spicy black bean soup is the perfect quick soup to prepare, especially with the colder weather. Black beans, a red pepper, onion, garlic, broth and some spices and that’s all you need! Stay warm this weekend!

Pink Power Smoothie

Pink Power Smoothie

Happy New Year! Can you believe that it’s already 2014?

I’ve got a healthy smoothie recipe for you today because I know many of you have made a resolution to be healthier in the new year or at the very least, you want to do a little holiday detox.

This vibrant pink smoothie is the perfect way to kick off the year! I have told you this before I think, but I have a really hard time with green juices or smoothies. I feel like I have tried them all and they just don’t do it for me. Though I like eating veggies, I have a hard time drinking them so most green smoothies and juices make me gag. Most smoothies I make just contain berries and yogurt, maybe a handful of spinach. Kind of boring.

Pink Power Smoothie

When I spotted this smoothie, I knew I wanted to make it immediately because 1. the color. It’s hot pink! and 2. it wasn’t a green drink. This smoothie has beets (which is obviously where the gorgeous color comes from!), celery, and avocado which were firsts for me to add to a smoothie and they totally work! The smoothie also has strawberries and apple to add a fruity and sweeter taste to the smoothie. This pink smoothie contains so many great nutrients, healthy fats, vitamins, and antioxidants!

My Favorite Recipes: 2013

Yesterday, I shared the Top Ten recipes of 2013 on Eat. Drink. Love.. Those recipes were the most popular recipes on the blog this year. Today, on this very last day of 2013, I wanted to share my personal favorite recipes that I have posted since I started blogging!

When you have a food blog, you are always trying to come up with new recipes. This often means that you don’t get to repeat too many recipes. However, there are a number of recipes that I have posted that my husband and I make on a regular basis or that were just a personal favorite to me that I will make again.

Favorite Recipes 2013