Friday, March 27, 2009

Seven Quick Takes

1. A few months ago, we started getting Sports Illustrated. I have always loved to read magazines, and Sports Illustrated is no different. I skip the articles about Nascar, professional basketball, skim the ones on college basketball and the NFL, and enjoy the ones about baseball, college football, and any olympic sport.

2. I am not a graceful crier. My eyes and nose immediately turn bright red at the first hint of a tear, and so there is just no disguising the fact that I've been crying. I've always wished that someone could invent a magic cream that would instantly clear up all evidence of tears so I could get on with my day. Because when someone asks me if I've been crying, it tends to make me cry more.

3. I love Starbucks coffee. Why is it so much better than what I make at home? Maybe I need more lessons.

4. Several times I've made pulled pork in the crockpot. Every time I do, I remember exactly how easy it is and wonder why I don't do it more. So here's the recipe for anyone else who wants a super easy meal that's delicious and fuss-free.
1 pork shoulder/roast/butt
1-2 sliced onions
garlic salt, pepper, other spices you like (I used grill seasoning.)
1 can coke (I used coke zero.)

Put onions in crock pot and the pork on top, sprinkling it with seasoning before you put it in. Pour the coke over and turn it on low for 8 hours. When it's done, shred it with two forks, then serve barbecue sauce of your choice. If you're like me, that sauce will be a good, South Carolina mustard-based sauce.

5. Also for dinner last night I made a sort of cole slaw that, in my mind, was way better than the usual. Also fairly fuss-free. I got a bag of pre-shredded cole slaw mix, added more carrots, then added frozen peas. I'm not a fan of the creamy slaw dressing, so instead, I made some homemade balsamic vinaigrette, mixed that with some of the homemade pesto I have in my freezer, and tossed that with the salad. I topped it with some parmesan cheese. Yum.

6. I came into work today, and then realized that the psychologist I'm working with is actually off. So I don't even need to be here until lunch time. What I need to do is go home and run, but part of me doesn't want to because I already took a shower today and feel cute and the thought of getting dirty and sweaty does not really appeal to me. Plus just now I looked out the window and it's pouring. Although normally I love a good foul weather run, maybe I'll wait until after work.

7. I went shopping at our "mall" the other day. "Mall" is in quotes because although it looks like a respectable mall from the outside, the reality is that it is seriously the worst mall I've ever been in. There is a Belk (southern department store for those of you who live elsewhere), JC Penny, a Walden Books, a Bath and Body works, and a hat store. That is about all. Sadly, neither department store really has anything good. But I did get some new hand soap, and decided it was time I read Peter Pan, which I found inexpensively at the book store. Ever since seeing the movie Neverland, I've wanted to read it. It really is wonderfully imaginative and so far I'm enjoying it. I have always loved to read children's books. Anyone have any other children's books they find that they love as an adult?

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3 comments:

The Never Fairy said...

sure... how about most of them? :)
Narnia is always a good choice.

Glad you're enjoying Peter Pan as an adult. it's a very different story from that perspective, isn't it? :)

And when you're done reading, check THIS out:
http://www.peterpansneverworld.com/

Have fun reading and
BELIEVE!

Lenae said...

I agree with Never Fairy; I think I love The Chronicles of Narnia more as an adult than I did as a child! I've also enjoyed re-reading the time travel series by Madeleine L'Engle (A Wrinkle In Time, Many Waters, etc.)

Banana said...

Aubs,

Your pork recipe looks interesting...and promising, with your endorsement! The Coke is strange, but I know that strange things often work really well in recipes, especially with meat. I wonder if, instead of Coke, adding in a Woodchuck would be tasty. It'd have the sweetness and might add an interesting extra flavor. I have a similar recipe for BBQ pork in front of me now and I want to make it just b/c of how it's written. It calls for 6 beers. The male recipe writer notes that one beer is for the crockpot and the remaining 5 are for you to drink while you wait. Ha! --Hannah