pulled pork

A Lot

Well, I think we tried to pack in as much as we could in one weekend. Sheesh. Friday night we got home from work and frantically cleaned and prepped for friends to come over for dinner. We made nachos. Yum!

Ground turkey meat cooked with taco seasoning, then of course cheese, black olives and red onions. Our friends made guacamole (it was really good) and we ate dinner, caught up on stuff and then played Cards Against Humanity. Randomly Michael decided to call the 1-800 number for the game and it was the funniest thing ever. If you’ve never called the number, you should. It was actually worth going through the phone tree. πŸ˜‰

Logan fell asleep reading his current favorite book and it was too cute not to share:

On Saturday I went to the gym and then the three of us went out to lunch before naptime. Nap time was definitely needed! A bunch of chores and errands later…it was time for Saturday dinner and another pair of friends came over. Sam and John got married in August and they came over to our place Saturday to tell us all about their amazing honeymoon to London and Paris!

They took a cooking class when they were in Paris and I am so ridiculously jealous! πŸ™‚ It sounded amazing. Anyways, I poured us all a glass of the Sokol Blosser sparkling rose to celebrate and we had the chicken that Michael smoked.

Sam made a really delicious slaw (fennel, granny smith apples, red cabbage and carrots) –seriously so good! And I made a Trader Joe’s harvest mix–it was red quinoa, Israeli couscous and baby garbanzo beans. Then I mixed in diced green onions, chopped almonds and dried cranberries. It all went really well together.

Dinner was delicious. Dessert was freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Sunday Michael took Bella to the vet to get her stitches out. She’s thankfully feeling better and back to her normal self! While they did that, Logan and I did some art. πŸ™‚

My brother got Logan a finger painting kit for Christmas and I figured it was a good time to test it out. He had a great time and then realized he could clap his paint-covered hands together and make splatter like Jackson Pollock. The entire kitchen had splatter. Guess who got a bath immediately afterward?

Oh my god. So dirty! It looked like a crime scene. There was paint splatter EVERYWHERE.

After that I went swimming, had lunch and then met an artist I’ve been following on instagram for awhile. Her name is Caroline Allen, you can check out her instagram or website. I drove out to her studio in the Estacada area and got to check out her space. It was really cool! She has a yurt in the woods set up as her studio. I bought a painting that she’s going to matte and frame for me. I can’t wait to pick it up and hang it at home.

Finally, for dinner Sunday night Michael did a pulled pork in the Traeger!

The pork was perfectly cooked! It tasted so good. We made pulled pork sandwiches with sweet potato “chips.”

Overall it was a good weekend, just way too busy. I hope next weekend we can find some time to chill!

Pulled Pork and Garbanzo Beans

I made dinner tonight. Shocking, I know! We had some leftover pulled pork from Michael’s mom.

Blue Cheese

First, I made the salads. I used red leaf lettuce and added yummy veggies: shredded cabbage, carrots, and broccoli.

My Salad

Then I topped it with 1/3 of a can of garbanzo beans on both salads (after I rinsed the can of beans). Next I added some craisins and croutons. On Michael’s salad I added a lot of blue cheese because it’s his favorite. I only had a tiny bit because I prefer goat cheese, honestly.

Michael's Salad

For the sandwiches, I used sandwich thins for mine (100 calories) and for Michael’s I used two slices of Dave’s Killer Bread. I put light mayo on both sandwiches and put a bunch of the pork shavings on the sandwiches.


The pulled pork was amazing. It wasn’t drenched in BBQ sauce, just plain. It had an outstanding smokey flavor. Very good!


We got caught up on “Flash Forward” while we ate dinner. We finally have our DVR under control. I need to get caught up on my Law & Order shows and Anthony Bourdain and I think that’s it! Dessert was a serving and a half of vanilla ice cream topped with a handful of chocolate chips and light chocolate syrup!

Dessert is the Best Ending

Have a good night! πŸ™‚