What a lovely weekend here in the Pacific Northwest. I am so thankful and proud to be an American. Sure, our country is far from perfect, but we are free to achieve our dreams here because of the brave men and women who are willing to risk everything to give us that freedom. They deserve more than a day of recognition, and I am trying harder to not take them for granted. It’s easy to forget when you are a civilian, just going about your life, that there is someone fighting and dying for you overseas, and I am so grateful for their sacrifice.
Anyway, we enjoyed this weekend to the fullest, and we still have all day today to relax and play 🙂 Saturday, I made BBQ pulled pork for the first time. I wanted to use our new roasting pan, but after seeing how long it would take in the oven, I decided I needed to plan ahead more to do it that way. I ended up using this recipe on the stove. It was awesome! I made some slight modifications, only because I did not have everything the recipe called for. Instead of tomato paste, I used a can of diced tomatoes, and I used a fresh jalepeno because I forgot to buy pickled ones. Also, my pork butt was about 4.5 lbs, and it took about 3-4 hours. It was probably done after 3, but I didn’t want to take any chances with undercooked pork. I added some Sweet Baby Ray’s to the sauce as it was reducing, which gave it a great bbq flavor.
I served it on a potato bun with some tasty coleslaw, which I made using a bag of coleslaw mix and this homemade sauce:
- ~1/3 c. mayo
- ~5 tbsp spicy horseradish mustard (this made all the difference, it was awesome!)
- apple cider vinegar, just enough to get it to the right consistency
- 2 tbsp sugar
- salt and pepper to taste
These measurements are very arbitrary, I just added a bunch of stuff to a bowl and mixed and added more of some things until I got the taste I wanted. Again, I’m very bad at writing things down, but as long as I know what goes into it, I’ll be able to make it again 🙂
Yesterday, we went for a hike with two other couples. We decided to head to the other side of the Cascades, because it was going to be 75 and sunny. We stopped in Leavenworth, a pretty awesome Bavarian-style town, that made me feel like I was in the Alps, and asked around for some good hikes that weren’t covered in snow. Here are some photos
After the hike, we all had some beer and brats, and then got ice cream. Good times.
This morning, I made orange cinnamon rolls. I think this recipe from Annie’s Eats is my new fave. I added orange zest to the dough, and changed the filling a bit by using a combo of brown and white sugar, orange zest, and extra cinnamon, because I love cinnamon. I also made about twice as much filling, because it looked a little sparse when I used the amount in the recipe. I also made an orange cream cheese frosting for the top
- 1 1/2 c. powdered sugar
- zest of 1 orange
- 4 tbsp cream cheese
- enough orange juice to get the consistency you want