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BBQ Pork

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Mondays. The day I dread. It’s long. It’s rough. It’s Cub Scout Monday. I know this isn’t Monday, but this was Monday’s dinner. It’s a throw it in the crockpot, go about your business kind of day. I need meals that are quick. Throw that stuff in the crockpot and go. Generally, if I don’t use the crockpot we either have to eat out or do stuff like hot dogs or chicken nuggets. Something that’s frozen. If those aren’t options, then we have to go out to eat. Most of the time I am not a fan of eating out, especially if it’s a school night. It seems like a quick option, but it really isn’t. By the time we go get food, get home, get it ate, it’s really just late. We’ve been trying to eat before scouts here lately. We’ve realized since there is snack time at the end of scouts that we can just eat before scouts. It’s working so far!

Pork roast

BBQ Sauce

1 cup water

Take roast, water, and about 1/4 cup BBQ sauce and put in crockpot. Cook for 7-8 hours. When done shred and then mix with bbq sauce. Serve on a hamburger bun.

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Cherokee Fry Bread

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My family is from all over. I’m literally a mixed mutt. Most of us are these days. My mom’s family are Cherokee. My dad’s family has Cherokee too, but most of it comes from my mom’s side. Most of the time my great grandmother said she was black dutch. This is because most times back in those days, you didn’t want to be associated with being any type of black or native American. Native American’s that lived outside of the reservation usually said they were white if they could get away with it, or if they couldn’t, they’d claim black dutch. It’s better than being an Indian in their minds. People treated you differently. I recently learned to make fry bread. It’s not something I grew up with, unless I was in Cherokee. This recipe is pretty authentic. It could have been changed over the years, but I know not of this. I received it from someone I know on the reservation.

2 cups all purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup water

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 cup instant dry milk

2 cups shortening

Add all the dry ingredients. Add water until a soft ball forms. In your deep frying pan heat shortening until flour bubbles. Pull off a palm sized mound of dough. Roll into a ball. Flatten into a disk shape. Cook until brown. Turn with tongs.

 

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Hawaiian Pork Stir Fry

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I always wanted to go to Hawaii. The idea of BBQ of a whole hog, the salty smell of the breeze, and the hula dancers doing their dance. I type this and I can literally feel the sun touching my face. It’s such a wonderful dream. I really don’t know if this will become my reality one day or not, but I think it would be one of the best vacations, ever. What a perfect dream. Then reality sits in. The heat I’m feeling, it’s really only the heat from my stove eye. and that breeze I thought I was feeling, that’s the suction of my vent. Oh well.

1/2 cup brown rice

6 oz pineapple juice

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

2 teaspoons cornstarch

2 tablespoons brown sugar

1 tablespoon dry sherry

1/4-1/3 teaspoon Siracha

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons canola oil

pork tenderloin, trimmed, cut into large chunks and seasoned with salt and pepper.

1 tablespoon ginger

1 tablespoon garlic

pieces of pineapple

Cook rice according to directions.

Whisk juice, vinegar, cornstarch, sugar, sherry, siracha, and salt.

Heat oil in a skillet.  Sear pork until rich brown. Pour off drippings. Return to the burner. Add garlic and ginger and cook until fragrant.  Pour in mixture and heat.  Add pork and cook. Add cubed pineapple. Serve.

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Apple Raisin Cheesecake Bars

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As you know, not long ago we took a trip to New York. Little guy, Coop, was upset we didn’t get NY Cheesecake. I felt SO, SO, SO bad! I decided that we’d make up for it by having a baby and mama cook off. He loves it when I bring him in there to cook with me. Sometimes he’ll pout and not want to come, but if I coax him in he’ll later say, thanks mom for making me come in here. I had a lot of fun. How sweet is that??

As I’m standing here with my baby cooking, I am trying to think of things that my mother did with me. My mom was a great mom. I know I say this a lot, but man…she’s special. Anyway, I remember when I was probably about three years old. Mom had a few extra cents and so she bought big pieces of green poster board. She sat there in the floor with me and we drew out letters and cut them out. She taught me my alphabet. It’s funny how that memory stuck out to me. I continued searching my memories and it dawned on me it’s all about those little things we think are silly, forgettable things. The hope is Coop will remember our time together forever.

Crust and Top:

No stick cooking spray

3/4 cup all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup shortening

Filling

16 oz cream cheese, softened

2 large eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Apple Raisin filling:

1 cup peeled and chopped apples

1/2 cup raisins

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons sugar

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon allspice

Heat Oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13×9 pan with no stick spray.

Combine oats, flour, brown sugar, and sugar in a bowl. Mix well. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. reserve 1 cup of mixture. Press remaining into bottom of prepared pan. Bake 12/15 minutes or until a mixture is set. DO NOT BROWN.

Beat cream cheese, eggs, sugar, and vanilla, in a large bowl with a electric mixer. spread over crust. Combine apples and raisins, vanilla. Mix in sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. spread evenly on mixture. sprinkle with reserved oat topping. Bake 15-20 minutes until top is golden. allow to cool and chill at least 1 hour. cut into bars.

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BBQ Chicken in Homemade Sauce

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I’m always looking for new. I get bored and tired of the same ol’ thing. If I find an interesting recipe, I’m likely to just make it. As you guys know I’ve been pretty unsettled the last few months. It’s been a crazy time in my life. I’ve needed a change. I’m just so restless lately. I do this every year about this time. I just need something more. Most of my posts I’ve referenced my boys. My oldest is actually my nephew. He lived with us for the last year while he attended high school. He has graduated now. I can’t be more proud of him. He came a long way. He has had a rough go the last year. Honestly I didn’t know if he was even going to get to graduate. I fought the school board to allow him to even go to school here, because they wanted to put him in with the kids at risk. I wanted him to be a regular teen. I felt if I put him in the alternative school we’d have made no progress. He worked hard to get into the school doing summer online school to get credits and stuff. He has moved back to Florida now. We’ll remember his good times with us and we’ll forget about the bad times. That’s the great thing about the human mind. With my crazy hectic life going on, I dug out another new never tried recipe. I found this one and it turned out pretty good. I think next time I make it I might alter a few things. Enjoy folks.

1 cup ketchup

1 cup honey

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 teaspoon garlic

Chicken

Seriously it’s this easy! Add all the ingredients together. Simmer for a few minutes while you get the chicken going. I used breasts, but you can use ANY type. Pour mixture over chicken. Turn to coat. Pop in the oven until chicken is finished. You’re done!

 

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Baked Sweet Potatoes

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Every year at Thanksgiving my family has these for as long as I can remember. I actually love sweet potatoes but I don’t like them super sweet. I think they are naturally a sweet veggie anyway. I never realized how much healthier sweet potatoes are for you than just regular old potatoes. When I was younger we didn’t have sweet potatoes any other way except for this way. I’ve been trying to spread my wings a little bit and try new things lately though. My goal is to begin trying new veggies and try them in different ways.

3-4 sweet potatoes

2-3 Tablespoons dark brown sugar

1 Tablespoon butter

Marshmallows

Peel and cube potatoes. Boil in water until they are soft. Drain and Mash potatoes. Add butter and sugar. Put in casserole dish and top with marshmallows. Put under broil until marshmallows are browned and melted.

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Baked Apples

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My grandparents on either side were born right after the depression. My dad’s mom still makes biscuits and cornbread like they did during the depression. I always thought depression cooking was creative. Not everything is something I’d eat, but I can’t imagine being in that situation. I’ve mentioned before that we weren’t exactly the most fortunate family when I was little, but my mom and dad worked so hard. They eventually was able to give their children more. That’s something I admire about my parents. Both of them are such hard working people. They’ve taught us what it means to provide. There’s a huge age difference with my siblings (their twins!) and me. They were a lot more fortunate that I was. They had things I didn’t get. I’m not so close to the twins now. At one time we were, but I think that time drives people apart. They just grow and change. I wont always love the things they do, but I’ll always love them.

Apples:

cinnamon and sugar mixture

Butter

Apples

Core all of the apples. Put butter on the bottom of the apples. This about 1 teaspoon. Pour cinnamon sugar mixture inside of each apple. Put about 1/2 teaspoon of butter on top. Bake apples until completely soft. Once cooked then take some of the sauce in the pan and spoon over the top of the apple.