Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Pulled pork and Beasty BBQ sauce

Here is something new from me.
I'm not usually one to post about recipes and reviews...

But i just rolled the end of my whole30 into the start of a paleo challenge at my gym.
Part of this gym challenge includes earning points for writing recipe reviews. 

Well if I'm gonna write a review for their blog, why not share it with all of you as well?!
 And I do know a lot of you would appreciate the review on a paleo-whole 30 approved recipe!
Yup, yup, yup!
I see you nodding your head, you wanna know!

So for our recent company Easter party I was in charge of a main dish, and being on a whole 30 challenge, I refused to make something that I could not eat, and no, I wasn’t going to serve steaks to everyone! 
And so, the google search started!

My search excitedly ended at this recipe, and my plan was in motion!

From the Civilized Caveman {awesomeness!}no really, his site is awesome!
yes a BBQ sauce that is not full of brown sugar!huge WIN in my book!

At the party,  this was set up along with buns for sandwiches for others to enjoy, but I had good feedback, and nobody {ok, just 5 people} knew that it was ‘special’
I didn't need to add a label to it for all those soldiers and moms to be like, EEK! A healthy dish!
Besides this pulled pork that I made, the only other whole 30 safe item was lettuce and tomatoes, and so that’s what I ate!

There was a huge amount made, and the leftovers provided me with a weeks worth of easy peasy meals! I did pulled pork mixed with my scrambled eggs, mixed with kale, mixed with veggies…I think I did it all. And I didn’t mind cause I loved it!
I know there are easier recipes out there, but for this event, this worked out great!

First picture is of the pork wrapped up with its dry rub on,
second is my big pot of Beast BBQ sauce cooking
Then there is my final product ready to enjoy!
Last picture is a breakfast meal using it as leftovers-
pulled pork scrambled in some eggs with roasted broccoli! 
So if you are needing a new idea, something to serve a lot, or for many meals for yourself,
maybe this is what you looking for...
I say give it a go.
Or just try the BBQ sauce, add it on uh, whatever you wanna!
or try out the dry rub for pulled pork.
Either way, you cant go wrong!
I know I loved it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

And here we go!

Let's just dive right in!

I'm certain y'all understand that reading my blog is really more of an overly long Facebook status...
It's my crazy head when I'm too excited, too frustrated, or so bored...
When my brain has too many words it wants to spew out...
Its me laughing at myself and the spinning world around me.
It's me sharing so much of our lives that our dear families and friends miss out on so much.
But truthfully, it's me typing cause I have so much to say, and no one to talk to...
Looks better when I type instead of talk to walls!
So with that I say, welcome to my life!

Lets get up to speed in case you weren't tracking-
The army life moved us to Hawaii in December, kicking and screaming, we accepted the challenge!
Josh took over responsibility for his company as 1SG shortly after arriving, and the madness of life began! He really is an amazing man, clearly you all already know this! Beyond blessed to share this life with him!
We are living on post on Schofield barracks in Wahiawa, Oahu. address will gladly be provided if you are wanting to visit!
Little people update, yes there are still 5, YES, we are a large family, yes we handle quite well, no really, please save you 'bless your hearts', cause we got this!
really, WE got this!
Roll call- Aiden 11yr, Kaylee 9yr, Riley 5yr,
Kolson and Kyler monsters giving me gray hairs2 1/2.
And don't forget the four legged child, Miley!

And that brings us to where we are now! Fully living the Aloha life in Hawaii. Finding the tough ways of the beach bum lifestyle. Like I said, we accepted this challenge!
Not to worry, we dabble in normal life also...
In case you missed it, the Seahawks won the super bowl (still watching highlights in this house!)
Josh has a crazy work schedule like 24/7 really, big kids are working hard with bringing this school year to a close soon.
My littles are finding new ways to destroy mom and take over the world a little more everyday!
This lady finally found a new home, crossfit gym.
Painfully making up for the time I lost while moving.
Still trying to pretend I'm walking into CFD for a 4pm party...miss y'all!
Painted Expressions is not up an running just yet, I need more organization in the new home first, and to find my groove again. work ethic where have you gone I miss painting, I miss my sander, but I really really miss all my happy customers!
It'll happen, I'll be back soon!

And I think that about wraps it all up.
Hi, hello, Aloha!
I'm excited to blog for me you again!

I'll get working on sprucing this old thing up a little, bring it a little more up to date! Stay tuned, you know you wanna waste some time with me and my mindless rambling thoughts!

Monday, April 28, 2014

blissfully insane WHO?!

Hi y'all! Hello! Aloha!
Happy last Monday of April.
So, my blog clearly states that the last entry was in
say what?!
yes sadly, 2012!
My snappy little typing fingers got carried away in my crazy life.
Lets see...
there was oh, the five children  that call me mom,
the Sir of the house, the main man.
lots of great friends and adventures...
There was an explosion in a creative business adventure called Painted Expressions,
you mighta heard of it!
and there was a huge move from Dahlonega, GA to Hawaii.
(which we are still adjusting to)
So here I sit thinking...
well im thinking about what you are thinking...
Should I return to blissfully insane?
The poll is open for votes...
comment, like, or don't!
The kids all say HEYYYYYY!!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

weekend recap!

What a busy/long and fun weekend my family had!
Kids has a four day weekend...extra fun!

Friday morning started with watching our Daddy 
and all the other rangers jump out of a black hawk helicopter!
kids had great fun with friends who came to watch with us,
and all the other little ranger kids running around!
The top chute is our Ranger!

Then Saturday we had football {didn't go soooo great}
buuuutt, here is our attempt at a before game picture of all 5 kids!
Not super bad!!

Then that night we were off to the fun fun wedding of Kay's teacher!
My ladies danced the night away!
Kaylee and Mrs. Hershey!
and here are the signs i made for her wedding!

Reversible photo props!

This one must be my favorite, 
and was staked at the entrance of the farm
where the wedding was held!

this was staked at the entrance to the ceremony!
was so happy to see the work that i made in such a beautiful setting!

and then...
Sunday morning was packed with cleaning,
 followed by a lazy pajama wearing afternoon!

Then my little men got their first haircuts on Monday, 
and my oldest son got his mop shaved right off! 
Funny thing. he DOES have ears!!

Kolson on the left, and Kyler man on the right!

and that brings us to Tuesday...back on schedule!
What did you and your family do this weekend?!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

It's October! {2nd!}

Welcome to day 2!
oh, that's just me, not all y'all?!
Well today is Day 2 of the Whole30 challenge, and gym war!
I am feeling good...
but then again at day 2, if your struggling, you're probably not gonna last!
So that's that.

Had an awesome 'first' dinner last night, new recipe...
Cream of Mushroom pot roast, laid of Cauliflower, whole30 to the max effort!
This was a little gusty, as it was my first time using coconut milk!
It definitely had a different taste to it, but there was not one single complaint, 
bit even from Aiden and Kaylee! WHAT WHAT!!

As this month goes on, I hope to try more and more recipes that please the entire family
Then we can work on changing the lifestyle...
and keeping the peace in the house!

This month our family calender is a little off the charts.
We are usually pretty dang busy, but we have a lot of added extras coming at us,
visitors, birthdays, weddings, parties, Halloween prepping, Halloween!
ending of football = beginning of wrestling > in the same week!
hitting the gym super hard to conquer the challenge!
and the most difficult part is a crazy busy work schedule for the husband.
and that is never fun as it does effect everyone in the family.
No rest for this clan.
down time is overrated. phhhshhhhhh.

October Lovin...
the cool breeze that IS the start of fall. the reason to wear my new boots. the colors of the leaves changing. my baby girl turning 8. fall crafts. the pumpkin patch. disney/nick halloween specials! the crisp air in the evening and early morning!

And with that, get on with yourself, and jump into the greatness of October!
Hurry, run out and grab yourself a pumpkin spiced latte, you know you wanna!
Ill be sipping on my water, fo sho!