Thursday, February 20, 2014

Pork Tostadas with Spicy Slaw...

Cravings... you know what I'm talking about, right?

I will crave the most unusual foods sometimes.

For instance... tostadas.

Yes, I said tostadas. Love the things.

I grew up eating them. A lot.

So, the other week, I was craving something savory and crunchy. Immediately, pork tostadas came to mind.

Then, thinking about the pork, lead me to think of coleslaw. That's a pretty funny thing, because if I have a choice of coleslaw and other sides, I will choose one of the other sides.

This time though, it sounded good to me. Not just any, run of the mill coleslaw, but something spicy.

With my thoughts gathered, I put my recipe plan into action.

Here's what I came up with...

Pork Tostadas with Spicy Slaw

  • 2 lb. Pork Shoulder Butt Roast
  • 1 Packet Taco Seasoning
  • 2 Cups Water
  • Corn Tortillas
  • 1 Cup Vegetable Oil, For Frying
  • Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded, For Topping Tostadas
  • 8 oz. Pre-Packaged ShreddedVeggies for Coleslaw
  • 1/2 Cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Tablespoon Siracha Sauce, Plus Some for Garnish (Optional)
  • 1 Teaspoon White Vinegar
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Granulated Sugar
  • Pinch, Salt
  • Pinch, Black Pepper
Place the pork, taco seasoning, and water in the crock pot. Cook on high for 6 hours or low for 8 hours.

In the meantime, in a small bowl, combine the coleslaw veggies, mayonnaise, Siracha, vinegar, sugar, salt, and pepper. Mix together and adjust the seasonings if needed. Store in a container and place in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Once the pork is done, shred with a fork. Let it rest in the crock pot on the warm setting. 

While the pork rests, heat 1 cup of vegetable oil in a small frying pan, until it reaches around 350 degrees. Line a plate with paper towels; set aside.

Once the oil is heated, add the tortillas, one at a time. Using tongs, carefully flip the tortilla back and forth, until crispy and hard on both sides. Place the fried tortillas on the paper towel lined plate to drain off any excess oil.

To build the tostadas, layer some pork, then slaw, and finally cheese onto the fried tortilla. Add some Siracha Sauce, if you want more heat. Makes 8-12 tostadas.


Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Simple Valentine Treats...


My daughter spotted some sporty dog tag Valentine's a few weeks back. The only problem was that they did not come with envelopes and they were quite small.

My solution was a trip to the grocery and dollar store and to use craft supplies I already had on hand.

I love when I can create a cute DIY treat with hardly any effort at all! Yes, there is some measuring of paper and the cutting of paper, but it really isn't difficult.

If you like to craft, I guarantee you will most likely have many of the supplies needed to make this Valentine Treat!

Even if you don't, you will not need to break the bank to create it...

Simple Valentine Treats

  • Small Zip Seal Treat Bags, (Approx. 3.75 by 5.75 inches)
  • Valentine Candy
  • Card Stock
  • Stapler and Staples
  • Hole Punch (Optional)
  • Washi Tape or Ribbon (Optional)
  • Valentine Stickers
  • Valentine's of Your Choice
Fill the treat bags with the Valentine Candy, and close the zip seal. Using a paper cutter, cut card stock in squares that can be folded in half and that will fit the top width of the treat bags. 

Fold the cut card stock in half and sandwich the top of the zip seal treat bags in between the folded card stock. Use a stapler to staple the card stock on. If you'd like, staple with colored staples.

Now, depending on the type of Valentine's you have, punch a hole into the card stock, then the Valentine if needed, and tie the Valentine onto the treat bag with ribbon.

You can also use Washi tape to adhere the Valentine to the card stock. 

Finally add Valentine stickers to complete the treat bags.

Have fun!

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