Welcome to the April 2013 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Family Recipes
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants are sharing their recipes, their stories, their pictures, and their memories.
Let’s face it. I’m a busy Mom. I blog, I home school, I bring the kids to violin and horn lessons, I go to the gym, and I go to the store. I go…and go…and go! I don’t really have time (nor do I care) to make fancy involved meals with gourmet ingredients. Let’s just say I want the easiest way from first ingredient to my kids’ plates.
Call me lazy if you will. I just want 2 minutes to sit down during the day.
This is what makes this recipe so great! Just wait, you will love it!
- A Crock Pot with a low and high setting. (picture 2)
- A&W Root Beer – or just any of your favorite Root Beer. You just need a can. Personally, I don’t like Root Beer, so I just got the first thing I saw on the shelf that was on sale. (picture 1)
- Pork Tenderloin – I know – expensive, right? Read on – it’s totally 100% worth it! Trust me. Every time you go to the store, check prices on the tenderloin. When it’s on sale, buy it. Today, I got a $30.00 cut of meat for $12.00.
- Your favorite BBQ sauce. Or, even better, make your own. I used store bought because I don’t want or need the extra work. I like a little bit of spice, so I got something a little sweet and a lot spicy! (picture 5)
Cool, eh? It’s so simple you could almost memorize the list. But, if you are like me, don’t try it. You will end up with a cart full of stuff – and still have to go back to the store for missing ingredients.
- Wash off the pork and place it in the Crock Pot. (picture 2)
- Pour a can of A&W Root Beer (or your favorite kind) over the pork. (picture 1)
- Cook on low for 8 hours. While it cooked, I picked up food for my daughter and took her to a birthday party. I had lunch with my little boys. I took them to the park, fed the baby, and went to pick up my daughter. We then went out for ice cream (My son and I had chocolate chip cookie dough and my daughter had strawberry with gummy bears on top). I then took my daughter to her violin lesson. I fed the baby in the car, changed a few diapers, and by the time we came home (about 7 hours), it was done!
- I took the meat out of the Crock Pot and shredded the pork. I did this by sticking the fork into the pork and twisting. The pork just comes off in shreds. (Picture 3).
- I placed the shredded pork in a bowl. (Picture 4)
- I tried my BBQ sauce of choice to make sure it was delicious. (Picture 6)
- Then I put my BBQ sauce on the pork and mixed it up. I used the entire 28 oz bottle on my cut of meat. Just add slowly to your taste. I like my pork dripping with sauce. (picture 7)
- It’s kid approved (and my kids are picky)! (Pictures 9-12)
- It’s definitely adult approved! Relax and enjoy! (Picture 13)
This recipe is so very easy and so very delicious! We went on about our busy day and came out with a masterpiece!
Trust me (from a Root Beer hater) you don’t taste the Root Beer.
Try it – you’ll love it!
Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:
- German Red Cabbage: A Family Tradition — At Living Peacefully with Children, Mandy shares her favorite dish and a part of her family’s history.
- Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Meal Planning — Becky at Crafty Garden Mama shares a new recipe that is in her family’s meal-planning rotation. Check out how she uses a rotisserie chicken to get through the week.
- Grandma Wicken’s Sugar Cookies — Jana Falls at Jananas talks about how special her Grandma’s sugar cookies made her feel.
- Recipe: Seed and Bean Burgers — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings shares one of her favourite frugal recipes that is also super-healthy and totally delicious.
- PULLING Dinner Together For the Kids – Crockpot Pulled Pork — Lisa at The Squishable Baby PULLS dinner together for the kids.
- The Best Banana Muffin Recipe (Gluten Free & Vegan) — Dionna of Code Name: Mama’s adventures in gluten free baking have not been 100% successful. But today she is guest posting at Fine and Fair to share a banana muffin recipe that will knock your socks off!
- The Pierogie Mama Whips Up Strawberry Pierogies! — Bianca at The Pierogie Mama shares her family’s recipe for strawberry pierogies…a sweet, summery version of the Polish dumplings that she affectionately named her daughter after.
- Mom’s Cookbook — Tree at Mom Grooves digs into the big book her mom created for her six daughters and shares a favorite family recipe.
- Crispy Duck Confit — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama takes the liberty of starting a family recipe tradition with this super simple, totally delicious crispy duck confit.
- Stovetop BBQ Chicken — Amy at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares a yummy BBQ chicken recipe that you can make on the stovetop in less than 25 minutes, fridge to table!
- Twice-Baked Sweet Potato Casserole w/Bacon — Martine at Whey Beyond the Naked Truth shares a naked food twist on an old family favorite!
- Strawberry Panna Cotta — KerryAnn at CookingTF.com shows you her favorite dessert, a quick and easy Strawberry Panna Cotta that she enjoys so much, she had it instead of a birthday cake this year.
- Special crepes for a special day — Mikko at Hobo Mama is learning to cook his grandma’s signature holiday meal alongside his dad.
- Three Favorite Family Recipes: To Eat, To Wash, To Play — Kristin at Intrepid Murmurings is back with three family favorites: gluten-free vanilla orange sugar cookies, DIY powdered laundry detergent, and something fun for the kids: homemade “Flubber”!
- Black Bean Soup Forever — Mercedes at Project Procrastinot shares a soup recipe that’s been around forever.
- Do you want to know a secret? — SRB at Little Chicken Nuggets lets go of her mac and cheese recipe, a comfort food favourite for friends and family for years.
- Creating Our Own Family Recipes — Emily at S.A.H.M. i AM shares how she’s trying to create meals that her girls will want to pass down to their own children some day.
- Vranameer Chicken: A Family Recipe — Luschka at Diary of a First Child shares a recipe that reminds her of childhood and more specifically, of her mother. It’s a South African take on sweet and sour chicken and what it lacks in healthy it makes up for in tantalising to the taste buds.
- One Recipe, Three Uses: Dishwasher Liquid Detergent, Dish Soap, and Hand Soap — If you love saving money and time, you’ll love this green recipe from Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama, guest posting at Natural Parents Network.
- Our Family’s Favorite Pies — Abbie at Farmer’s Daughter shares recipes and tutorials for the quintessential American dessert.
- Deliciously Easy Crock Pot Chili — Lactating Girl shares her crock pot chili that is not only quick and easy, but awesome.
- All-Purpose Crock Pot Pork — Crunchy Con Mommy‘s simple “recipe” for cooking perfect pork in the crock pot is for whatever mood her family is in!
- Family Rules: A Recipe for Harmony — Cooped-up kids + winter weather + frazzled parents can all blend together into a recipe for disaster. Dionna at Code Name: Mama shares what brought back the peace in her house.
- Favorite Healthy Family Recipes — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now shares her family’s healthy eating experiences along with links to free printable vegetarian recipes that her family has created with love.
- Grandma’s Banana Bread — Megan at The Boho Mama has early and fond memories of her grandma’s banana bread. It’s love in a loaf!
- Family Comfort Food — Jorje of Momma Jorje shares a recipe handed down that moms have made for their kids, for regular meals as well as to comfort.