Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Coca-Cola Pulled Pork [recipe]

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Is anyone else getting excited for the Big Game on Sunday? Part of me is a little bummed I won't be there working like years past and make post-game confetti snow angels...
But the next best thing is throwing a party, am I right? And anyone knows that every good party has..GOOD FOOD! I'm excited to give you my recipe for Coca-Cola Party Pork, an easy dish that is sure to make everyone in attendance happy--regardless of how the game goes ;)

First things first, head to Walmart and grab a six-pack of Coca-Cola in the soda aisle.
You'll only need one bottle for your recipe, but the leftovers are great for party guests to sip on!
If you're like me, you always have a pork roast on hand for an easy crockpot meal, but if you don't--head one aisle over and grab a 3-5 pound pork roast :)

You Will Need:
1, 3-5 pound pork tenderloin roast
1 bottle (.5 liters) Coca-Cola
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup onion, chopped (optional)

1. Grab your crockpot and set it to low.

Yep, you can totally see me in the reflection of the crockpot :)

2. In a bowl, mix together brown sugar and Coca-Cola.

3. If using chopped onions, put them in the bottom of the crockpot.

4. Place your pork tenderloin roast on top of the onions.
5. Pour Coca-Cola mixture on top of the pork.

6. Let pork cook for 6-7 hours.
7. Remove the pork from the crockpot and shred using two forks.

8. Use the leftover sauce from the crockpot to add moisture to the meat and enjoy!

For a quick and easy party snack, throw your pork on some Ritz Crackers.

For a heartier meal, have it on top of some zucchini noodles.

The very best thing about this DELICIOUS meal is that it can be re-purposed for so many different meals!

How would you enjoy this pork?

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

So, how do you do it?

A lot of times when I tell people I'm a military spouse, I get 1 of 2 reactions. Either people are completely understanding and simply nod their head (typically fellow military wives) or they immediately go off on a tangent ending with.."So, how do you do it?!" like it's some sort of one-armed circus trick.

I guess the real answer to this is...I just do. And so many other spouses around the world do, too. There is no secret formula or magic trick to make deployments shorter, training missions non-existent or late nights at the office avoidable. Like your spouse's civilian job, some things are far beyond our control.

We do it, because we love our husbands and wives. We married them, after all! And when you tell me, "I could never do that.." I assure you, you could. While some spouses deal better than others, we all deal and survive. You never know what you're capable of until doing it is your only real choice.

We do it, because the "coming home" is so sweet. So, so, so sweet.

If I'm being completely transparent here, this post came about after someone insinuated ALL military wives were dependent upon their husbands, which is why the military calls spouses "dependents".

First of all, that person is a moron. Second, the word dependent is such an ugly misrepresentation of spouses everywhere, many of whom are the strongest and most independent people I know.

Have you ever been so annoyed by something like this?