With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: 7/12/09 - 7/19/09

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Oven Roasted Pulled Pork

For a summer barbecue meal that really satisfies, try roasting a pork shoulder. It is an inexpensive cut and easy to prepare. Served on homemade dinner rolls with a side of coleslaw and buttered Jersey corn makes for delicious eating!
There are many ways to prepare for baking, but this is what I do:
Begin with a fresh pork shoulder picnic... this one was almost 10 lbs.
After placing on a rack in a heavy roasting pan, using a pastry brush, cover the pork with yellow mustard to help the seasoning adhere. My preference is to lightly season the meat so I keep the quantities smaller than you may like. I made a dry rub of:
1 Tablespoon paprika
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
After stirring together, pat onto the roast covering all sides
Cover tightly with foil.
Place in a preheated 250 oven for nine (9) hours. Long and slow roasting makes the meat fall-off-the-bones tender.
When cool enough to handle, cut the meat from the bone and remove all visible fat. (This is when I feel a little like Wilma Flintstone)
The meat will shred easily.
While there is a lot of waste there is also a huge amount of meat.
Stir in your favorite homemade or store bought barbecue sauce and call in the troops!
They're gonna love every bite!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Dining Room Decorating on a Budget

Decorating my home has always been about working with hand-me-down pieces, antique shops finds, garage sale items and even items found curb-side. I have amazed myself on how inexpensively I have been able to spruce up and give new life to many pieces to create attractive spaces. It has taken many years and I am often switching pieces from one room to another and using things for many different purposes.
THE DINING ROOM
Robin's Egg Blue/Aqua Wall Paint from Lowes
Curtains were one sheer panel pulled up with satin ribbon for each window.

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