Hands-On

I feel like a broken record but these months are not slowing down. And per the usual, we’ve been going, going, going… can’t stop, won’t stop.

We celebrated the Fathers in our lives over Father’s Day weekend by enjoying BBQ on both sides of the family. And, despite insisting on “nothing but golf” for his Father’s Day gift, I did what I typically do and ignored C.D. You only have ONE First Father’s Day, am I right?

Ev will soon realize that Dad loves golfing any chance he can get. And what does he and his buds love to do on the course? Do a little imbibing, of course! So, Ev’s Father’s Day gift included a 20 oz. Yeti Tumbler, Captain and Coke (a nice summer libation), Beef Jerky (because Dad doesn’t always eat when he drinks) and sunscreen (because Dad fries himself on the course each weekend). I think he liked it, because the gift is still sitting out on display in the living room until he hits the course next.

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Speaking of the living room, that leads me to the title of this post: Hands-On.

I’ve seen their Pinterest posts in the past, but finally got around to actually following Shanty2Chic on Instagram and Pinterest. Oh my, these ladies are so talented and crafty!

In the spirit of being hands-on and trying something new (Evvie+Me, for example), I told C.D. that I really want to make these floating DIY shelves from Shanty2Chic’s website.

My plans are to flank the TV/entertainment area on our wall in the living room with the shelves and fill them with the knickknacks that need to soon be elevated (with having a mobile baby). Take a look below – currently the TV/entertainment unit takes up a super small section of this long wall. To me, it looks sad and empty.

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Booooooooooring.

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We agreed we’ll never put chairs on either side of the bookshelf (it blocks the flow of the room) and we don’t want large prints/frames on that wall because it would be too distracting with the TV.

So, enter floating shelves. Something we can (I mean I can because I’m the one insisting on this project) be proud of!

C.D. also got hands-on with a new recipe he concocted after spending many years following Food Network shows. Before I share the recipe, I have to tell y’all that my husband can cook. And I’m not just talking about “Oh, he can grill really well.” No, he cooks – for real. And on top of cooking tried-and-true recipes, he makes his own. One of our household favorites is the “Spicy Rigatoni alla Longo,” a spicy chicken rigatoni dish that he made up.

So yesterday before heading to the grocery store, he told me he wanted to make Carnitas. Sounds cool to me. I just envisioned browning some meat or something in a skillet with taco seasoning, but no. This was a serious dish! Best part? CROCK-POT. Yep, CROCK-POT RECIPE.

The house smelled AMAZING all afternoon and the pork was absolutely fantastically cooked. See the bottom of this post for the recipe.

Lastly, an update on Ms. Ev. She’s been “hands-on” a bit more literally. This girl is now pulling herself up on E V E R Y T H I N G. In bed, on the ottoman, her DJ table. I can’t get her to sit down for the life of me anymore.

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This, of course, makes Mizzy even more insanely jealous because we have to really keep a close eye on E. But, I will say that these two seem to be getting on a lot better than in the past few months. Mizzy lets Ev pull on her collar and “pet” her when she’s around. I can’t wait to see this friendship blossom (and by that, I mean actually happen…).

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Oh, and I almost forgot to mention… Ev has a new favorite phrase. Ready for this? DADA DADA DADA. Seriously?! Sigh…

 

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We’re not the best “food porn” photo takers, but here are the Carnitas in all of their delicious glory!

C.D.’s Crock-Pot Carnitas 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3-5lb. Pork Butt
  • Pork Fat (or Pork Stock)
  • Orange Juice
  • Lime Juice
  • Onion
  • Garlic Cloves
  • Jalapeños
  • Bay Leaves
  • Seasonings
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Oregano
    • Cumin
  • Salsa Topping
    •  Jalapeño-based Salsa (store bought)
    • Crock-Pot Juice
  • Corn or Wheat Tortillas
 PREPARATION
  1. Cut the pork butt up into 2 in by 2 in cubes. Season heavily with salt, pepper, oregano, and cumin. Place into Crock-Pot.
  2. InCrock-Pot with seasoned meat add:  1 cup of pork fat (or pork stock if you don’t have pork fat), 1 cup of orange juice, 1/4 cup of lime juice, one onion cut into 4 pieces, 8 cloves of garlic, 2 jalapeños and 2 bay leaves (if you have them).
  3. Add water if your pork butt is not submerged in stock/pork fat.
  4. Cook in Crock-Pot on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Stir halfway through cooking, if possible.
  5. Just before enjoying, simmer the salsa and a half a cup of Crock-Pot juice in a pan on the stove. Once ready to eat, serve on top of meat in corn tortilla.

2 thoughts on “Hands-On

    • longoliving says:

      Oooh that’s a great point! The downside is, as of the last couple of days she’s thrown in the occasional “mama mama mama,” so we’ll just have to see who she’s really calling for in the middle of the night. I’ll assume “Bababa” means Miz. 🙂

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