Monday, February 23, 2009

Easy BBQ Pulled Pork.

I'm a vegetarian, but my FI is a meatatarian. I usually cook 50/50 vegetarian meals and meat meals during the week. When I cook meals with meat, I make a veg dish and cook the meat in another pan and add it to Mike's plate while serving. THIS is his favorite of my recipes. He could seriously eat it everyday for a week. I love making it for him because its CHEAP and easy. When I make this for him, I usually just throw a veggie burger in the microwave and put it on a bun for myself. I hadn't made it in a while because we haven't had room in our freezer for a pork roast.

Prep Time: 5 mins before cooked, 5 mins after cooked
Cook Time: 8 hours
Price: About $10

Pork Roast: $7
BBQ Sauce: $1
Rootbeer: $0.67
Buns: $1

BBQ Pulled Pork
Feeds.. a lot. LOL.

  • Approx 5lb Pork Roast (I use the picnic roast because it's boneless and comes in halves)
  • 1/2-1 liter of Rootbeer (I just use Walmart brand, it's cheap and gets the job done)
  • Brown Sugar
  • EVOO
  • BBQ sauce
  • Burger buns


  • Picnic roast usually comes wrapped in a net, remove from net. If it is not already cut into two pieces, slice roast down the middle to form two halves.
  • Rinse pork under cold water to wet surface.
  • Rub on a little EVOO and enough Brown Sugar to cover.
  • Place roast halves side by side in crockpot
  • Cover with Rootbeer. You can use as must as you'd like. I prefer to cover the roast completely.
  • Once roast is done, turn Crockpot OFF.
  • Remove pot (using oven mits!) and drain excess Rootbeer. You can either dump it, or drain into another container to use with BBQ sauce.
  • Place pot back in Crockpot and turn onto "Warm"
  • Shred pork with a fork. It will be tender enough to fall right apart with little effort.
  • Mix in your BBQ sauce
I usually serve this on buns w/ garlic spread for easy handling, but you can serve it on it's own, as a side dish, however you'd like.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

M.A.C. Haul

So since I lost all my brushes (yeah, still can't find them). I decided to do a pretend MAC haul and see what the damage would be. It's BAD. I'm so lucky that it's dark right now and I can't find my purse because my credit card would be abused. Without any shadows, pigments, paint pots, or anything extraordinary, including pro discount it comes to :drum roll: $370. Hmph. I need a job. SOON.

Makeup Remover
Brush Cleaner
Eye Kohl
Penultimate Liner
Plush Lash
Brow Set and Pencil
Studio Fix
Studio Sculpt
HK Beauty Powder
$370 :/

I'm sad. Anyone want to sponsor my haul ;) ;)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

What Not To Wear..

Carmindy drives me nuts. She is a shittastic makeup artist. I could do her job 100% better than her. She makes her clients look like 2 cent hookers. It's horrible. It's like a 13 year old trying to put on Mommy's makeup. Really, awful. How can people like her make it, but I can't?! Ughh.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

AW: Shoes

My free ceremony shoes just came in the mail. I wanted shimmery purple flats with some gems, and found some on Amazon for $7 from Target. I had an Amazon giftcard and boom! Please excuse chubby feet, shoe's are not broken in yet ;)

Monday, February 16, 2009


YES! We're pretty sure we're using Moe's as a caterer! It'll end up being around $10pp. It's 'our' place, and I'm soooo excited! We're thinking about having a Taco Bar, Fajita Bar, Mini Burritos, and Chips/Queso/Salsa/Guac, maybe some cookies :D WOO!

Having trouble..

finding a fabric that I love :/ I can't wrap the cupcake tower until I find a nice one. I went to Joann's and couldn't find ANYTHING! I did however find netting in order to make my veil :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Exes and Ohs

Ever wonder why exes randomly pop back into your lives, and then tell you that YOU are a bad person for not wanting to speak to them again.. Riiiiiight. HE is texting me and telling me how he misses the nights we had, blah blah blah.. and when I tell him that this isn't a conversation I'd like to have, and that he should go back to living life without interacting with me, I'M THE BAD GUY?! Idiot.

Not to judge, but he is now engaged to a girl he's known for about a month. She is 19, still a virgin, they don't kiss or anything (Uhm, is she a Duggar?!) Apparently she thinks that he is pure. Sorry to break it to ya honey, but he's definitely not.

Oh man. What a night.

Monday, February 2, 2009

DIY Cupcake Tower = Death of me.

Total cost: $35, compared to renting one for $200.

Ok so this was fun, but tiring. My back was killing me at the end of the night. Its definitely a few hours of work.. and if you're a perfectionist like me, about a day of work. I couldn't find larger foamboard, so I had to buy 20"x30" and cut and glue some pieces together to get the right size. I will put the steps on building the tower in this entry, and then the wrapping technique in the next. Good luck! Hopefully you have a great FI like mine who was willing to help me when things were out of reach (I'm 4'11" aka have short arms)


  • 8-10 sheets of 20"x30" foamboard (if you can find the 32"x40" stuff, you can get 4-6 sheets)
  • Exacto Knife (I love my retractable CutterBee because I'm clumsy)
  • Hot glue gun and lots o' glue sticks
  • Yardstick (You're working with pieces 30"+, so you'll need something larger than a regular ruler)
  • Clear packing tape (used as a shortcut to hold the pieces in place while you glue)

Please note:
Foamboard is quite thick, and it will take more than one try to cut through it. Please be safe and take it slow while cutting. Coming from a former architecture major, exacto blades slice through skin like butta!

Will hold approx. 100 cupcakes, depending on cupcake size.
Feel free to expand the size of the foamcore for more cupcakes, or minimize it for less.
  • On your foamboard, measure one each of the following:
    30"x30" base, 22"x22" base, 14"x14" base, 6"x6" base
    If you can't find 32"x40" foamboard, and have to settle for 20"x30" like I did, you are going to have to cut additional pieces from another piece of board and glue it on to supplement the size.
  • Measure FOUR EACH of the following:
    30"x5" side pieces, 22"x5" side pieces, 14"x5" side pieces, 6"x5" side pieces.
    I used a 5" height, because not many cupcakes are taller than 5" and you can cut a 20" board into 4, 5" pieces perfectly.
If you have a large table and would prefer working there, feel free. I'm a floor worker.
  • Lay out your 30"x30" base and grab one of your 30"x5" side pieces.
  • Tape side piece along one end of the board, it will form a perfect right angle. Tape as much as you wish in order to hold it in place.
  • Run a line of hot glue along the interior of the side piece where it meets the base. Hot glue dries very quickly, so no need to wait and let dry before continuing.
  • For the second piece, tape the short side to the already glued piece, and the long side to the base board (just like you did with piece one)
  • This time, run a line of hot glue where it meets the base AND the short side where it meets the other piece.
  • This piece will hang off the edge of the base a little bit (due to the thickness of the foamboard in the first piece). Position the box so the longer piece is flat on the table/floor. Using your ruler and knife, trim off the excess.
  • Attach third piece exactly as the second piece, including the trimming of the excess.
  • The fourth and final piece of the box is a little tricker. You are going to have to hold up the piece to the gap and mark off where you will have to trim before gluing it on. Once you have to size right and the piece in the space, tape the sides and bottom to the rest of the box. Glue to the base AND BOTH previously glued side pieces.
  • You can sand any rough edges with a nail file.

Do the same with all pieces, and stack. DO NOT GLUE THE BOXES TOGETHER. You will need them to stay separate in order to wrap.

Wrapping instructions coming soon!