Thursday, March 30, 2017

Two Ingredient Slow Cooker Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin

Popping in to share a super simple two-ingredient recipe! Yesterday I posted a Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin on my insta-stories and received a ton of questions about the sauce (and crock pot liners). My friend McKinsey made this for us last supper club and it was so delicious that many of us have already made it again for our families. Also, did I mention there are only two ingredients???
Directions: Line your crock pot with a Slow Cooker Liner. Lay 2 lbs of pork tenderloin(s) inside. Pour a bottle of Anntony's Caribbean Sauce on top. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred pork in the last hour and let simmer for a little longer. Then serve to starving toddlers who will lick their plates clean...
*A note about the sauce! I purchase mine in my local grocery store but it is available on Amazon. It sells out quickly but is usually restocked often.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Five on Friday!

Surprise -- a post! Things continue to be wild around here but should hopefully settle soon and regular posting will resume. In the meantime, a few (or five) things...

one. Last week McKinsey hosted Supper Club! She made the most incredible Jamaican Pork Tenderloin in the slow cooker and served it alongside roasted cauliflower, green beans and rolls! Two thumbs up!
two. My friend Mel had her baby -- Madison Marie!!!! I've been over a couple times in the past few weeks to sneak in some itty bitty baby snuggles. She sleeps in this little basket all day! JK -- newborn pictures in progress here. But my goodness, I blacked out through both of my kids' newborn days and forgot how sweet and sleepy new babies are!
three. Last week we had another huge eye appointment and y'all (I'm already crying just writing this)...Thomas NAILED IT. Most of the time these appointments, which take around three hours to complete, are pure torture for us all. But Thomas was the biggest champ. He even had to get his eyes dilated twice (the first time wasn't enough) and let Dr. D give the most thorough eye exam while he SAT STILL in the chair BY HIMSELF (sorry I'm screaming with all caps, I'm just so excited and proud). In the past it would take three of us to hold him down and pry his eye lids open for an exam. Because we were able to get such good measurements we are tweaking his contacts with a new prescription. Previously we were working on his long distance vision and now we are going to switch to his reading vision -- and hopefully this will help us with things like STAIRS (our nightmare)!!! Without lenses in his eyes we can only pick one vision -- near-sighted or far-sighted vision to work on at a time, so Thomas will always struggle a bit with whichever vision he isn't working on over the next few years, until he gets a permanent lens implanted in his eye. Anyway, this little dude is SO DAMN AWESOME. I couldn't be more proud of how he's handled this journey with so much strength! Oh, and if you know us in real life, don't be offended if Thomas gives you his confused stink-eye look if you're interacting with him from too far away -- you're blurry!
four. In other exciting Thomas news -- we finally got his summer shoes in! Poor guy had been wearing his sissy's pink natives and pink tennis shoes for a bit while we waited on his new kicks to arrive. He and Caroline now wear the SAME size shoe. I've written about my love for Natives before but these shoes are absolutely our favorite summer shoes -- they are durable, breathable and perfect for errands and trips to the splash pad.
five. Yep, still using HelloFresh, thank goodness. If I didn't have these meals waiting on my doorstep there's a good chance we'd be surviving off of cereal 7 days a week right now. But instead we're only eating cereal 4 days a week and amazing things like pork chops with crispy chorizo Brussels sprouts smothered in balsamic glaze. 
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Monday, March 20, 2017

Asheville Glamping Weekend

I cashed in my Christmas present from Matt over the weekend -- an Asheville getaway with some of our best friends, Brynn and Palmer! This city is a very special place where Brynn and I have spent SO much time together camping, celebrating marriage, day trips and so much more. So you can imagine how excited we were when our husbands surprised us both on Christmas morning with a fully planned getaway to Asheville! Matt and Palmer nailed every detail from securing babysitting for the kids to selecting the most gorgeous rooms.
Saturday morning we sprinted out the door the moment Ms. Jamie arrived to watch the kids for the weekend, scooped up Brynn and Palmer and set off for Asheville. When we arrived in town we dropped our bags off at The Inn at Biltmore Estate which is one of the prettiest places we've ever stayed.
Most of our Asheville trips together have been spent in a tent, cabin or inexpensive hotels, so this was definitely our version of glamping. After dropping off our bags we ubered to lunch at White Duck Taco Shop.
The evening before our trip Brynn stopped by the house with her little man for a play date while our husbands were out watching basketball together. The kiddos had the best time running around and playing, but it was SUPER nice to finally catch up with her without interruptions every .32 seconds.
 
After filling our bellies with tacos we walked across the bridge to New Belgium Brewery to continue our day-drinking. This place was seriously the coolest Asheville brewery we've been to -- and we've been to a LOT. The brewery sits on the river and the day couldn't have been more beautiful for sitting on the patio. We accidentally stayed the entire day here and had way too much fun.
After many flights of beers and rounds of uno we decided to head back to the Inn.
Back at the Inn we enjoyed cocktails, french fries and magic tricks by Palmer on the gorgeous wrap around porch overlooking the mountains before checking out our rooms!
I was so excited to get away with Matt that I would have totally been cool with a parking lot room view. But nope, the surprises kept flowing when we entered our fifth floor room to find Matt had sprung for the mountainside view. 
Can I also say how dang nice it was to get ready for dinner without tiny people asking me for things or running away with my makeup brushes?! We took alllll the time we needed getting ready for dinner -- that alone was worth the trip! So relaxing! Meanwhile, back at home...
We love these little people so much but we also really, really, really loved missing a night of poop scooping.
 
The only thing the guys left to us to plan was our dinner reservations -- they know us so well! Brynn and I love so many Asheville restaurants but wanted to try a new place. And since we had several months notice to secure our reservations we were thrilled to get in to Rhubarb, which has literally been on our list forever
Rhubarb did not disappoint one bit. We started off with cocktails and appetizers and took our time before ordering our entrees. The menu changes daily, but if you ever get the chance to dine at Rhubarb you absolutely need to check to see if the goat cheese burrata is available. The only moment our table was absolutely silent was when we were devouring this incredible appetizer. So so so good.
Also, Matt didn't stop making fun of me the entire night for ordering the cauliflower steak over kale. But it was seriously SO good, surprisingly filling, and I was too curious not to try it! 

Dinner ended pretty late and we had a very long, fun day so we decided to uber back to the Inn. Brynn and I called it a night and both went to bed (yes, my dream getaway includes crawling into bed at 10:30 pm) while the boys closed down the lobby bar. And I only woke up twice throughout the night to phantom crying.
The next morning I slept in...until 7:30 am! Even though I was up with the sun I thoroughly enjoyed not changing any diapers or taking breakfast orders which would later be dumped on the floor. And I got to drink my coffee in a robe while looking at the most beautiful view!
And of course, we stopped for brunch at Early Girl Eatery before heading back home! It was a perfect weekend getaway! A huge shout out to Matt for being an all-star husband and for the most thoughtful and well-planned trip!
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