Instant Pot – Pork Carnitas Mexican Pulled Pork

I just love using my Insta Pot.  This has made my life so much easier being a busy mom.  You can take a frozen roast or  whole chicken to completely cooked in 90 minutes.

One of my go to recipes is Pork Carnitas. This recipe will make several meals and is freezer friendly.  You will have shredded pork in the freezer ready to thaw for tacos or burritos at a moments noticed.  Great for moms on the go..makes really quick meals your family will love…and who doesn’t love tacos?  Right?

Enjoy!

Mexican Pork Carnitas –  Delicious Mexican pork made in the Instant Pot (pressure cooker) for tacos, burritos, taco salads etc. 

Total Time: 60 minutes * This is freezer-friendly


2 1/2 pounds trimmed, boneless pork shoulder blade roast, cut into 4 pieces
2 teaspoons kosher salt
black pepper, to taste
6 cloves garlic, cut into sliver
1 1/2 teaspoons cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry oregano
1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
2-3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce (to taste)
1/4 teaspoon dry adobo seasoning (I used Goya)
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
Directions:
Season pork with salt and pepper.
Press sauté on the instant pot, spray with oil and brown the pork on all sides for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
Using a sharp knife, insert blade into pork about 1-inch deep, and insert the garlic slivers, you’ll want to do this all over.
Season pork with cumin, oregano, adobo and garlic powder all over.
Pour chicken broth, add chipotle peppers and stir, and place pork in the Instant Pot, cover and cook using the pressure cooker setting on high pressure for 80 minutes.
When the pressure releases, shred pork using two forks and combine well with the juices that accumalated at the bottom.
Adjust cumin and add adobo and mix well.

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Rustic Farmhouse Beauty from Reclaimed Wood…..

We just started on a new venture and opened up our second Etsy store.  I have always love Farmhouse décor.  It reminds me of times past.   Farmhouse décor is making a come back.  It’s all about clean simple ways to decorate.

Welcome to our new shop The Chocolate Chicken2® Rustic Farmhouse Signs.

Each Rustic Farmhouse sign we make are one-of-a-kind, due to the nature of the wood and the distressed finish. We only use reclaimed wood. Our goal is to use wood that has been discarded and is no longer used. We try to keep the natural character of the wood. We find the wood grain, nail holes, knots, and cracks add to the simplicity and unique character of the signs.

Since all of our signs are hand-painted on wood, you will see chips, cracks, paint splashes, paint bleeds, knots, and holes. We believe this adds to the character of our items, and makes each one completely unique. No two pieces are ever the same.

All of our signs make great affordable gifts for all occasions.

Come by and Check us out.  http://www.Thechocolatechicken2.etsy.com.

 

Natural Alternative for the Cold and Flu Season…

Well the cold and flu season upon us.  Some of you may want to try a natural alternative.  When I’m not feeling well I like to enjoy a hot bath with blend of dried flowers, nourishing herbs and therapeutic essential oils.  breathing and soaking in all that steam.  Besides that it has Epsom salts to ease you aching body.

You might want to try these bath teas.  What is a bath tea.  It is just like a tea bag, but for your bath.  It is filled with herb, flowers, salts and essential oils.

Our Herbal Bath Tea – Cold and Flu Blend with European Dead Sea Salts, combine the benefits of the direct application of herbal nutrients to the skin with aromatherapy and the soothing properties of the bath.

This blend of dried flowers, nourishing herbs and therapeutic essential oils helps to support the immune system at the onset of a cold or flu.

Enjoy a relaxing herbal bath by soaking this European Spa & Bath Tea bag in a bathtub filled with warm water. Breath in the herbal steam for aromatherapy.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

Therapeutic blend of flowers, herbs, vitamins and essential oils selected for their immune-strengthening, antiviral and antibacterial properties
Helps to support immune system at onset of cold or flu
Fresh, minty scent soothes the sinuses and helps to relieve congestion

Directions:
Place tea bag in a warm bath. Soak the herbal tea bag for about 20 minutes until its aroma is released in the water.

Tea is not for drinking, bathing only.

Ingredients:
Pimpinella Anisum (Anise) Seed, Rubus Fructicosus (Blackberry) Leaf, Calendula Officinalis, Sambucus Nigra Flower, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root, Melissa Officinalis (Lemon Balm), Linum Usitatissmum (Linseed) Seed, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf, Mentha Spicata (Spearmint) Leaf, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Leaf, Achillea Millefolium, Dead Sea Salt, Epsom Salt.

Contents: 2 Tea Bags. Dimensions: 4″ x 6″ bag approximately 8 oz.

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Beautiful, Romantic Jewelry with a Hint of Vintage…..

I would like to introduce Natalie, she is the owner and Designer at PRKJewelry .  PRK Jewelry, an online-only jewelry shop based just outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Natalie designs and creates every piece of jewelry. You can see the handmade details in each piece she creates.  Being an online shop she is responsible for handling customer service, shipping, bookkeeping, graphic design, product photography and modeling. Originally trained as a Realtor, Natalie never imagined this profession to be her “niche”.

Natalie’s  transformation from Realtor to jewelry designer occurred a few years after her children were born.  She had been a stay at home mom for a while and needed to switch her career focus to something that would continue to give Natalie the freedom to be around for her children’s needs and activities.


Inspired by Natalie’s  lifelong jewelry “experiments” combined with her  obsession with the Elizabethan Era, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, She is now doing something that she loves.
Items you will find at PRKJewelry range from Sterling Silver gemstone rings to vintage style items, cameo jewelry and some romantic modern styles.  Stop by PRKJewelry, check out the designer jewelry at https://www.PRKJewelry.etsy.com

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions please feel free to email her at Email:  natalie@prettyredkitty.com

You can find PKRJewelry on several social media channels.  She runs promotions and sales on her social media channels.  Go subscribe so you will be first to know about these Sale and Coupons.

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Prettyredkitty

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/prettyredkitty

Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/prkjewellery

YouTube Channel:  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCphZI8dPsOMyXrDeufGFqnA

 

 

 

 

 

Calling all Reese’s fans…..

Are you a Fan of Peanut Butter?  Do you have a family that’s crazy for it.  Reese’s are everywhere in this house.  My son comes home from wrestling practice and first thing he does is get a big spoonful of Peanut butter to eat while doing his chores.  I cannot keep enough peanut butter and Nutella in my house.

I have found the best recipe that is similar in flavor like a Reese’s peanut butter cups. With my family they are a big hit.  Very easy to make. You will be a hit at the next bake sale or potluck!

Enjoy!

 

No Bake Peanut Butter Bars

Ingredients

Peanut Butter Bars
1 cup (2 sticks) salted butter, melted
2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup mini Reese’s pieces

Chocolate Layer
1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
2 tablespoons peanut butter
1/4 cup mini Reese’s pieces

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Instructions
Prepare a 9×13 baking dish by lining with tin foil. Set aside.
Combine melted butter, graham cracker crumbs, powdered sugar, peanut butter, and brown sugar. Mix together until combined.
Add in the Reese’s Pieces and stir together.
Dump into baking pan lined with foil and evenly press into the pan. Use your hands or a spatula to do this.
To make chocolate topping: combine chocolate chips and peanut butter in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave for 1 minute at a time, stirring after 1 minute (mine took 2 minutes).
Pour on top of the peanut butter bars and smooth out. Sprinkle with some Reese’s Pieces.
Refrigerate for 1-3 hours. Lift bars out of the pan by the tin foil and cut into squares.

Notes
This recipe can easily be halved. Use a 8×8 baking pan.
The longer the bars sit out at room temperature the softer they become. Store in fridge for best results. Leave out on the counter for a few minutes to soften if wanted or eat straight from the fridge.
You can find the mini Reese’s Pieces in the baking aisle by the chocolate chips.

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