Bestovers Crock Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos

Heyyyyyyy I’m blogging! :)

I have decided that I’m no longer going to put pressure on myself to have a certain number of posts per week, or any posts at all.  It’s liberating!  Except that I’ve been eye balls deep in our audit at work for the past three weeks and haven’t had a chance to come up for air.  However, I  can see the light at the end of the tunnel and have lots to look forward to this weekend with an impending trip to Asheville, North Carolina for two of our best friends’ wedding (squeeeee!) and the audit has almost reached an end.  Kind of.  Anyway, during this audit, the extent of my cooking has been limited to basically this giant pot of best overs pulled pork.  We had some in the freezer from last fall, so Wheat pulled it out and I made it better than before.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos | Oysters & Pearls

I forget how awesome crock pots are sometimes.

I turned leftover pulled pork into the most awesome best over maybe ever.

Bestovers Crock Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork

ingredients

- 1 gallon ziplock bag of shredded pulled pork, previous frozen
– 2 large cans of crushed pineapple, including the juice
– a few shakes of Garlic Salt
– a couple shakes of Soy Sauce

instructions

Cook on low heat for 8 hours.  Serve in taco shells with cilantro slaw, sliced pineapple, sliced avocado, etc.

Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos | Oysters & Pearls

It’s also DELICIOUS just heated up in a bowl and topped with toppings and eaten with a fork.  I actually ended up doing that more often than not.

To make the “cilantro slaw,” I basically just tossed a bag of classic cabbage cole slaw with some store-bought slaw dressing (the fresh kind in the produce section – so sue me) and a hefty addition of dried cilantro.

Crock Pot Hawaiian Pulled Pork Tacos | Oysters & Pearls

EASY PEASY.  And delicious.  I couldn’t get enough of it.  Which was good, because we had an awful lot of it.

I’m going to be MIA this weekend, but I swear I’ll be up to cool things, so follow along with my travels on Instagram!  If not, I really will most likely share my pictures on here at some point after I get back.  Pinky promise (kinda).

Until Next Time

Spring Beekeeping

Hey honeys!

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

As sad as I was to do it, I liberated myself of a couple obligations this week.  Sometimes, even though I care SO MUCH about SO MANY different things, you just have to take a step back and make sure you still have time to do the things you enjoy for yourself, ya know?  One of those things is beekeeping.  I just adore these honey bees, no matter how many times they sting me.  ;)

Sunday, Wheat and I opened up our hives to check on the girls.  We didn’t find what we expected to find, exactly, either.  Our strong hive, the Killer Millers, which we expected to split this spring, we found was weak.  So weak.  They had tons of new honey and comb (pictured above), but so few bees.  The mean old queen was still there though, which was odd.  When a hive swarms, they normally take the old queen with them and leave the new queen (or sometimes, no queen at all).  So the only thing I can figure (because so few bees did not make all that honey) is that the hive already swarmed (which is CRAZY) and they took the new queen with them.  Le sigh.  You never know what those bees are gonna do!

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

My “sweet bees,” our original bee capture, were stronger than EVER!  I’m telling you, bees and honey everywhere! We spotted this queen, too, and she was just laying away.  A bottom box in our double deep (meaning two deep hive boxes without a queen excluder) was chock full of brood.  We even spotted a lot of drones!  So if we don’t do something, this hive will swarm pretty soon, too.  We even found a few in progress queen cups we nipped off.

In these pictures, you can see the white, freshly capped honey.  Fresh wax is pale and light, almost white.

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Just looking at these pictures again makes me so, so happy.  I can’t wait for Spring!

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Bees on bees on bees. :)

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Now for a quick game of (unmarked) Queen Spotting:

Can you find her?

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Did you spot her?  She’s right above the word “spot!”  I didn’t exactly manage to center her in the picture.  The sun was so bright I had trouble seeing my phone screen.  She’s a champ!

Then we spotted our marked, mean old biddy of a queen in the Killer Miller hive.  She’s been laying a little, but she’s got her work cut out for her.

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

Queen Bee, Honey Bees and Beekeeping on Oysters & Pearls

We plan to harvest honey as soon as it warms up, give the sweet bees some room to expand without swarming and take away some space from the Killer Millers.  I love that just when you think you understand the bees, they show you that you don’t actually know much at all!  Kinda sounds like life.

I hope everyone has a very happy Valentines’ Day weekend!  I’m helping throw my little sister a baby shower tomorrow (that sounds crazy even saying it), then retiring to a steak and a bottle of red at home with my very patient, kind, lovable husband.  We are seeing one of my all-time favorite bands, MoFro, with friends on Sunday, and I plan to relax with a day off on Monday.  Cheers to a wonderful weekend, friends, and don’t forget to hug the ones you love!

Until Next Time

Harold and Juin Eat Apples

Thank you so, so much to everyone who commented on my last post.  The kind, reassuring words from friends and readers I’ve never even met helped assuage the self-doubt I’ve been feeling.  Nevertheless, I think sometimes it’s really great (though painful) to have a true, punched-right-in-the-baby-maker gut check.  Thank you also for all the recommendations and things you’d like to see.  I’ve taken each and every single comment to heart and stored them away for rainier, less happy days.  I also have added some of your suggestions to my reading list.  And by reading, I won’t lie.  Thanks to a recommendation from a friend, I’ve been listening to books via Audible.  I listen during my 1 hour commute, I listen while I walk for exercise… it’s pretty awesome.  Because as much as I love to read, I just don’t have much spare time.  I’m not going to make myself even feel bad about that.

And if for no other reason than I am most likely the most literal person you’ll ever meet (I promise – just ask Wheat)… here are some terrible iPhone pictures of my dogs eating apples.  Complete with some corner of the photo cameos of my ever-lovely crocs.

Commence blog posts regarding whatever the hell I feel like writing about. ;)

Every apple I eat, I give one bite to each of them and then take one myself.  So basically, I never eat more than 1/3 of an apple anymore.  They line up and beg for apples.  And then when they chew them up, they chew really big and crunch really loud and it’s hysterical when you’re working from home and they are the only other “people” you’ve talked out loud to all day.

Enjoy.  And thank you.

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Harold and Juin eat apples. | Oysters & Pearls

Until Next Time