Thursday, February 11, 2010

the Ugly, the Bad, and the Good

Bad ideas I had this week:
  • Parallel parking my Tahoe in a Prius-sized parking space at school.

  • Putting Big Boy Undies on DJ (little DJ) and then forgetting about them. And then going to Walmart. (Which is always a bad idea, in and of itself. Always.)
  • Writing smart-alecky answers to the questions on my geology homework at midnight. (Why, oh why do I think I'm funny when I'm tired? Or ever?)

  • Letting Olivia hold the bag of wheat we were taking to my aunt Mary's house to grind (because she has a really spiffy grinder and let us use it because she's awesome that way). I have wheat kernels all over my car.

  • Eating Cafe Rio knock-off pork salads for, like, eight meals straight. Holy angioplasty, Batman.
Good ideas I had slash ripped off this week but mostly just ripped off:

  • Six words: Cafe Rio pork knock-off recipe. Where have you been all my life?! I'm going to post it here...it's that good. And for those of you who are worried about the Coke--don't worry, the caffeine burns off when you cook it. (wink, wink)
  • "Human progress never rolls in on wheels on inevitability; it comes through the tireless efforts of men willing to be co-workers with God..."--Martin Luther King, Jr. Good idea.

  • Putting spinach and frozen broccoli in my kids' smoothies. I got this idea from my brilliant friend, Judi, who has been tricking her children into eating vegetables this way for years. Good parenting is all about trickery. And bribery. And starfall.com.
And now, the moment you've all been waiting for...


Cafe Rio Pork Knock-off Recipe That I Found On the Internet


2 lbs. pork (the fatty, delicious shoulder kind that comes in a net because it's bad for you)
3 cans Coca-Cola (NOT diet. Seriously? You're already eating pork.)
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can diced green chilies
3/4 can enchilada sauce (medium-hotness Old El Paso)
1 c. brown sugar
Marinate the pork in 1 and 1/2 cans of Coke and 1/4 c. brown sugar for a few hours or overnight.
Drain marinade and put pork, 1/2 can of Coke, water and garlic salt in a crock pot on high for 3-4 hours. Remove pork and drain and leftover liquid. Shred pork.
In a food processor or blender, blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce, and 1 c. brown sugar. Put shredded pork and sauce in crock pot on high for another two hours. Voila!

And, as promised, The Ugly:

7 comments:

Snowfire said...

WTH is that? I know its the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chupacabra. Didn't know they were in San Jorge

Cathy's Blog said...

Thanks Elise I will try it!!

Marie Says Yes said...

oh my gosh! that ugly is the ugliest thing I have EVER SEEN. It reminds me of these horror books for kids i read in elementary school (i know) and the story of the rat from mexico the woman thought was a dog and it ate her husband. i still think of that rat sometimes, and I SAW HIM TODAY. thanks, buddy! the end.

Kathy H. said...

So how can you be so darn amazingly skinny and eat those pork burritos? Sounds yummy because I always order pork at Cafe Rio - it's my favorite!

Oh and it's Diane Daniels who wrote a book. Bishop Daniel's wife.

Jenn said...

oooh, I have a really good smoothy recipe that uses lots of spinach, and it tasts SO good. Would your kids drink it if it was green? Sammy won't, but that is becasue she sees me stuffing all that spinach in the blender!

Kathy H. said...

Tate publishing is publishing her book.
There are tons of opportunities for the Give a Day program but we chose a rural one where I didn't actually have to take the kids out of the house! The blankets were so easy to make. Too bad it's only for kids 6 and up.
And there has got to be a better way to comment on blogs! I always forget to check the box that says to email follow up comments so I always go to that person's blog to give my reply because if someone answers my comment I'd never know because I can't remember to check that stupid box!

danielandjamaica said...

Here's even EASIER pork recipe:
1 7lb pork roast from Costco (they come 4 in a pack and freeze great)
1C. Brown Sugar
2C. Pace picante
12ish hours in the crock pot and yer done. Shed's easily with a fork or spoon about 6-8 hours into cooking.
And I WOULD like the spinach smoothy recipe if you got it.