Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Teacher Printables in the shop & FREE Thank You Tags!

The end of the school year is upon us- in your house is that a good or a bad thing? ;)

Whether you have a preschooler or a high schooler, 
it's always nice to say 'goodbye' to the teachers
 and school staff that help our children grown and learn in a thoughtful way.

Today I finished up some cute new Treat Bag Toppers and listed them in my Etsy shop, Mod Ink Design

These thank you tags are a great way to give a little treat to your child's teacher, librarian, teacher's aide, therapist, administrator, secretary, bus driver, janitor or even crossing guard.
 They would also be a great gift for the parents in your carpool group, a dance teacher, or a sports coach.

I also designed a couple FREE printables for you to download and use on your end of the school year gifts. 

These tags would be perfect on a gift basket, bag of candy, gift card, mug with cocoa mix,
 cookie on a stick, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Lastly, I designed a simple candy bar wrapper in a school assignment theme. 
This is also available to you as a FREE download. 
It's a bit larger than most candy bars to accommodate different varieties. 
Just download & print, snip the ends to desired length,
 and wrap the candy bar up and tape closed. 
It's adorable with a ribbon accent or without, and you can have your child hand-write their name.

If you like these freebies don;t forget to show me some love! 
Pin them, tweet them, share them on facebook 
and I would love to see pictures of your final gifts ready to be given via instagram!
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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Double Duty Cooking: Crock Pot Carnitas & BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Today's post is all about pulling double duty.
 Not only is Day 1 a breeze to prepare since it is cooked mostly in the crock pot,
                             but on Day 2 it can be re-vamped for a totally different flavored meal!

My husband is Spanish and I am from the South,
 and these meals aim to please both of those different palates. 
You won't feel like you are eating leftovers, I promise!

Besides the obvious benefit to spending less time cooking in the kitchen,
 buying one large pork shoulder and serving it for two meals
 (plus possible leftovers depending on your family size) 
is economical on the grocery budget, too.

Here's what you'll need for Day 1:

                                                    3-5 lb pork shoulder or butt, boneless

1 can Dr Pepper (coke, root beer or diet versions will work, but DP is the top choice here)

Seasonings- Cumin, Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder

2 T Butter

Avocado, diced

Tomato, diced
Red Onion ( if desired, we usually skip this)
Tortillas (store bought or my homemade recipe)

Rinse the meat and place it in crock pot, pour Dr Pepper over meat.
 Liberally season with spices listed, (I'm a eyeball it kinda gal so sorry there's no specifics here). 

Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 3-4 hours. 

Remove from crock pot and using two forks (or a Kitchen-aid mixer) shred meat.

On an aluminum foil lined baking sheet spread about half of the meat so that it is mostly just one layer. 

Melt butter in microwave and drizzle over meat. Place into oven on Low Broil for 5-10 minutes 

( WATCH IT!!!)

 You want a little brown crispiness, but don't burn that precious juicy goodness!

Serve on warm tortillas with liberal toppings.

 I also like to season the avocado and tomatoes with a little salt & pepper. 


Package remaining meat in tupperware for Day 2.

Here's what you'll need for Day 2:

                                                            Shredded Pork from Day 1
Favorite BBQ Sauce (we like Sweet Baby Ray's)

Hamburger Buns/Sandwich Rolls

Toppings of your choice- pickles, coleslaw, etc.

In a saucepan combine meat and sauce until thoroughly coated and cooked through. 
Serve it up with a side of broccoli salad and call dinner done!



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