THE pepper EXPRESS: October 2016

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Going to the Pumpkin Patch

Going to the Pumpkin Patch is just the beginning of all the festivities to come. This is Solin's third Halloween and each year we have visited the Dell'Osso Family Farm in Lathrop, CA. We even walked through the corn maze when I was pregnant with her! Dell'Osso has changed their rules on pricing this year, which makes sense, however, it's more expensive. Paying $13.95 for each member of your family is a high price to go inside and buy a pumpkin. My husband and older son decided they would prefer to do something else and we ended up making this a girls trip to the pumpkin patch. We climbed tire pyramids and large jumping pillows. We had our share of garlic fries and funnel cake. There was a train and a tractor ride. My oldest friend Sarah was working at the Haunted House and Solin was not fooled. This will forever be our tradition and I am thrilled to share it with you:
Look at Solin's face:
I love those cheesy smiles:
My hat is an old one but you can find a similar on here. My shirt, jeans and tote are from Madewell. My boots are old from here. And those cute sunglasses were gifted.
Solin's shirt (similar), pants and boots (similar) are from Old Navy. Carlie's sweater and jeans are also from Old Navy. And her boots are the opposite color of mine!
Solin is chewing gum in this photo. Yikes!
I thought they would be scared to go on these rides. But they were all for it:
Carlie even walked the plank:
Trying to find a great pumpkin:
Again for those who asked: My hat is an old one but you can find a similar on hereMy shirtjeans and tote are from Madewell. My boots are old from here. And those cute sunglasses were gifted. Solin's shirt (similar), pants and boots (similar) are from Old Navy. Carlie's sweater and jeans are also from Old Navy. And her boots are the opposite color of mine!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Pulled Pork Slider Recipe

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Growing up I simply thought pulled pork sandwiches were made with pork and barbecue sauce. After many attempts of recreating that recipe, I have perfected the pulled pork slider. You do in fact use barbecue sauce, but the Worcestershire sauce and mustard were ingredients that I included to add even more flavor. I usually can't handle all of the flavor put in this recipe because I suffer from frequent heartburn. Luckily I set my table with Nexium® 24HR Capsules. Just one pill a day helps my acid reflux and allows me to enjoy my delicious recipes. I bought the 42 count capsules from Walmart and if you would like to sign up for savings on Nexium® 24HR Capsules click HERE! With this recipe and Nexium® 24HR Capsules my family and I are able to prepare for college football season. Being prepared helps me indulge in my favorite foods without the heartburn. These sliders can be made overnight or prepared early in the morning to serve during the fall season. If you are like my family and already watching the college football games, well here is a perfect recipe to share while tailgating:
Pulled Pork Sliders
Necessary: Slow Cooker
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 pork shoulder roast
1 cup barbecue sauce
1/2 cup chicken broth
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/4 packed brown sugar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp chili powder
1 white onion, chopped
2 tsp of minced garlic
1 package of prepared buns
3 tbsp of melted butter

Prepare all of you ingredients and once you have everything measured out. Pour the vegetable oil on the bottom of your slow cooker and then place your pork shoulder into the slow cooker.
Next pour all of the ingredients into the slow cooker and mix them together. Put the lid on and cook you roast on high for 6 hours.
While your pork is roasting prepare you buns by cutting the entire loaf in half. On the cut side, brush the melted butter over each bun. Then toast the buns for 15 minutes at 150 degrees.
To shred the pork you must use two forks to separate the pork shoulder. You can use your hands but it gets extremely messy.
Spoon the shredded pork onto the prepared buns. You can now assemble your sliders:
I like to serve my sliders with a fresh Cole Slaw. You can eat the cole  slaw on the side or even put it in your slider.
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