The Best Pork Roast Ever and Sweet Potato Mash

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I know I don’t normally post about the cooking that I’ve done, but, like the Chicken Pillows, I just have to share these recipes! Unfortunately, I didn’t take any pictures because I didn’t really expect to blog about this meal, but there are pictures in the links I’ll be sharing for each recipe. Now, on to the good stuff!

The Best Pork Roast Ever
I was a little skeptical when I saw this was named The Best Pork Roast…I mean, really? Well, this is one of the very best, if not the best, pork roast I’ve had, so I guess it did live up to its name!

To make the pork roast I followed the recipe below which can be found on Foodie Sisters site.

Ingredients
1 2 pound package of pork tenderloins (you can either get a pack with 2 tenderloins or one big tenderloin and cut it in half)
4 garlic cloves, quartered/sliced/slivered (I actually only used 2 cloves)
1/4 cup soy sauce (I used light soy sauce)
2 tablespoon country dijon mustard
4 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
freshly ground pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons olive oil

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Take tenderloins out of package. Rinse and pat dry.
3. Spray a 9×13 baking dish and place tenderloins inside.
4. Use a paring knife and poke holes on the top side of the tenderloins, about an inch deep. Place a garlic piece into each hole.
5. To make the marinade, use a measuring cup or bowl and whisk together everything except for olive oil. Then, slowly drizzle in the oil while whisking.
6. Pour marinade over tenderloins.
7. Bake uncovered for 45 minutes. Baste the tenderloins at least one time during the baking process.
8. When finished, let the roast rest on the cutting board for about 10 minutes before cutting. This is the hardest step because it smells SO good!
9. Cut the roast and spoon sauce over the pieces.
10. Get ready for a delicious flavor explosion in your mouth!

Sweet Potato Mash
I LOVE sweet potatoes so I thought that a sweet potato mash would be a nice compliment to the pork roast. To make the mash, I used the recipe that can be found at Skinny Chef‘s website.

Ingredients
2 1/2 lbs of sweet potatoes (I used three medium sized potatoes)
1/4 cup non-fat milk at room temperature
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions
1. Cut up the potatoes into small pieces. Place in boiling water.
2. Boil the potatoes until soft (I believe it took about 20-25 minutes).
3. Drain the potatoes and put back into the pan used to boil the potatoes.
4. With an electric mixer, beat the potatoes and alternate adding the milk and the butter to the mixture until the potatoes are a smooth puree.
5. Beat in the honey, mustard, and salt.
6. Serve immediately and enjoy!

I hope that you enjoy this meal as much as my husband and I did…we were all but licking our plates (we let the dog do that)!

Cooking love,
Heather

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No-Sew Tutu

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Finished Tutu with title

While I was at the craft store picking up supplies for my “Fauxby” Wrap, I also picked up supplies to make a no-sew tutu. I had found a tutorial at Treasures for Tots and knew I could handle putting this tutu together.

For the tutu, I purchased two 6″ spools of tulle (light pink and a shimmery gray) and 3 feet of black satin ribbon. The supplies cost me about $10, but the gray tulle was a bit more expensive because it was shimmery.

To begin, I followed Treasures for Tots directions to cut the tulle using a 15″ by 7″ piece of cardboard.

First, I wrapped the pink tulle around the cardboard.

Pink Rolled with words

Then I used two rubber bands to secure the tulle in place.

Pink Banded with words

I was then able to easily cut the tulle to make my 15″ pieces.

Pink Cut with words

I took the rubber bands off, made a stack with the pieces, then did the same thing with the gray tulle.

Gray Rolled with words

Gray Banded and Cut with words

Then it was time to make the tutu! I took my stacks of tulle and alternated between three pieces of pink and three pieces of gray. To attach the tulle to the ribbon I used a slip knot.

Knot with words

I know my picture isn’t too clear, but there are some great pics on the Treasures for Tots website.

To make a slip knot, take one piece of tulle and fold it in half. Place it under the ribbon, then pull your “tails” through the loop going around the ribbon. Pull tight and push the knots as close together as possible to make your tutu fluffier!

It took me about 45 minutes, start to finish, to make the tutu. It was super easy and I am totally in love with it! I can’t wait to put it on my little cupcake!!

Finished Tutu with words

Happy crafting!
Heather

No-Sew “Fauxby” Wrap

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Fauxby Wrap Title

Since I’m pregnant I’ve been looking for ways to save money on all the things I will need/want for the baby. One thing I’ve heard is good to have is a Moby Wrap. After going to the store and seeing how much they cost, I decided against registering for one, but rather took a friend’s advice to make my own. I went on a hunt for a “Fauxby” Wrap tutorial and came across Rookie Moms website. Their directions looked easy enough, so I set off for the fabric store!

At the store I purchased 5 yards of a 4% spandex, 96% cotton knit fabric. (I couldn’t find 5% and 95%, but the fabric still seemed stretchy enough.) It cost me a little under $30 for the fabric.

When I got home, I laid out the fabric folded in half.

Fabric with words

Then I cut along the fold.

Long Cut with words

Cut with words

And then I was done! I now have not one, but two “Fauxby” Wraps to use when my little cupcake arrives! And, honestly, the hardest part of the whole project was finding the fabric!

There is a good video on the Rookie Moms site that shows how to put on the Moby Wrap- I’ll definitely need to use this when baby girl is here, but I tried it out (even over my pregnant belly) and it looks like my “Fauxby” Wrap is going to work just fine!

Happy crafting!
Heather

Festive Fruit Flag

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Fruit Flag with title

For the 4th of July I was looking for something festive to make/do for our guests that were coming over. I decided to make the Fruit Flag I saw on Pinterest since it looked pretty easy and like it wouldn’t take too long. This flag was definitely super easy to put together…and who doesn’t love fruit?! I used strawberries, bananas, and blueberries, but you could really use any fruit that brings out the red, white, and blue in the flag. I paired the flag with the Fluffy Fruit Dip and had a delicious and refreshing treat. I also discovered that bananas in the fruit dip is a whole lot of deliciousness!

Happy creating!
Heather