My Brother Is Engaged
A couple of weeks ago, my brother, Nat, and his girlfriend, Amanda, were volunteers for their church’s annual camping trip. He decided that would be the perfect time for him to propose to her. They recently celebrated their third anniversary dating and he had the ring custom made several weeks earlier.
During the closing ceremony on the last day at camp, the kids who attended the trip were joined hand-in-hand and formed a circle. The pastor called Amanda to the center of the circle while Nat followed behind her. She didn’t know until one of the girls held up a sign instructing her to turn around.
Nat got down on one knee, recited a few romantic words, and popped the question. I wasn’t there, but I did see the video someone recorded.
She said “yes”!
Everyone cheered. I cried.
Time To Celebrate
My family planned a party to be held at my parents’ house. It was a very small gathering with only immediate family and a close friend of my brother’s in attendance. Amanda’s parents and her nephew also came.
One of my sisters bought wings from a popular chain (BWW) and made this very special cake. White Almond with Cheesecake Filling. It was delicious!
Here is a side view of the same cake.
My mom ordered a few pounds of Italian Beef for sandwiches, made a yummy potato salad, and a relish tray. Meanwhile, my other sister brought a couple of other desserts. Amanda even made a peach cobbler which was very tasty.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork
What about me, you ask? I made BBQ Pork in the slow cooker. There are tons of recipes online for it. I found one a few years ago I tweaked to my liking and it cooked while I slept on Saturday night. I woke up Sunday morning to the fantastic aroma.
I love my slow cookers. I own two of them: a 5qt round a a 6qt oval. This batch of BBQ pulled pork was SO EASY to make and fairly inexpensive too!
I bought an almost 5lb pork tenderloin. Before adding it to the Crock Pot, I seasoned it on all sides with this McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning blend.
As you can see, I need to buy another one since I use it so often. It makes steaks, burgers, and pork taste so good! There is also a recipe on the label to make a marinade. Just add olive oil and soy sauce.
After I seasoned the meat, I seared it on all sides in a pan on medium heat. Not too long, just enough to brown it a little. The apartment smelled great. My neighbors were probably wondering what kind of “midnight snack” I was making.
I sprayed the inside of the crock pot with cooking spray, chopped a large onion and added it along with the meat.
Confession time: I used two different kinds of BBQ sauce for this batch. I love experimenting when I cook. This was one of those times. One was an 18oz bottle of Aldi’s store brand Hickory variety. The other was the original Sweet Baby Ray’s.
I also added water to the empty bottle, shook it to get the rest of the BBQ sauce off, and added it to the crock pot.
Depending on the size of your slow cooker, you should make sure it is 2/3 to 3/4 full with food and/or liquid so everything cooks evenly.
I put the lid on, set the dial to Low, and went to bed.
When I woke up eight hours later, I took the lid off and used two forks to shred the meat inside the slow cooker. It was so tender, it just fell apart effortlessly.
Once that was done, I let it cook for another hour and then set the dial to Warm until it was time to eat. Easy peasy!
True story: When my youngest sister tried the pork, the first words out of her mouth were “I taste something other than BBQ sauce in it.” I did reveal my secret ingredient was the McCormick Grill Mates Montreal Steak seasoning.
Everyone had a great time at the engagement party and we are all looking forward to their wedding!
How did you or your significant other propose marriage?