Crockpot: Slow cooked pulled pork tacosFebruary 25 2015, 0 Comments



This installment of DINNER: OWNED BY MAMA is featuring Jade, from Violet Pepper, a great boutique that has a new goal for 2015.  Violet Pepper plans to simply the business by dealing with fewer vendors and start carrying more vintage and previously worn items.  Jade, who is not only a great mama, is also a smart business owner and is doing what more businesses should do - she is listening to her customers.  And her customers have spoken (or rather asked....) looking for more vintage items.  After a day of listening, like any working mama, Jade loves to come home to a warm family dinner.  Like many of us, Jade thinks the most satisfying meals, in terms of easiness and taste, are ones cooked in the crock pot.  The night before an anticipated hectic day, Jade will pull some meat out of the freezer to defrost in the refrigerator overnight.  In the morning she simply drops it into the slow cooker and heads out the door.                


Jade's favorite slow cooked dinner is a simple pork loin that you can turn into pulled pork for tacos or sandwiches, or, in the case of her 3 yr old, a simple meat dish.  Jade and her husband tend to enjoy a pulled pork taco, while her daughter enjoys the meat with whatever veggies are in the fridge.  Simple.  Easy.  And everyone is happy! 
Here's the recipe:
Create a rub with some mustard powder, brown sugar, cumin, salt & pepper, paprika and 2 cloves of chopped garlic. Spread with your hands over a 3 lb cut of pork (Jade typically uses pork tenderloin to ease up on the fat) and place in the slow cooker with a bottle of bbq sauce, some apple cider vinegar and a little bit of water. Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred with 2 forks.
Serve with corn or flour taco sized tortillas, shredded cabbage, avocado, feta or cotija cheese and a little sour cream, salsa and/or hot sauce.
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The no sew solution to mending those holes and tears.February 23 2015, 0 Comments






My son has so many holes in his pants and since spring seems far away these days I decided to do a little patch project. I had been sewing up some of the holes however the same tears would just open up. This little patch was an easy 10 minute project that I highly recommend. The patches I used are from H& M and were 3 for around $5. They aren't avail online however they always seem to have a few to chose from at the store.

A few patch resources:

DIY Embroidered Merit Badges via Etsy

Make you own shapes with these Iron On Patches

Patch Mommy


Happy Weekend.February 21 2015, 0 Comments

Apologies if you live some where warm and are tired of hearing how cold it is here. However when you it is as cold as it is these days you find that the weather dictates your mood. I would say my state of mine is one of longing for at least a weekend of warm weather to just warm us up,  the constant cold and coughs going at my house is a bit comical. A bit. 

On the plus side there is a lot of creating, cooking and reading of books going on. So with cold weather like most weather you have the pro and cons of what it brings to family life. 

Some of that family time has created the wall weavings I mentioned I was starting, long story but my artist husband took over and did two hangings so it became more like DIY Daddy, they came out gorgeous. 

To Do:

MB's own Erica is teaching this fun class for the wee ones, if you live in or near our neighborhood, def check it out!

We're pinning away, yummy food recipes, DIYs, check us out!




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