Thursday, February 26, 2015

CAROLINA BBQ VINEGAR SAUCE

Carolina BBQ Vinegar Sauce

As a carnivore, is there anything more satisfying than a hunk of charred meat smothered in sauce? I think not. Especially if said meat cooks in a slow cooker with little help from you and the lovely BBQ Vinegar Sauce whips up in, oh, three minutes. That's my kind of dinner.  

Pulled Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Vinegar Sauce

We make our Perfect Slow Cooker Pulled Pork more frequently than I should probably admit but we do so because it works. Beautifully. Every single time. It's hard to beat that batting average (P.S. did you see that sports reference? Warren has changed me. I'm still not sure if I used the phrase correctly but it at least looks right).

We usually make a ketchup based BBQ sauce for this pork but sometimes my tastebuds need the tangy bliss that only vinegar can supply. Which is probably why I downed a bag of salt and vinegar chips alongside these gorgeous Pulled Pork BBQ Sliders. Vinegar chips + vinegar sauce is a great combination. 

Pulled Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Vinegar Sauce

And what is pulled pork without slaw? Nothing, I say. While I am an equal opportunity slaw eater, I am partial to purple cabbage on pulled pork because the color is so vibrant and pretty. 

Also, toasted Kings Hawaiian rolls is the way to go for pulled pork (sliders or not). Sweet rolls + perfectly seasoned pork + tangy sauce + crunchy purple slaw = all the ways to make me weak in the knees. 

Pulled Pork Sliders with Carolina BBQ Vinegar Sauce

I'm over on The Collaboreat today sharing this crazy simple Carolina BBQ Vinegar Sauce. And praying for winter to end. So BBQ season can properly start. And so that my skin can feel the first bit of warmth in months. 

Is that too much to ask for, Michigan? 

Is it really?


Wednesday, February 25, 2015

EASY PEANUT BUTTER PIE WITH PRETZEL CRUST

Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust

This ridiculously easy Peanut Butter Pie has literally made people fall in love. And for good reason--all that creamy gorgeous peanut butter studded with chopped Reese's cups contained in a perfectly salty/crunchy pretzel crust. You really couldn't ask for a dreamier treat.

When my little sister was wooing her fiance, she asked if I had any recipes that could qualify for Man Bait. Before I could even say a word, Warren said, "Make him a peanut butter pie."

And wouldn't you know it, that pie worked it's love potion magic and the two are slated to tie the knot come April.

Praise be the Peanut Butter Pie!

Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust

This pie is Warren's piece de resistance. He has adapted my Cookie Butter Pie into pure perfection by nixing the decadent Nutella hot fudge (though I still think all refrigerator pies should have Nutella hot fudge) and substituting peanut butter for the cookie butter.

These were obviously the correct adaptations and it has since become Warren's signature pie (though my favorite pies he makes are still Strawberry Rhubarb and Triple Berry Tarts, though I would never refuse a slice of this magnificent treat). This is the pie that people demand we bring to any gathering and Warren is always happy to oblige.

Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust

I also love how this Easy Peanut Butter Pie is kind of like an inverse of my Easy Chocolate Tart with Nutter Butter Crust. Chocolate and peanut butter go together so well for a reason!


I'm so excited to bring this pie to a sweet little baby shower in honor of Erin from the Speckled Palate. Erin is such a sweetheart and I'm so glad that I met her through my work on The Collaboreat. Isn't it crazy how blogs can actually form friendships? I am so grateful for Erin's enthusiastic support and am looking forward to virtually meeting her little bean!

Thanks so much to Megan from The Emotional Baker for inviting me to the party!

Hummingbird Cupcakes
Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes


Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust

Easy Peanut Butter Pie with Pretzel Crust

Adapted from our favorite Cookie Butter Pie

3 cups crushed pretzels
1 1/2 sticks butter, melted
1 cup peanut butter
8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
8 oz. Cool Whip + more for topping
1 bag mini Reese's peanut butter cups, chopped (or about 1 cup chopped Reese's cups)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8 or 9-inch spring form pan or pie pan. Combine the pretzel crumbs and butter in the pie pan and press firmly to form the crust. Use the bottom of a cup to press the crust up the sides of the pan. You can also use a regular pie pan if you don't have a spring form pan. cut the pretzels down to 2 cups and the butter and sugar down a tad, too. Bake the pretzel crust for 5-7 minutes and cool completely. 

With a hand mixer or stand mixer, cream the peanut butter and cream cheese together. Slowly add the powdered sugar and blend until incorporated. Fold in the whipped cream and chopped Reese's cups and pour peanut butter filling into the cooled pretzel crust. Spread remaining Cool Whip over the filling. Refrigerate (or freeze) until you are ready to serve. Sprinkle with more chopped Reese's before serving.

 

Got a sweet tooth? Check out my Project Yum Pinterest Board for more delicious treats!

Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie

Strawberry Rhubarb Slab Pie

Triple Berry Tarts

Triple Berry Tarts

Easy Chocolate Tart with Nutter Butter Crust

Easy Chocolate Tart with Nutter Butter Crust

Cookie Butter Pie

Cookie Butter Pie

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

THE MAKERS NO. 54


Can you believe that we're in the last week of February? I, for one, am incredibly glad because the coming of March means that April is almost here and hopefully--fingers crossed--Michigan will come out of its deep permafrost of a winter. At the very least, maybe the snow piles will melt into shorter stacks.

We spent this weekend reuniting with dear friends and trying to stay warm. Sadly, this weekend also gave me a horrendous cold that put me in bed for the past two days. It feels like I've had about five gallons of hot tea in the past forty-eight hours! The up side is that I'm catching up on a lot of really bad TV--Pretty Little Liars in particular. Are you binge-watching anything good I can add to my list? Can't wait to see what you guys bring to the party today!

 

Follow Your Hosts

Corey @ TinySidekick
Alexis @ Persia Lou
Katie @ Upcycled Treasures
Ursula @ Homemade by Carmona
Amy @ Club Narwhal
Anu @ Nalle's House








The talented ladies behind the blog A Joyful Riot are our featured bloggers this week. Machelle and Malissa linked up this adorable animal cookie marquee light at last week's party, and it is basically the cutest thing ever.



Right? Just the cutest. Malissa and Machelle's blog is full of playful crafts and gorgeous DIYs. Here are a few favorites to get you started:


Be sure to follow a Joyful Riot so you don't miss a single happy post!


It was so difficult to narrow down all the amazing projects from last week's party to just a few features! 
There were so many amazing copper pipe projects linked up at last week's party it was tempting to choose all pipe DIYs for this weeks features, but I ended up settling on just one: this really clever Industrial Copper Pipe Clock from Dwelling in Happiness. 


Have you tried the famous Swig sugar cookies? I'm a fan, and now I really need to try Tried and Tasty's Lemon version. Yum!


Kelly of Live, Laugh, Rowe shared her simple and beautiful Abstract Heart Art. I really love the look of this one!


Next up, I'm totally drooling over this Shrimp Scampi Pizza from Cooking with Curls. Looks so good!


And finally, Riva la Diva is sharing a fun beauty tutorial - learn how to create a DIY Faux Hawk up do. 


Thanks so much to everyone who parties with us each week! If you were featured, grab a button!


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(anything you’ve created, but no etsy shops or giveaways)
>Please link only posts that you haven’t shared here before
>Grab The Makers Link Party Button and link back somewhere on your blog
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>Pin the Featured Bloggers winning post
>Visit some other links and let them know you stopped by


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