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Crock Pot Recipe for Easy Brunswick Stew

brunswick stewWhen my husband and I lived in Georgia, he got turned on to Brunswick Stew. Since we’ve been back in South Florida, he has not found a restaurant that makes good Brunswick Stew. Then, a few months ago I came across a Southern Living Magazine recipe for Easy Brunswick Stew using your crock pot. It takes about 12 hours to make, but it was definitely worth it. My husband loved it. Here’s the recipe:


3 pounds boneless pork shoulder roast (Boston Butt)

3 medium-size new potatoes, peeled and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes

1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce

1 (14-ounce) can of chicken broth

1 (9-ounce) package frozen lima beans, thawed

1 (9-ounce) package frozen corn, thawed

6 tablespoons brown sugar

1 teaspoon salt


Trim roast and cut into 2-inch pieces. Stir together all ingredients in a 6-quart slow cooker.

Cover and cook on LOW 10 to 12 hours or until potatoes are fork-tender. Remove pork with a slotted spoon, and shred. Return shredded pork to slow cooker, and stir well. Ladle stew into bowls.

This recipe makes 8 servings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 12 hours

Cooking on LOW heat for a long time makes the meat extremely tender, so it shreds easily; HIGH heat yields a less tender product. I cooked my stew on LOW 10 hours. And next time I make it, I’m going to ask the butcher to cut the roast into 2 inch pieces for me.

To compliment the meal, I also served garlic bread and sweet tea. My husband can’t wait for me to make it again.

Looking for more easy recipes? Try my recipe section.

2 comments September 26th, 2007

A Joke entitled Eat Right!

A couple of weeks ago my mom e-mailed this joke to me.

Yesterday I went to the doctor for my yearly physical.

My blood pressure was high, my cholesterol was high, I’d gained some weight, and I didn’t feel so hot.

My doctor said eating right doesn’t have to be complicated and it would solve my physical problems.

He said just think in colors; fill your plate with bright colors: greens, yellows, reds, etc.m & m's

I went right home and ate an entire bowl of M&M’s and sure enough, I felt better immediately.

I never knew eating right could be so easy!!

This is what I call creative thinking or should I say creative dieting.

1 comment September 21st, 2007

Celebrate Literacy in September by getting a Broward County Library Card & more

libraryIn recognition of September as Library Cards Sign Up Month, the Read SmART program will reward students who have a Broward County Library card with:

  • FREE admission to the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale, from September 8-30 and at special storytelling events on December 8, 2007 and February 9, 2008.
  • Also, pick up a Borders’ Read SmART coupon at a Broward County Library or the Museum of Art in September, and redeem it during Library Benefit Days, October 18 & 19, 2007, for a 10% discount at participating Borders stores. (Borders will donate a matching sum to the Broward Public Library Foundation.)

Florida State Parks are also joining in to celebrate literacy in September by offering:

  • Free admission to state parks in September
    • with library card
    • with library book
    • with donation of new or gently used family appropriate book
  • Educator/Learner Benefits
    • Free educational programs
    • Free admission for school groups
    • Free admission for reading groups and book clubs
    • Access to natural, cultural, and historical resources in state parks

Your library card is your ticket to a world of FREE information and entertainment.

1 comment September 16th, 2007

List of Things to Do While Waiting in the Carpool Lane

Every school day I spend 10 – 15 minutes in the carpool lane, waiting to pick up my kids. Over the course of a week, we’re talking about an hour of waiting.

Instead of just watching the time go by, I try to take care of some things that may otherwise get overlooked or just further delayed.

Here is a list of things I do while waiting in the carpool lane.

  1. Make phone callscarpool
  2. Read mail
  3. Clean garbage out of car
  4. Pay bills
  5. Listen to audiobook
  6. Clean out purse
  7. Eat lunch or snack
  8. Balance checkbook
  9. Read magazine or book
  10. Put loose change away
  11. Make list of things I need to do
  12. Fill out school forms or paperwork
  13. Think about what to make for dinner
  14. Make out grocery list
  15. Wipe down inside of car with Wet Ones or ArmorAll wipes
  16. Write out cards (party invitations/thank you notes)

Taking care of these little things helps me to stay a little more organized and to focus less on the wait.

Add comment September 15th, 2007

Sweepstakes to win Super Bowl XLII tickets

UPDATE: Please click here for Super Bowl XLIII sweepstakes.

UPDATED: Sunday, September 23rd super bowl 42

Super Bowl XLII is being hosted in Glendale, Arizona. I’ve gathered a list of contests/sweepstakes to win Super Bowl XLII tickets and in most cases a whole trip. Don’t miss your chance to enter!

  • Visa USA
    Enter online at The Visa Inside Pass NFL Sweepstakes AND each time you use your Visa card from September 1 – December 15, 2007 (you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win).

    • Three VIP trips for you and a guest to hang with an NFL player at the NFL Playoffs, Super Bowl XLII, and the 2008 NFL Pro Bowl.
    • Each trip package includes airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, tickets to the game, and a $500 NFL-themed Visa Gift card.
  • Coors Light Silver Ticket
    • A trip for winner and one (1) guest to Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008.
    • Trip includes round-trip, coach air transportation for winner and one (1) guest from a major commercial airport (located within the U.S. or the U.S. Virgin Islands) near winner’s home to Phoenix, Arizona, five nights’ lodging, and two (2) general-admission tickets to Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008.
  • GMC Pro Grade Challenge
    • Sixteen (16) Weekly Prize winners will each receive an NFL Prize package for two.
    • The prize package includes a trip for two to Super Bowl XLII in Phoenix, Arizona, two upper level, prime sidelines Super Bowl XLII tickets, one double occupancy hotel room at a resort style hotel for five (5) nights from January 31, 2008 to February 4, 2008, NFL in-stadium hospitality that includes three (3) hours pre-game and two (2) hours post game party with food stations, live entertainment, exclusive security entrance to the stadium, two (2) NFL Experience tickets and two (2) Super Bowl XLII gift bags. Transportation to and from the airport in the winner’s hometown and to and from the airport in Phoenix will be provided, coach class air transportation from a major commercial airport near the winner’s residence to Phoenix, AZ, $550 American Express® Gift Card which may be used for food and beverages on trip.
  • GMC Ultimate Game Day Sweepstakes
    • Between August 1 and November 12, 2007, is your chance to snag a gift certificate to the NFL’s online store. Eight people will get $1500 to shop online and a chance to show off their new gear at this season’s Super Bowl! One lucky grand prize winner will receive a trip for four to Super Bowl XLII, including airfare, hotel, four tickets to the game and 500 bucks cash to spend however you want!
  • Diet Pepsi Call Your Play
    • Buy Pepsi products and enter your code online for a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl XLII.

As I find more sweepstakes, I will add them to the list. So, bookmark this post and check back often.

UPDATE: Here are some more Super Bowl XLII Sweepstakes.

  • Lay’s Super Bowl XLII Sweepstakes
    • Grand Prize Winner receives a trip for two (2) to attend Super Bowl XLII, scheduled to take place on February 3, 2008, in Glendale, AZ (the “Prize”).
    • The Prize consists of round-trip coach airfare for two (2) from a major commercial airport near the winner’s home to Phoenix, AZ (airport and carrier to be selected by Sponsor), double-occupancy hotel accommodations for four (4) nights, two (2) tickets to Super Bowl XLII, two (2) tickets to the NFL Experience, two (2) tickets to the Diet Pepsi Consumer Party, ground transportation in Phoenix (only) (between airport, hotel, game and the Diet Pepsi Consumer Party), breakfast daily at hotel, two (2) diet Pepsi / Super Bowl XLII gift bags (consisting of Sponsor and Super Bowl XLII officially-licensed merchandise), and $250 spending money.
  • Fedex First and Goal
    • Grand Prize Month 4: A 4-day, 3-night trip for two to Glendale, Arizona, for the 2008 Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008.
    • Trip includes round-trip coach air transportation from the major airport nearest to the winner’s residence, standard double-occupancy hotel accommodations, two tickets to Sponsor selected VIP parties, two tickets to the 2008 SuperBowl XLII, motor coach transfers to and from the Airport in Phoenix, and a FedEx Gift Bag.
  • Bassett Furniture “Elway Home” Sweepstakes
    • There is (1) One Grand Prize of a trip for (2) two to the 2008 Big Game XLII in Glendale, AZ from February 1 through February 4, 2008.
    • The Grand Prize Package includes airfare for (2) two to and from major airport nearest winner’s home to Phoenix, AZ, hotel accommodations for (1) one double occupancy room, (2) two tickets, a meet and greet with Hall of Fame Quarterback John Elway, and transportation to and from the airport and game.
  • Shoprite Charmin Big Game Sweepstakes
    • 2 Ways to Enter
      • Via Wireless: Between August 17, 2007 and November 30, 2007, text message one of the participating message words: “CHARMIN”, “SHOPRITE” or “VOTE” from your wireless phone to shortcode 64242. Limit one entry per wireless phone number.
      • Via Mail-in: To enter by mail, send a 3” x 5” card with your name, address, cell, phone number and e-mail address (if any), and either the word “Red” or “Blue” in a no. 10 envelope to: “Charmin Big Game” PO Box 1181, Northbrook, IL 60062.
    • (1) Grand Prize for a 4-day/3-night trip for two from February 3 – 6, 2008 to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the 2008 “Big Game”, including round-trip coach air transportation, hotel accommodations (double occupancy), and two football game admission tickets.
  • The Cadillac of Experiences Official Sweepstakes (on CBS)
    • Week 5 (Oct 22 – Oct 28): The Cadillac of Sports: A trip for Weekly Prize winner and guest to Phoenix, AZ; tickets to Super Bowl XLII.
    • Prize consists of roundtrip coach airfare for Weekly Prize winner and guest from major airport closest to winner’s home to Phoenix, Arizona; Four (4) day/three (3) night hotel accommodations (based on Double Occupancy); Two (2) Tickets to Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

Good Luck! (Also, please remember every attempt is made to be accurate in listing these prizes, however you should read each sponsor’s official rules for final information.)

12 comments September 9th, 2007

Gift ideas for college girls

great gift ideas for young women in college
My sister came down to visit us for her 19th birthday. While she was here, I asked her to give me some ideas as to what she would like for her birthday. Since she is a new college student I was interested to know what kind of gifts or accessories she would want. It’s been a while since I was in college so I wanted to get back in touch. I remember when I first started college I didn’t have money to spend on anything I wanted. Giving a gift is the easiest way to let someone know your thinking of them and that you care for them. Hopefully this list will help give you some ideas to surprise that special person in your life with a gift. I know it surprised my sister.
Well, here is her wishlist:

  1. Video Games and Accessories (for PSP and Wii)
  2. MP3 Player
  3. Purses
  4. Spa Day (manicure, pedicure, highlights)
  5. chocolate flowersSunglasses
  6. Digital Camera
  7. Car Accessories
  8. Flowers
  9. Chocolate Cake
  10. Chocolate
  11. Clothes (jeans)
  12. Shoes
  13. Laptop
  14. Puppy (dog)
  15. Music

And of course, she put gift cards on her list also. This is always a safe way to go (just make sure it’s for a store she likes).

Her list allowed me to get her something she really wanted. I hope this list works just as well for you.

Do you need gift ideas for other people in your life? Try my gift idea section.

1 comment September 9th, 2007

Happy Labor Day


Add comment September 3rd, 2007