Tasty Thursday - Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

Do you like shredded pork or beef meat?  You might want to give this one a try.  

Cuban food is flavor spicy, not hot spicy.  My kind of food!  

This completely slipped my mind when I tried this recipe Monday.  The blogger recommended marinating the pork overnight, then cooking it in the slow cooker the next day.  The pork was good when I made it, but this would have made it even better.  I'll definitely remember this tip when I make it again.  Chris enjoyed it as well.  

What is also nice with this recipe, is that it can easily be frozen.  Eat it for a meal or two, and then freeze the rest.  Don't forget to include the marinade juice.  

The recipe also calls for putting the shredded pork in the oven for 15-20 minutes.  If you don't want to wait that long, I would suggest putting it under the broiler for 5-10 minutes.  I completely didn't see this step when making this recipe.  I can see where it would be really good but then again, we didn't really miss it.  

Slow Cooker Cuban Mojo Pork

  • 1 (4-pounds) pork shoulder or pork butt (bone-in or boneless
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 1/2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped finely
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro (lightly packed)
  • Using a paring knife, make a few slits all over the surface of the pork. 

  • Place the pork roast in the slow cooker and add the rest of the ingredients. Make sure the pork gets coated with the marinade.

  • Cover and cook on high for 5 – 6 hours or on low for 8 or until tender.

  • At this point, the pork is fully cooked and can be served with the cooking juices or you can make a quick sauce 

  • To crisp up the top, carefully remove the pork from the slow cooker and place it onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. Bake on a preheated 400 degrees F oven for about 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned. 

  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving. You will be able to shred the meat with a couple of forks. Yes, it will be that tender!

  • Serve with the remaining juices from the slow cooker or sauce

We just shredded the pork and ate it.  With the marinade it would taste fabulous on a roll.  And the leftovers were actually a little bit better than when we had it the first day.  

Are you having company and need an easy recipe?  This would be great to make!  It could be done a few days ahead of time and just heated up.  I love those kind of recipes.

You can view the original recipe here:  www.lemonblossoms.com

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper


Color Challenge #4 with a new Die!

I can't believe I did this.  My friend talked me into going to a workout with her this morning.  Normally, it would be so bad, but I had to get up just after 5 A.M.  If any one knows me, they would be surprised.  Overall, it was a good experience and I will go back on Wednesday.  So very glad to be doing this with a friend!

Notice the new black frame?  It's part of the Framed Florets dies that is now out.  There are several frames included in this set, but this one is my favorite.  There is even one that has hearts along the outside!  Can't wait to use that for Valentine's Day.


So, these were the colors I was challenged to use last month.  Highland Heather and Parakeet Party weren't a problem.  The Mango Melody kind of threw me for a loop.  I think the colors do work together.  Who knew?

For the label, I went for the chalk board look.  It's stamped in Memento Black and the words are white embossing powder.  Plus, it's not perfect and that made it even better.

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Have you seen the New Fitting Florets Bundle?

Today my day off was spent in the dentist office.  Yuck!  I needed to get a new crown.  I hate the dentist.  The end result seems good, I just don't like getting there.  So very glad it's done.  The rest of my day was spent cleaning out the remaining flower beds.  Not fun, but necessary.  It was a beautiful day for that.

There is a new collection available!  It's the Fitting Florets Collection.  There is the bundle of a stamp set and die that is the basis of this collection.  These will be going to be in the next Mini Catalog that starts in January 2023.  

SU! is offerring a collection right now, and some of those products are available only for a Limited Time!  The additional products in this bundle won't be in the next Catalog.  And I will say, I really like the paper.  They even included some Christmas designs!


You can also get an extra stamp set!  That's what I used on my card, along with a piece of the DSP.   

I came across my Glimmer Paper just in time!  It was lost in my stash and completely forgotten about.  Better start using it for my club cards.  This leaf looked like it was calling for the red rhinestone berries.  

I'm not exactly sure what mistletoe looks like, but I thought this sprig looked cute above the front sentiment and also in the inside corner.  It was kind of fussy on the front, so I kept it simple for the inside.  I like the difference between the two.  

Go and take a look at the collection.  I can't wait to start coloring the flowers.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Two Color Soft Seedlings Card

Today we drove in to see Megan and had lunch.  The fall colors are definitely coming to an end.  There was still enough on the trees, but at the same time, a lot of bare trees.  I don't know how to feel about that.  Winter is definitely coming soon and I do love the fall.  Oh well.  Life goes on.

My club member this month wanted to make sympathy cards.  No problem.  I designed one for them to make.  This card was my Thank You card from September club.  I purposely did not put on any sentiment so they could add their own.  I understand not everyone wants too many sympathy cards, but at the same time, some want a few on hand.  This will give everyone the best of both worlds.  They can add their own by using Cherry Cobbler.

For this card, I used the stamp off technique.  I inked the entire stamp with So Saffron.  Then, with the daubers, I colored the ends with Cherry Cobbler by using the daubers.

Then, I huffed and stamped off three different times.  You can definitely see which image was stamped first and then last.  The key is to huff on the actual stamp before you stamp the image again.  By huffing, it re-wets the ink again.  

There are no embellishments on this card because I wasn't sure what they wanted to use it for.  Pearls, ribbon, or just about any other embellishment would look fabulous on this card.  

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Tasty Thursday - Glazed Carrots

Carrots are one veggie that often gets overlooked, I believe. We eat raw carrots and dip, Yum.  You can't go wrong with anything as long as there is Ranch dip. Or they go very well with peas.  Peas and carrots go well together.  They bring so much color to foods like fried rice.

I don't know many people who eat just plain cooked carrots.  I couldn't say why, but I wanted them as a side dish, with no other vegetables.  It was a weird "craving", if that's the word I'm looking for.  Anyway, this is the recipe I found on Pinterest.

Glazed Carrots

2 lbs Carrots washed and peeled​

1/2 cup Brown Sugar

​1/4 cup Butter

​1/2 tsp Salt

​1 1/2 cup Water

  • Slice the carrots into 1/2? thick slices and place them in a large skillet. Add the water to the skillet. Cover and medium high heat until the carrots are simmering.

  • Continue to cook over medium heat for approximately 8-10 minutes or until the carrots are tender.

  • Drain off any excess water.

  • Then stir in the brown sugar, butter and salt. Stir to coat the carrots in the butter and seasoning.

  • Cook for an additional 4-5 minutes until the sauce has formed and thickened some.

  • Serve warm and enjoy!

We all enjoyed this version of cooked carrots.  Definitely better than just plain cooked carrots.  They were just a little sweet.  So, I would cut back a little on the brown sugar.  Instead of 1/2 cup, maybe try 1/3 cup.  

I would also recommend using "real" carrots, the kind you have to cut and peel, not the baby carrots.  They don't have as much flavor as the "real" carrots.  

This would be a great side dish for those Thanksgiving dinners coming up.  It would be so easy to make ahead and just heat up that day.

You can view the original recipe on eatingonadime.com.

Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

Black, Gold and Cherry Cobbler Christmas Card

Glad I planned ahead and didn't make any plans for yesterday.  Saturday morning, I went and got my Covid booster shot.  Usually hits me anytime after 12 hours.  This time the worst was in the middle of the night.  The rest of the day I was pretty much lazy.  The girls were home so that always cheers me up.  

Believe it or not, this is not the most difficult card to make.  Just looks like it.  

The black Lights Aglow DSP base was super easy to do.  I cut a normal size for the front, 4 x 5 1/4 and I just cut 1 inch off the long edge.  It was just easier this way, instead of cutting two pieces separately.

The Cherry Cobbler piece is from the Lights Aglow DSP also.  This piece has 4 patterns on a single sheet.  Choose one.  I used this sheet before when I made the 4 different 3 x 3 cards.

I added the gold foil under the sentiment.  There wasn't enough bling/sparkle on the card already!  Can you have seen too much gold on a card?  Don't think I have.

Speaking of gold, I just had to add some on the inside as well.  Isn't this a fun inside?  As I always say, never forget the inside!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Spruced Up Christmas Card

Today was a day off so I spent it mostly doing some cleaning.  Nothing exciting.  The most frustrating part of the day was dealing with Spectrum.  We've been wanting to stop it and go with YouTube TV.  This was the third time I was on the phone and after 1:13:00 and four person/department transfers, I think it finally got it straightened out.  That's time I'll never get back.  But, I was able to clean my kitchen while on the phone.  Thank goodness for putting the call on speaker.  Whoever thought to put that on phones was brillant!

How many Christmas cards do you have done?  I'm not even close yet.  This one will be added to my stash.  

The trees from the Spruced Up stamp set are so simplistic, and that's what I really like about them.  No fuss about them.  When using the silhouettes, don't forget to use the adhesive sheets before you cut them out.  Keep things easy for you.

The DSP and ribbon are retired.  Sorry about that.  If you look in the current catalogs, I'm sure you can replicate the card using current products. It's just hard to get rid of some retired products.  

For the ribbon, I just wrapped it around the DSP and tied the ends in Simply Elegant Trim.  The Cherry Cobbler ribbon isn't tied at all.  If you don't like tying bows, this is a great alternative way for ribbon.  

The banner from the sentiment is from the Stylish Shapes dies.  Put it on your Wish List if it isn't already.  Stitched banners, circles and squares are in the pack.  It's a NECESSITY  in my eyes.

As always, don't forget about the inside.  


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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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Fun Fall Card using 3 Different Stamp Sets

This past weekend we went on the Wine Walk in town.  Twenty businesses downtown had a wine sampling and snacks.  We went with some friends and had a really good time.  It's been a while since we have hung out. And we were proud to have made it to all twenty businesses.  Some I hadn't even been in before.

Typically I don't do a card like this for club.  So many different colors.  But, it worked out well.  I made sure the blocks/stamps were labeled clearly what color they were to be stamped in.

Pacific Point is also a color I don't use very often.  I find it's hard to match up with other colors.  Darn, does it look good when there are all neutral colors surrounding it.


Did you guess the three stamp sets I used?  Again, I usually don't use this many stamp sets in a single card for club. I don't know what came over me last month.  Guess it's good to mix things up.  

I used up some gold trim on this card.  All I can remember is that it came in a pack with another ribbon.  If you don't have this particular one, the Simply Elegant Trim would also look fabulous.  

What color would you pair Pacific Point with?  I want to know!

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Until next time...Stampin' Always,

Cheryl, HomeStyle Stamper

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