Country Cleaver http://www.countrycleaver.com Cookin' My Way Back to the Country Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:58:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Pulled Pork with Cheesy Grits and Roasted Vegetables http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/pulled-pork-cheesy-grits-roasted-vegetables.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/pulled-pork-cheesy-grits-roasted-vegetables.html#comments Wed, 25 Feb 2015 14:58:22 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16589 Dynamic recipes don’t have to be complicated, and cooking them doesn’t mean being tied to your stove all day long. This Pulled Pork with Cheesy Grits and Roasted Vegetables will fill you up and keep you warm. Dish Count :: 1 Slow Cooker, 1 Small Sauce Pan, 1 Baking Sheet Ankle rehab continues and I […]

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Dynamic recipes don’t have to be complicated, and cooking them doesn’t mean being tied to your stove all day long. This Pulled Pork with Cheesy Grits and Roasted Vegetables will fill you up and keep you warm.

Dish Count :: 1 Slow Cooker, 1 Small Sauce Pan, 1 Baking Sheet

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Ankle rehab continues and I can tell you now, that I am the worst patient ever. I am so thankful for everyone’s help and accommodations while I heal my bruised ego, pride and ankle – but having people fuss over me is something I am not accustomed to. It’s weird. It makes me squeamish. I’m supposed to be the one doing things for others, so when the tables are forcibly turned by an ankle that has a mind of it’s own, well… I don’t handle it well.

I think my coworkers are one step shy of strapping me to my desk chair so I won’t try and get my own copies off the printer or crutch it over to get my own ice packs out of the freezer.

I’m trying to take this as a humbling, character buiding experience… but the learning curve here is steep. And so is my stubbornness.

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30 Minute Sun Dried Tomato Basil Stuffed Chicken Thighs http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/30-minute-sun-dried-tomato-basil-stuffed-chicken-thighs.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/30-minute-sun-dried-tomato-basil-stuffed-chicken-thighs.html#comments Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:17:56 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16923 Dish Count :: 1 Skillet, 1 Bowl, 1 Cutting Board I’m officially designating exercise is bad for you. Fine, it’s not bad bad, but ya know, just not always good. At least when it ends up you in an emergency room. One of my best friends came to town this weekend and we had a […]

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I’m officially designating exercise is bad for you. Fine, it’s not bad bad, but ya know, just not always good. At least when it ends up you in an emergency room. One of my best friends came to town this weekend and we had a whole line up of fun stuff planned – breakfast out, a nice hike on a unseasonably warm February morning, dinner in Seattle with some girl friends and bubbles, lots of bubbles. We got through the first two items before I, being the

a) clutz

b) dumbass

c) genius

d) acrobatic enthusiast that I am completely de-railed the entire remainder of the weekend by landing myself laid up on crutches in the ER.

But while the whole experience of how I ended up in the ER was rather pedestrian (HA!!), how I got off the trail, a mile and a half into the woods was anything but ordinary. When you consider that three girls, three dogs and six singing firefighters were involved, maybe it’s not all bad?¬†¬

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Bacon Brie Burger http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/bacon-brie-burger.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/bacon-brie-burger.html#comments Wed, 18 Feb 2015 13:39:20 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16915 There is a secret to an ultra juicy burger and it can’t stay secret any more! Especially when it’s this ultra decadent Bacon Brie Burger!¬† Dish Count :: 1 Grill, 1 Bowl¬† I hate when dreams are so real that you physically react in your sleep. And you know it. Last night was on of […]

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There is a secret to an ultra juicy burger and it can’t stay secret any more! Especially when it’s this ultra decadent Bacon Brie Burger!¬†

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I hate when dreams are so real that you physically react in your sleep. And you know it. Last night was on of those nights. I have a well documented phobia of things without legs, or too many legs for that matter. Jellyfish, nope. Slugs? Nuh uh, but getting better. Snakes? Not a chance in living heckkkkk no. So what did I dream about last night? Yup, getting attacked by a big giant snake. Lovely.

Couldn’t I have just dreamed about this burger instead? That would have lead to a much more restful sleep.¬

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Gluten Free Mini Chocolate Orange Scones http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/gluten-free-mini-chocolate-orange-scones.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/gluten-free-mini-chocolate-orange-scones.html#comments Mon, 16 Feb 2015 13:38:57 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16901 These gluten free mini chocolate orange scones will have your pinkies up as you take a bite! Savor each crumb during your next Downton marathon! Let’s be honest, our Valentine’s Day wasn’t exactly romantic – it revolved around take out, wine and watching Game of Thrones. But for the most part, that’s how I like […]

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These gluten free mini chocolate orange scones will have your pinkies up as you take a bite! Savor each crumb during your next Downton marathon!

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Let’s be honest, our Valentine’s Day wasn’t exactly romantic – it revolved around take out, wine and watching Game of Thrones. But for the most part, that’s how I like it – relaxed. But it didn’t knock it out of the park in the romance department. I get my heaping helping of romance from all the period dramas and British TV I watch that clogs up my Netflix queue, where there is no doubt a pair of star crossed lovers or British accented gentlemen a mere click away. Namely from Downton Abbey.¬

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Toasted Coconut Buttermilk Waffles http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/toasted-coconut-buttermilk-waffles.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/toasted-coconut-buttermilk-waffles.html#comments Wed, 11 Feb 2015 09:00:17 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16893 Dish Count :: 2 Bowls, 1 Waffle Iron Whew, it’s official and I can finally spill the beans – Ben landed one of two medical/surgical residencies at a local hospital. It’s been seven months in the making and this is the best news we could have received before we kick off Love Fest Weekend 2015. […]

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Dish Count :: 2 Bowls, 1 Waffle Iron

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Whew, it’s official and I can finally spill the beans – Ben landed one of two medical/surgical residencies at a local hospital. It’s been seven months in the making and this is the best news we could have received before we kick off Love Fest Weekend 2015. His night shift rotations are nothing new, and even with this new job, we know they aren’t going anywhere any time soon – but the idea that we will actually get to spend more predictable weekends together is absolutely a welcomed thought to both of us.

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Nutella Strawberry Sandwich Cookies http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/nutella-strawberry-sandwich-cookies.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/nutella-strawberry-sandwich-cookies.html#comments Mon, 09 Feb 2015 13:32:10 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16883 Dish Count :: 1″ Round Cookie Cutter, 1/2″ Round Cookie Cutter, 1 Baking Sheet, Rolling Pin Someone riddle me this – are roses the only acceptable option for Valentine’s Day flowers? This has been an ongoing debate in the Cleaver household since the dawn of time and with Valentine’s Day coming up this week (cue […]

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1″ Round Cookie Cutter, 1/2″ Round Cookie Cutter, 1 Baking Sheet, Rolling Pin

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Someone riddle me this – are roses the only acceptable option for Valentine’s Day flowers? This has been an ongoing debate in the Cleaver household since the dawn of time and with Valentine’s Day coming up this week (cue panic!) I’m sure this debate will rear it’s ugly head again.

I’m in the Flower Need To Happen No Matter What camp. With the caveat being OMG As Long As They Aren’t Carnations the dreaded Filler Flower!¬†Ben though… is two feet planted in the¬†I’m only buying carnations because they never die camp.

This battle will wage for years to come I’m sure, but truth be told as long as we get to spend the day together that’s all that matters to me. A day with neither of us working is the best gift of all.

But flowers would be nice. Or cookies. ¬†Or cookie flowers? Is that a thing?¬

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Your Ultimate First Timers Guide to Oahu http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/ultimate-first-timers-guide-oahu.html http://www.countrycleaver.com/2015/02/ultimate-first-timers-guide-oahu.html#comments Sun, 08 Feb 2015 19:07:49 +0000 http://www.countrycleaver.com/?p=16858 Ben and I recently went to Hawaii for two reasons, my youngest sister was getting married – Awww! – and to get away for a few days – Yay! We circled Oahu and found the best guide to everything that the island had to offer. We really found the true spirit of Aloha and enjoyed […]

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Ben and I recently went to Hawaii for two reasons, my youngest sister was getting married – Awww! – and to get away for a few days – Yay! We circled Oahu and found the best guide to everything that the island had to offer. We really found the true spirit of Aloha and enjoyed ourselves to the nth degree. There are things you must see and things worth skipping, so here they both are in an easy list just for you. Jet set to Hawaii as soon as you can. It’s positively out of this world

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