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Pork Tamales March 30, 2011

Filed under: Recipes — Amanda @ 3:00 pm

My fiancé and brother smoked a pork shoulder earlier this week and the remainder of it has been in my fridge.  Unsure what to do with it, I began thinking up recipes to put it in.  Last night I made Pork Fried Rice, which turned out fabulous.  I love tamales and have wanted to try my hand at making them, but I’ve always been a little nervous.  I’m not really sure why, how hard can they be?  So here goes: Amanda’s Pork Tamales.

Corn Husks (or parchment paper)
2 cups Masa Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Salt
2-2/3 cups Water
2/3 cup Shortening
4 cups Pulled Pork
1 medium Onion, chopped
3 cloves Garlic, minced
2 tbsp Tomato Paste
2 tsp Cumin Powder
1 tsp Chili Powder
1 tsp Oregano


1.  Soak the Corn Husks in a clean sink full of water.  You may need to weigh them down with something since they float.  This will take about an hour, but the longer the better.  (If you are using parchment paper, you can skip this step.)

2.  Mix the Masa Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt.  Slowly add two cups of Water and mix until the dough is very sticky.

3.  Add the Shortening and mix thoroughly.  This is your dough.

4.  In a separate bowl, mix the Pulled Pork, Onion, 2/3 cup Water, Garlic, Tomato Paste, Cumin, Chili Powder, and Oregano.  Mix until combined.  This is your tamale filling.

5.  To make the tamales, lay the Corn Husk (or Parchment Paper) on a flat surface.  Spoon approximately two tablespoons of masa dough on the corn husk.  Spread the dough out evenly leaving a 1/4 inch around the edge of the Corn Husk.  Spoon some of the Pulled Pork mixture on to the middle of each tamale.

6.  Roll each tamale into a tight tube and fold over the smaller end. 

7.  Steam the tamales for 45 minutes.  Make sure that the tamales do not touch the water.  I placed a colander upside down in the bottom of my pot.

8.  Unroll and EAT! (I made a little spicy sauce to go on top.)

Yes, this recipe is a little time-consuming.  Trust me, you will be rewarded.  I am going to cook half and freeze the other half of the tamales.  This will make for a yummy dinner later on.


Kraft Shredded Cheese for 25¢

Filed under: Grocery Deals — Amanda @ 11:17 am

I was at Publix last night shopping for things to make quesedillas and Tony and I came across a really awesome deal.  Publix has Kraft Shredded Cheese with Philadelphia on sale for 2/$4.

Go to and print out the coupon for $1.50 off/2 Kraft Shredded cheese.  In front of the shredded cheese is a blinkie for $1.00 off/1 Kraft Shredded Cheese with Philadelphia.  Use 1 Target coupon and 2 blinkies and they are 25¢ each!  But hurry, the 2/$4 sale ends today.

Find any good deals at Publix?


Free Plants… Yes, Please

Filed under: Gardening — Amanda @ 1:00 am

Driving around the past few days I noticed these blue/purple flowers hanging from everything.  Tony and I went to my grandparents’ house and I noticed that he had an old tree that we covered with those very same flowers.  My grandfather told me that they are Wisteria and that I should take some cuttings, so I did just that. 

I found a pair of clippers and went to the tree.  After defending myself from the giant bees, I had my cutting. 

Okay, so maybe it is more like a small tree.  The best part?  Didn’t. Cost. A. Dime.  I love free!

These flowers are beautiful and they smell wonderful!  They have a similar scent to Orange Blossom. 

Since I had to cut all of the flowers off for the cuttings to root, I made this very nice wisteria centerpiece.  (Moose decided that he liked these flowers and by the next day, we had Wisteria ALL over the house.  Maybe he just wanted to spread the sweet smell?)

Here are my cuttings.  I put them in this small pot by the front door so I don’t forget to water them.  I hope they take.  My plan is to build a trellis and have them cover the entire back of the house.  I guess I better grow fond of the giant bees.

I will keep you updated on the cuttings.  Have you had luck rooting Wisteria?


Random… March 17, 2011

Filed under: This and That — Amanda @ 8:15 am

While I am trying to work on a post on wisteria, I can’t seem to find the cable to connect my camera to my computer.  I want you to see these wonderful pictures.  I will continue my search tonight.  It is so unlike me to lose stuff like this.  I even picked up what I thought was my cable and put it in its home just a few days ago, only to find that it is actually my future brother-in-law’s phone cord. =(

I did however, see this kitchen over at Remodelaholic.  All I can say is L-O-V-E.  Sign me up please!  I just had to share.


In 20 Years… March 15, 2011

Filed under: This and That — Amanda @ 11:59 am

My boss recently approached me and said something to me that made me realize that we are more alike than I originally thought.  She told me to go into business for myself.  She said that she doesn’t want me to wake up in 20 years and wish I had.

It was like she read my mind.  I have been thinking about this a lot lately.  When I first graduated college, I thought all I wanted was to get a good job with great benefits in a cubicle somewhere.  After teaching for 3 months (more on my teaching experience later), I thought I found what was the job of my dreams.  Don’t get me wrong, I work for a wonderful organization and I feel that I am paid fairly and the benefits are awesome!  After being at my job for almost 4 months, I realized I was way off. 

I find myself day dreaming about my hobbies, which realistically could provide an income comparable to what I have now if I wanted them to.  So that is my current goal: figure out how to turn my hobbies into a business so I can do what I love, not what I have to do. 

Have you thought about this, or better yet, done this?  I would love to hear your thoughts on this!


Walmart’s Official Coupon Policy March 11, 2011

Filed under: Grocery Deals — Amanda @ 10:30 am

Walmart just posted their official coupon policy!

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

  • Manufacturers’ coupons
  • Print-at-home internet coupons (These must be legible, have “Manufacturer Coupon” printed on them, have a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and have a scannable bar code.)
  • Competitors’ coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price (an example would be a coupon for Oreos for $1.50)
  • Soft drink container caps
  • Checkout coupons (Catalinas) that are printed at competitors’ registers, have “manufacturer Coupon” with specific requirements printed on them, a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and a scannable bar code.

Walmart does not accept the following coupons:

  • Print-at-home Internet coupons that require no purchase
  • Competitors’ coupons for dollars/cents or percentage off, buy one get one free, and double- or triple-value coupons

The following are guidelines and limitations:

  • Only one coupon per item is permitted
  • Coupons must have an expiration date and be redeemed prior to expiration
  • Coupons may exceed the price of the item.  Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase. (This is AWESOME!)
  • Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise that they sell
  • Coupons must be presented at the time of purchase.

They will accept the following with Customer Service Supervisor/Management approval:

  • 40 or more coupons
  • Coupons over $20
  • $50 or more in coupons in one transaction

I am so glad to see tha Walmart has posted these guidelines on their website.  I hope the other stores will soon follow.  Now all I need is Walmart to distribute this to their cashiers.  I hate that Tony gets embarrassed when I have to explain to the cashier that she WILL accept my coupon.  =)


25¢ Voskos Greek Yogurt March 10, 2011

Filed under: Grocery Deals — Amanda @ 8:32 pm

I was at Publix tonight and I found a really awesome deal.  They have Voskos 5.3oz Greek Yogurt 10/$10 on sale this week.  I found a Smart Source coupon dispenser that had 75¢ off/1 Voskos Greek Yogurt, making them only 25¢ each!  Just though I would share such a good deal.