Crock Pot Pulled Pork

SUMMER

SUMMER!!!

Summer is just around the corner, and that means melty popsicles, sunny pool days, family fun, and good barbecue. Here’s a deliciously easy recipe for classic pulled pork.

You’ll need:
5-6 boneless pork chops
12 oz of your favorite cola drink (Dr Pepper, Coke, and Root Beer all work great)
A bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
Hamburger buns
A crock pot
What to do:
Place the pork chops in the bottom of your crockpot. Fill the crockpot with just enough of your soda to cover the chops. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. The meat will be scrumptiously tender when it’s finished. Drain out most of the liquid, leaving just enough to keep the meat moist. Then, pour in as much barbecue sauce as you’d like and shred the meat using two forks. Scoop a generous amount of meat on a hamburger bun, top with more barbecue sauce if desired, and serve with a summertime favorite like potato salad or watermelon. Enjoy!
—Courtney Johansson, Stance

 

A Few Last Minute DIY Easter Decorations

It’s not too late to put a few things up for Easter! Hope these cheap and easy decorations can bring the Easter cheer into your home.

Umbrella Door Decor

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Use an umbrella, small basket or even a hat to hold some beautiful spring flowers on your door. Doesn’t it look so cute on that green door??

 

 

 

 

Paper Straw Easter Bunnies

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An adorable display can be made with these paper straws, some glue and a frame. Love it!

 

 

 

 

Flowers in Tea Cups

easter decoration 3My sister-in-law did this for her wedding and I thought it was beautiful!! You can use real or fake flowers—fake will obviously last you longer. But this is a super simple way to make something that looks elegant and vintage. Love it!

I hoped these cute decorations gave you some Easter ideas and got you in the mood for an amazing weekend! For more posts like these, follow us on Pinterest or Facebook! If you liked what you read, feel free to share! Thanks for reading!

For pictures and more detailed information on these projects, click here.

—Emmaline Frost, Stance

Everybody That You Meet Has an Original Point of View: More Parenting in “Arthur”

I had so much fun analyzing parenting styles in “Arthur” last week that I decided to do another cartoon animal related post. Although the Crosswires and the Barneses are a little bit more dysfunctional than the Reads, the Baxters, and the Frenskys, they still pass parenting muster.

The Crosswire family:

The Crosswires are Elwood City’s equivalent of the Rockefellers and they very much fit into the rich parent stereotype. You know the one—whenever their daughter needs quality time, the parents buy her a new toy and leave her with the butler. Mr. Crosswire gets very little screen time and Mrs. Crosswire gets even less. As such, Muffy is quite spoiled and frequently relies on whining and wheedling to get her way, rather than actually thinking about the problem she needs to solve.

However, things aren’t all bad in the Crosswire household. True, Muffy’s mother is rarely seen and when she is she never says anything. She gets a line in the head lice episode where she reminisces on her own experience with lice, but it’s the nanny (who only appears once or twice) who’s actually washing Muffy’s hair. But Bailey, Muffy’s butler/mentor, is a wise character who helps acquaint her with opera and get a book club started. And Mr. Crosswire himself isn’t all that bad. He takes Muffy to the opera and to art exhibits. He also takes over coaching the soccer team when none of the other parents will step up. Mr. Crosswire enables Muffy’s spoiled lifestyle, but he genuinely seems to care about his daughter and just wants what’s best for her.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

The Barnes family:

Binky is first introduced to the audience as a bully in a gang called the Tough Customers, and his parents are apparently unaware of his bullying tendencies. However, as the series goes on, Binky sheds the stereotype more and more as it’s revealed that he likes ballet and catching butterflies, both hobbies that his parents fully support.

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

Binky, like Buster, seems to be a victim of helicopter parenting—there’s an episode where he finds out that he has a peanut allergy and his mom kicks into High Mom Mode, trying to protect him. As a result, Binky sometimes acts out to assert his own independence. At the end of the aforementioned episode, though, because he tells his mom how he feels, she agrees to be a little less involved and he agrees to check in with her a little more often. The fact that they communicate and continually reassess their standing is the signal of a healthier relationship to come.

Both the Crosswires and the Barnses want what’s best for their kids, but that’s not enough—they have to communicate with them. The best parents tell their kids their reasoning for rules that seem arbitrary, but they also listen to feedback and adjust accordingly.

You don’t have to be perfect to be a good parent. Just listen to your heart*.

*listen to the beat, listen to the rhythm, the rhythm of the street…

—Becca Barrus, Stance

Ideas for family fun: Exotic Food and Fire Stations

This week we have two family fun ideas for you. The first one starts with picking an ethnic restaurant or foreign food that your family hasn’t tried yet. Once you’ve made your selection, look up the country that the food is from in an encyclopedia. Talk about it with your family and look at pictures from the country before you head out to try the food. Make sure to leave a little before the restaurant’s busiest hours so your kids can get the full cultural experience.

 

Picture from here.

Picture from here.

When it comes to foreign food, both Provo and Orem have lots of options.  For a few ideas, here’s a list of five restaurants:

– Pantrucas (Chilean cuisine, located at 3161 North Canyon Road)

– Se Llama Peru (Food from Peru, located at 368 W Center St)

– Spicy Thai (Thai food located at 3230 N. University Ave.)

– Greek n Go Food Truck (Greek food found at 1429 N 150 E St)

– Bombay House (Indian Cuisine, located at 463 N University Ave)

 

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Picture from here.

The second idea we have for you today is to take a tour at a fire station. Most fire stations offer tours. This is a great way to teach your family a little more about fire safety and to meet real firefighters.

To set up a tour in Provo, click here. Have a great week and a fun time with your family!

—Rachel Harris, Stance