Food, Recipes

Burlap & Barrel Spices are Sourced from small farms

I just spent the last 2 days marinating and smoking some pork. I don’t typically smoke pork carnitas, but I knew if I gave it a try I could enhance those spices with a little Hickory and then give it a quick sear for those crunchy bits. The key has to be in the quality of spices. To me, quality depends on where the spices are sourced and the ingredients used. Here is how I spiced my pork and it was a hit!

  • Kosher Salt
  • Cracked Black Pepper
  • Brown Sugar
  • B&B Smoked Pimenton Paprika
  • B&B Toasted Onion Powder
  • B&B Pure Stripe Garlic and 
  • B&B Black Lime and Chili salt
  • Oregano

You will notice, I am a bit partial to my B&B Spices and this is because these are all sourced directly from small farms. These spices are aromatic and the flavors are just amazing. In working with small farms around the world, B&B has access to unique spices you just cannot find anywhere else in a standard US shop. With spices that are single origin, you always know exactly where they are traced back to. 

Back to the pork – I used the Costco packs of Roast and so it was 4 smaller roasts I smoke at 225 for about 5-6 hours or until they hit 165 degrees. Then I place it in a foil pan, pour some avocado oil on and add about 2 Bay Leaves per 2 roasts, cover with foil and back on a 350 degree smoker for a few hours until it hits about 200 degrees. Mine stopped at 203 degrees. I rest 1 hour still covered and shred. Then I heat up a skillet and get those nice crunchy ends in batches using the reserved liquids from the foil pan. It heats up very well back in the pan especially if you save some of the original juices. If you have never smoked your prok for tacos before, you are missing out! 

Movies Reviews

Cabrini in theaters March 8th – Movie Review & Amazon Giveaway

Cabrini in theaters March 8th - Movie Review

I had the pleasure of watching Cabrini as a pre-screen and I am proud to share this film with you! This story is based on the REAL Francesca Cabrini who was canonized by Pope Paul XII in 1946, becoming the first American citizen  to be named saint. Cabrini became the Saint of Immigrants. This film will keep you captivated for the entire, almost 2 hours and 20 minutes. 

With a dose of woman power, determination and heart with such intensity Cabrini’s story focuses on helping the poor and, in particular, Italian immigrants that eventually morphs into supporting all immigrants from all over the world. Then, suddenly, it is about any poor and underprivileged human being finding needs for their health, shelter and education. Over the course of 34 years she established an astonishing 67 hospitals, orphanages, and schools. Her energy was fueled by an intense focus on serving Jesus in whatever he asked of her and her legacy still stands today.

Full synopsis of Cabrini:

From Alejandro Monteverde, award-winning director of , comes the powerful epic of Francesca Cabrini, an Italian immigrant who arrives in New York City in 1889 and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society’s most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen.

Enjoy this quick trailer below and get ready to see this film in theaters starting March 8th! 

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Movies Reviews, Open Giveaways

Watch County Rescue on Great American Pure Flix starting Feb 23

Watch County Rescue on Great American Pure Flix starting Feb 23

I had to opportunity to watch Series 1 ahead of release of County Rescue and am so happy to be able to share this family-friendly new series with you. The season is the story of some EMT’s competing for the sole open position in a fire house. They really don’t like being rivals to each other, especially in a house where they want to feel like they are part of a family. All of the emotions of jealousy, resentment, hope and hard work come out from these characters. They all have reasons for needing this job.

When things seem to feel impossible, it is easy to give up or to even ignore your calling. The lesson here is to never give up or lose hope. If something is meant to happen, it will and in its own way and time. Also, if you know someone who works in a fire house, you know the strong connections they form and you feel that with the entire cast.

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Anyone from a daughter, emergency worker, son, couple and friend will relate to each episode. This is very family-friendly and available on Great American Pure Flix starting 2/23 and Great American Family starting 2/26!

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Natural Beauty

Boost your skin’s hydration with these Aloderma products

This winter weather has dried my skin out so much. It seems especially bad this year. I have a drawer in my bathroom full of lotions and moisturizers that claim to cure dry skin. Most do OK and only temporarily. I was introduced to Aloderma and using pure aloe to moisturize. This makes sense! Using aloe from a brand that grows it on site and bottles it within hours of harvest must be great for dry skin and it is working great! I even use the Aloe Brightening Moisturizer on my hands some days because it works so great.

I use the Brightening Moisturizer on my face after showering. It puts all of the moisture I need back and I can use my regular makeup products and know my skin has pure aloe protection. The Pure Aloe Vera Gel is amazing to have on hand for burns and skin irritations. This gel is 99% aloe – and I am talking FRESH aloe. There is nothing more soothing to the skin than this.

Buying Aloderma products is as easy as logging into Amazon and shopping as they have a storefront with these and other aloe products for your skin. This is the season to hydrate well and again as we stay under the summer sun. Stock up now and your skin will thank you!