Fun fact: moving, in the middle of the week, when you have few friends in a city thousands of miles from "home" and even fewer who have a day off in the middle of the week... sucks. Had we not been simply moving from one apartment to another in the same complex, we would have definitely hired movers. Big shout out to Amanda and Louis, who were able to help for part of the day.
|Old place = Glorified closet.|
This is literally the entire span of the place, minus the bathroom.
We were moving from 9am until 3am, then again at 7am until 11am the next day. Third floor to third floor. My legs still hurt.
|New place: from living room looking into kitchen.|
Sun room and bedroom are to the left.
I did, however, learn that I rock criagslist like a champ. Gorgeous new-to-us sleigh bed, Ikea sofa, and dressers for a fraction of the actual cost. SCORE.
|Finn in the old apartment, hiding.|
The new place is awesome. Bigger, brighter, and while the appliances don't look like they've been updated since the 70s they actually work way better than the pretty stainless steel ones we had in the last place. Score, again.
|Lily, in the new apartment, in her new bed.|
So now it's time to relax. And enjoy our extra 200 square feet of space. And beautiful sun room.
Thankfully, the good ol' slow cooker is there for me, because I still reeeeally don't feel like cooking.
Slow Cooker Sweet & Savory Pulled Pork
(Adapted from Just a Taste)
- 1 2.5 lb pork shoulder
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup apple juice
- 1/2 jar blackberry jam or preserves
- 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
- 1/2 cup chicken broth
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 tbsp corn starch + 2 tbsp water
For the Slaw
- 2 cups broccoli slaw mix
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
-Salt and pepper all sides of the pork shoulder. Spread the onion pieces on the bottom of a large slow cooker, and place pork shoulder on top.
-Whisk together remaining ingredients (except the corn starch slurry) and pour over pork shoulder.
-Set slow cooker to low and cook for 8 hours, or until pork is easily shredded with a fork.
-While pork is cooking, combine slaw ingredients. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
-Remove pork from slow cooker and shred meat with a fork, set aside. Pour liquid out of slow cooker and set in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a gentle simmer and add cornstarch and water mixture. Cook until sauce has thickened.
-Toss sauce with pork, serve hot with slaw on hamburger buns.