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Society is opening and people are resuming long overdue vacations. This is great news! I recently posted some tips on making your travels successful, but let’s focus on dos and don’ts of traveling with friends.

 

1. Boundaries: When traveling with others, set guidelines, boundaries, and expectations before leaving town. If you know you and your husband want one night to yourselves, express this up front. If a quiet breakfast in bed is necessary to start your day, see if this fits with the group’s schedule. 

The world is opening, and it is time to celebrate! One of the first things people are doing as they exercise their recaptured freedom is heading out of town to new destinations. I thought a few refresher tips on travel might be good for all of us.

Walking into the room, my husband pauses in front of the TV. Turning to me with a spoiler alert about my favorite Hallmark movie he says, “Hey Lisa…they get married.” And you know what? He’s right! The girl found her prince charming, and the couple has a happy ending, every time.

How many mornings have we left home in a state of utter chaos? Breakfast was late, children were crying, and we hurriedly throw on clothes from the night before only to realize how wrinkled we look. This mad dash makes for an unpleasant parting from our family and it is usually caused by a disorganized approach to our routine. So much of the bedlam we experience at the beginning of the day can be avoided if we are willing to implement a few tasks the night before.

The mamor (mother-in-law) and damor (daughter-in-law) relationship is meant to be beautiful and strong. In parts 1 and 2 of our series we learned why women in these roles might have certain feelings in their new family dynamics. Once we learned the “why” we then explored practical steps we can take to strengthen these special bonds. As we bring our series to a close, I want to impart some words of wisdom we all need to hear, and be reminded of, to ensure we create a healthy, life-long bond between the mamor/damor.

In part one of our series on the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship we learned why the women who find themselves in these roles often experience emotions ranging from pure joy to hurt and sadness. Once we discovered the answers, our understanding of this special relationship came into focus. We had an “aha” moment which makes our path forward easier to navigate.

Do you remember the movie Monster-in-Law? It starred Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda in a romantic comedy centered around the tumultuous relationship between a bride and her future mother-in-law. If you have not seen it, you should. It will keep you laughing but, sadly, may hit closer to home than you would like to admit.

As Texas plunged into single digits with multiple days of a windchill below freezing, millions found themselves stranded with no power or water. Living along the Gulf Coast we have weathered hurricanes and endured power outages for much longer periods, but somehow this seemed different. Maybe for those of us close to the shoreline it was the unusual sight of snow we experienced as opposed to the natural disasters we usually face that arrive with rain, wind, and sweltering heat.

Our son and daughter (in law) were finally able to take a long-overdue honeymoon to St. Lucia in December. Cecelia interned one summer for a travel agent so naturally called the company to book their trip. What an incredible experience they had, and I was reminded WHY using a travel agent is worth the expense. Fees range depending on the service, but most charge between $300-350 to plan a vacation somewhere in the Caribbean Islands. 

Q: I will be a new mom soon, and I have been preparing for life “after” a newborn. There is a lot of information on raising babies, and how dads can support mom, but I cannot find much on how moms can support dads. A lot of my mental preparation has been around my marriage. Specific questions: How do I preserve my marriage? How do we embrace the changes? How do I maintain my husband as a priority when we have a tiny human demanding everything? How can I help my husband bond with our new child?

Want to set your children up for success? Then look no further than the habits of successful people you know, whether that be in the corporate world, media, or within your own circle of friends. Experts agree that there are certain common traits all successful people possess. This is great news because it means we can emulate those leaders that have come before us. 

Many of us grew up learning multitasking was a hallmark of a productive person. While sounding good in theory, this practice has proven to be incorrect. Studies now reveal that multitasking is nothing more than switching back and forth between tasks and it lowers our productivity. Below are 5 points that deal with the facts behind project hopping and the lack of performance that occurs when we allow seemingly innocuous interruptions to occur in daily life.

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Pulled Pork Sliders Taste Test



Happy Foodie Friday! These recipes come courtesy of Penny and Eleazar Martinez.

www.thefrankincensetree.com

info@thefrankincensetree.com


Each of our Taste Test Reviews comes with the original recipe and the tester's notes/changes listed with the ingredient list in blue. We hope you enjoy!


Wow, wow, wow! If you enjoy BBQ I highly recommend trying this dish. After reading the recipe I was a little bit intimidated by the steps and time required to cook the pulled pork. The piece of meat is large and took quite a while to sear, but other than that the recipe was very easy and yielded a great result!


I opted to use Hawaiian sweet roll buns and they paired perfectly with the pulled pork. Toast the bun with a little butter, add a bit of extra BBQ sauce, top with the pork, and you are good to go with a tasty dish!


Pulled Pork Sliders
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Makes 25 Servings

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 3 Hours

Cost: It would be about $19 for a full recipe


Ingredients for Pork:

*3 pounds pork shoulder

*3 large carrots, whole

*3 each, celery ribs

*1 large yellow onion, in chunks

*3 sprigs fresh sage

*4 cups chicken or pork stock

*Salt and pepper, to taste


Ingredients for Sliders:

*2 ounces pulled pork

*BBQ sauce, to taste

*Slider buns

*Store-bought coleslaw, to taste



Preparation:

*Season the pork shoulder heavily with salt and pepper.

*Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil on a heavy large sauté pan.

*Sear the pork in pan, fat side down first, until golden brown. Repeat the process on all sides.

*Arrange all vegetables on the bottom of a 12 x 12 inch baking pan, then place pork on top of vegetables.

*Pour some stock in the pan and scrape the bottom of the pan with the help of a spatula until bits on bottom of pan release.

*Pour the stock around the pork, then place the fresh sage along the side of the pork

(these 2 steps add great flavor, so try to do them).

*Cover the pan with aluminum foil to create a tight lid and slow bake in a preheated oven at

350F for 3 hours.

*After 3 hours, check for doneness. Pork should easily pull-away with no effort when scratched with a fork.

*Take pork out of baking pan and place on a cooling rack. Allow to cool at room temp for an hour.

*Pull the pork meat, then place in a large bowl and add your favorite BBQ sauce to taste.

*Mix well to combine.

*In a separate mixing bowl, prepare your favorite prepackaged coleslaw following package instructions.


Assemble:

*Warm, or toast, slider buns if desired.

*Take the bottom of the slider buns and top with BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, coleslaw then top with bun and garnish with a decorative skewer.


Recipe and Taste Tester - Alina Gersib

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