Constant Month, Constant Life.

family dinner table setting {{by cheeky baker}

This is what summer evenings should feel like. Warm breeze, table tops adorned with wildflowers, and simple meals out doors with friends and family. The air carries the knowledge of a day that has been worked through, and the deep shadows of a soon-to-be- setting sun signal the time of rest and a savoring of the day.

wine glasses {by cheeky baker}

Cheese plate {by cheeky baker}

Pulled Pork Sandwich  {by cheeky baker}

Pulled Pork Sandwich {by cheeky baker}

A few weeks ago, I threw a dinner party for my family that was in town, as well as my in-laws. It was such a perfect day, I couldn’t resist bringing our whole dining set outside to the porch (we’ll invest in patio furniture someday . . . when we have a patio ;). As much as I love preparing a meal for loved ones, this was a day I didn’t want to be found in the kitchen for hours on end. This day was one for meandering the farmer’s market, lunching at a cafe downtown, and taking a walk down to the beach to watch kite boarders do their thing. That of course meant a little bit of prep ahead of time, but only a little. Pork butt in the slow cooker, covered in a dry rub and garlic cloves in the morning, as well as a ciabatta dough made and set to rise. Fridge stocked with beer, cheese, & coconut milk, and delegating coleslaw to my dear mother-in-law.

Family Dinner {by cheeky baker}

Family Dinner {by cheeky baker}

Family Dinner {by cheeky baker} Family Dinner {by cheeky baker}

It was such a memorable evening. Relaxed and slow, just like a good dinner with friends should be. There were times when I looked around the table and simply soaked in each person a bit, part of me still hardly believing we were all here in the same place. A group of my favorite people around the same table; who could ask for more?

Also, have I told you what a hottie I married? Swoon . . .

 

Matt & Glenn {by cheeky baker} Family Dinner {by cheeky baker} Family Dinner {by cheeky baker} Family Dinner {by cheeky baker} Family Dinner {by cheeky baker}

 

Also, I have absolutely loved this time I got to spend with my niece Ember. She is such a beautiful little girl! I have never met anyone so simultaneously laid back & full of spunk. I really simply fell in love with her, and I can’t wait to squeeze her again! My sister, her husband, and Ember are currently living in their RV and traveling around North America. No big deal, totally a big deal, right? I have been keeping updated with their journeys on their website Nomadic Powers. It’s epic; check it out.

Want to see the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?

Ember {by cheeky baker} Ember {by cheeky baker} Ember {by cheeky baker}

Oh, more because you’re smitten? Ok . . .

Grandma & Ember, Precious Moment {by cheeky baker} Ember {by cheeky baker} Ember {by cheeky baker} Ember {by cheeky baker}

Le sigh.

Never under estimate the power of wildflowers . . .

Wildflower Table Setting {by cheeky baker}

 

Never forget dessert. Farmer’s market peaches & berries, coconut cream, & roughly chopped hazelnuts & pistachios.

Summer perfection.

Peaches & Blueberries {by cheeky baker} Peaches, Blueberries, & Coconut Cream {by cheeky baker} Peaches, Blueberries, & Coconut Cream {by cheeky baker}

Peaches, Blueberries, & Coconut Cream {by cheeky baker}

Take some time for your own summer dinner party, and love on the those around you.

Paleo Pulled Pork

2 – 2 1/2 lbs of pork shoulder or pork butt*

1 medium onion, chopped

6-8 cloves garlic

1 tbs chili powder

1 -1 1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp of garlic powder

1 tsp of fresh ground pepper

1 tsp of cumin

2 tsp of smokey paprika

1/4 tsp of cayenne

1-2 Tbsp. honey {optional}

* I had a 4 lb pork butt, so I doubled this rub recipe, but kept the cayenne at 1/4 tsp. There are a few in my family who aren’t fans of spice. Feel free to change up the spices to your liking!

Peel the garlic cloves and smash them with the side of the knife. Cut small slits into the pork, and slide the garlic cloves into the slits.

Place all the spices in a small bowl and mix with a fork. Rub the spices on all sides of the pork.

Scatter the chopped onion inside the crock pot, and set pork butt on top of the onions. Place the lid on your slow cooker, and set it to low. cook on low for 6-8 hours, depending on the weight of the pork. You’re done! Go have fun.

Check on the pork at 4 hours, and baste it in its own juices. You may need to add 1/2 water if you feel like the meat is getting too dry.

Once the meat is cooked through, shred it with two forks. Leave the meat in the slow cooker and, if it is still a few hours until dinner, turn the cooker off. If you are eating within the hour, set the heat to the “warm” setting.

At this point I like to drizzle a bit of honey over the meat and stir it in; it adds a bit of sweetness to accompany the  smokey spices.

Serve warm with ciabatta slider buns {or in a lettuce wrap for the gluten-free or paleo} with a generous dollop of coleslaw. Enjoy thoroughly!

Happy summering. xx

 

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  1. What a fun and yummy evening! Wonderful times, lots of love! 🙂

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