Homemade carnitas & flour tortillas

Pork roast, cut into large chunks
Olive oil
Salt & pepper
Onion & garlic
1 1/4 cup chicken broth
Juice of 2 oranges & some zest
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp coriander
1/4 tsp cayenne
2 Tbs oregano (fresh)
Dash cinnamon
Mix spices together then coat pork pieces in the rub before browning in olive oil.
Brown pork really good, remove from Dutch oven and set aside. Add chicken broth and orange juice and whisk until boiling and brown bits are incorporated into broth. Add onion, garlic and meat. Put in 325 degree oven uncovered for 2 hours, then covered for up to 1 hour. Shred and eat!!

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Flour tortillas
2 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup masa harina
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup shortening
2 Tbs salted butter
1 cup very hot water
Cut shortening and butter into dry ingredients, then add water slowly while mixing. Knead a few times (might need to add flour) let sit for about a hour in bowl covered with damp towel. Pinch small amount and roll into ball, roll out into tortillas with rolling pin. Cook on skillet flipping until cooked (couple minutes total).

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Thanksgiving

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This year we decided to head up north and celebrate Thanksgiving with my side of the family. We don’t do that often enough! It was a lot of fun. The traffic wasn’t too bad, until we got to Tacoma. Then we started getting a little antsy. I got photobombed by Anna 🙂

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Thomas (15) and Gabe (15) best buddies & cousins

My cousin, William, brought out his childhood Lego’s for the kids. So smart! They played with them for hours.

 

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My sister in law Joy, and I. I just love her. It was SO nice to sit and chat with her.

 

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Yancey (my brother) me and my Dad

My Grandma and I.

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Me, my cousin Williams fiance, Anna & my sister in law, Joy.
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Me, Dad, Mom and my brother, Yancey
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Abbey and her Papa
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Jeromy, Me, Joy and Yancey
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My Aunt’s pretty table
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Anna with her Grandma Sue Sue and Great Grandma Blanco
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Joy and Yancey singing with Anna to the song she’ll sing at the Christmas program

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My parents with their grandchildren

Me, Abbey and Joy at the table. Everyone was talking, telling stories, eating pie and having a lot of fun!

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Grandma and Thomas
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Me and my Godparents, Aunt Roxie & Uncle Charlie

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Me and my Aunt Lisanne

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My brother and Anna (they love each other just a little *wink*)