By: Lauren Patterson
There is nothing that I love more than throwing a party. Wedding Showers, Baby Showers, Birthday Parties, Game-Day Parties, Engagement Parties… you name it, I’m up for it. Celebrating the milestones in life and the people in it, just makes me smile. So, when two of our best friends decided that they would say their vows on the sunny beaches of Mexico we knew we had to throw them a shower to match. Excited to celebrate our friends, a huge celebration was in store but we were also working on a shoestring budget.
To the rescue…my go to website for everything, the website that keeps me up until the wee hours of the morning pinning away…. Pinterest. Of course, it didn’t disappoint! As I was looking for flower ideas, I stumbled across a DIY website on how to make Tissue Flowers. Being a wannabe Martha in training, DIY projects make my heart sing so I knew that I had found just what I was looking for… homemade flower decorations that would be perfect for our not so ordinary couple. After a trip to the Dollar Store for supplies and a few not so nice words later, we finally got the hang of it and made some of the best looking tissue flowers you have ever seen (or at least we thought so) in just under 2 hours. Even better news… they are recyclable! Instead of throwing them away, you can store them in a garbage bag and pull them out again for a baby shower, birthday or even just to brighten up your little one’s room.
Due to the rave reviews we got with this new DIY project, I knew I had to share this idea with all of the other Martha’s-In-Training out there. It was easy, quick and put a real spin on the traditional flower arrangement.
Lastly, I could not end the post without mentioning the food. Wanting to do something other than a fajita bar, my dear ole dad cooked up his famous Mexican Carnitas and let me tell you, people were licking the pots on this one! These carnitas are out of this world good and serve an army. An added bonus: you can freeze the leftovers! Who doesn’t love that?!
Listed below is the Tissue Flower Tutorial and the Mexican Carnitas recipe. Enjoy!
Source: Jennifer Biggs from The Commercial Appeal
– 1 (8-9) lb. pork shoulder
– 1 quart chicken stock
– 5 cloves of garlic, roughly chopped
– 1 onion, roughly diced
– 1 tbsp. of cumin
– 1/2 tsp. salt
– 1/2 tsp. black pepper
– 1 tsp. of cayenne powder
– 1 (7 oz.) can salsa verde (We always double that)
Corn Tortillas (We buy homemade tortillas from a Hispanic Grocery on Summer)
Put the pork in a deep casserole or roasting pan. Mix chicken stock with garlic, onion, cumin, salt, and black and cayenne pepper. Pour to halfway up the roast, cover tightly and cook at 350 for about 5 hours. Check frequently and add liquid as needed.
After 5 hours, remove from oven and let cool. Shred the meat and spread it on a rimmed cookie sheet (or 2 if needed). Mix a can of salsa verde (remember, we use 2 cans!) in with the remaining chicken broth and pour over meat. Stir, and return to a 350-degree oven and cook until the liquid is almost absorbed (leaving a little) for about 20 minutes.
Place the pork on corn tortillas and dress with toppings of choice. Serves 20.