Tired Mom, Quick Crockpot Meal with All Natural Smithfield Pork

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If you are like me, then you are running around like a chicken with your head cut off most of the day.  Getting up early to get the kids lunches made, then getting them up and dressed and fed to get out the door on time. Walking them to school then working for a bit before walking back to pick them up. Begging them to do homework, then rushing them off to sports practices. Last feeding them dinner and getting them bathed and in bed to start it all over the next day.

Tom Thumb sells Smithfield All Natural Pork and I love an easy crockpot meal on a busy day! Here is the best part of this post…I’m going to tell you how I make 3 meals in ONE crockpot!



Simply buy a Smithfield All Natural Pork Shoulder Butt (or other cut that you prefer!) Add 12 oz of your favorite soda. Do NOT use diet! (I used Pepsi in this recipe!) And a bottle of BBQ sauce. Pop it all in the crockpot on low and forget it for the day! Seriously it’s THAT easy! Don’t drain off the juice…the pork will absorb it when shredded.


When we are ready to eat, I simply shred the meat and serve on a bun. I have a family of 5 (6 currently as we have a Foreign Exchange student living with us!) and we are able to get THREE meals out of this! I simply take the leftovers and divide it in two containers and freeze them until we are ready to use them.


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Pumpkin Recipe Round Up


I love fall…partially because I love the cooler weather, but mostly because I LOVE PUMPKIN! Pumpkin anything and everything! Here is a list of 9 different pumpkin recipes to help get you in the mood for fall! Enjoy!

Pumpkin Spiced Oatmeal by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Yogurt Pie by Three Different Directions
Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars by MyCRAZYSavings
Three Ingredient Pumpkin Doughnuts by MamaChallenge
Pumpkin Banana Bread by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Spice Scones by Julie is Coco and Cocoa
Pumpkin Cheesecake Puff Pastry by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins by Julie is Coco and Cocoa
Pumpkin Monkey Bread by MyCRAZYSavings
Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal Cookies by MyCRAZYSavings
Pie in a Jar by The Nerds Wife

If you want more, follow my Pumpkin Board on Pinterest! I add a lot there as I find it!

Triple Berry Blast Smoothie Recipe


This is by far my favorite smoothie to drink! In fact, I drink this one a few times a week! To make this energizing tripe berry blast smoothies you will need:

  • Strawberrys (I use Frozen)
  • Almond Milk
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Triple Berry blend (I use frozen berries)
  • spinach

Blend spinach and almond milk, then add berries and yogurt and blend until smooth. I like to add Chia seeds as well. YUMMY The Ninja makes this super smooth!

Green Goddess Smoothie Recipe



This is a great smoothie if you need to detox or drink it for breakfast after a cheat meal. The green apple is great fiber and of course the spinach is very healthy.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 1 Green apple cut
  • Hand full of Ice
  • Almond Milk

This green smoothie will be a little tart from the green apple. You can add some honey to cut the tartness and make it a little sweeter.

The Ninja Ultima makes this one super smooth and you won’t need to worry about peeling the apple because it will be super smooth. I like to add Chai seeds to this one.

Chocolate Cherry Fuel Smoothie Recipe



This is my hubbys favorite smoothie! It’s simple to make and the chocolate is balanced with the cherry flavor. If you like chocolate covered strawberries, then you might want to try this one.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 1 TBS Cocoa powder
  • 3 TBS Cherry Juice (From Marcino Cherrys)
  • Almond Milk and Ice to fill

You could also add a few cherrys to this one to add flavor and the Ninja Ultima will make it smooth and creamy as it’s blended.


Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe



If you love smooth and creamy smoothies then you will LOVE this one! The recipe is super simple:

  • 2 TBS Peanut Butter
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 hand full of spinach
  • Add milk to 3/4 full (I like Almond Milk)

Add all ingredients and a few cubes of ice if desired and blend. You will find that the Ninja Ultima is super powerful and will create an ice cream like texture with this smoothie.


Grapefruit Goodness Smoothie Recipe



This smoothie is a little different then the others. I do not use milk in this one. You can if you want to add a creamier taste to it but it does not need the liquid added. Here is how to make this super nutritious Grapefruit Goodness smoothie recipe.

  • Hand full of spinach
  • 2 frozen strawberries (for sweetness)
  • 1 large Grapefruit (juiced)

Simply juice the grapefruit and add to smoothie cup, add spinach and two frozen strawberries and blend. I added a few cubes of ice to this one and love this one on a hot summer day. It’s very refreshing and there are tons of great benefits to the grapefruit juice.

The Ninja Ultima will blend this to a slushy like consistency.




Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe

ChocolatepeatnutbutterMy kids love this Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie. I love that it’s not filled with a ton of sugar. The Spinach and Peanut Butter give them added nutrients. Here is how to make this quick and easy recipe:

  • 1 TBS Cocoa Powder
  • 2 TBS Peanut Butter
  • Hand Full of Spinach
  • Almond Milk

Add spinach first, then add peanut butter and cocoa powder and top with Almond Milk. You can add a low calorie sweetener or honey to this one to sweeten it up a bit. (I like it without adding anything, my girls like it with honey)

The Ninja Ultima blends it up smooth and creamy.



Strawberry Fuel Smoothie Recipe

StrawberryBlastThis smoothie recipe is super simple! I start with my Ninja Ultima Smoothie cup and I fill it half way with Spinach leaves. I add 4-5 frozen strawberries, Almond milk to fill it about 3/4 full, then I screw on the lid. I prefer frozen strawberries as it helps with the texture.

Two add ins that I love for this smoothie: Greek Yogurt and Chai Seeds

You will not taste the spinach in this smoothie and the Ninja Ultima chops it so fine that you would never know it was there.


Seven Days of Healthy Smoothies with Ninja Ultima

*I was sent a Ninja Ultima for the purpose of this review and blog series. All opinions are my own and are honest!


I have been making smoothies for over a year now and I have not found a blender that I really loved. I started with a single sized hand blender and it wasn’t at all powerful enough to blend up my smoothies to a drinkable texture. I then moved to a bigger blender and it wasn’t powerful enough to blend my ice. I was getting HUGE chunks which wasn’t at all drinkable. I tried another chopper/blender combo and it wasn’t working either.  exclusive-offer-box1-interior

Since I drink between 3-5 smoothies a week, I needed something that would work well. So this brings us to this fun blog series…Seven Days of Healthy Smoothies made with a Ninja Ultima.

I love the Ninja Ultima for several reasons. The first is that it is super powerful. Within seconds I can blend my smoothies and the texture is perfect. I add spinach and my kids never know now that i use the Ninja. I love that I do not have to use the large pitcher attachment to make smoothies. I can make single serving sized smoothies. This is great for me as I normally make these for breakfast for myself after the kids are in school. The last thing that I love about my Ninja is the suction cups on the bottom. They help keep the Ninja right were I place it on the counter!

Starting tomorrow you will see the following smoothie recipes over the next seven days! Enjoy!

  • Strawberry Fuel
  • Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Grapefruit Goodness
  • Peanut Butter Banana
  • Chocolate Cherry Fuel
  • Green Goddess
  • Triple Berry Blast