Friday, March 22, 2013

Confessions of the Domestically Challenged (Part 2)

This is how I feel during most times in my life....


This is how I feel when I'm about to try cooking....

A friend (and mother of the most adorable little boy), Kate, sent me this recipe after she read Confessions Part 1. 

I mean, it's fool-proof right???? Let's see how it turned out....

Everything looking good as it's starting to cook. Got the meat, onions, and lots of BBQ sauce in there!

I came home after work and the house smelled GLORIOUS! I was super pumped. The meat shredded very easily in the crockpot. Tim was on his way home so I started making all the sides so it would be ready to go! #justcallmemartha

It definitely looked great! I'm not a big fan of pulled pork on a bun so I had mine "naked".

Unfortunately, it was yet another flop. The meat was super mushy, like it was cooked too long. This is the 3rd time the crockpot has over cooked something. I am aware that our crockpot is on steriods, so I try to adjust the times accordingly, but I haven't mastered it (clearly).

So help me out here, is it possible that our crockpot just sucks because its a cheap one? Should I throw down some cash for a high quality one? Or is it user error??

Until I decide what to do about that, I'm going to try some NON crockpot recipes. That way, if I can master those, at least I know it might be the crockpot and not me. 

But so far, it's definitely been me.

Props to Tim for always being my taste-tester and trying whatever concoction I put in front of him. That is one brave, brave man.

Have a recipe you know is idiot proof? I'll give it a try and prove you wrong. :)

And since this was an embarrassing confessional, linking up with Leslie over at ABA.


Make sure you stop by next week because I have something really exciting planned with a few other blog-ettes!

Also, Kaliwood now has a Facebook page! So go "LIKE" me if you want some Kaliwood in your Facebook life! :)

Have a great weekend and safe happy eating!


  1. A quality crock pot can be well worth the $!

  2. We have a cheap crock pot but haven't had any problems with over cooking the meat.. How long did you have it in there for and what was the recommended time length?

    1. LOW 8 to 10 hours (or on HIGH 4 to 5 hours) is what it said. I put it on HIGH 6 Hours setting for about 4.5 hours and it was already done and mushy.

  3. I can't win with our crock pot either. Everything just ends up mushy and gross...ugh. Thanks for linking up!!

  4. I can relate to you, girl! I'm a horrible cook. haha

  5. Just found you through a blog hop and I'm following you now. I love this post! I'll admit it, I'm not even close to a Master Chef but I try my best at cooking. The real confession: they're all easy recipes.

    You can't check out my page and click on recipes to see a bunch of ones from Kraft that I've actually tried and succeeded at (for the most part). Hopefully we can learn together. :)

    P.S. My slow cooker is massive, but it works! Maybe bigger is better?



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