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Pork Carnitas That Will Make Your Mouth Sing (Also Known As How To Feed 10 People In 1 Hour With The Help Of A Crock Pot)

In the early years of our marriage it was not at all unusual for my precious INTP husband to have the fabulous idea of hosting a lot of really hungry people approximately 15 minutes before the suggested meal would need to be on the table. Clearly, I married him because he’s fun and  spontaneous like that, but the ESFJ in me is also rather fond of a plan.

These days, we still enjoy hosting people in our home, but know that it takes a bit more forethought, so we’ve tried to get it down to a science so that with a day’s notice we can feed the hungry people something other than Little Caesars.

By far, the best thing that’s come out of my crockpot this week was the pork carnitas we made on Monday. This recipe is simple to prepare and has flavor for days. So, next time you need to prepare a meal of the masses, or just want leftovers to freeze, here ya go.

Pork Carnitas That Will Make Your Mouth Sing

(Also Known As How To Feed 10 People In 1 Hour With The Help Of A Crock Pot)

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  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons salt, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2.5-4 pound pork shoulder, excess fat trimmed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 2 oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 1 jalepeno seeded and diced


  • Rinse and dry the pork shoulder.
  • Salt and pepper liberally.
  • In a small bowl, combine olive oil, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper. Season pork shoulder with spice mixture, rubbing in thoroughly on all sides.
  • Place seasoned pork shoulder, garlic, onions, orange juice with orange peels, lime juice with lime peels, jalepeno and into a slow cooker. Cover and cook on low heat for 8 hours or high for 4-5 hours.
  • Once the meat is tender, remove pork shoulder from the slow cooker and shred the meat then return to the pot with the juices; season with salt and pepper, to taste, as needed. Cover and keep warm for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to broil. Place carnitas onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and broil until crisp and crusted, about 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with avocado, *lots of lime juice* (key to making your mouth sing!!) and crumbled goat cheese. These also make UNBELIEVABLE quesadillas. We ate them as leftovers and were delighted that the next night they were even yummier!

1 Hour Timetable:

Enlist helpers to cut these times and delegate dessert to a guest! People love to bring something.

Prep meat and have cooking in crockpot by noon (only takes about 10 minutes)

  • Tidy living space + wipe downbathroom-10 min. Shauna Niequist has a wonderful keynote talk about hospitality that you should totally listen to! In it, she says her main advice for cleaning before company arrives is to grab the baby wipes and a laundry basket then fry a pound of bacon. In other words, wipe away anything sticky or icky, toss anything that would trip or injure a guest (LEGOS!) and create a wonderful aroma in the air that says, “oh, I’ve been planning on you coming for days…” So tidy! And make it quick.
  • Set out chips, salsa and cheese dip-3 min People will want something easy to much on because though they are excited, often they are a tad nervous to come over.
  • Pull meat-2 min
  • Slice limes + slice and peel avocados-5 min
  • Crumble goat cheese-2 min
  • Warm beans + Rice-5 min Any can of refried beans will do and if you want my opinion the Seeds of Change 7 Whole Grain microwavable rice pouches from Walmart are amazing.
  • Mix salad-5 min I use the “Kale Yeah” pre-prepared salad bags from Walmart. The Southwest Salad Kit is amazing with these carnitas. It’s more of a slaw than anything and it’s so good!
  • Warm tortillas-5 min
  • Prep drinks-8 min 
  • Broil Meat-3 min
  • Set table + put food on serving pieces-10 min 

If you want to get real fancy you could have a jar filled with conversation starters or you could play our favorite dinner party game. The sky is the limit, but if you have an hour to make it happen (and you had enough warning to get the meat in the crock pot!) Then you can make it happen!! Woot!

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Spiritual Parents Series-Part 2

I posted Part 1 on Friday and hope to share with you two or three more installments of a very helpful book entitled, “Spiritual Moms” by Lynn Wilford Scarborough.

Paul wrote in his letter to the Corinthians:

“I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow” (1 Cor 3:6)

It is obvious that growth is attributed to God, but people have different jobs to do. If a spiritual parent wrote this today, it might read: “Marilyn is the one who prayed with you. Brad taught your Bible study. Cynthia brought the casseroles when you were sick. Carol spent time on the phone when you needed advice in your marriage. Kyle lent you a printer and Joan remembered your birthday. Nora helped you clean the house, and Wendy took care of your toddler when you were in church. But it was God who wooed you to Him and gave His Son, who shed His light into your heart and helped you to change. God called you when you were lost; these spiritual parents helped you find Him!”

Four Seasons of Growth in a Spiritual Baby’s Life

  1. Seed-Nurture, Love, Touch, Affirm, Bless, Come alongside (elementary age—lots of energy, always hungry and bumping into things. It will disrupt the entire day, but it’s worth every minute. )
  2. Feed-Teach, Tend, Mend, Build Relationships, Strengthen (Teach the basics of Bible study, prayer, Scripture memory, service, and character development. Have in your home—surround with love.)
  3. Weed-Prune, Build Discipline, Build Character, Pray, Worship (growing rapidly, always hungry, get distracted easily, have lots of emotional ups and downs, have tremendous energy and are trying to figure out who they are. Discipline, strengthen and direct this person’s energies. Sometimes a person needs a push instead of a hug to finish the race. Jn 15)
  4. Lead-Equip to Lead, Minister, Release to the Call (Launch out into the world and have successful lives. Cast vision and turn the spotlight of truth on the future.)

Spiritual parents are equipped by God to handle the task of caring for the new believers and assimilating them into the community, preparing them to help fulfill the Great Commission.

People need to hear, “thanks for making the choice to be here.” when they come to things.  When people receive an unexpected gift, hug, phone call, check in the email or meal, they are blessed. Tangible, touch, time, basic skills, when in surgery, surprises, these are just ways to play parent!

All of us need a safe place, a family, a place where we are truly loved and truly known. We were made for community and community was made for us. People are lonely. We know that in God’s family people will find a place of peace and love. Spiritual parents help people to enter into God’s family by inviting them into their homes and hearts. As we teach out spiritual children to do the same, many more generations come into the family of God!