What if the world doesn’t end in 16 days

Dec 5, 2012 by

The countdown is on.  No, not until you can open presents on Christmas, that may not happen this year.

According to the ol’ Mayans and their calendar the world will end on December 21st, 2012 (not sure exactly what time).

But what if it doesn’t?

Now I don’t expect the world to end on December 21st as evident by all the Christmas presents I’ve already bought, but as life has no pauses or stopping points, it’s kind of nice to use events like this to think ahead.

Much like January 1st being the start of a new year with all its new year’s resolutions, we can pause for a second and think about what the world could look like if it doesn’t end.

What do you want from the future?

What changes would you like to see or make?

What plans and dreams can you bring to fruition?What simple ways could you make your life and the life of those around you a little bit better?

If you are interested in these questions and interested in some simple things that can make your life better I hope you will join me on this journey.

Starting around Christmas and going though the new year I will be posting one simple thing each week that you can do to make your life better.

Please sign up for the email newsletter and follow me on Twitter or like me on Facebook to stay connected with TrulySimple and receive each simple, but life changing, thing each week.

These will be simple little things that will be easy to accomplish and easy to see positive results from (hopefully!).

I hope the world doesn’t end on December 21st.  I have so many great things yet to do and I hope you’ll join me in making this world a better place.

Ben…

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A Simple Barbacoa

Apr 3, 2012 by

I have not posted a recipe in WAY too long.  I’ve been crazy busy with work, and then super sick and now just recovering and getting back into it.  Here is one I made several weeks ago, but have had no time to get this thing posted.  I’m going to try to get a little better at that, so with that said, here is a dish you must make.

I love barbacoa beef and can’t say no to it at Chipotle and such.  So I found an awesome recipe and modified it slightly and set out to make it.  It was so easy to make and very tasty to eat so I recommend that you find some time to make this recipe this week.

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This is a very simple recipe and only takes a few minutes to prep and the rest of the time is in the crock pot cooking and making your house smell amazing.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients:  

    • 3 lbs beef eye of round or bottom round roast – trim all the fat off
    • 5 cloves garlic
    • 1/2 medium onion
    • Juice from 1 small lime
    • 2-4 chiptoles in adobo sauce (or more if you like it spicy)
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin
    • 1 tbsp ground oregano
    • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
    • salt and pepper
    • 3 bay leaves
    • 1 tsp oil
    • 1 cup water

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Cut the meat up into big chunks and add some salt and pepper

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throw that in a pan with a little oil on medium-high heat and get it brown on all the sides.

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Now get out your food processor and throw all the following in.  Start off with the garlic

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Add Lime Juice

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Chop up the onion into a few pieces and throw it in

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Then add your spices - 1 tbsp ground cumin

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1 tbsp ground oregano

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1/2 tsp ground cloves

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Finally add 2-4 chipotle peppers.  Add more if you like it spicy.  I added several and it was super spicy, but also super awesome so be careful.

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and let the processor do its thing.  Mix it up good.

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Throw a few bay leaves into the crock pot and then add the browned meat.

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cover with the mixture from the food processor.

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add a cup of water, cover and let it cook on low for 8 hours in the crock pot.

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When it’s done take the beef out and shred with a couple forks and then add it back into the sauce and let it simmer for 20 minutes.

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I also whipped up some cilantro lime rice to go with it and it was awesome.

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The corn adds some awesome flavor and helps with the heat if you make it spicy.  I threw it on the burners to give it a little blackened color and flavor.

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and voila.  I grabbed some leaves of lettuce from the garden and topped with the rice, barbacoa and corn to top it all off.  So yummy and so easy to make.

If you have a crock pot and like barbacoa or your house smelling awesome, then you must make this.  It is too easy and to tasty not to.

Ben…

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The easiest and tastiest mac & cheese you’ll ever make

Oct 21, 2011 by

This is THE easiest and THE most tasty mac & cheese you will ever have.  When you bust this out at partys and pot luck meals your friends will come running over to you, hoist you on their shoulders, and parade you around for being a culinary genius. They will say such wonderful things as, “OMG, that is soooooo good.”, “Best mac & cheese ever!!!”, “You MUST give me the recipe!”.

And here’s where you need to stop.  You DO NOT want to tell your friends what is in this mac and cheese.  It IS the most tasty mac & cheese ever, but it may not be the healthiest of all meals ever.

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This recipe is so freaking easy to make.  It only has three ingredients.

So are you ready to make the best mac and cheese ever?   Lets get started…

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 Ingredients:

  • 16 oz Pasta of your choice.  (I like to use penne pasta, but any will work.)
  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream.
  • (pumpkin only for decoration)
Thats it.  Super simple huh?  Here’s how you put it all together.

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Boil pasta as per the directions of your pasta

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get your wonderful fake orange colored Velveeta out

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cut it up into some chunks

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Drain the pasta, and set it aside.  Throw the Velveeta chunks into the pot on low to medium heat

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Pour in the heaving whipping cream and stir stir stir!  You do not want to burn the sauce

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Keep stirring until you get a wonderfully gooey, cheesy, sauce

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Pour sauce over pasta and voila

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This is seriously THE best mac & cheese you will ever eat and it is ALWAYS a hit when I bring it parties.

Just do yourself a favor and go for a nice long walk or maybe a half marathon after you eat it.

Ben…

Please let me know if this is not THE best mac & cheese you’ve ever had.

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Simple way to cook and shuck corn

Oct 18, 2011 by

I recently taught my dad how to forward email, which in hindsight may not have been the best idea ever, but he did send me this gem. This is by far the easiest way I have ever found to cook and more importantly, shuck corn.



I love it.  And I love Ken.  I want to adopt him as my grandpa. Now if I can only get my corn to grow in my garden!

Ben…

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Slow cooked pork shoulder

Mar 22, 2011 by

I often don’t cook the healthiest of recipes, as evidenced by this, this or this, but thats OK.  Thats what diets are for.

I’m back on the slow carb diet, which I do occasionally to shed some pounds so I can make more of these.  I’m back on the diet because I’m reading Tim Ferris’ new book the The 4-Hour Body.

I met Tim out at SXSW several years ago right has he was launching his The 4-Hour Workweek book.  I liked the book and hit it off with Tim.  I had him come out and speak at my company and I’ve enjoyed his work ever since.

The slow carb diet he originally blogged about is a very simple diet and he goes into much more detail in his new book.

Basically you avoid anything white, any carbs, and eat a lot of protein, vegetables, and legumes.  And one of the keys to the diet is to repeat your meals and eat the same thing over and over.

So for that I set out to create a really easy pork shoulder recipe, and it turned out to be one of the easiest and tastiest things I’ve ever made.

So If your looking for a great easy recipe that tastes awesome and you can eat all the time on this diet, look no further.  It will take you less than 5 minutes to prep and then you just put it in the crock pot and let it go.

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I’ve not cooked a lot of pork shoulder before, because I never knew what to do with it.  I previously made some awesome al pastor tacos with it and fell in love.  This recipe is even easier.

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First you’ll need a pork shoulder.  You can get this at any grocery store.

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Next you’ll need some spices.

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional.  I love it, my wife not so much)
  • 1 (4 pound) boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 2 cups chicken broth

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Mix all your spices together.

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throw 2-3 bay leaves into the bottom of your crock pot.

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rub half the spices on once side of the pork shoulder

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Place that seasoning side down and pour the rest of the seasonings on the other side.   Pour in the chicken stock around the sides of the meat.

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And you cook it for 5 hours, flip it over, and then cook it for another 5 hours all on the low setting of your crock pot.

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Seriously, how easy is that?  When its done, it will be fall apart tender with a fork.  Simple shred the pork with a couple forks to eat.

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For the 4HB diet its great to have meals ready to go, so put it in a tupperware container and you are set for many happy meals with this tasty meat.

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And my dog LOVES the pork shoulder bone, so we are all happy with this recipe.

That’s it.  This recipe is so easy to make and store so you can eat this whenever you need to while on your diet.

The other great thing about the diet is you get a cheat day once per week, so go nuts.

Ben…

 

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