Monday, March 8, 2010

When your hubby informs you he is going to smoke his butt....

You either have a very interesting story to tell, or you are about to spend your Sunday watching your hubby smoke a Boston Butt in his homemade smoker!  Lucky for me, my hubby was doing the latter and we had a wonderful meal to end an awesome weekend.

This weekend screamed Spring here in Central NC.  Saturday was a little cool but sunny and beautiful and Sunday was downright magnificent.  On Saturday, hubby and I finished some lingering yard work.  I planted our lettuce crop and put some finishing touches on the garden fence project.  We also learned a great method of herding the chickens to the garden from their coop and back without stressing them or ourselves (see previous post about me chasing chickens around the garden :-)

Sunday was an early start of smoking, cooking, baking, and cleaning.  Hubby got up at 8am to start the fire in the smoker and I made him some french toast from homemade bread and bacon.  After breakfast, I baked sugar-free all natural chocolate chip cookies (for me) and all-natural peanut butter cookies for hubby and our pending guests for the evening!  After baking the cookies, I started boiling the Northern Beans on the stove and mixed together a baked bean sauce from scratch (an amazing recipe I found here).  By lunch we had baked beans ready to go on the smoker and a Boston Butt well on it's way to perfection!  After lunch I headed out to the yard and picked up all of the sticks the oak trees have been dropping....thinking to myself "this is why our parents made us pick up sticks as kids"....that was not a fun job!  I spent the rest of the day relaxing by the garden fence watching the chickens scratch and hubby continued to monitor the smoker.

The best part of the weekend came on Sunday night.  My folks and my brother, sister-n-law, and their two boys came over for dinner.   We had the smoked pork, homemade baked beans, slaw, cornbread and oven potatoes, cookies for dessert and a whole lot of family fun! 

It was a perfect end to a perfect weekend.  I am happy that I can finally get to work in the yard and start planning more for the Spring.  I couldn't help but laugh as my dad said "love what you are doing with the back forty".  But, even though our humble acre is not a huge farm, I continue to love what we can do and how it helps me visualize our dreams for the future....maybe one day we really will have a "back forty"!


  1. It was the best Butt I ever ate! Thanks for the Dinner and the garden and the surroundings of your "yard" are impressive and look wonderful. Try that bread herding technique today with the chickens, you can make them go anywhere, its like a carrot dangling on the end of a stick for a donkey...

  2. Now that sounds like a wonderful weekend. You need to put some of those great sounding food recipes on here too. lol. Or send everyone samples. :)

  3. Thanks! There is a link on there to the baked beans, I will post it on your blog Small Farm Girl...hubby keeps the pork butt recipe a secret...more because he is always experimenting and it tends to be different each time ;-)