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Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas and a SUPER Cute Door Decoration

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It’s football time! Every weekend my boys are playing football and then coming home to watch football on TV. They are always wanting to invite people over to watch the game. However being as busy a we are, I never have time to do a big complicated dish. I make these great slow cooker pork carnitas in the and they are amazing!  Everyone can serve themselves when they’re ready and the food stays warm.  I also love Mexican so I make it any chance I get.  Anything on a tortilla is great.

Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas


  • 1 2lb-4lb pork shoulder- Boneless is great, if you can find it.
  • 3 cloves garlic- minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Coke
  • corn tortillas (or flour)
  • toppings- sour cream, cheese, avocado, cilantro, lettuce


Throw everything in the slow cooker in the morning so it will be ready by game time.  Cook for 6-8 hours.  My slow cooker has a pretty high temperature so my food cooks fast.  Put out your toppings and everyone can eat when they want or come back for seconds, which they will.

Sam’s Club has these great 28 packs of coke which is perfect game day (or if you just love Coke, like I do).  You can now order from Sam’s Club online and go pick it up instantly at the store.  How cool is that?  You can get all your tailgating needs there and so easy.

If you’re having people over for football, you have the food and now you need some decorations! I was at Hobby Lobby the other day getting ideas for some new decorations for this fall.  I’ve noticed that everyone is having initials on their door now instead of a wreath.  I think it’s so cute and really inexpensive to do yourself.  I decided to do one for our local high school team to show our support.  My boys love to go on Friday nights and cheering them on.

Football Pin


I just grabbed an wooden M (my town starts with that).  Then I went over and picked up some blue paint and white paint pen since those are our school colors. This is a really inexpensive decoration and does’t take long at all.  I went over and picked out some cute ribbon that matched. I also found a great wooden football that was only $.99 so I threw that in the basket too.   My bill came to $8.52!  WooHoo!  The great thing about this is that you can easily do this for your college or local team by just buying your team colors.

I painted the the M with blue and let it sit until dry.  Don’t forget the sides and edges.


While it was drying, I went ahead and made my bow so I could hang it from the door.  That’s the most difficult part, but I have step by step pictures below. I secured the pieces with my hot glue gun.

ribbon Collage Finished

Once it was dry, I marked the middle and drew the lines in pencil, about an 1″ apart, then went back over it with the white paint pen. I added in the numbers for the yard lines.


I used wood glue to glue on the wooden football at the bottom and I hot glued the ribbon to the back of the wooden M. It’s that easy!

Now you are ready for football season!  Hope your team is a winning one this season!

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