Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Table for one – Barbecue pork

This week I am combining Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan and her blog Between Naps on the Porch and Gollum’s “Foodie Friday” at Designs by Gollum.

I have a table for one set up on the deck for lunch…. barbecue pork (see recipe below).  I love to sit out on the deck and eat when the weather starts to get warm. We need some rain to get rid of some of the pollen. It is bad and my sinus’ are screaming at me!

Today I went with a green and white theme using Gollum’s white dishes. I grabbed the centerpiece off the dining room table.

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Simple…..only took a few minutes… but what a difference it makes! So, next time you head out to the porch or deck to eat… take an extra few minutes to “fix the table”… aren’t you worth it?

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This barbecue is really simple. My family LOVES it!

Crock pot- pulled pork barbecue

1 1/2 - 2 lbs. boneless pork top loin
1 c. chopped onion
1 c. diet soda
1 c. barbecue sauce

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot. Cook covered on low for 6-8 hours or on high for 5-6 hours or until meat is very tender. One hour before serving, take 2 forks and pull the pork apart. It should be very tender by this time and just fall apart as you separate. Cook for the remaining hour on low setting. Makes 8 servings

Thanks for stopping by and visiting my combination Tablescape Thursday and Foodie Friday post. Don't forget to visit Susan's blog Between Naps on the Porch to see more wonderful table settings and Gollum at Designs by Gollum for more “Foodie Friday” participants.

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98 comments:

  1. Hi Susan,
    I guess its okay to visit twice in one day and make two comments.LOL
    I agree we need to be good to ourselves,I enjoy using my crockpot and I will certainly be trying this recipe. Thank you for sharing and for hosting OW,

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  2. yummy.....i love pulled pork!
    enjoy.
    chasity

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  3. Pretty setting and gorgeous daffodils! Did you grow them? Diet soda is a surprise ingredient in your barbecue - sounds good. Linda

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  4. If only we took the time to set the table like this for just one...ourselves. Looks very enjoyable!

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  5. Delicious looking table!! I'm doing crockpot cooking this week, too. I love it!

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  6. Susan what a PRETTY setting, and delicious looking food. Your daffs are just gorgeous!

    Thank you for opening your lovely home to us ~ please come on over to my blog when you have a moment (you and I were thinking along the same lines with al fresco dining!) xo~m.

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  7. Hi Susan..Wonderful idea to set a place outdoors and enjoy our wonderful weather...well, until today!! lol...Debbie

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  8. I have to try the recipe - I'm always up for anything cooked easily in the crockpot. The idea of the Diet Soda is a new one for me. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Sally

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  9. Oh what fun! I love how you set yourself a pretty place to enjoy your meal! The food looks delicious. I'll have to buy some pork for this weekend :0)

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  10. Lunch and table look wonderful. I will definitely try this recipe but can you use any flavor soda or the Dr. Pepper that I see on your table?
    Joyce

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  11. Oh, I just love your view! How pretty to sit on the porch and relax out there. Thank you for sharing. Your tablescape was so pretty. Loved the flowers against the background of the view. I can just feel the fresh air!

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  12. Susan, you are certainly worth setting the table for!!
    It looks very pretty and tasty too!

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  13. A nice table and the food looks really good -- and yes, "you" are worth it!!!! I find that napkins and tablecloth just makes for a more pleasant dining experience -- even if you're having a TV dinner! Sorry about the pollen -- sometimes it bothers me here, too!

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  14. Looks good to me. Know what you mean about the pollen! Have a good evening.
    Glenda

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  15. My husband loves bbq, especially pulled pork. When we visited the South we ate at every bbq pit we could find.

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  16. Hi Susan...you brought up a good point...how often we don't do a little something special for ourselves...what a sweet idea to set the table for one or a bunch...why not??? we're worth it! ;-)Bo

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  17. The pulled pork looks so good and I didn't realize it was that simple to prepare. Nice tablescape for one!...Christine

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  18. Your BBQ recipe sounds yummy, and your tablescape is lovely. How fun to treat yourself to a pretty setting!

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  19. A pretty view - a nice tablescape and good food - doesn't get any better than that!

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  20. it looks really good, the daffadils are so pretty, nice tablescape

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  21. Love the simple tablescape and the recipe sounds yummy. Perfect for this time of year! Have a great day!

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  22. Was that really your lunch today Susan? lol
    It looks so darn inviting even for a sandwich!! It's the doctor Pepper that I could use right about now. We just started getting the "doc" here in Canada a couple years ago. Can you believe it? Now that I see it on your table I WANT ONE!!!
    Love Claudie
    xxoxox

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  23. It looked so pretty, and the pork recipe is sooooooo simple and sounds delicious! But damn girl, couldn't you spare yourself a little more of those beans?

    Justine :o )

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  24. I love the green you used in your outdoor setting, Susan. The table blends right in with the landscape. Your pulled pork looks
    de-lish! Do you use a diet cola in the recipe? Sounds great - thanks for sharing the yummy recipe.
    xo...Kathy

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  25. Yummy, I love pulled pork. I am going to try your recipe. I have never added soda. You are so right it makes a huge difference to set you table. I can't wait to sit outside. It is going to be awhile yet. It's cold here.
    Hugs, Terrie

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  26. Absolutely delightful !
    I will try that recipe real soon..thanks!
    xo bj

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  27. That looks delicious Susan and you're right, you do deserve to sit at a nice table to eat :)

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  28. You are making me hungry, Susan! Such a pretty table!

    Hugs,
    Stephanie
    Angelic Accents

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  29. Sitting outside, soaking up the sun and enjoying a good lunch is one of my favorite things to do. What a beautiful view you have! Your table and lunch look great!

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  30. Susan, I love making my table for one special too! Yours looks fab with those lovely flowers nearby! Yellow is my favorite! ~CC Catherine

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  31. I love to eat my lunch on my deck even when I am by myself--maybe I'll follow your good example and set a pretty place for just me!

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  32. Susan, this is so pretty. I really need to find my crock pot! ☺

    Have you tried a Netty Pot for sinus headaches? It helps.

    Diane

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  33. Happy TT and FF Susan, looks yummy and your little tablescape looks delightful, those daffs just make me smile.

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  34. Hi Susan

    What a great idea, however I have been eating my lunch while I sit in front of my computer blogging. I have become quite addicted, oh dear, I hope it's not serious.

    I am going to try your recipe, it sounds yummy. It's nearly dinner time here and I'm not even sure what we are having tonight.

    xxx Coty

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  35. Sometimes a simple and beautiful tablescape is just the ticket!! Your meal looked yummy! The surrounding setting was perfect.

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  36. Hi Susan,
    Looks pretty and nummy! I am sorry I missed out on the WED. I was out of town at a conference. You know I love my outdoor wed. Cindy

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  37. I can't wait to get deck dining weather. I agree that the outside table should be properly set. Too bad about the pollen. We get that in June and it's terrible.

    Your pork recipe sounds easy and good. I will have to remember it the next time I cook pork loin.

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  38. I'm always looking for crockpot and southern recipes. Thanks.

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  39. The green and white was so perfect for your setting! Glad you treated yourself at lunch!!!! :D Jewel

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  40. What a pretty setting! The barbecue looks so good and sounds so easy. Did you actually use Diet Dr. Pepper in it?

    Tammy518

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  41. Hi Susan!
    Your recipe sounds wonderful. Anything I can do in a crockpot is my kind of cooking! LOL! If it would stop raining here in my part of NC, I'd follow your lead and set a table outside to enjoy the fresh air. I'm gonna try your BBQ - my husbands favorite!! :-)
    See ya soon.

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  42. This post totally rocks! I love the recipe and I believe a table for one should be as nicely set as a table for 12. Good work. I have a post on tablescape Thursday, too, but didn't post a link since I have gone private. Come visit!

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  43. I fix my pork barbeque in a crock pot too, but I don't use any liquid, just sauce after the meat has been pulled.

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  44. Wow!! That looks delicious!! I would love to eat outside more, but we have so many bugs. Mostly wasps. I am thinking of putting up a canopy I can put mosquito netting on. Can you show more pics of your back patio? It looks so lovely... :)

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  45. Two birds with one stone....table scape and recipe too! Lovely and yummy! I'll have to try it, my husband loves pork barbecue!

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  46. Susan I like you just like to have things simple at times. Even thought it is simple it is inviting and makes me feel relaxed. I love the color scheme here and of coarse the flowers. We love pulled pork and fix it differnt ways; either a sandwich or with noodles and the sauce.

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  47. Hello Susan...

    Girl, you're always so sweet and faithful to come by for a visit...it's always such a pleasure to have you! Thank you for your sweet comments on my "Brume de Rose" tablescape!

    Ohhh my, what a lovely luncheon table you set and what's best...is that deck and beautiful view!!! Looks like you have a big back yard...like a forest, I love it! Ummm, yummy...I love barbeque pork sandwiches, it's breakfast time here for me but it sounds so good! Hehe! Thanks for including your recipe, it does sound easy...especially using a crock pot!

    Have a terrific Thursday, my friend!
    Warmest wishes,
    Chari

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  48. Comfy table out-of-doors. Anything would be great with the view. Thanks for taking us to the forest.
    Blessings, Candy

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  49. You are so right, we should always set a nice place for ourselves when dining alone. It really does make you feel better and the little bit of time it takes is so well spent.

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  50. i love sitting out on my deck ,but the weather is still to cold,but i loved what you did and that a simple way to make the bbq pork..i also love the trees in your yard.......

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  51. Great job, Susan! I need one of those "table for one" moments, like right now, lol.

    The sandwich looks yummy!

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  52. Oh yes! Flowers on the table are a GREAT addition! You are quite right- I always try to have a nice table, even if I have my meal alone.
    Scrumptious sandwiches!!
    Have a great day too.
    Monica.
    P.S I am honored by your kind words! Thank you!

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  53. Susan,
    The green and white combo you selected is very fresh looking. I have made a Crockpot recipe similar to this, but the diet soda is a neat twist!

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  54. Susan, YUM! I love pulled pork. Save some for me. I'll be right over...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  55. Good Morning Susan,
    I love your post. How fun to sit out on that wonderful deck of yours and have a meal for one. Your recipe looks great and I will be making it.
    I was in Georgia about 5 summers ago and we tried the pulled pork in at least 3 different places. I love it. I will be peeking in again soon,
    Maryrose

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  56. Goodness.. now i'm starving for pulled pork! Thanks for sharing, great tablescape! Yummy meal! ~Katy
    http://katylarson.blogspot.com

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  57. That bbq recipe sounds delicious and easy too - great combination. Love the daffodils - looks so Spring-y.

    Christi

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  58. I use my slow cooker often and love to prepare pulled pork. The secret ingredient may be the addition of the diet cola ????? I've never added that - but will next time. and yes, we are all definitely worth it.

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  59. What a beautiful table you took the time to set. Great advice. Your lunch looks delicious too.
    Hugs,
    Sue

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  60. Susan
    Your spot to eat outside is soooo lovely. The green (my fav colour) looks great on Gollum's dishes...love how that name stuck eh? It truly is worth setting up the table so lovely even if its for only you...or outside.

    I read the recipe...what kind of diet soda? Thank you for sharing a new recipe which I will have to try.

    have a lovely day
    Judi

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  61. YUM... you are making me HUNGRY!!!

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  62. Sweet table. And this is the third time today that I have seen a recipe with soda in it. I guess I need to try it.

    Have a Thankful Thursday
    from Roberta Anne

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  63. Delightful!

    Leigh
    Tales from Bloggeritaville
    www.lbratina.blogspot.com

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  64. Great view and looks like a recipe to try! Thanks. Happy Spring

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  65. I love your table for one!

    When I was single, I used to set a nice place for myself at the table....

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  66. I never thought tom post a table for one but what a great idea! I know I will be running out of ideas for tables for 6 or 8 so this will be perfect! I also sent your recipe to both of my kids, so simple they will LOVE it!!!!! Thanks so much and I hope the weather is soon SPRINGLIKE!!!!!!!!!!! Pinky

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  67. PS, sorry about the typo....meant ot say "I never thought TO post"....LOL! Also, your view is almost exactly like mine so it was like sitting on my own deck!

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  68. Hi Susan Everything looks yummy. The patio, the scenery, the daffodils, mmmmm the food. Thanks for sharing. ~Athella

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  69. Hi Susan! This sounds quick and tasty! Plus the table looks lovely! Deb

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  70. Beautiful table..love green and white with the splash of yellow..Springy!
    I've always heard of using soda to tenderize the meat in the crock pot but have never used it..will give it a try!

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  71. Hi,
    I can't wait for warmer weather and eating out on our deck. Your recipe sounds easy and great. Thanks....

    'D'

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  72. Looks yummy. And lovely table setting. Thanks for sharing.

    amy@maisonbelle

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  73. That looks yummy! I do have to go t the store tomorrow, I think I will get the stuff to make that for Saturday! I would have that on the back patio, but we are in for some snow Saturday night!

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  74. Can you use coke with sugar in it?

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  75. That looks really tasty! I love cooking in the crockpot. I will have to try your recipe this weekend. As usual, I will have a house full so this will be a great meal! Thanks for sharing!

    Karyn

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  76. Susan, that sandwich looks better with every visit, yum!

    Anyway, I'm back to let you know I have something for you in my FF post...

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  77. Terrific! The table is inviting and pretty, and the food looks fantastic. I think I'll try that recipe! We in New Jersey could use a little genuine BBQ especially in a crock pot!

    Thanks... Cass

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  78. The food looks delicious and I can't imagine how wonderful it was to eat by that landscape.

    Alfazema

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  79. Love eating outside and you can only do that (bug free) for a little while here in the deep south...the recipe is perfect, yumalicious and easy...thanks!
    Robin Rane'
    All Things Heart and Home

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  80. Cute tablescape. The pulled pork looks very yummy and so easy to make. I will have to try this recipe.

    Have a happy day

    Kris

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  81. Well,i have heard of beans cooked with coke,but not meat.I am going to HAVE TO try this.I know if you did it,it will be good...Ann

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  82. This is a great recipe AND a great idea. Women tend to put ourselves last on the list, and just taking time for lunch would revive the soul. I often cook pork roast...but with the crock pot, I could get a second meal.

    I LOVE the Gollum dishes (I'm still smiling over your husband's adorable comment), but the view into your woods is breathtaking. What a gorgeous view.

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  83. How lovely it all looks! The tablescape. The view. The food. Wonderful!

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  84. Mmmm. That looks wonderful. I'd join ya if I could.

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  85. Oh yum!!! What a delicious meal, and a beautiful table outdoors. It's a little too cold to eat outside up in NJ yet... :( LOVE those daffodils!

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  86. I make pulled pork in the crockpot too but I use beer instead of the diet soda. I've seen several recipes for this using soda lately so I'm going to try it next time I make it.

    I think it's great to set a nice table for yourself even when eating alone. I used to work with woman who brought out a pretty place mat and real dishes and silverware every day for lunch at her desk. She believed in treating herself as someone special and I couldn't disagree.

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  87. My husband loves pulled pork sandwhiches. He usually smokes his pork. I'm going to give this recipe a try as it sounds easier!! I have the same white "Gollum" dishes. They are my new everyday dishes since my old dishes are looking pretty ragged now. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment. It means a lot.

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  88. This is where Mr. Linky took me. Is this the right link?

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  89. What a lovely scene and your pulled pork sounds tasty indeed!

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  90. Susan, I am going to try your recipe. I know my family will like it too. They arrive tomorrow for spring break. My dtr and her dh and two of my grandsons. I can't wait to make this. Your table looks lovely too. We like to eat on our deck too. So far the weather has not cooperated.

    Hugs...Jeanne

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  91. We need to treat ourselves as we treat others and you did it well today!
    Blessings,,,

    ps....where in GA are you that you need rain? I'm in the greater Atlanta area and we have had rain for days....I need to come visit you.

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  92. Susan, I love crock pot recipes. I can't wait to try this. Now I just have to look for a spot as pretty as yours where I can eat it! laurie

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  93. Did I ever say how much I love recipes that are this easy??? And it looks so darn tasty!
    Nancy

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  94. You know this Southern girl would love this meal!

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  95. Can't wait to try this recipe - and your backyard is just gorgeous!

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  96. Hi Susan...beautiful view and lovely tablescape! The barbecue looks awesome! Thanks for the recipe! :-) Susan

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