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Pork Chops with Apple Cider Sauce

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I generally don’t make too many recipes that I don’t like, but this sauce I’m not fond of. I’ve never been a fan of apple in anything but apple pie, so I’m not surprised. I just wanted to try something different. I will say though, my husband and children loved it.

It’s almost spring break time here for our schools. I’m looking forward to it this year, because I’m planning to take our Coop somewhere fun. We haven’t been able to do a lot of things this year. At least we finally are doing something with him. What do you do for Spring Break?

4 pork chops

1 tablespoon olive oil

3/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

For the sauce:

1 tablespoon butter

1 cup minced onions

1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic

1 1/2 cups apple cider

1/2 cups chicken broth

1/4 teaspoon sage

1 tablespoon cornstarch

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper

Opt: 1 pink lady apple, diced, tossed with 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Salt and pepper pork chops. Brown pork chops on both sides. remove from heat. transfer to a baking sheet. Bake until cooked through.  Put butter in sauce pan and add onion.  cook about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook about 1 minute. Add cider and broth. Add sage. Mix together cornstarch and vinegar in a bowl. Add to pan. Cook until thickened. The recipe says to strain through a sieve. I didn’t. I liked the chunks. Add any juices from the pork. Stir. Top the pork with apples and sauce.

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Garlic Pork Loin Roast

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What a day! It’s been an interesting bit. It seems like every time I let Coop have a friend over, he ends up sick. I let Cooper have a friend over Saturday and he ended up sick and not in school today. I don’t think it’s contagious. It really seems like a sinus infection. Sunday afternoon he slept most of the evening and then went back to bed that night. My poor little feller was miserable. His little head hurt and he said his throat was hurting. Honestly though, I can tell he has a lot of drainage, so I am sure that’s the issue with his sore throat. Fast forward, I tried to wake him up this morning and he grumbled when I shook his shoulder and I told him it was time to wake up for school. He sat up and I said what’s wrong son? He looked at me mighty pitiful and said I just feel horrible. I could tell he did because he just looked like he got hit by a big ol’ truck. I told him just lay back down and he didn’t get up until almost 10am. He asked for some breakfast so I made him some. As the day has gone by he’s still not feeling to hot. He’s just laying around now. I sure hope he feels better tomorrow 😦

1 boneless pork loin roast

3-4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

salt and pepper

oilive oil and butter

Sauce:

3 tablespoons all purpose flour

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 tablespoons butter (or use the drippings from your pork)

Cut slits every 1 inch and insert garlic into the slits. Season pork with salt and pepper. Heat oil and butter in saute pan. Add pork and sear on all sides. Transfer to oven. Roast pork until an instant read thermometer registers 145 degrees F. For sauce use the drippings or the butter from the pan. Add flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add wine and broth and deglaze the pan. Bring to a boil until thickened. Season with salt and pepper.

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Modenese Pork Chops

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I really had a decent day. I’m tired though. I drove a lot the past few days. We went to hubby’s appointment. Turns out in the next few months we’ll be doing a revision surgery. There are risks, but any surgery poses risks. The good news is he’ll be able to stretch his thumb and index finger further. It should allow him to stretch far enough to grab larger things again. I didn’t tell him, but my biggest fear is that we’ve rolled the dice of good luck way too many times. We could roll some bad luck. Is this crazy to think?

Honestly… if it goes wrong, we could end up doing what he didn’t even want done. I’m terrified. He seemed to think that it’d be a low risk….but again we’re rolling those dice. My heart feels SO heavy. Guys, I don’t know if I can go through all of that again. It was hard enough to watch, but if we end up back where we were….I’ll feel like not only a total failure, but all our progress would be for nothing. It’d all be lost. I’ve decided not to give him any input…because I don’t want him to blame me if he needs it. I know he wants to do it though. I can tell. It’s easy enough though. Dr said that it’s an hour surgery and he gets to go home the same day. Crazy enough he wouldn’t need to go completely under either. So much to think about.

 

4 pork chops

3/4 teaspoons salt

1/2 stick butter

1/2 cup dry white wine

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary

1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Pat pork chops dry and sprinkle both sides with salt. Let stand for 10 minutes. Heat butter in a skillet. Cook pork chops on both sides. Add wine, garlic, rosemary, and pepper. Simmer uncovered. Continue to cook on both sides flipping after 10 minutes. Top with sauce.

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Pork Chops with 3 Bean Salad

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This recipe was great. I am not a fan of wax beans, so I did omit it. I also don’t like tarragon so I didn’t use it either. It still turned out fantastic. Everyone loved it. I was really happy to be able to give them something different. It doesn’t always feel like I can provide different meals. It feels like it’s always the same things, over and over. They both agreed it was a keeper though!

We got the call we’re getting a visitor for the short term. It’s pretty exciting to have our first house guest that we’ve had in a while. It’s really exciting. I have everything all ready to go too. I like having visitors. This particular guest has the potential to change my life. I wish I had the time to change this person’s life.

Another exciting update for ya’ll…HUBBY learned how to open bottles, like the soda bottle lids. He can take them off now as long as it’s been previously opened. I’m so proud of him. Ya’ll this man is my whole world. What I wouldn’t do for him!

Kosher Salt

4 pork chops

2 teaspoons ground fennel seeds

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1/4 cup olive oil

1 can green beans

2 slices bacon chopped

2 shallots, diced

1 can butter beans, drained and rinsed

1 can yellow wax beans

1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper, coriander and fennel seeds. Heat two tablespoons of oil in a pan and cook pork until both sides are brown. Put into oven and cook until done. In a pot add bacon once almost cooked, add shallots. Add the beans. Add about 1/4 cup of water to pan. Add tarragon and vinegar. Season with Salt and pepper. Can add 1 tablespoon of oilive oil and toss.

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Pork with Green Beans

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I decided that since we’re moving to start cleaning stuff out, including the attic. I thought I could go room to room, attic included that I could get rid of the junk and make the house more ready to sell. I had one of those HUGE zipper bags, like the ones you use for a food saver and I had one of those big huge boxes that they use for moving that is FULL of stuffed animals. I was able to get Coop to get rid of at least 3/4 of them. I was like dude, I’m so proud of you for getting rid of those. I still can’t believe that he did it. Usually it’s impossible to get rid of all these toys and things that belong to him. He’s horribly sentimental.

Our attic is odd shaped. It’s slanted where it gets narrow the further from the door you get. It’s maybe a 8×8 space or so. Every time I go in there I bang my head, hard. I hate going in there. I get creeped out that I might touch something gross…or maybe a spider will get on me. Oh man, I just can’t stand the thought. Luckily there’s only 3 or 4 more boxes of junk in there. This means ALMOST DONE, YAY!

About this recipe, it’s great. It’s really good. I think that the fact that this is so simple and easy is my favorite part.

4 pork chops

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 cups unsalted butter

4 garlic cloves

1 lb green beans trimmed

Melt butter in a pan. Salt and pepper the pork chops. Add paprika. Brown pork on both sides. Remove from pan and put into a plate. Add green beans and saute until almost done. Push beans to the side and add pork when beans are at the halfway point. When beans are almost done add garlic and stir. Serve. Yum.

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Ham, Rice and Broccoli Bake

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It’s been a while. I’m sorry. I can give you a good update though. I think life is finally looking up. My hubby just finished what we’re pretty sure is his last surgery. About two weeks ago, we went to have a surgery. It was so hard on him because they originally said that he’d have to have this ugly procedure done that would leave him looking much different. He really struggled to try to accept this fact.

I have to say, it’s like some kind of miracle. They told me a week before that his hand hadn’t had a lot of progress. That was Monday. The next Monday we were supposed to have an appointment, but since we had to be there again on Wednesday and it’s a 3 hour drive, we opted to just skip that appointment. Then Sunday night I noticed it looked different. On Monday, it looked even better. Tuesday I thought Oh man…we might be going in the right direction. Finally, on Wednesday night I was like oh man this is a real possibility we might be able to just go for skin grafting. WE WERE ABLE TO!

He ended up with more damage to tendons than we would like, but honestly, I can’t complain with what we have been left with. I’m still upset by how things are, but I think it’ll take me some time to accept that this is our new life. I think that’s pretty common. We have a great support group that has been reaching out to us and helping us. I’d have been lost without them. It’s funny how life works.

I’m hoping I’m back ya’ll. I’m trying really hard to be active. I just have time that I can do stuff and then I have times I can’t. We’re getting ready to list our house, because the steps in our house are difficult for Michael to climb sometimes. It’s a hassle ya’ll. I can barely keep my house clean, get my school work done, and get all of hubby and Coop’s needs met. I think I’m fighting a losing battle.

I Wash, You Dry had a recipe I wanted to try, so we gave it a go. It’s good. Next time I’m going to try using broccoli cheese soup.

  • 2 (10oz) cans Cheese Soup
  • 2 and 2/3 cups water
  • 1 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked Jasmine rice
  • 3 cups broccoli florets (I used fresh, but you could substitute with frozen)
  • 2 cups chopped ham
  • 1 cup shredded colby jack cheese

Mix everything, but cheese. Cover with foil and bake one hour on 350. Cover with cheese and allow to bake until bubbly. Enjoy!

 

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Grilled Pork and Pineapple

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It’s gone. There’s not one single piece of this left. I’m so not kidding! They asked me to make another one. Can you believe that?

The day had already started out really bad. I had to do this test that required me to take a steroid pill, just a small dose, like 1 mg or something, right before bed! People, it kept me up ALL NIGHT. I tossed, I turned, I thought I was going to die from the heat, even though it was in the upper 60’s in my house. Then….I get up at 645. I had to get Coop ready for school. I leave my house about 830 to go to the hospital to take my test. Bloodwork had to be done by 9am. Little did I know I get there and there’s a WHOLE WAITING room full of people! It was 9am when they finally registered me. I run as fast as I can without killing others to get to the lab. The guy finally gets out there…and he’s like it’s after 9, I don’t know if you should do it. I’m so angry at this point. I didn’t know what else to do, so I called the dr’s office and asked what I should do. He said to go ahead and do it. So I did. HONESTLY….the guy was rough. He hurt my arm because he jerked the needle out. Hubby and I joked it was pay back because I was annoyed with him. After I finished that, I had an appointment with a nutritionist.

That went great. I learned SO much about food. I thought I fed my family healthy meals, and for the most part I do, but I wasn’t feeding them enough food to sustain them. I didn’t have any idea. I felt horrible. It’s hard though. My son has grown so quickly. He’s 5 ft 6 and barely 12 years old. How that happened, I don’t know…I just thought he was eating too much food. He would ask for snacks every day after school and I thought no he doesn’t need one, he can wait for dinner. Turns out that’s not correct either. It’s crazy, I couldn’t win! I’ll tell ya’ll more about that appointment later on. I learned some cool things. The best thing is, I don’t have to not eat things, I regularly eat!

I decided we’re going to start on this now….so here we are- this is what’s for dinner.

1 pork loin

salt and pepper

Pineapple

3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper.  Brush with pineapple and 2 tablespoons of marmalade. Grill until cooked through.

Note: I didn’t grill. I browned mine in a pan and then put it in the oven. I then brushed it with the marinade regularly.

Note 2: Be liberal with the salt and pepper.