Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Oven Baked Pork Chops & Potatoes

I was wanting to try something new with pork chops, so I went online and found this recipe. Our entire family loved it. The pork chops were tender and flavorful, as well as the potatoes. I didn't sprinkle the pork chops with parsley, but I figured that was just for looks.  I also doubled the marinade and I was glad I did. I used every bit of it.

  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 TBS ketchup
  • 1 TBS  soy sauce
  • 2 TBS  brown sugar
  • 1 TBS  olive oil (or vegetable or canola oil)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 4 pork chops
  • 1.6 lb baby potatoes , larger ones cut in half
  • 1 TBS  olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 450/
  2. Toss potatoes in oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Scatter on baking tray.
  3. Place in oven for 15 minutes (giving them a head start).
  1. Meanwhile, mix the Rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  2. Slather the pork on both sides with the Rub, reserving some Rub for basting.
  3. Take the tray out of the oven. Place pork on the tray.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove tray from oven, spoon over reserved rub on the surface then bake for a further 10 minutes (or 15 minutes for large chops .
  5. Take tray out of the oven, flick to grill/broiler on high.
  6. Use a brush to get the golden juices off the tray (especially around pork) and dab it onto the pork - this is key for flavour and colour!
  7. Pop pork under grill/broiler for a few minutes until pork is caramelised and golden.
  8. Serve, scraping the juices on the tray onto the pork, then garnish with parsley if desired

Friday, August 18, 2017

Peas & Bacon

         There are some in our family that don't particularly care for green peas. But a couple of us love them.  I am always on the look out for new recipes to try with peas for my other family members.  When I tried this recipe, it was a real hit. There was not any left in the pan. It's quick to cook and easy. 

2 TBS butter
16 oz. frozen green peas
1/2 cup crumbled, cooked bacon
2 TBS brown sugar
1 TBS spicy brown mustard
1/4 tsp. pepper

Melt butter in pan. Add frozen peas and cook 5 minutes.
Add remaining ingredients and cook an additional 3 minutes.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

One Verse That Can Change Your Life

  There are a lot of verses in the bible that can change your life, especially the one that tells you how to be saved. That's where it all begins.  After that, we are to read the bible and believe it's every word.  It's not an opinion or maybe true, it's the only thing in this world that is absolute truth.
 We were listening to a series on Tension, through Fellowship Baptist Church in WV. On one of the CDs, he expounded on this verse and it was just so good, that I made this little sign above, to go on our refrigerator. On the back, I have the definitions to each of the words. They are simple words, but just looking at the definitions, gives you a perfect picture of what God is telling us.
Ephesians 4:31-32 says Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:  And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  God's word   has the power to change a life completely, but we have to let it. God never forces us to do right, but he gives us the tools to live a life that is peaceable and that pleases him, but we have to take the tools of the word of God and use them, not just keep them sitting on the shelf.
God tells us to put away bitterness. That is resentment, hard feelings that someone did you wrong. Haven't we all had someone do us wrong?  Didn't we do God wrong? Do you know that when we harbor bitterness, that we continue to do God wrong, because he has said to put it away. To keep bitterness in our hearts, is to sin against God.
He says to put away wrath. That is extreme anger. The more you think about a thing, the angrier you become. Put it away. When you become angry, you say things you don't mean, do things you wouldn't otherwise do and you hurt people in a way that sometimes, cannot be fixed.
God says to put away anger. That is a strong feeling of hostility. It's not worth holding onto it. It will build to wrath, and eventually, to action.
Clamour. That is shouting. No one likes to be yelled at. It shows that you are angry and  makes others feel like you hate them.
Evil Speaking. I really like this one. The very day we listened to this sermon, something happened at work and I was about to tell my husband at lunch, but God reminded me of evil speaking. It's saying anything that would be hurtful to the person you are speaking about. If it doesn't effect the other person's life, why tell it?  Even if it's true, don't talk about it, unless you are willing to speak it in front of them. If someone is doing something wrong, talk to God alone about it.
When we put away those things, then we can be kind, which is helpful, gentle and a good disposition.
Tenderhearted-compassionate. Forgiving, which is to grant a pardon, to cease to feel resentment against.
Jesus used the parable in Matthew 18: 23-35 to teach us about forgiveness. The man owed a debt that was comparable to ten million dollars and was forgiven, yet he went out and grabbed a man by the throat that owed him the equivalent of $15 and demanded he pay him back.  God paid our sin debt. It was so large, that we could never have repaid it. Just like the man and the ten million dollars. How dare we, think we can make others pay for what they have done, when it's so small compared to what God has forgiven us. We are to forgive, as he has forgiven us.
When I heard this sermon, I didn't want to forget it and I don't want my family to either. Tensions will come. Hurtful things will happen, but God has an answer.  It feels so much better to forgive, to be tenderhearted and kind than to be angry, bitter and speaking evil all the time. And most of all, it please God. Then the peace of God comes into our heart and we can be truly happy. A happy that shows on our face and in the way that we live.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Best Baked Beans

I really like Pioneer Woman's recipes, so when I wanted to try something different with baked beans, I headed over to her blog.  I found this recipe.  We were  not disappointed.  These have just enough sweet and just enough spice. Of course, the men in the family said I could add some jalapenos next time, but they like stuff a little hotter than the females in the house.

                            Baked Beans

8 pieces bacon

1 cup onion, diced

1/2 cup bell pepper, diced

3 28oz. Cans pork n beans

3/4 cup BBQ sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup white or apple cider vinegar

2 tsp. Dijon mustard


Cook the bacon about half way done.  Remove from pan.

Put the onion and bell pepper in the pan and cook until tender.

Add the beans and stir.

Bring to a simmer.

Add the rest of the ingredients and stir together.

Pour into a 9x13 baking dish.

Put bacon on top.

Bake in a 325 oven for 2 hours, uncovered.


Friday, June 23, 2017

Pecan Pie Bars

Because I have some pecan pie lovers in my house, I decided to try this recipe. It comes from a Taste of Home magazine. Most that ate them, said they liked them better than pecan pie. My hubby still likes pie better, but he loved these bars, especially with a little scoop of vanilla ice cream on top!  The recipe makes 2 large 15x10 pans. I just halved the recipe.

6 cups all purpose flour
1-1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp. salt
2 cups butter (no Substitutes)

8 eggs
3 cups sugar
3 cups corn syrup
1/2 cup butter, melted
3 tsp. vanilla extract
5 cups chopped pecans

Combine the flour, sugar and salt. Cut in butter until crumbly.
Press onto the bottom of two greased 15x10 inch pans. Bake at 350 for 18-22 minutes or until crust edges are beginning to brown and bottom is set.

For Filling:
Combine the eggs, sugar, corn syrup, butter and vanilla. Mix well. Stir in pecans. Pour over crust. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are firm and center is set.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Homemade Eggnog

 I know it's not the time of year to be posting an eggnog recipe, but I have some people in my family who love this stuff and don't like having to wait until the holidays to enjoy it.
 So, I set out to try some recipes and I think this one is a keeper.  I found it in a magazine that someone gave me. I made it to their directions, but it was not as thick as what you buy and it was a little gritty from the nutmeg. So I put it in my Vita Mixer and whipped it for a few seconds. That solved the problem. It whipped it up enough to make it thicker and creamer.

8 eggs
1 cup sugar
3 cups milk, divided
3 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
1 tsp. nutmeg

In a heavy saucepan, whisk together the eggs, sugar and one cup each of milk and whipping cream.
Over a low heat, bring it up to 160 degrees.
In another bowl, put the remaining 2 cups whipping cream
Take the 2 cups of remaining milk and add nutmeg. Put in a blender and whip for about 15 seconds, to dissolve the nutmeg.
Add this to the other milk in the bowl.
When the milk and sugar mixture reaches 160, remove from heat and add tot he cold milk.
Set it in another larger bowl, with water and ice. Stir every few minutes until cool.
Put it all in a blender and whip for about 20 seconds.
Put in a picture and refrigerate 3 hours.

*It's harder to get the nutmeg dissolved if you mix the entire thing together. You can do it, but then the whipping cream will be too thick.
*You can also add 2 cups of strong coffee to this mixture, for a variation.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Best Relatinoship Book

I have read a lot of books on relationships, but this one if by far, the best!  It doesn't matter if it's a spouse, child, family member, co-worker, friend or whoever, there will be issues as your relationship grows. God did not create us to be cookie cutters. We are different.  A lot of people have issues from growing up in abusive homes or negligent parents or a host of other things. Most of us don't know how to deal with it, so we develop pet peeves or withdraw, become angry or  controlling over people or situations. A lot of times, we don't even realize what we are doing.  If you are putting up with people treating you badly, read this book. There is a reason why you tolerate it.  Leslie shows you how to break the cycle and heal. If you have trouble with  anger or depression, read this book.   When your eyes are opened to the truth and  the hard choices are made, you will have better relationships with others and be set free from all the chains that are holding you back from being who God made you to be.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Excellent Daily Devotional

I first came across these devotionals while working in another office for a few days. The ladies desk I was working at  had one, so I read it every day and was surprised at how good it was. So I went to Amazon and bought 2. They have been a real blessing to me.
There are a LOT of daily devotionals that you can read. I like to read devotionals from people that you can tell have a personal walk with Christ.  This devotional is just that. They are short but powerful devotionals.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Homemade Ice Packs

I wished I would have known about making your own ice packs when all my kids were little. I could have made each one of them, one in their favorite color!  I LOVE these ice packs. The ones you buy are so hard and don't fit over the whole area you need it to and if you use ice, it gets wet when it starts to melt.
These ice packs are perfect. They never get hard, but they are SUPER cold!!  Since they are soft, you can wrap them around an arm or ankle or knee and they get the whole area.  When you are done, just pop them back in the freezer.

To make an ice pack:
Put 2 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.  If you want color, add some food coloring. Put this inside a gallon freezer bag. Squeeze as much air as you can out of the bag. Put this inside a second gallon bag. Put in the freezer and use when needed.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Bakery Style Chocolate Chip Muffins

We have another chocolate chip muffin recipe, but I decided to give this one a try. It is so good and moist. I got the recipe from here and this is her picture as well.  The only changes I made,  is that I added 1 tsp. of cinnamon and instead of mixing the dry ingredients in a bowl and then adding,  I just dump them on top of the batter and stir in. I always do this when baking. It  just saves an extra bowl to clean.  These are now our  favorite chocolate chip muffin.

Preheat oven to 425. Grease 12 muffin cups or line with papers.

1/2 cup butter, melted and cooled
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 TBS vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
1 tsp. cinnamon
1-1/2 cups chocolate chips
2-1/2 cups plain flour
1 TBS baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt

Whisk together the butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla, buttermilk and cinnamon.
Stir in the chocolate chips.
Dump the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt on top of the batter and gently fold in, just until incorporated.
Divide batter in the muffin cups.
Bake for 5 minutes and turn oven down to 375. Bake for an additional 12-15 minutes.

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