Monday, February 12, 2018

Cinnamon Apple Pan Seared Pork Chops

This was good! I planned to grill pork chops, which is always a gamble for February, but since there was an actual layer of ice on our grill...pan-seared was the way to go. And that sounded kind of boring to me, so I tried to come up with some pizazz to jazz up plain 'ol pork chops. And let me just tell you what is most definitely not a gamble for February:  warm sautéed cinnamon apples. All the pizazz.

Here's how I made it.

Mine were thick so I butterflied them beforehand and sprinkled generously with salt and pepper. I cooked over med-high heat until cooked all the way through, maybe 6-8 minutes on each side. I had a large batch to cook, so to keep them warm I placed them into a glass baking dish in a low heat oven until ready to serve. While the pork chops were staying warm, I made the apple topping.

3 TBSP butter, or less
3 apples, thickly diced
1 onion
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 TBSP cinnamon
splash of apple cider vinegar

I sautéed the apples and onions in the butter until soft, approximately 5-6 minutes. Then I added just a splash of the vinegar. If I had to guess, maybe 1/4 cup.  Toss to coat. In a separate bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon together and add to the apples. With a spoon, thoroughly coat all the apples and let them cook another 5-8 minutes. The cider will thicken just slightly. Spoon over top the pork chops when ready to serve. Holy cow (pig?!), it's delicious. As pictured, we had sweet potatoes and green beans on the side.

Of course our dinner conversation was Nash trying to convince Emma that she was eating pig. Nash kept saying "Pigs give us bacon, sausage, pork chops, ect" and Emma kept responding with "Pigs can't give us anything...they don't have hands" like..."DUH". It just drove Nash nuts that she wouldn't believe him. ha ha haha hahahah. 3 out of 5 kids liked the apples, so I call this one a success. The 2 that didn't just ate their chops with bbq sauce.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

iPhone Drop

This terrible thing happened a few years ago: Somehow, the separate computer storage thing I used to keep our family photos in malfunctioned. I can't even remember the name of it...but, it's like a separate hard drive. Like a portable one, ya know? My point is...I had one, full of pictures from the time Triston was a baby - our move and time in Florida - Jackson's birth and baby pics - Bryce's birth and baby pics - pictures of the boys when they were little together - our time in Brown County - holidays - ect. The digital age was still something of a new thing at that time, so I wasn't printing anything out. By the time Nash was born, I was posting to Facebook and then when Emma came along, Instagram so I didn't lose anything from that time period...but c'mon. This is the stuff mom nightmares are made of.

But, I was consistently posting here at the time so all is not lost! Certainly, a lot still is...but like I said in the previous post, I'm so glad that blogging was a thing and I have lots of little stories with pictures to go along with them that I really cherish.

So, iPhone drop it is! These are somewhat out of order, but a few highlights from 2017.

Christmas 2017

Halloween 2017 (the first year Triston wasn't with us bc of Basketball. He didn't mind :) )
Trick or Treating with the cousins

Bryce turns 10!

Jackson turns 12!
Emma turns 3!

1st Day of 8th Grade

1st Day of Middle School (6th)

1st Day of 4th Grade
1st Day of Kindergarten (Look at that baby face!)

Washington D.C. trip in June

4th of July in Owensboro and at Mamaw & Papaw's

Nash turns six!

Triston turns 13!
Visiting New Orleans on Spring Break
Lots of hiking throughout the year!

Visiting Nana and Grandaddy in Bay Saint Louis, MS
We got a puppy in February! Duke the Doodle. He's huge now. 

 2018 is already proving to be just as wonderful!

Monday, February 5, 2018

Blog Revival

Oh, blogs. I feel like they kind of died with the popularity and ease of Instagram, ya know? But, I come back to this little place on the internet from time to time to retrieve recipes or because I remember that I had written a post about whatever and I see my sweet little babies' faces and read those old posts when I was really in the trenches of mom life and I'm really grateful I took the time then to write about it all.

And now, I'm in a different season and I think it's just as worthy for documentation. While I felt physically exhausted when they were all really little, now I feel mostly mentally exhausted, as I'm pulled in many different directions keeping up with the needs of 5 kids in drastically different stages. But, I feel really grateful, too, to have the perspective of "long days but short years" and that it really does fly by. It really does.

Triston is almost 14 and I legit have a parent high school meeting next week. I don't even know how that is possible, but its on my calendar and IT IS HAPPENING. Nash is READING ON HIS OWN. Well, sort of. Jackson and Bryce are navigating 'tween status' perfectly, ha ha. And Emma, well, she's three and into all the stuff most three year olds are in to: namely throwing hellacious fits at the most appropriate times bc it's her way or the highway. But also, she's sweet as sugar and so I never really know what I'm going to get on any given day with her. So, that's fun.

I picked the perfect time to revive this blog: 10 minutes before school pickup! So, I'm planning to come back.

Maybe? I mean, I've said that before so...but, yeah. I'm planning on blowing the dust off our documented story here and reviving this blog.

iPhone Dump 2019

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