Thursday, October 27, 2011

Just Another Day in Paradise

When Evan arrived home last night to an assembled plate of food straight out of the Crock Pot, he couldn't help but ask me, "What's with being all Suzy Homemaker lately?"  I can't say I blame him for wondering what had been slipped in the Kool-Aid.  I'm hardly much of a domestic goddess by any stretch of the imagination, but I blame Pinterest and Crock Pot Girls for inspiring me to take at least a teeny step in the direction of attempting more for meals than chicken nuggets or pasta.

So, here's what's in the Crock Pot today.  I won't even be home tonight to enjoy it with the boys since I'll be at work, but hopefully they like it!

Pork Chops with Tangy Gravy
  • 4 – 6 pork chops (can still be frozen)
  • sliced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 packet brown gravy mix
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
Lay the onion on the bottom of the crock pot and put your pork chops on top. Mix everything else up in a jar (I have one with a lid that I fill and shake!) and pour it over. Cook on low for 6 – 8 hours. The onions will be caramelized and the pork chops will be tender. Serve over rice or with mashed potatoes.

I can tell you that this little beauty is already smelling yummy in the kitchen!  I only have two chops in there because only The Bigs and Evan will be eating this tonight.  I've got two boneless chops ready to go for another recipe tomorrow!

After I got the Crock Pot running, the boys goofed off, played with Play-Doh, and chased each other around the table while I made lunch.

They also tried to get Thomas to smile.

Once again, he was too quick for me to catch the full smile, but I managed to snap a shot of the smirk at least. 

After The Bigs were sitting at the table enjoying their lunch, I couldn't help but get a little mushy about the moment.  I had our Veggie Tales station playing on Pandora and the song was a kid praise version of "How Great is Our God."  Looking at my kids and hearing that song just made me so grateful for my little stinkers. 

I'm going to try to keep up my little Suzy Homemaker routine for tomorrow with another pork chop Crock Pot recipe which I'll try to share on here.  This weekend, I'm hoping to attempt a double batch of these pumpkin Rice Krispy treats so I can lure my neighbors over to hang out with me.  They're even gluten free so I can really tempt Auna! 

If they turn out to not be too difficult, I'm going to try to make a batch for Isaiah's preschool class as a Halloween treat.  Wish me luck!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday!

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