Friday, April 28, 2017

Spicy Fried Pork Chops with Dipping Sauce AND FF

Honestly time slips away so fast I can barely remember what day it is. I "think" I made this recipe about a month ago...and totally forgot to write it up. Big surprise, especially considering I put in 108 hours last week. YES you read that correctly. How you ask? I'm not sure. Why you ask. Because a girl has to do what a girl has to do. But all work and no play makes Dawn a grumpy butt so this weekend will be play time! WOOT

Now these were so good I skipped using the sauce but my son of course dipped and enjoyed every bite.

Spicy Fried Pork Chops with dipping sauce
1-2 lbs center cut pork chops
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp ginger
1 tsp paprika

2 eggs beaten
1/3 cup water

Dipping sauce
1/4 cup honey
2 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp pepper
Mix the first list in a bowl, dip the chops in, next dip in the water/egg mix and again in the flour mix. Place in a skillet with oil. Fry until done, about 4 minutes each side.
Mix the dipping sauce ingredients in a small sauce pan, heat. Dip chops in or not, it's up to you.
Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Baking In A Tornado   
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1. Hi Karate!

2. Does this suit make my butt look big?

3. So did Pikachu and a Sumo wrestler have a baby?

4. Look at my balance! I can skateboard AND do karate!

5. My mom got tired of me getting hurt and made me wear this suit as protection. Do I look as silly as I feel?

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:
Southern Belle Charm  
Bookworm in the Kitchen
Baking In A Tornado   
    The Bergham Chronicles  

Friday, April 21, 2017

Southwest Chicken Noodles PLUS April FOTW

I love quick and easy meals and if I can prepare it all in one pan, or close then that makes it even better!
Try this spin on the classic chicken and noodles.
4 boneless skinless chicken tenders
spices (1 tsp each)
egg noodles, about half a bag
1 cup salsa
1/2 cup shredded cheese

saute chicken with salt, pepper, paprika and chili powder sprinkled on. Dice up and set aside. Boil water and cook your egg noodles according to the package. Drain. Add 1 cup of salsa, the diced chicken, stir well and sprinkle with 1/2 cup of shredded cheese. Another simple but delicious meal.
Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 8 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:
Baking In A Tornado        
Menopausal Mother           
Searching for Sanity       
A Little Piece of Peace       
Never Ever Give Up Hope         
Bookworm in the Kitchen         
My son and I are at a local mom and pop pizza joint. We order an appetizer of meatballs. I see it says "3". I'm thinking maybe we need to order 2 but we stick with one. Plus I have a salad and we have pizza on it's way. So the waitress brings them out and HOLY MACKEREL these things are HUGE! THREE will feed a small family! They are literally the size of softballs. I looked at them and,( well, it just fell out of my head through the nasal cavity and out my mouth) DAMN those things are HUGE what'd you do cut them off a DINOSAUR?? The waitress was not amused but the guy at the table next to us covered his friend in tea! LOL Yep shot right out his nose he laughed so hard.
Guy walks up to the rental counter and says " hi how are you?"
Agent replies " frustrated "
He says " good good have a nice day" and walks off. 
I can only assume since it was an elderly man that he didn't understand what she said or he wasn't listening.
 Picked up a passenger in this morning. She told me she had applied for section 8 housing. And when she went to look at it she refused. the black area  yes to black and I'm black. She started laughing.  I started laughing. she said sometimes the ghetto is to ghetto . Oh the things that people say. 

My son works retail and a customer comes in, she walks up to the register and says "if you were to see me in a club wearing this lip stick color would you want to F me? He said the other cashier, who is a gay guy looks at her and says "it wouldn't matter what color lip stick you were wearing, I'm gay and so no I would not want to F you" my son is the closing manager, walks over and says "Hey Will let me talk to you when you're done with this customer" 
OMGosh, are people REALLY that forward?? sheez!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Brown Sugar Blackberry Cinnamon Rolls

Sometimes you get up and just don't want bacon and eggs. Okay, well sometimes you wake up wanting bacon but not eggs. The craving, hankering or down right lustful desire for something sweet hits you like a ton of bricks and you must, yes must, answer that call.
I hit the store early one Sunday morning, made a few purchases and returned to my kitchen.
What did I do?

4 TBSP Brown sugar 
2 TBSP butter
8 pkg Pillsbury cinnamon rolls
6 tsp blackberry jam
In a 8-9 inch Pie baking dish melt butter. Sprinkle brown sugar. Drop jam in spots where you will place your rolls. Place roll cinnamon side down on jam. Bake 14 minutes at 400 degrees. Invert on a plate. Use icing from pkg. enjoy!

Good Googly Goo!!! FANfreakintastic!! 

Friday, April 14, 2017

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wraps AND Use Your Words

I made these wraps one night and fell in love with the ease and deliciousness. Check out these super quick, easy and flavor packed wraps.

Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Wrap
Use your favorite chicken tenders or prepare your own. Coat them with your favorite BBQ sauce. Take a tortilla and place the tender on, top with pineapple tidbits, red onion or green onions, shredded lettuce and enjoy! Super simple and delicious.

Walking around, feeling under the weather. Totally over whelmed by life and circumstances beyond my control. Inside feelings are spilling over. All around me people carrying on like they have no worries. Beside myself with worry and grief.
One minute I feel grand and the next like a train has run me over. My emotions are all over the place. I think it may be due to lack of sleep, worry over finances and loneliness. Being single is not what makes me lonely. My loneliness comes from not having someone to talk to and that is nothing new. Even years of being married I found myself with the same feelings. Yes, I am baring my soul and showing you my insides. They are not pretty I admit.
Feelings of inadequacies, inferiority, insecurities, unloved, unwanted, lonely, desires that one day someone might be my everything. I've given up on that. There is no such thing, it is all a fairy tale but if you are blessed enough to have it, count yourself among the minority not majority.
This too shall pass I'm told and maybe so. I pray one day I look back at this post and can smile while sharing it with one I love. AND if not, I will continue to love my children, grandchildren, family, friends and my sweet kitty Beau.
Your words are:
under ~ over ~ around ~ beside ~ inside
They were submitted by:  
Today’s post is a writing challenge. This is how it works: participating bloggers picked 4 – 6 words or short phrases for someone else to craft into a post. All words must be used at least once and all the posts will be unique as each writer has received their own set of words. That’s the challenge, here’s a fun twist; no one who’s participating knows who got their words and in what direction the writer will take them. Until now.

At the end of this post you’ll find links to the other blogs featuring this challenge. Check them all out, see what words they got and how they used them. 

Links to the other “Use Your Words” posts:

Baking In A Tornado              
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver  
Sparkly Poetic Weirdo               
On the Border                   
Bookworm in the Kitchen   
The Bergham Chronicles            
Simply Shannon                     
Southern Belle Charm           
The Angrivated Mom            
Not That Sarah Michelle             

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Renew Poetry: Cheaters Chocolate Chip Cheesecake with Fresh Strawberry Sauce

If you read a recent post called "life lessons" or "starting fresh" you may wonder HOW did I already slip?! I didn't. I made this before my revelation about bettering myself, again.
A few days, maybe 2, after being on my own I was craving sweets. I know it was stress and I'm an emotional eater but sometimes I give in and instead of making a huge cheesecake, I saw this little jewel from Duncan Hines. I added a few things to make it "mine" and VIOLA! A perfect dessert for myself and my son that wouldn't hang around for days.
Four servings, two for each of us and it was GONE! Nothing to sit in the fridge and stare at me for days while I 'tried' not to eat it.
It was DELICIOUS and perfect for us.
No, this is not a paid post or even a free product for a review. I found it, bought it, tried it and loved it. That simple.
This post is also part of the monthly poetry challenge. This month's theme is "RENEW" and it came at a perfect time. As you read and come to the end of this post you will find the links to the other bloggers creative links.

Duncan Hines perfect size cheesecake with pan
Follow the instructions.
Sprinkle 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips on top and bake according to the package.
topping: 1 to 1 1/2 cups fresh strawberries, mine were small
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup water
mash and boil until thickened, stir occasionally
allow to cool and serve over cheesecake
Renew :  Poetry Challenge/Theme

R= reviving my dreams
E= engaging in new activities
N= no more being a doormat
E= escape the unhappy existence
W= walk in newness of life

Winter has gone
Spring has sprung
Out with the old
and time to RENEW

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Monday, April 10, 2017

Life Lesson - #StartingFresh #Blogwithfriends - Garlic Honey Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Life lessons, starting fresh, blog with friends and a recipe are all today's point of interest...

Each month we go through this ritual of choosing a theme. We toss ideas out, vote, ideas are shot down and new ones are tossed in the ring. We narrow it down to 2-3 and finally a decision is made. Then we each decide what we will do, a craft, an article, a recipe and so on.
I started writing this post as a sort of therapy for myself, not really sure if I would ever actually post it. But then as I was editing, I realized that it went with this month's theme perfectly; Starting Fresh.
Yes, here I am starting fresh, again. At 50+ who would have seen it coming? Not me. Seriously, my peripheral vision needs checking. My heart needs to follow my head and not the other way around. But here I am, single, over 50 and trying to find myself yet again.
Life has been hard. I lost my aunt 6 months ago and 1 month ago her husband. Now there is my mom, her baby sister and her husband. That's it. For family here I mean but as for my mom's family, that's it. I do have 4 cousins, 3 of whom are single without kids. Our family is dying off, literally.
I have walked down memory lane a lot lately. Looked at the past, precious memories, sad memories, thoughts of loved ones passed and choices I've made both good and bad.
I have come to one conclusion, life is hard and the only way to protect yourself from it is to seclude yourself from life. But this is not who I am, so I guess I have to find a way to deal with it all in a healthier manner.
One of those ways is I'm getting back to me. Taking care of me because obviously no one else is going to do it for me. By that I mean, eating right and exercise. Yes I'm on that kick again but if you look at my recipes often you are laughing right now because they are not low fat, low calorie what you would consider diet food.
That's right. I don't diet. Because the first 3 letters spell DIE. SO, I eat in moderation. I eat whole foods, not processed. Home made not store bought. I eat what I enjoy and I enjoy what I eat. I am moving more and sitting less all in the hopes that I can drop some of the weight that these dadgum steroids have put on me the last 8 months. 
Life has been extremely tough, no that's an understatement. Even as I write this I'm laughing. Tough, right, it's been down right hell and a joy at the same time. If that even makes sense.
But on a post I wrote last month, one friend commented And as I began to type response to her, G*d spoke to me, yes it has been tough, but no one ever said life would be easy. But here's the key...
A diamond starts out as a lump of coal, it is the stress and pressure that changes it into something beautiful and valuable.
I am that lump of coal. Life is stressful and the pressures of current events along with things from the past are pressing in on me, those things are making me stronger and in that, I will no longer be a lump of coal, but a diamond. Strong and beautiful.
Do I enjoy the stress? No. Am I happy about the events lately? No. Am I stronger? Yes, everyday. Will I be that diamond? I sure hope so.
The lesson is this, life changes daily, nothing is guaranteed, no matter how many times you get hurt, love, live, laugh and enjoy your life. Take care of you and be kind to others.
So this Spring, I am #startingfresh, it is my 'do over' my turn to hit the reboot button and live!

Garlic Honey Rubbed Pork Tenderloin
1 1/2 lb fresh pork tenderloin
1/3 cup honey
1 /3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp chili powder
2 tsp garlic
1 tsp white ground pepper
Sorry guys but the measurements are as follows: Take the loin and sprinkle with water and rub around. Not alot, just enough to wet it. Next mix the spices together and rub all over. Next drizzle with honey. Bake at 300 degree covered with foil for 45 minutes, remove foil and bake at 350 for 15 minutes to allow a crust to form. You could also broil it.
Remove and slice.
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Kicked up chicken rub and SSS April 2017

Kicked up chicken rub with fresh asparagus and baby Yukon potatoes, sounds good doesn't it? It was delicious!
For the rub I used 1 teaspoon of each of the following spices:
black pepper
red pepper
white pepper
Then rub the boneless skinless chicken breast on each side,sautee with coconut oil for about 4 minutes per side or until done. Serve with fresh baby asparagus and potatoes or whatever you like. 
Packed full of flavor, no fat, no guilt.
Kevin woke up and noticed the house was unusually quiet. He expected all sorts of noise with everyone getting ready for their annual Christmas trip. He stretched and got out of bed. Walking down the hall he saw no one, heard nothing. He called out "MOM, DAD?" still nothing, panic began to set in, he raced down the hall bursting into each room, no one, no where, he cautiously knocked on Bud's door then threw it open, empty! ARRRGGGHH
HOME ALONE again????
HOW, just HOW did they do this three years in a row???
At first he was upset, then scared, then...oh wait, alone, quiet, no ONE to boss him around, pick on him, make him eat vegetables but wait, he must keep a low profile, he knew his parents would realize their mistake soon enough and back the entire clan would be. sigh...
He went to the kitchen, not much to choose from since mom had not been shopping lately "we must use up everything we have so it won't go bad while we're gone" he remembered her saying.
The neighbors all knew they would be gone, so if he was out and about they would call the authorities. So he would have to pick the perfect time to go out.
He scrounged around a found enough junk to keep him happy for the day.
Up to his room to eat popcorn in bed and watch his favorite movies.
Bouncing on the bed.
Dancing in his underwear.
Yes, he did enjoy it when they left him, except at night. Nighttime was the most difficult and scary.
After eating junk all day Kevin was really wanting some "food" but he knew better than to go to the grocery store. Now how... how would he get food? Night time was upon him and he dressed for a sneaking around. Dark clothes, flashlight in hand and out the back door, over the fence and through the neighbors yard. Once he was safely on the other side of the neighborhood he tried to figure out his next move.
Wait, there were three paths here. He never knew this. "I wonder where they all go?" he thought the middle one was best, it looked less worn so he started off. It began to get spooky, the clouds covered the moon, the wind blew and he swore he heard wolves!
Coming around a bend he smelled the most delicious odor, brownies, cakes, fresh bread! Oh man. A cabin made entirely of candy! He began to run toward the smell with no concern for what he might find. He stopped short at the sight of a candy fence, gingerbread barn, marshmallow  fluff dripping from the trees. Fresh bread was sitting on the window sills and a big flashing sign that said "welcome all boys and girls" WOW!!
He ran up and yelled "HELLO" while grabbing a small loaf of banana bread. Oh man this was good!
A small girl came out, "hi" and she smiled.
Kevin said "HI my name is Kevin, oh man I'm sorry, I'm hungry and this smelled so good I couldn't help myself."
She giggled, "it's okay, everyone is like that."
Kevin thought she looked familiar but didn't worry with it, he continued with the bread. She looked at him and asked if he'd like to stay for dinner. Of course he said yes. She told him she had a beautiful stew going with cake and ice cream for dessert. He could smell the stew, his stomach growled and she smiled.
Inside the delicious little cabin there was candy, cakes and pies all over it was hard to focus on one thing. He did keep hearing a banging noise but dismissed it.
After eating he was so full and sleepy, he just could not keep his eyes open, he would faze out and when he'd open his eyes he thought he had been moved but was too sleepy to care.
Suddenly he was warm, no HOT, oh man, burning up! He forced his eyes open and tried to see but it was dark, he could smell something cooking but didn't like the smell, it was very disturbing. He could hear muffled cries, he tried to move but was tied! WHAT THE HECK was going on???
In a panic he struggled, wiggled and try as he might he could not get loose. From the heat and exhaustion he passed out.
Some hours later a cool feeling was washing over him, he struggled to open his eyes, there was a sweet face. His MOM! He sat up and wrapped his arms around her crying OH MOM MOM it was awful! This girl tried to cook and eat me!
Bud picked up a copy of "Hansel and Gretel" from the bed and said "You dork, you were dreaming, some fairy tale SCARE the little boy?" and everyone laughed.
Kevin didn't even care, he was home, safe and with his family.
The end~

Welcome to a Secret Subject Swap. This week 14 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting
our posts. 

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking In A Tornado                
The Diary of an Alzheimer’s Caregiver
The Lieber Family Blog             
The Bergham Chronicles          
Bookworm in the Kitchen       
Never Ever Give Up Hope        
Simply Shannon                   
Southern Belle Charm          
Not That Sarah Michelle          
A Little Piece of Peace             
The Angrivated Mom                  
When I Grow Up                     

Your “Secret Subject” is:
Rewrite the plot of your favorite movie as a fairy tale.
It was submitted by: 
Thanks Jennily, Home Alone is not my favorite movie, but it seemed the easiest to adapt. I really had to put my thinking cap on for this one. I hope i did it justice and that you enjoyed it.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Skinny Pop Spring Time Snackin'

I recently heard about SkinnyPop popcorn and since I've never tried it I was excited to see what all the hub-bub was about. By itself it is great for snacking, light, gluten free and non greasy. I was intrigued and decided to make a spring time snack using their popcorn
My mind went crazy, trying desperately to come up with something new and inventive. Since I enjoy sweet and salty together I thought I would do something similar to a snack mix, well, it is a snack mix and a pretty one to boot.
I hope you will try it and enjoy it as much as I did.
You can find Skinny Pop at most retail stores and grocers. 

8 cups skinny pop
4 cups vanilla Chex
20 sleeves of pastel sixlets candies
5 TBSP pastel sprinkles
3/4 cup vanilla white candy chips melted
Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl except the candy chips. The vanilla white chips place in a double boiler and melt, stir until creamy and drizzle on the mix. Store in a large zip top bag IF you can, it is addicting and delicious.
My son was sneaking bits and pieces out of the bowl while I was melting the vanilla candies, once it was finished he said "dang mom this stuff is addicting" yes, yes it is! ENJOY
AND the best part is that all the ingredients are GLUTEN FREE which I know is a big issue for people these days. So you get a sweet salty snack without the guilt.