Using What We Have

So when I was thinking of what to make for dinner the other day and thought about how we are trying to save money, I took a look to see what we already had in the pantry and fridge… here is what I scrambled up. We had 2 frozen pork chops, so I took them out to thaw. I quickly searched for a recipe and found one easily with quite a few stars. Good news! I had everything needed for the recipe and it was pretty good. Definitely better than a plain pork chop. I am weird and normally put A1 Sauce on my pork chop… my husband thinks I’m weird, but this is the recipe I ended up using.

Honey-Glazed Pork Chops from http://www.bigoven.com/recipe/honey-glazed-pork-chops/158943

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Above is their picture, and below is mine (taken with a phone). This way I can remember how it turned out when I made it. Of course the one above looks much better, haha, but it did taste okay!

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I mixed 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper, paprika, and garlic salt, and 1/2 tsp salt and pepper in a small bowl. I poured some of this mixture on both sides of the pork chop, and then followed the directions with the skillet and the 2 TBS honey and brown sugar. Not tons of taste, but pretty good and like I said much better than a plain pork chop (although I admit I still used some A1 Sauce… We had it with scalloped potatoes and broccoli! It wasn’t my all time favorite, but my husband enjoyed it and it is now added to my Pinterest board Food – Made and Family Approved!

We have a friend from England coming over this week, we will see what comes up next!

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Trying Something New

Ever since I was little I have helped cook and bake. I always helped my mom bake cookies or make dinner. But we often had the same thing, because it was what my mom knew we would eat and that was generally pretty cheap. Since I’ve been married I have learned a lot more. Let’s just say I am a very picky eater. My husband loves almost anything (except popcorn and pizza – two of my favorites) and loves all type of meat. I on the other hand, like chicken, turkey lunch meat, bacon, and sometimes beef. So when it comes to what my husband likes to eat, I have tried new things. On top of that, he is from England, so his taste is different in even other ways than mine. So I’ve been trying to make a different meal every one or two weeks and keeping within our budget. This week I wanted something my husband would like, so I of course hopped on Pinterest (which has saved me many times) and I found a recipe! I’m only going to post ones I will use again. This one, my husband really liked! I count that a success (and trust me, he tells me when it isn’t his favorite).

I used this recipe for cottage/shepherds pie from Life in the Loft-house. My husband is from England, so yes he calls it Cottage Pie (he calls it Shepherds pie when it has lamb). But whatever it is called it was great! We made a 9×13 pan and since there is only 2 of us we will have it twice this week for dinner, and freeze the other half.

http://life-in-the-lofthouse.com/shepherds-pie-cottage-pie/
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Here is my picture (below) next to that delicious looking picture above! Haha. Maybe if I added the leaf… 😉 Just kidding… haha.

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Haha, not even close to the picture above, but it was good! The only thing we did different was in step 5. We doubled the flour, broth, and Worcestershire sauce, and  tripled the tomato paste. When I called him over for a taste test he told me he wanted it more ‘gravy like’ (a little juicier). So that’s all I did and it did the trick for him! It ended up delicious! So here is a little something to add to our menu. It was cheap and tasted good! Yay for another success! Adding it to my pinterest page Food – made and family approved!

Excited to see what I try next week!

Do Everything In Love

Do everything in love.
-1 Corinthians 16:14

One of my goals. Everyday. Something  to strive for. I am FAR from doing everything in love. But it is a daily reminder to focus on. Do EVERYTHING in love. God’s love. I think of how many times I have the opportunity to love everyday. I think about how many times I ignore or refuse an opportunity to love. How many times do I do something and then later regret how I acted or reacted. I am certainly learning everyday. I am a newlywed learning daily how to be a better wife. I’m learning how to be a better homemaker. I’m learning (and boy am I learning) life in the ministry with my husband. I’m in my first years of teaching preschool, living in a new place, and feel so incapable of being in these new positions. There are so many people I look up to and inspire to be like and think, wow – do I have a lot to work on. I know I am where I need to be right now, but I certainly have a long way to go learning to love and do everything in love.