Monday, October 19, 2015

Pork Chops with Blue Cheese Gravy

I was looking for a new pork recipe to try and this one caught my eye on Pinterest.  I like blue cheese which I realize is a little strange for a picky eater but hey it is what it is.   The link on Pinterest lead to All Recipes.

2 tbsp. butter
4 thick cut pork chops
1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 c. whipping cream
1 oz. blue cheese, crumbled

Melt butter in a large skillet, over medium heat.  Season the pork chops with black pepper and garlic powder.  Fry the chops in butter until no longer pink and the juices run clear, about 20 to 25 minutes. Turn occasionally to brown evenly.
Remove chops to a plate and keep warm.  Stir the whipping cream into the skillet, loosening any bits of meat stuck to the bottom.  Stir in the blue cheese.  Cook, stirring constantly until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes.  Pour sauce over warm pork chops.

It turned out great.  But sadly it was not so good warmed up as leftovers tonight.  

Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Goals

September flew by.  Where is the year going?  The best part is football is back.  Oh and of course Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha.  I went on vacation with my Grandmother to Pigeon Forge last week and took no pictures.  Oh and I had an interview.  

October Goals

**   Workout five days a week.

**  Two morning workouts a week.

**  Read Three books.

**  One thing for myself a week.  

** Work on my cross stitch projects.

And last month results.

September Goals

**  Five workouts a week.

Yeah for completing this one.

**  Read three books
I did this one too.

Brides of Amish Country Book #1-8

** Hang pictures.  (Yes I still have not done it).

Nope still not done.

**  Do something once a week for myself.

Only twice.  

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Motivation Tuesday

After a long weekend I need some motivation to get back in gear.  Though I will admit this was my third long weekend in a row.

Monday, September 7, 2015

September Goals

I did better in August but still didn't hit all my goals.  My ankle was still giving me fits so I didn't workout as much as I had planned.  I know people talk about dreading the treadmill but for me it is the bike and that is all I could still do.   I did about half the workouts I had planned for each week but it was for the best my ankle is feeling good again.  

September Goals

**  Five workouts a week.

**  Read three books

** Hang pictures.  (Yes I still have not done it).

**  Do something once a week for myself.

August Goals

**  Hit the gym three days a week.

I did this once or twice a week. 

**  Do three workout videos a week.

I got in two or three a week.  

**  Hang pictures in my office.

I am so terrible this has been on my list for two months and I have not done it yet.  

** Read three books.

Katie's Redemption (Brides of Amish Country #1)

A Sister's Secret (Sisters of Holmes County #1)

A Sister's Hope (Sisters of Holmes County #2)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Teriyaki Chicken, Pineapple and Red Pepper Kabobs

I was looking for a new recipe to grill and since I love grilled pineapple I went with this one I found on Pinterest.  The link led me to the Betty Crocker Website.

Teriyaki Chicken Pineapple and Red Pepper Kabobs

1 pound skinless chicken breast tenders (not breaded)
1 c. Teriyaki sauce or marinade
1 can (8 oz) pineapple chunks, drained
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1 inch chunks

Cut chicken into 1 inch pieces; place in resealable food-storage plastic bag or container.  Add teriyaki sauce; seal bag and shake gently to mix.  Refrigerate at least 30 minutes to marinate.
Heat gas or charcoal grill.  Drain chicken, discarding marinade.  Thread chicken, pineapple chunks and red pepper pieces onto skewered in whatever order you wish, dividing evenly amount skewers.
Place kabobs on grill over medium heat.  Cover grill; cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until chicken is no longer pink in center.  Serve immediately.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sausage Cheese Muffins

I have had to urge to back for a couple of weeks.  I finally gave into it.  I went through and found an this easy muffin recipe from Southern Living.  I tried one tonight and it was good.  I was to lazy to make them this morning so my coworkers will hopefully be helping me finish them off tomorrow morning.  

1 pound package ground pork sausage
3 c. all purpose baking mix
1 1/2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
1 (10 3/4 oz) can condensed cheese soup
3/4 c. water

Cook sausage in a large skillet, stirring until ti crumbles and is no longer pink.  Drain and cool.  
Combine sausage, baking mix, and shredded cheese in a large bowl; make a well in center of mixture.
Stir together soup and 3/4 c. water; add to sausage mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.  Spoon into lightly greased muffin pans, filling to top of cups.  
Bake at 375ยบ for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cherry Bourbon Ice Cream

I love finding some new ice cream recipes to try, especially during the summer.

Cherry-Bourbon Ice Cream

1/2 c. sugar
2 tbsp. cornstarch
1/8 tsp. salt
2 c. milk
1 c. half and half
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla bean paste or extract

Whisk together the first 3 ingredients in a large heavy saucepan.  Gradually whisk in milk and half and half.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 8 to 10 minutes or until mixture thickens slightly.  Remove from heat.
Whisk egg yolk until slightly thickened.  Gradually whisk about 1 c. hot cream mixture into yolk.  Add yolk mixture to the remaining cream mixture, whisking constantly.  Whisk in vanilla.
Pour mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl, discarding solids.  Cool 1 hour, stirring occasionally.  Place plastic wrap directly on the cream mixture; chill 8 to 24 hours.
Pour mixture into freezer container of 1 1/2 quart electric ice cream maker, and freeze according to manufacturer's instructions.  Let stand at room temperature 5 to 10 minutes before serving.
Sitr in 1/2 c. drained and coarsely chopped canned, pitted cherries in heavy syrup and 3 tbsp. bourbon halfway through freezing.

Or you could be a little lazy like me and use a no cook vanilla ice cream recipe.