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Pork Loin Roast with Hoisin-Sesame Sauce

I have had quite a day and I am so exhausted. If you are curious, click here to find out why.This is going to be a super short post today, but I had to share this recipe with you that Kirsten over at Home Cooking Adventures shared last week. The recipe is so easy and incredibly good!  We will be making this time and time again. Thank you Kirsten! Pork Loin Roast with Hoisin-Sesame Sauce:(serves 4)1 2.5 lb pork loin roastOlive oil as neededSalt and Pepper to taste1 tbs fresh minced ginger1/4 c hoisin sauce 1/2 c orange juice 1/2 c low-sodium chicken broth 1 tsp toasted sesame oil 2 green onions, sliced Directions:Salt and pepper roast liberally and brown in a saute pan with olive oil on all sides. Place into a roasting pan and bake at 350 for about 40 minutes (until internal temp is about 140). Remove and cover with foil and let stand for about 10 minutes before carving.Meanwhile, drain most of the oil from the saute pan and retain any brown bits. Saute ginger until fragrant, then add remaining sauce ingredients (except green onions). Simmer until thickened, then add green onions. Cut pork into slices and top with sauce and additional green onion slices for garnish. Serve immediately. … [Continue reading]

Eventful Morning

Was I complaining about how yesterday started off? I take it all back now... I can top the whole lock the girls in the car thing. My morning started off at around 1:30am with Ella crying. I went in to her room and picked her up only to notice that the right side of her face was swollen and her eye was almost swollen shut. It wasn't gunky or anything... she just look like she got in a fight with a pro boxer in the middle of the night. I called Nick into her room, and after some debate, I decided to take her in to Children's Mercy Urgent Care. Their facility south of us is only about 20 minutes away and they recently just started being open 24/7.When I got to Children's Mercy the doctor's were perplexed. Had she fallen? Had she eaten anything strange? How long had she been on Amoxicillin? After answering all of those questions and poking and prodding at her a bit, they decided to send us to the Children's Mercy downtown so that she could get a CAT scan. So...3am, I'm driving downtown trying to find the hospital in the dark. Not a place you want to get lost at when you are by yourself! I made it and they took her back to a room right away. By 7am, they had given her an IV (had to stick her twice to get it) and soon after she had her CAT scan. It seems like we spent a lot of time waiting, which is normal when you are in the ER at a Children's Hospital. They wouldn't let her eat or drink, so she was tired and hungry, but still smiling. We found out that the Amoxicillin that Ella … [Continue reading]

Did I seriously just do that??

Picture this... you are doing your weekly grocery shopping with your 3 year old and 8 month old in tow. The 8 month old is about at the end of her rope... she is tired and hungry. You rush out to the car, buckle both kids into their seats and start unloading the groceries. You throw your purse into the front seat and close the door. You head around to the drivers side, reach for the handle and try to open the door only to discover it is locked. Hmmmm...how can that be as you just had the doors open to put the groceries in?? Who the heck knows, but it happened to me today and I can tell you that I said a lot more than just "hmmmmmm....". Yep... I locked the girls in the car this morning in the parking lot of Hy-Vee. In a panic, I looked around the parking lot hoping to find someone with a phone. Apparently no one shops at 8am because there wasn't a single person in the parking lot. I couldn't leave the car because it had the girls in it so I just calmly waited until someone pulled up or came out of the store. Several minutes went by and a lady finally walked out. I asked her if she had a cell phone that I could borrow and explained the situation. She was very kind, let me borrow her phone and suggested I call 911 so that the police could come out. I did that and about 20 minutes later an officer showed up to rescue us! By this time, Ella was screaming and Kelly was starting to worry. The officer had a handy little tool that propped the door open some and she was able to trick … [Continue reading]

My Fridge & Menu Planning

Jennifer over at Nutcase 101 challenged her readers last week to show the contents of their fridge. I promised her I would do it, but I am a little nervous about it. No... my fridge is not a scary dirty pit... it is almost the opposite. My fridge is always bare. How can someone who considers themselves to be a good cook have a bare fridge? Well... like all things in life, it stems back to my childhood. (Mom, I'm going to out you here. I don't mean any disrespect at all and since I know you are you and won't take it personally, I'm writing about this)I grew up in a house with a full fridge. Yes... we were blessed with great meals, leftovers and lots of food available. The problem with that full fridge was that you never knew how long something had been in there. My mom cooked almost every single night and we had leftovers almost every single night.  That results in lots of tupperware containers full of food. Sometimes on fridge cleaning days things would get missed. I'd later open up containers that had been in the fridge to discover some sort of science experiment taking place. Because of that, I have a serious aversion to leftovers. I cannot eat them. Whatever my husband doesn't take to work gets tossed out. If something is even near the expiration date, it gets tossed out. I clean out my fridge on a 2-3 times a week basis...scouring the contents for anything even remotely old. The result?? A very bare fridge for a family of five. What can you learn about me by … [Continue reading]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Goodness

 I tend to be one of the first people I know to try new products. Yes…I am a complete sucker for a new idea. I will try something new before the buzz about it hits the streets and the reviews are out on whether the product is great or a bomb. It should come to no surprise then that I snatched up something new to me this week. Reese’s Premier Baking Pieces. These are miniature versions of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup candy bars that are so popular and mini miniature versions of the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup miniatures. Got that? Basically, they are really tiny Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups that are suitable for baking. They are bigger than the Reese’s Peanut Butter ice cream toppers but smaller than the miniatures. I picked up a couple of bags to take home, anxious to give them a try. I had my doubts though… how could these cute little things bake without melting? Would the peanut butter / chocolate combo overpower the cookies? Would I be left with a blended mess of chocolate / peanut butter / cookie gooeyness? I decided to give these little baking pieces a try by using the basic cookie recipe on the back of the bag. The result? Well…let me just say this. I made these as a dessert for our church fish fry tonight, and I know they aren’t going to last until then. Once my husband comes home and tastes them, they’ll be gone. Not to worry…I mixed up another batch and hid them where my husband and the kids … [Continue reading]