Thursday, April 23, 2015

Healthy Crock Pot Pork Chops

I have really been trying to make dinner a delicious yet healthy time in our home. Every weekend I research recipes online and make a menu for the following week. It has really helped keep me on track and it takes some pressure off the dreaded "honey, what's for dinner?" conversation that scares me.

This recipe comes from Pinterest and involved using my crock pot which means it was easy. I had never had sweet potatoes before but I was very impressed and loved the sweet taste with the pork chops.

Healthy Crock Pot Pork Chops
4 boneless pork chops
2 medium sweet potatoes, chopped
1 small package of mushrooms
1 medium onion, chopped
10.5 oz low sodium chicken broth

1. Season pork chops with black pepper and salt

2. Put onions, potatoes, and mushrooms into crock pot. Put the pork chops on top of the ingredients. Pour in chicken broth.


3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.



Monday, April 20, 2015

I am a Lilly for Target Survivor

Yesterday all hell broke loose. I feel that Target should have known that nothing was going to stop preppy princesses and sorority girls from getting our Lilly. The fact that I live in Utah was something I was counting on as an advantage, especially since I'm not in Salt Lake City. I had never been excited or shopped from any of the previous Target collaborations so I feel I was poorly prepared.

Sunday morning I rolled up to my local Target at seven thirty and was ecstatic to see I was the first person there. As opening time got closer, a group of about ten of us were chatting about what we wanted and how excited we were. They opened the doors, let us in before the lights were on, and we grabbed our shopping carts.

Once we got to the Lilly section, we all kind of let out a disappointing sigh. The area was two racks and only had about ten of the clothing items on it. The wedge sandals I desperately wanted were an online only item and so were some of the other items the other women were looking for. They only had one of the dresses I wanted. I did walk out with two dresses and a top but it will still not as much fun as I thought it was going to be.

By the time I got home everything online was gone and my shoes were a trillion dollars on eBay. I am super excited about my three items but bummed I couldn't get my number one wish list item. After seeing the craziness some people had to deal with, I'm glad my area was nice and calm even though that's probably why we didn't get much stuff. 

Next time, I will just go online from the beginning.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Pasta Sauce

I should go on record and say that my absolute favorite pasta sauce is alfredo. The only time I eat "red" sauce is with spaghetti. However, I had always wanted to try and make my own spaghetti sauce because I feel it's one of those recipes that all good cooks have. Pinterest led me to a recipe from Table for Two that seemed easy enough.

Their process of making it was simple and it made the apartment smell delicious. You have to let it simmer for at least two hours which is a real testament to willpower because it smells so freakin' good! After the two hours I put it over some spaghetti noodles and a legendary dinner was born. Well... maybe not legendary but The Husband couldn't stop raving about the sauce. He ended up toasting some garlic bread and eating it with the sauce as a snack for two days after.

Spaghetti Sauce
1 lb ground beef
6 oz can tomato paste
6 oz water
24 oz jar of tomato puree
5 cloves of garlic, minced
2 Tbs granulated sugar
Pinch of dried oregano
Pinch of onion powder
Pinch of garlic powder
Handful of fresh basil
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Saute garlic until soft and fragrant in 2 Tbs olive oil

2. Season your meat and cook it over garlic until cooked all the way through.

3. Pour in tomato paste, tomato puree, and all seasonings and sugar. Mix well. Add 6 oz of water and mix again.

4. Allow mixture to simmer uncovered for at least two hours, stirring occasionally.

5. Serve over hot noodles.



Monday, April 6, 2015

Aladdin and Easter

This past weekend was such a blast, I didn't want it to end. When the alarm went off this morning for The Husband to go to work I was very depressed. Our weekend of ballet and mimosas was over and it was back to the Monday-Friday life and getting everything ready for The Husband to leave town... again. He has been gone for most of the week the last few weeks and I am ready for the traveling to wind down. He's not gone as much as he was with his old job but still.

Saturday we had our date night and went to a place called Twigs in Farmington. I had noticed a lot of people I follow on Instagram were going there and raving about the food so I decided to make us a reservation. They are known for their martinis (the list is FOREVER long) and the menu seemed to have a lot of options.

Everything was so good! The fries we ordered as an appetizer were so tasty! We cleaned off the entire plate and probably would have ordered more if we hadn't already ordered dinner. My crab mac n' cheese was also to die for but tragedy struck when I forgot my leftovers on the table and didn't think about them until a half hour later. The Husband deemed his chicken the best of his life and that's saying something. After dinner we just walked around Station Park and enjoyed the evening.

On Easter Sunday we headed down to Salt Lake for the ballet. I had been looking forward to Aladdin since we first moved back and was ecstatic that they still had tickets. Since we got there early to try and beat LDS General Conference traffic, we went across the street from the theatre to have some drinks at The Vault. After a few mimosas, I was even more excited for the ballet and so happy that such a wonderful drink was invented.

The ballet was beautiful and one of my personal favorites. I loved the costumes and the story was based on the original Aladdin, not the Disney version. All the dancers did great and that included some pretty young kids. Our evening consisted of a delicious dinner at my in-laws house and Mad Men.

I hope you had a great Easter as well and may the weekend come soon for all of us!


Thursday, April 2, 2015

Easy and Delicious Nachos

A few weeks ago, The Husband said he wanted nachos. He went out to the store and bought all the stuff he needed for them and decided to make them at home. They were delicious and have now become one of our favorite foods to make when people come over. Everyone has really liked them and the great thing is you can add any ingredients you'd like.

We make them SUPER cheesy... like SUPER DOOPER cheesy. We use a foil lined, large pizza pan which helps with clean up and makes enough that you can feed an army. For our March Madness party last week, there were six of us here and we still had leftovers.

Easy Nachos
1 bag tortilla chips of you choice
1 lb ground turkey
Shredded cheese (I use Monterrey Jack)
1 can black olives (2.25 oz)
1 cup green onions
Sour cream

1. Pre-heat oven to 325 degrees. Cook ground turkey in a skillet until cooked through. Drain and set aside. Line a large pizza pan with aluminum foil.

2. Put some chips on the pan and spread them out. Put some of the ground turkey, olives, green onions, and shredded cheese on top. Repeat until all ingredients have been used up.

3. Put nachos into the oven and cook for 10-15 minutes.

4. Remove from oven and allow a few minutes to cool. Top with sour cream and guacamole.