Posts Tagged ‘Pork’

Sound the trumpets! We sold our truck! Hallelujah!

We have been trying to sell this truck for over a year, which proved to be much tougher than we thought. I think we’re selling it to a good family, which makes feel better about it since Nick and I got engaged in that truck  🙂

Telework went well again today, but it is hard getting used to a slower connection / loading on my computer at home compared to being in the office. That was the only thing that was frustrating today.

I got hungry this afternoon, so I grabbed a sample packet I bought last week to try.


Since I ordered the sample packs, one of them came with a little sample of the Kids SuperFood and it sounded pretty good! It has all kinds of stuff in it, not just greens, so I was excited to try it.


I mixed this packet with a mixture of skim + almond milk and a few ice cubes in the blender. The verdict?

I really liked this one! It tasted kind of like a chocolate malt flavor – not like a super chocolatey cup of milk, but it was tasty. This one does have soy protein in it, though, which is different than their other products.


I also had a half banana that was leftover from breakfast yesterday with some dark chocolate dreams peanut butter. All in all, it was a good chocolatey snack today.

After my snack, I tried to take my computer outside to finish out the day, but I couldn’t see the screen! So I came back inside and worked until about 5:15 – Mondays are my busiest and the slower loading screen was not helping me today. BUT I got everything done.

While Nick was on his way home, I got the pork marinating for tonight and I’m glad I did that early! He came home and I left with him to meet the family that’s buying the truck. We let them take it and drive it for a while, then they brought it back here and Nick will finalize everything tomorrow. Thank goodness! I’m glad everything went well and that we found someone to buy it, but it did push dinner back a bit.


We both had a salad tonight since we’re swimming in tomatoes right now. I can’t complain though – every one is delicious. I had some romaine, black olives, and a bunch of  tomatoes.


I’ll call this my Triple-P Plate: Pattie, Pork, Peaches.


For the pork, I marinated it in some oil, balsamic, honey, salt, and pepper. Nick grilled those and the peaches, and all I had to do was heat up some of our lentil / brown rice patties from last night!

Grilled fruit is so good. I’m sad we didn’t grill more tonight, but then I knew we wouldn’t have any for the rest of the week 🙂

I’ve already got my lunch packed and I’m ready for pajamas and some fun reading.


Have you grilled fruit? what’s your favorite one to grill / cook?

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Reese’s in a Cup

Sounds good, right? I’ll get to that in a minute  🙂

Our weather has turned out better than I expected today! It’s not raining, but it is muggy which is putting a damper on my cookie-baking plans. I want to make my mom’s famous cookies, but they will not set up unless the weather is just right, so I’m hoping some of the mugginess heads outta here in a couple hours.

I had to go pick up a few last things from the store after church – I’m glad I don’t normally get all my groceries on Sunday afternoon. The store was packed today – I like to go when there isn’t anyone else in the store except for the workers. I don’t have to fight with people in the aisles, wait to get around people, or wait in long lines to checkout.

After maneuvering my way out of Kroger, I headed home and put together a quick lunch.


Nick and I split the last of the “bbq” I made with the pork loin, and I cooked up some fresh corn from the market and some green beans.


This corn was so good – perfectly sweet and tender. When you have corn this fresh and ripe, there’s no need for anything other than a little salt + pepper. Perfect!

And then….we napped  🙂  I like Sunday afternoon naps. It’s one of my favorite things about the weekend – we take an hour or so to just rest after whatever else we’ve done over the weekend and gives us a break from whatever we’re doing on Sunday, too.

Of course, napping makes me hungry, too. I don’t know what it is! It’s like sleeping burns off my lunch and then I need a snack.

Enter Reese’s In A Cup.


I made one my best smoothies yet!

  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla pudding powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp PB2
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder
  • 5 ice cubes

I’m not a big fan of PB2 mixed up as actual peanut butter to use on bread, etc, but I LOVE it in smoothies and sauces and other recipes.


Blend it up and top with a little Hershey’s syrup – this tastes like a reese cup with a little hint of banana. I think the vanilla pudding powder was the perfect addition. Since the pudding powder is sweet and the cocoa powder is not, this was just sweet enough.

I’ve still got a bunch of stuff to do, so I guess I better get of my butt and get moving  🙂

See you for a fun dinner! I’m excited – and cross your fingers for good cookie weather!

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La La Leftovers

Those pancakes sure fill me up!

Yesterday and this morning, I looked at those two pancakes on the plate and thought “they’ll never keep me full like a big bowl of oatmeal does” – but they proved me wrong both days!

I love having more breakfast options – my dad even left a comment this morning requesting the pancakes the next time they’re visiting  ☺  Will do!

I’m actually taking a break from my veggie barley stuff today, since I found more leftovers in the fridge that need to be eaten. I forgot how much food we had from this weekend!

I brought some of the leftover “bbq” pork loin I cooked on Saturday + some beans to heat up


Not the most appetizing picture, but it was tasty!

Plus a salad of romaine + tomato


Topped with the last of the whole wheat pasta salad


And more watermelon – only one serving left at home! I’m glad I didn’t get a normal sized one. There’s no way we would be able to finish it before it went bad.


Have a great summer dessert? Make sure to enter it here! I’ve already sent in a few and can’t wait to see the other submissions.

I’m going to read some of my book until lunch break is over – see you for dinner!

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The Cat’s Meow

I think the funk has passed  🙂  Or maybe it’s just because the workday is over? Either way, I’m feeling much better now. I don’t know why I have those days/times, but I hate just feeling blah for no real reason, you know?

Nick and I had a run planned after work today so I brought a tried and true snack



1 plain oikos + the last of my TJs fruit and nut medley cereal. I am officially out of everything I bought from Trader Joe’s at Christmas! It’s definitely time for another trip and a huge cooler to bring it all back.

I got to break out my next coffeehouse book while I was waiting for Nick to pick me up! I’m already hooked into this one.


I’m glad I remembered to start this one because I got the next one from my sister for my birthday – I need to not read these too fast, though, because then I’ll just have to buy the next 2 that I still don’t have…

I was not in the mood to go running, at all. Like, not one bit. But the weather was absolutely gorgeous today and I knew that I would feel better after I went. And I did! Strange how that works, huh? 🙂

We ran about 2.5 miles, a little shorter than our normal route which was fine with me. My legs were pretty tight and Nick was sore from his bike ride yesterday, so we just did one loop around the park instead of the normal two. It was seriously the perfect weather today – blue skies, a few clouds, around 80, and a slightly cool breeze. I wish every day was like today. This weather is making me want fall because fall = college football! I’ve been looking at ESPN every day for the past week, seeing what’s going on in the conference and other teams….I can’t wait.

You probably know this already, but we eat a lot of leftovers. Some of my favorite nights to have them are nights that we run after work. By the time we get home, change, go running, get back, and take showers, I really do not want to cook a dinner. It’s nice to have something waiting for us in the fridge and tonight was no different.


We heated up the leftover pork, roasted veggies, and barley from last night, and I think the veggies were even better tonight! All the flavors soaked in and they were awesome and so colorful.


Eating this dinner was easy.

Blogging like this is not so easy.


She likes her lap time in the evenings, what can I say?

Do you have a pet? Do they run your life/household/everything?  🙂

Our only pet right now is Roxy and she is definitely the Queen of the house. She thinks she owns us, not the other way around….but we let her think it! It’s totally worth it when she’s being sweet and cuddling. And how can you not love 13 lbs of fur?

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Manic Overflowing

I am happy to be sitting down! Today has been a doozy.

Work was super busy this afternoon, just as I expected. I had a bunch of last minute things to get ready, copied, stapled, etc, that need to be mailed out tomorrow, so most of my afternoon was spent finishing those up and getting the rest of the packets ready.

I took a quick break around 4 for a little shot of protein:


Hard boiled eggs are some of my favorite snacks! They’re easy to carry in my lunch box and the perfect little snack when you’re not super hungry but need a little something.

More work followed and I was working right up until 5 pm.

Nick has his crazy biking/kayaking/running race on Saturday, so he’ll be training some more this week to get ready for that. I know we’ll run 2-3 times, but we were trying to figure out the schedule for the week, which proved to be harder than I thought.

I decided to let him do a bike ride tonight and we’ll run tomorrow – I just had too much to do tonight after being gone all weekend.

I’ve got one load of laundry done (and will be folding that as soon as I’m done blogging my awesome dinner), I made a dish for my lunches this week, made dinner, and packed the rest of my lunch.


Nick’s parents gave us a pork loin to bring home, so I took half of that, made a spice rub and roasted it in the oven.

For the spice rub, I used:

  • 1 Tbsp of jerk seasoning
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder

I rubbed it all over the pork, then popped it in a 425 degree oven for about an hour or until the internal temperature is 155-160.

While the pork was cooking,  I cut up a ton of veggies I needed to use and got started on my lunch dish + laundry.


I did one sheet pan with red onions, rutabaga, and orange and yellow peppers.

The other sheet pan had asparagus, 2 yellow squash (for lunches) and cremini mushrooms. We also had just some simple quick cooking barley on the side, topped with a little cilantro to bring out the flavor of the coriander on the pork.

I love roasted veggies!  This was also my first time trying rutabaga – and Nick’s! We both loved it. It’s kind of sweet, but not as sweet as a sweet potato – hard to describe, but I really liked it!

I was hoping to do this meal on the grill, but it just didn’t work out for tonight since Nick needed to do his bike ride. It was still very tasty – I don’t have roasted veggies much in the summer since we do grill so much, so it was a nice reminder of what fall is bringing in a few months  🙂

What’s your favorite veggie to roast?

I think mine are a tie between asparagus, broccoli, and butternut squash. Yum. I could make a meal out of just that!

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Who’s happy it’s Friday?!? 

I’m so glad it’s the weekend – dinner was great tonight and easy! I love getting all kinds of stuff to grill – that means there’s less for me to do in the kitchen  🙂


Nick grilled a pork loin with his own special marinade – I have no clue what’s in it, so don’t ask – but it’s good. We also grilled some zucchini and yellow squash, and I put together a salad of romaine, strawberries, red onion, feta, and a dressing of olive oil/raspberry vinegar/dijon mustard.

Since I’m leaving him for most of the weekend, I also made a special *not healthy at all* dessert for him to have this weekend and it’s one of his favorites.


I’ve seen about 10 different names for these, but we call them 7 layer bars.

  • 1.5 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 1 14 oz. can fat free sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup nuts of your choice (we usually use pecans or walnuts)

Mix melted butter and graham cracker crumbs and press into greased 9×13 pan. Pour condensed milk over crust. Sprinkle toppings all over and bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

So buttery and gooey  🙂 

We’ll see what the blogging will be like after breakfast tomorrow since I’ll be traveling and staying in a cabin overnight – I’m not sure if I’ll have internet until I get back, but it will be fun and I am SO excited to see my girlfriends – we have tons to catch up on.


In blogland news, there are TONS of contests going on!

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Thank goodness it’s already lunch time – I have some things to do this afternoon at work that should keep me busy until 5 pm, so I’m hoping the afternoon flies by.

Nick’s dad was in town for a committee meeting this morning, so Nick and I left work for about an hour to have a coffee break with him – it was fun. Seeing family whenever possible is important to us, so I’m glad we got to spend some time talking before he headed back home. I was really in the mood for a latte and this place has really great coffee, so I ordered a fat free latte with sugar free peppermint and chocolate in it.


Well, I didn’t drink it sideways ,but the picture won’t flip for me. Maybe it’s showing how I felt before I had my coffee?  🙂

For some reason, the sugar free coffee syrups don’t seem to bother my stomach at all, but other sugar free/no sugar added stuff really bothers me sometimes – have you noticed this with anything? I’m glad it didn’t make me feel bad, but I wonder why these don’t bother me and some other sugar free stuff does. I’ve been trying to just stay away from it period, but I do like it in my coffee every now and then.

After getting back to work for a few hours, Nick and I ate lunch in my office while deciding what to do for our 5 year wedding anniversary at the end of the month! I can’t believe it’s so close. I think we’ve figured out what we’re doing, but I have to call about some details to make sure. So exciting!

I used up the leftovers of the Peppery Pineapple Pork and couscous in the fridge – otherwise it would get forgotten.


It was still really good today – the pineapple was super sweet.

I also had some steamed broccoli and cauliflower and an apple to round out my meal.



The rain seems to be holding off right now – I hope it stays that way because I want to run and Nick wants to actually be able to cut the grass today. It’s been raining so much that he hasn’t been able to and the grass is going crazy!

What’s your favorite sweetener?

Make sure to check out Kelly’s giveaway if you like or love to hate Jillian  🙂

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Is There an App For That?

I cannot even begin to tell you glad I am that today is over. The day just seemed to drag on….probably because I have tomorrow off, but still! 5 o’clock took forever to get here.

I did drink my green smoothie this afternoon and it was the perfect little pick-me-up at work and enough to fuel me through my run – yes, we got to run! It was overcast and kind of gloomy, but that kept it pretty cool while we were actually running. My entire body is tight and a little sore from BodyPump, so I expected to be super slow today but I was running at about my normal pace:

  • Total Time – 30:35
  • Mileage – 3.26
  • Average Mile – 9:25
  • Calories – 292

I have noticed that I start out slow and it takes me between 1-2 miles to really get in my groove. Of course, we usually only run about 3-4 miles at a time, so I do want to try a longer run soon and see how I do.

Dinner tonight started out as a recipe I found online, which got changed to something I could make on the stovetop instead of in the crockpot, which then got changed again tonight to use up some stuff in the fridge. Sounds a little like a science experiment, right? It was a good one, at least.



Peppery Pineapple Pork  (Serves 2-3)

  • 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 scallion, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • 1/3 lb or so pork loin (either cooked in pan with everything or leftover cooked pork – I used leftover)
  • crushed red pepper
  • garlic powder
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp powdery peanut butter
  • 3-4 cups fresh spinach
  1. Heat pan over medium.
  2. Add pepper and most of scallions (save some for garnish) and cook until crisp tender.
  3. Add in pork, seasonings, soy sauce, vinegar, and pb2. Let cook until sauce is mixed together and pork is heated through.
  4. Add in spinach and pineapple and let cook a few minutes until spinach is wilted.
  5. Serve with grain of choice. We used Israeli couscous – nice and doughy.



So I think I’m having a bit of a quarter-life crisis. Random, I know, but when I was running today and just thinking about all the stuff going on in my head, the only thing that kept coming back was “I have no direction”. I have no real clue what I want to do, what I want to be, nothing. I know I don’t have to have it all figured out, but I’m 25 and I feel like I should have a better idea by now.

I know that I’m extremely thankful to have my job and I love my coworkers, but it’s not my passion. I’m thankful for my family and friends and everything in my life, but I just feel so unfulfilled some days.

Do you go through times like this? Is this just something that happens every now and then?

Maybe I’m just not ready for whatever the next step is, or maybe it’s not ready for me. Maybe being where I am is preparing me for the next thing. Maybe just knowing my upcoming trip to Honduras is  actually happening is making it even harder to live life here because I know that trip will change my life and maybe even more than the first trip did. And maybe I’m ready for it now. I don’t know.

I don’t know. I don’t know what to think. or do. or not do.  

Suggestions? Solutions? Anyone got an app for this?  Come on…I know Apple has an app for everything now. Anyone got a magic 8 ball handy?  🙂

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Well, it had to happen at some point. I left my camera at work! Of course, I didn’t notice until we got home and neither one of us was about to turn around and drive 30 minutes back. Good thing we have more than 1!

This afternoon went by so slowly at work. Usually Mondays are pretty busy and hectic for me, but I got all of my work done earlier than normal and worked on some other projects today. I’m glad I got some other stuff done, but it was very strange for a Monday.

Since it’s been raining most of the day, I assumed we wouldn’t be raining when we got home and I was right. I’m hoping it will be clear enough for a run tomorrow when we get home  – the rest of this week is going to be busy but fun  🙂 

Dinner tonight started as one idea and ended up being something very different – I love when that happens!

My original plan was to make Robin Miller’s Chicken with Artichoke Pesto, but with pork instead.

I used the artichokes and the basil, but the rest of it changed!



Artichoke Stuffed Pork Loin

  • 1.5 lb pork loin, sliced into 1″ thick pieces
  • 1 can artichokes hearts, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp fresh basil
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 Tbsp soy parmesan
  • oregano
  1. Slice a 2″ slit into the side of each pork chop
  2. Mix the chopped artichokes with the basil, garlic powder, basil, crushed red pepper, and soy parmesan.
  3. Stuff artichoke mixture into pork.
  4. Sprinkle outside of pork with salt, pepper, and oregano.
  5. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes.


Check out that stuffing! I think I used more crushed red pepper than I thought – some bites were really spicy!

We had ours with steamed broccoli topped with roasted garlic seasoning and a brown rice/barley pilaf.

I’m going to catch up on How I Met Your Mother before the new one comes on!

How was your Monday? And what is your favorite dessert?

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They Call Me Cuban Bran

 ♫  I’m the queen of the rhumba beat….

Our dinner was all Cuban tonight – or almost  🙂


First – sorry for no lunch pictures! Nick and I went out with some of my coworkers and I didn’t take my camera. We got this awesome pizza called the “rustica”: pepperoni, roasted red peppers, black olives, and basil. Yum  🙂  I also had a mixed salad for some veggies. The meal was good, but the service was horrible. This place just opened a few weeks ago, so I guess we should expect some issues, but it was a little ridiculous.

Work was work – I just couldn’t wait for today to be over!!! I’m so happy it’s the weekend!

We went to BodyPump today after work and it was killer! I upped my weight on a couple of the songs, and my arms feel like jello  🙂  I can tell I’m getting stronger, so I’m hoping the real muscle definition will start showing up soon!


Back to dinner –


I made some healthier versions of Cuban Sandwiches



Pork tenderloin, mustard, pickles, and swiss cheese all on a toasted Arnold Sandwich Thin

PLUS – my BSI entry for this week: Cuban Pork & POM Black Beans



These got so creamy!  The beans had such a great texture, and the flavors went great with our Cuban sandwiches.

Cuban Pork & POM Black Beans

  • 1/2 slice bacon, diced
  • 1 Tbsp diced red onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • oregano
  • cayenne (to taste!)
  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 glugs of POM Wonderful Juice (probably about 1/4 cup) – more on this tomorrow  🙂
  1. Dice bacon and cook in pot.
  2. Once bacon has cooked to your liking, add in onion and garlic and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add in seasonings, beans, and bay leaf. Stir together and let cook for a minute.
  4. Add in water and POM juice and let the beans cook on low for about 10 minutes, adding more liquid (either water or juice) if needed.
  5. Serve!

The seasonings in the beans + the sweetness of the POM juice was SO good!!!  This could easily be made without the bacon and it would still be great.

Well – I’m off to relax for a bit, catch up on blogs, and watch some What Not to Wear – possibly with some popcorn  🙂

Update: Day 5 of Bread Experiment






I’m actually surprised, but both slices still look good! Granted, they haven’t been exposed to air except on the first day, but I figured I would see something by now.


– Make sure to get your BSI entries in by Sunday – Sweetie Pie is also having a giveaway for her 50th post!

For the Love of Oats is having an awesome giveaway for her 1 year blog-birthday! Make sure you’re keeping up with the trivia questions  🙂

Caitlin and Meghann are racing tomorrow AND Sunday! Make sure to check in this weekend and wish them good luck! They’re going to do awesome!


See you tomorrow for a fun and heart healthy breakfast!

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