Monday, February 24, 2014

Week 8 Monday (2/24/14)

Recipe Review

Today’s Recipe and Location:  Herb-Roasted Pork Tenderloin
         Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From my Frontier
                           Pages  190 - 193     Copyright:  2012  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 167 calories per serving, if 10 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This is so easy to make and I love the flavor!  I have always purchased pre-seasoned pork tenderloins.  Sometimes I have to admit that it is just easier to buy them ready to go.  I have pretty much had an awakening since I started this blog.  Just because it is easier doesn’t make it better. Ree has given me such confidence in my own abilities that I actually like creating the food and take great satisfaction in it.
         Unfortunately, I did not care for the cornbread triangles.  I am a finicky cornbread person. I think I learned to love southern cornbread and an not as open-minded as I need to be regarding my choice of cornbread. 

Today’s critics: 

         Brandy:  We really liked it, including the corn meal triangles and apricot sauce. I was shocked because it was way out of our comfort zone, but we both really liked it. Great flavor.

Craft Corner
         Today, is a celebration of the success of my friends and family who are trying to create a craft. I was talking to a friend at school who is tackling a new project – knitting a scarf. This is the first step!  I remember that I spent years knitting scarves and it is so relaxing that my blood pressure drops to about 90/50 when I work on a craft. Now my Mom and her sister have the opposite reaction – they becomes frustrated and their blood pressure probably rises. Crafting to me is a life long hobby.  I am so happy for everyone that is trying to create something new.  The personal satisfaction is amazing even if the first one doesn’t turn out perfectly – you did it and the next one will always be better.  Yeah!

Random Reflections

         Last weekend I drove through the east side of St. Charles and came upon a beautiful house. In some way it reminds me of New Orleans.  The beautiful porches and balconies took my breath away.  I can just see it in the summer with huge ferns hanging between the posts.  It has such a welcoming look about it.  I wonder what the rooms are like.  Are they small and formal or have current owners changed them to the open concept?  It is so close to Pottawatomie that its proximity to town and the river walk makes it a dream location.  When you have a second, drive down to 2nd and Fulton Ave. and take a look at this beauty.

Wants and Wishes
         I am currently driving a burgundy colored 2001 Ford Van.  I love this car.  It is comfortable and big enough for me to have a dog crate or school cart in the backseat. The seats are so comfy that it is like driving while sitting on a couch.  But the time is coming for the two of us to part ways. She will be going to the big car lot in the sky, as I need to go into retirement with a brand stinking new vehicle.
         I have always kept my cars until they have outlived their usefulness. My last car was a Honda CRX, a two-seater, which I had for 13 years. It was a fabulous car, but the rust had actually eaten through the side and a person could put an arm through the hole.
         The new dream car will be the Ford Flex. It is like a boxy looking station wagon. I need a vehicle large enough to hold a dog crate and this one seems to fit the bill. I fell in love with the Flex because the interior is plush and it has three large skylights (one per section). This vehicle is pretty pricey, but I hope that since my driving will be greatly reduced, this one will last more than my usual 13 – 14 years.  Imagine that!  I have already shown this car earlier in the week but I am sure you are going to want to view it again!

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