Pork Chops

Since I haven’t felt like cooking much,
(I’ve been sick…)

but not wanting to eat something from a can,
I decided to try a simple recipe I saw last week
on Food Network by Trisha Yearwood.

Here’s the link to that page:

I made a few changes and loved how it turned out!

It’s an easy recipe with simple ingredients
(which is why I wanted to try it).

I added a few ingredients to the recipe
and changed a few of the measurements.

The most important thing to remember is:
THICK-CUT pork chops.  Thin-cut would dry out.

I added 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the butter
when I was “sauteing” the rice in the pan.
That insured that I wouldn’t burn the butter
and I like the flavor the olive oil gives to the rice.



Instead of one cup of rice, I used 1 1/2 cups.

I also added green onions for flavor.
I sprinkled them over the rice just before adding the beef broth.


Instead of using a can, I used the carton of beef broth.
I think it tastes a lot better.

I also increased the broth to 3 cups
because of the change in the amount of rice.


I seasoned the pork chops with a sprinkle of garlic powder,
onion powder, salt & pepper.
I placed some onion slices on top
and covered the entire dish with aluminum foil.

My oven isn’t working properly, so after 45 minutes at 350,
I increased the temperature to 375 and left it in for another 15 min.

It was perfect.  The rice was not dry and not too wet.
The pork chops were cooked but not tough.


I wanted a nice sear on the pork chops so I placed them
in a hot cast iron skillet for just a few minutes.

It was the final touch they needed.
They lost the “white, roasted” look
and now looked crispy and delicious.


I steamed some broccoli to round out the meal.

I also added some fresh lemon wedges to sqeeze right over
the pork chops.  It was amazing the difference!  It brought out all the flavors.


My husband thought it was delicious.

I can’t wait to try this recipe using chicken.  I think it’ll be great.

It was wonderful to have a home-cooked meal
with minimal effort.
Since I haven’t been feeling well, an easy recipe was the way to go.

I will be adding this recipe in my new “tried-and-true” file.
It’s nice to have something new to make for friends & family.  :)

Happy cooking,


Easter 2015

I’ve been sick for over a week and haven’t been able to do much, but…

I can not let today go by without posting.

It is the reason why there exists hope
The reason why we can go on in the midst of trials,
grief, hard times.

He lives.


The angel said to the women,
“Do not be afraid;
for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified.
He is not here,
for He has risen,
just as He said.
Come, see the place where He was lying. ”
Matt. 28:5-7



I don’t know if you’ve seen this before,
but it’s one of my favorites from way back.
If you haven’t seen it,
you’re in for a treat.

A blessed Easter to you all,


Yesterday, my son and his wife had a little baby girl…



We are all so blessed,

so thankful,

so grateful.



What a wonder!




She is so beautiful!

What a miracle!


More pictures to come…
(I’m a grandmother now, so that comes with the territory!)
These are all cell-phone photos,
but I can’t wait to have a “real” photo shoot with her!
Won’t that be fun?!?!!  :)




Fear thou not;
for I am with thee:
be not dismayed;
for I am thy God:
I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee;
yea, I will uphold thee
with the right hand of my righteousness.
Isaiah 41:10

Have a blessed Sunday,


Roast Chicken

There area many ways to roast chicken.

This is one way…




First, I wash and cut potatoes, carrots, and onions
and place them in a foil-lined pan.





Then I split the chicken in half, down the breast side.
This is important if you want that tasty, crispy skin.
I place it right on top of the potatoes/onions/carrots.
I season the chicken with lemon, salt, pepper, cumin, garlic & onion powder, and oregano.



Then I put it in a 350 degree oven for about one hour and 15 min.
Times vary, depending on your oven,
but the key is to leave it long enough for the skin to get extra crispy.
If you take it out too soon, you will be very disappointed.
So will your family.
So will I.



The onions and potatoes will get a wonderful toasty exterior
that you won’t want to miss.



Yes, sir!
The juices in the pan are fantastic poured over rice.



The wings are delicious because they’ll be crunchy and delicious.



This is a simple meal that I make when I’m doing something
and can’t be standing over the stove for a length of time.

You just put it in the oven
and forget about it until the timer goes off.

As you can see, I like to serve it with black beans and rice.

Give it a try.
You’ll be glad you did.
So will your family.
So will I.

Happy cooking,


Quilt Show

I recently went to a Quilt Show with my daughter.

It was so much fun!

There were lots of fun things to look at.
This cute pin cushion was just one of many different kinds.


There were lots of small quilts and wall hangings.
Some whimsical, some traditional, some modern.



I just had to take a picture of the sign above the doorway into this room…

Did you see the name??



There were vendors and quilt stores selling so many beautiful quilts and fabrics.



I just loved the above quilt hanging.
I had to stare at this one for a while.


Lots of quilt stores had brought baskets full of goodies for the raffle tickets,
and there were many tables with these baskets for all of us to ooh & ahh over.

For a total of $3, you got 25 raffle tickets to put in the slots in front on your favorite quilt baskets.  Unfortunately, I didn’t win any.

Maybe next time?


The display area was huge and there were many beautiful quilts to admire.
It wasn’t easy taking pictures because there were a lot of people doing the same things we were doing!  Ha!




I thought this quilt with the birds was so cute!



This quilt (below) won the award for Best In Show.
It truly is a work of art.

We got so many ideas and felt so inspired after being there.


I was able to buy two little charm packs (42 squares, 5″ each).

This one (below) is called Whitewashed Cottage:

It’s a beautiful collection of soft pinks, yellows, greys, and blues.



The other one is called Miss Kate
and is a combination of bright colors & cheery fabrics:



Just looking at the fabrics makes me smile.


Can’t wait to make something pretty with them :)

Have a blessed week!


Growing up, I must’ve had this sandwich more times than I can remember.

I’ve made it for my kids countless times, and it’s one of their favorite meal choices whenever they come home to visit, or when I am visiting them.



It’s easy, quick, and very delicious!
It feels more like a comforting meal than
just a “sandwich”.



Here’s how I make it:
First, I brown some ground beef
with Sofrito.  For that recipe, just click here.

I also add 2 bay leaves.

Once the ground beef begins to brown,

I add a small can of tomato sauce or tomato paste.




Once it’s cooked, I add a small jar of stuffed green olives.
This is my kids’ favorite part, I think.




While the beef is cooking, I prepare the sandwiches.
It’s almost impossible to find cuban bread where I live.
But if you can find it… Wow.  It’ll make this so much better.
I use the softest french bread I can find.
Stay away from anything too dense.

First I spread mayo on one side, and put some
sliced roma tomatoes sprinkled with salt
on the other side.




After the meat is cooked, I cover it
and let it sit for about 5 minutes.

Then I load up the bread with a mound of picadillo.



Oh yes, this would definitely be on my list
of “Comfort Food”.
It’s so delicious.

If you try it,
you won’t be disappointed.

Happy cooking,



Pan Con Picadillo

1 lb   ground beef (or ground turkey)
1/4 c   sofrito
Salt to taste (about 1 tsp)
2   bay leaves
1  small can of tomato sauce OR tomato paste
(I use the roasted garlic flavored)
1 tsp  sugar
1 small jar of red pepper-stuffed green olives, DRAINED
For the sandwich: mayo, tomatoes, cuban bread or the closest thing to it

In a large skillet, brown ground beef with sofrito, salt, and bay leaves.
Add tomato sauce/paste when beef is halfway done.  Cover and simmer
for about 5-7 mins on medium.  Add sugar, olives, and stir to make sure
everything is combined.  Cover and cook for 2-3 mins.
Enjoy on a sandwich, or…
it’s also delicious with white rice and black beans!


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