Cozy Rosemary Pork Stew For Two

 

IMG_3572A little while back my sister and fam had gone on vacation for fall break and so I had the house all to myself for a few days.  And I don’t know about you but I can tend to not want to cook very extensive meals when it comes to just me and Liza eating, but this day I was inspired by my new little mini crock pot to make something yummy.  And since I had just bought some amazing local pork chops from the Rutherford County Farmers Market and it was a little dreary outside, a cozy pork stew sounded amazing!

So I really just wanted to share this simple recipe option for when it’s just you and one other.. and it really is pretty easy and not a lot of mess cause it takes just one pan.  Oh… and if it’s you and one other and some more others.. then you could easily just double or triple the recipe to make it family style!


Ingredients

2 thick cut pork chops

1/4 cup flour

1/2- 1 teaspoon salt to taste

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 large potato

1 large carrot

1/2 an onion

2 stems each fresh oregano and rosemary (use 1/2 tsp dried oregano and 1 tsp dried rosemary if you don’t have fresh on hand)

2 Tablespoons oil of your choice (I used butter)

1 cup beef broth (or 1 cup water with 1 cube boullion)


Directions

  • Place pork chops in a dish to season and flour.
  • Coat evenly on both sides with salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Then coat with flour
  • Roughly chop potato, carrots, onion, and garlic
  • Heat oil in a large skillet.. my fav skillet is my cast iron!
  • Place pork chops into medium/hot oil and let brown on both sides.. about 2 min each side. You’re not cooking them through just browning the outside.
  • Place chops in your crock pot.. I used my new cute little new crock.. perfect for a meal for two:) But you can use a larger one too.. whatever you have.
  • In the same pan and same oil add your onions and carrots, sauté for a couple minutes and then add garlic, potatoes and herbs.  Sauté another couple minutes.
  • Then add cup of broth or boulion water.. you can really use chicken or beef broth it will taste great either way
  • Bring to a boil and scrap all the yummy bits off the bottom of pan
  • Pour all into the crock pot
  • Cover with lid and let cook on high for about 4-5 hours or on low for 6-8 hours
  • Then enjoy the deliciousness!!

 

A perfect cozy meal for two.. you can serve with rolls or toast, or add a dollop of sour cream and extra herbs if you like.  This is so versatile too.. use whatever you have available in the fridge with the same process.. chicken. beef, routabega, cabbage, beans.. endless possibilities and it will almost always be super yummy!!

Thankful

November of course is a time of changing weather, cozy decor, good food, and gathering with the ones closest to us.  With thanksgiving coming up — so quickly the time sneaks up on us, doesn’t it?– I and I’m sure so many others begin to reflect on what to be thankful for.  I was looking back through my journal and came across this quote that I had written down, and it once again spoke to me and reminded me to be proud of who I am today and to not look back in regret of what life has thrown my way, but to embrace it and be thankful in every aspect of who it has made me today.

To be grateful for the good things that happen in our lives is easy, but to be grateful for all of our lives – the good as well as the bad, the moments of sorrow, the successes as well as the failures, the rewards as well as the rejections – that requires hard spiritual work.

Still, we are only grateful people when we say thank you to all that has brought us to the present moment.  As long as we keep dividing our lives between events and people we would like to remember and those we would rather forget, we cannot claim the fulness of our being as a gift of God to be grateful for. 

Let’s not be afraid to look at everything that has brought us to where we are now and trust that we will soon see in it the guiding hand of a loving God.

–Henri Nouwen

In the commotion of my daily living as a single mom, living on the farm, and pursuing my dreams, I tend to get caught up in the whirlwind that I’m in right now.  And as much as it would be easy to go back to the life I had, and in the moment thought was good, I reflect now and see how even more amazing God new it could be for me.  I am so thankful for what I have now, even though people may think I’m crazy for living with my sister and brother n law and four kids, starting a farm and having dreams and visions of what my life will be.  My past has brought me to where I am today and I will not regret!  Wow.. that kinda feels amazing to say out loud:)

I encourage you in where you are now in life to reflect.. where would you be without the challenges and  turmoil in your life.. would you be the same person you are today??  I know I would not have the most amazing gift of my daughter Liza..  I would not have this precious time to spend as an Aunt and sister in this full house.. I would not have the strength in my faith, and identity, and becoming a woman I am proud of my daughter looking up to. . I would not know the depths of my friendships or my family and how important they are to me.

I am thankful.. I am so thankful for it all.. period!

Why Am I So Exhausted?!

I worked my butt off when I was working full time in retail.  Got up super early to get myself ready and Liza ready, ran around like crazy at work, listened and solved problems all day, changed the whole store around, and then came home smiled, got down on the floor, played with Liza, put her to bed (if she wasn’t already asleep if I was working late), wake up in the middle of the night to her needing a feeding or just crying, and then wake up early to start it all over again.  I was exhausted during that time.. but now, I feel like I’m even more exhausted now that I’m a stay at home mom.  Shouldn’t I be more rested now? Have more energy?   Nope!    EXHAUSTED!

Who knew just being a mom was so hard?!  Well, the problem is, like so many of us know, is the just in that statement is hardly just!  No matter if you are a working mom, stay at home mom, single mom, married mom.. it is so hard being a mom.  And of course, it is worth it but sometimes Continue reading

Busy on the Farm

The farm is starting to feel more and more like an actual farm now.. its so exciting!!  It’s been two months now since the move but it seems like it’s been longer.. and I think it looks like it has too.

Let me introduce you to all the newbies on the farm!!

Our new Nigerian Dwarf goats! They are so fun and sweet.  Rosie is hopefully pregnant and due sometime in winter.  Daisy has been a mommy before and when we got her the owner had never milked her but a couple days after getting her home the poor things utters were so swollen and so we researched how to milk a goat and.. we milked a goat!! Fun experience and the milk tasted amazing.. no goatiness like you normally taste in the store bought stuff!  She’s officially dried up now but so excited for after her and Rosie have babies to be getting fresh goats milk all the time!  And Baby Girl is so cute.. the original owner did not get to spend much time with her so she’s a little skidish around us but she’s slowly warming up to us the more we are around her.

 

And here’s Tommy!! We were originally not planning on getting a buck because they can be pretty hard to keep in a fence, but after getting the does we wanted to be able to breed them without having to take them somewhere so when Tommy came up on craigslist Mitsi jumped on the opportunity.  He’s a Nubian Dwarf Nigerian cross.. which means he will produce offspring that are smaller like nigerians but have heavier milk supply like Nubians. We’ll see what happens.  The first morning after having him he broke down the fence we had him to separate him from the does.  Paul started putting up an electric fence to keep him in, but he seems to be doing fine for now just being with the does.. he just needs his ladies around him I guess:)

 

And we have many, many new chickens.  We have the 12 older chickens that we got shortly after moving and then we have 15 egg layer chicks that are really like teeny boppers now.. you can see one of them in the pick below with Rosie.  They’re really fun and Liza loves to play with them.  And then we have 15 other teeny bopper chicks that we are trying not to get too attached to because they will be dinner soon.. poor things:(  And then we just got another 25 baby chicks.. so fluffy!

 

And we finally got the back field bush hogged.. so now we can get to work on tilling and getting ready for spring planting!!

This has been such an adventure already and it’s only been two months! What do you think will come next?! Your guess is as good as mine.. can’t wait!!

Healthy But Not, Apple Blueberry Muffins

So yummy!!

I mean, lets face it.. there is really no healthy muffin that tastes really good, at least not without giving it a taste handicap because it is healthy for you, right?!  So this is my version of a healthy muffin but really its not that healthy.. however they are amazingly good, and you can kindof feel a little guilt free since they have carrots, apples and blueberries in them, and a little less sugar than your typical muffin.  These are great for an on the go breakfast or snack that will keep you going for awhile and my favorite is to enjoy it with a cup of coffee.  But I also love these as a great gift to bring to new mommies.. we all know how hungry new mommies get while taking care of and feeding their newborns, and these are the perfect snack to keep her going and to conquer that sweet tooth as well.. especially after that middle of the night baby feeding when you are starving but have no energy what so ever to pull something together.  Try it.. and you tell me if its too good to be healthy or not?! Continue reading

Real Deal Monkey Bread with Maple Cream Cheese Icing

Mmmmmmmmmm!

Mmmmmmmmmm!

I love monkey bread!! My mom used to make it all the time growing up as a special treat especially on Saturday mornings while we would be watching Smurfs with my Dad.  Typically monkey bread is made with canned biscuit dough and it is so good, even though I hate the thought of what is in those store bought biscuits.  I honestly doubted my sister when she said she wanted to try making it with her biscuit dough recipe instead.  I just didn’t think the texture would come out right.. but to my surprise it turned out to be so amazingly decadent.  Each piece just melted in your mouth.. it was almost like eating chunks of really amazing cake donut coated in buttery cinnamon sugary goodness.  I think the dough recipe actually would make really great donuts if you fried it.. I’m gonna have to try that soon!  Anyway, I hope you try this and give me your thoughts on it!!  It’s a great kid pleaser, or guest will love you if they wake up to this treat in the morning. Continue reading

Ambushed Chickens

Who knew that moving was so hard?! Oh yea.. everyone knows!

We’ve been on the farm for almost a month now and still trying to settle in..  but there’s so much stuff!! Between Mitsi’s and my kitchen additions we have double and some triple of every kitchen appliance and gadget you could ever want.. although I’m sure we will still find a way to buy new gadgets.  But so so much stuff.. it seems like we will never get through the madness of boxes.  But, all is gong well with the merging of everyone and everything.  However, not so much for the chickens though..

IMG_2756The morning after moving in was a sad, sad day. I step out the back door on my way to take the dogs for a walk around the property and I hear chickens scuffling and squaking, and I look pass the trees to see whats happening and I see a black dog chasing the chickens. I run faster than I have run in a long time and as I get there the dog has her teeth in one of the chickens.. I charge through the fence yelling and clapping my hands and finally get to the dog and throw myself at her, my hands pushing her neck down to the ground. I drag her by the neck out of the fence and then scare her off through the front of the property. I run back to the chickens.. Continue reading