Hello! What’s up? Plus…Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin/Chops

Howdy!

Long time, no post…I know. I wax experiencing technical difficulties. I think I have it figured out now.

Today, I have two Crock Pots going using the recipe below. I have a tenderloin in one and chops in the other. One is for us and one is to share.

Here’s the recipe:

FYI:  I LOVE my Crock-Pot Slow Cookers! 

  • 3-4 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 1⁄2 medium onion thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 3⁄4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1⁄4 cup white wine
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup water

Pour water into bottom of slow cooker. Place tenderloin in cooker; lay sliced onions on top. Mix together remaining ingredients in bowl and pour over meat. Cook on low for 7-8 hours.
To be served tonight with mashed potatoes, sautéed zucchini and yellow squash, and yeast rolls. 
The house is smelling good!

I also got my sheets washed and out on the clothesline this morning. I love the smell of freshly air-dried sheets! ❤️ Unfortunately, they didn’t get completely dry before the thunder started, but hopefully they were out there long enough to get the good smell!


And right now, I’m doing some front porch sittin’ while it’s not quite as hot as it has been this week. 


(Pardon those knees!)

But my time is about up because I’ve got to get the rest of supper cooked so it can be delivered.

Y’all have a great evening! 

Lynne 

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Planning, Laundry, Menus

Happy Friday!
We are going to do some challenges next week – one small one each day. Yay!

For today (and/or tomorrow, wash everyone’s sheets and give everyone in your family some nice fresh sheets to fall asleep on tonight. (Plus, we’re getting this one out of the way before next week.)

If you can hang them on the clothesline, all the better. One of my favorite smells is clothesline-fresh sheets. Ahh!

Also, if you aren’t a meal planner, plan three easy meals for dinners next week. Here’s what’s on my plan:

Monday: Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Tuesday: Tacos, Refried Beans, Mexican Rice

Wednesday: Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches, Steak Fries

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Baked Potato and Salad “Bars”

Saturday: BBQ Sandwiches, Baked Beans, Roasted Veggies

I’ll post links to these recipes in the comments when I get home to my computer. (I’m on the road right now. Not driving!)

Y’all have a great weekend! Get those sheets washed! 🙂

Lynne 

Why a “Schedule” Works for Me

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Schedules work for me. Having a schedule is how I survived working full-time with two toddlers at home. Schedules kept me sane when I homeschooled for ten years. Schedules give me a sense of control or focus for my days. The dictionary defines “schedule” as follows:

noun
1. a plan of procedure, usually written, for a proposed objective, especially with reference to the sequence of and time allotted for each item or operation necessary to its completion.
2. a series of things to be done or of events to occur at or during  particular time or period.
3. a timetable.
Please know that having a schedule does not mean being inflexible. Things come up. Life happens. Schedules get interrupted. That’s okay. I like a combination of the above definitions.
1. I like to have it written down.
2. I like to know what needs to be done when.
3. I like setting a timetable but knowing that that’s where the flexibility really comes into play.
When I worked full-time, clearly I had less flexibility. When I homeschooled, there was a little more flexibility but still things had to be done in a timely manner. Now that both kids are grown and much of my day is wide open, without a schedule or plan I could very easily lose myself in a good book and a pot of coffee and never accomplish anything. At all. Zilch. Nada.
“Oh! Is is dinnertime already?”
“What? You need your work clothes tomorrow morning?”
“I have no idea what I did today.”
Now that I’m a relatively free woman, here is how I schedule or plan my days. Again, this is not set in stone. But having a general idea of what should be done and when is freeing rather than restricting. And when my “to do” list for the day is done, it’s done. And when I write my “to do” list, I try to limit it to five things in a day…and only one can be a BIG thing if at all possible.
Here is how my weeks usually look:
Mondays-Fridays (early mornings)
5:30 – Rise and shine (The shining only comes AFTER coffee). My coffee pot is on a timer so that I can smell the coffee when my alarm goes off. Otherwise, my brain doesn’t understand why it should get my body up. 🙂
Between 5:30 and 6:30 when I meet my friend to run, I throw a load of laundry in and do my morning devotion and drink coffee. After running, I come home and eat breakfast. Then I hang out the laundry (or put it in the dryer depending on the weather); put dinner in the crock pot if that’s planned (or put meat to thaw in refrigerator if that’s the plan). If I’m going to work (Tuesdays), I shower in the morning. If I’m going to be home doing chores and such, I wait until chores are done.
My mornings will then consist of daily chores (listed below),  gardening, or work (some work gets done at home), and blogging (I’ve been a real slacker about this lately). After lunch, I try to get a one hour nap (or at least be still and quiet), then read for a while and have a cup or two of coffee. Folding laundry is followed by dinner prep. Dinner is followed by kitchen clean up (my least favorite thing).
I have a laundry schedule, too. Here it is:
Mondays – whites
Tuesdays – towels and underwear
Wednesdays – darks
Thursday – delicates
Fridays – sheets
I don’t do laundry on the weekends unless hubby needs work clothes. (Facing piles of laundry on Saturdays when I was a working mom was the main reason I came up with my first schedule!)
And I have a general chore schedule. (Truth: If you saw the pollen/dust in my house right now, you might think I never clean. Did you know that you can dust and vacuum and then open a window to enjoy a cool breeze and the pollen obliterates any proof that your house has ever been clean??? Also, it’s spring break for everyone else, so why not me?
Mondays – Clean kitchen top to bottom
Tuesdays – Work (no chores except laundry)
Wednesdays – Clean bathrooms; tidy up dining room; plan blog posts (Must get better at this one!)
Thursdays – Dust, vacuum and mop; menu plan for coming week
Fridays – General walk through/straighten kind of day; grocer shop after run (Pleasant for others, I’m sure.)
Every morning – Make the bed
Every evening – Do a 5-minute walk through downstairs before bed, straightening as I go so that I don’t awaken to a mess in the morning.
Saturdays are rest days since Sunday is a work day for me. I just piddle around the house and yard, read, etc. Sometimes I’ll work on a bigger project if I need to, but that’s not the norm. Sundays are definitely napping days! And my HOME group (small group) meets on Sunday afternoons. I almost always have a slow cooker meal going on Sunday morning before I head to church (also my work place).
Evenings are for relaxing, reading, watching television, etc. And I need to be better at putting down my book at a reasonable hour so that 5:30 a.m. doesn’t hurt so much!
So…whether you’re a working or stay at home; whether you have kids or don’t…schedules give some structure to your days. For me, that is important.
If you need help making out a weekly schedule for chores, laundry, etc., just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to help you with your particular situation. 🙂
Have a blessed Wednesday! I’ve got to get to those bathrooms! Yay!
Lynne

Schedules and Routines

Hi, all!

I must apologize for the sporadic blogging lately! It has been a very busy couple of weeks and – honestly – I’ve been too tired to get to it most days. I’m still waiting for my Easter nap. I know I’ll get it one day! 🙂

That being said, having a schedule or routine (whichever you want to call it) for my day certainly has helped keep me mostly on track with things at home. Menu planning helps tremendously as well. So I thought I’d share my basic weekly schedule with you. Keep in mind that this is just a goal. Some days it’s just a dream. We all have those days and that’s okay. But having a regular schedule/routine can keep you from falling so far behind that you feel you can’t catch up. Everyone’s schedule/routine will look different, of course. It depends on so many things: kids, work, kids, work. 🙂

Anyway, here it is.

Every morning I get up and have my coffee and do my devotional first thing. What a great way to start your day! I walk or run 2-3 times a week and do yoga on Friday mornings. Gotta take care of yourself!

Mondays

  • Work: 9:00 – 2:00
  • Laundry: whites
  • Kitchen: Empty out leftovers

Dinner is usually something in the crock pot since it’s a work day.

Tuesdays

  • Work: 9:00 – 2:00
  • Laundry: towels
  • Kitchen: Clean counter tops and wipe down all knobs and handles on cabinets and appliances; sweep and mop.
  • Clean bathrooms.

Wednesdays

  • Laundry: dark clothes (jeans, t-shirts, etc.)
  • Living Room: vacuum and dust
  • Menu plan for next week.

Thursdays

  • Laundry: delicates
  • Vacuum and mop downstairs floors.
  • Pay bills and balance checkbook.

Friday

  • Laundry: sheets, work clothes for hubby if needed
  • General “straightening up” in the downstairs and light cleaning as needed.
  • Grocery shop (Least. Favorite. Thing.)

Saturday

  • Rest up for Sunday.
  • No housework if possible.

Sunday

  • Work: 7:30 – 12:30
  • NAP!!
  • HOME group every other week

Every night before going to bed, I take a few minutes (just 5-10) to prep my coffee pot for the morning and “pick up” the living room and kitchen so I don’t have to wake up to a mess. I’ll also wash up any dishes in the sink if needed.

Since I enjoy gardening and yard work, neither is on the “chore” list. I do those when I can or when I need to. Every day includes time to sit down and have coffee and I always read for about 30 minutes before going to sleep.

So that’s how my weeks usually go. Take some time this week to look at your days and see where you can streamline your days and spread out your housework over the week so you don’t have to spend your days off tackling a giant pile of laundry or cleaning the entire weekend. Where’s the fun in that?

Y’all have a great week!

Blessings,
Lynne