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 

I’m still here….really, I am! And…the importance of resting!

I’m still here. Really, I am!

Here’s a great article from Becoming Minimalist on the importance of rest. I thing Sunday afternoon naps are great! The one I had this afternoon wasn’t too bad either. 🙂

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/resting/

Do you get enough rest? Whether it’s sleeping enough hours at night (no, I don’t think two hours is enough) or setting aside time daily or weekly for some quiet, restful time is so important – for our physical AND mental health. And I have found that you can’t make up for LOST rest by sleeping late one day or taking a long nap on Sunday afternoon. You have to add rest daily if at all possible.

I hope that you’ll try and work some rest into your days…a little at a time. Even five minutes of quiet in the middle of a hectic day can be beneficial. (This is my completely non-professional opinion.) With little ones, it’s hard. I remember. I used to hide in the bathroom with the fan on when my hubby got home. Sat on the edge of the tub and took some deep, soothing breaths. 🙂 I still do that sometimes. It’s a great hiding place, but you do need someone to distract little ones because they do not care why you are in the bathroom; they just NEED to be there with you.

Once my kids got old enough to fend for themselves for a while, my Sunday afternoon nap because sacred. That day of rest became real. Now that I work at church on Sunday mornings, that nap is a necessity. For. Real.

So whether it’s a five-minute reprieve sitting on the edge of the tub, an afternoon nap, or – most importantly – getting enough sleep at night on a regular basis, do it for yourself. You deserve it. Do it for those around you. I know I can be scary when I get overtired. Surely I’m not the only one.

So I’m off to Alabama for the weekend for a visit with extended family. Since I worked out at the gym today and focused on my arms, I might actually have to let my son drive. (Insert frightened face on Mom here.) Yikes!

Have a safe and restful weekend!

Lynne 🙂

Today in my neck of the woods…

56 degrees and a little rainy this morning for our 5K. Glad I didn’t pick today for my first half! Admire those who are running it, though.

I think that I’ll run, come home, take a hot shower, and get back in my pajamas and drink coffee. Put some soup on in the crock pot. And a nap will definitely be in order!
Y’all have a great Saturday! 

Lynne

Good morning!

Good morning!

It’s supposed to be a beautiful day here! I hope you are able to get out and enjoy it if you are blessed with good weather today. (That’s not to say I’ll skip my Sunday nap. I need it after my morning with preschool kiddos.) 🙂

I will be posting a weekly challenge for organizing your kitchens tomorrow. We are also embarking on a new way of eating tomorrow so there will be lots of new recipes tried this week. I’ll let you know how they are – and share if they’re good. I’ll also let you know if dear hubby survives!

Have a blessed and beautiful day!

Lynne

Happy Sunday!

Good morning!

As I drank my coffee this morning, I did my early morning devotional. This is what I learned.

God is beautiful. He created beauty: beaches, mountains, sunrises, sunsets, clouds…all of it. He is beauty and he created beauty for us to enjoy.

He also created each of us to be creative in some way – to be beautifiers. God is also a God of order. So when we created beautiful, organized, peaceful sanctuaries in our homes, it is God-honoring if it’s not done in a prideful way. Our home and our lives should point to God, not to self.

This really spoke to my little organizing heart. When I beautify my home, I do it so that it’s a place to come home to and feel comfort and love. When I organize, I do it so that there’s less stress and frustration – and thus, more joy.

I just wanted to share that with all of you. Maybe it will speak to you as well as we spend time “together” organizing and beautifying our homes.

I pray that you have a joy-filled, peaceful and relaxing day.

Lynne

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Health & Fitness Challenge, Part 3 (I think)

Hi, all!

Hope you had a good weekend and a great Monday!

It’s been rainy for the last couple of days around here…makes me want to be lazy…sadly, that hasn’t happened yet. I’m hoping for a chance on Wednesday. 🙂

My challenge to you this week is get yourself a journal (or notebook of some sort) and start writing down what you eat every day. This is piggy backing (probably shouldn’t have used the word “piggy”) on the last two weeks’ challenges: exercising and resting. This is just step number 3 in our quest for better health.

AND find someone you can share the journal with. Someone who can look at it and see what you’ve been up to food-wise. Knowing that someone is going to see what you’re eating makes you a little less likely to scarf down that candy bar. For me, at least, that’s a motivator.

So here’s what we have so far in what is, I guess, a lifestyle change/fitness challenge.

1. Get some exercise 6 days a week.
2. Get some rest during the day and get enough sleep at night.
3. Keep a food journal/diary.
4. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.
5. Trade unhealthy snacks for healthier, whole food – REAL food – choices.

I had to go to the funeral home tonight and after throwing several outfits on the bed because they have gotten too tight in the last couple of months, I have really gotten motivated to up the exercise ante.

So let’s get to it, shall we?

Lynne

P.S. Another good thing to do is to take “before” weights and measurements. If you can get your body fat percentage checked, do that, too. And you know I’m a fan of “before” pics.