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Creamy and Savory Ranch Pork Chops

Sorry I haven’t been posting anything in a few weeks. I got sidetracked, but I am finally back to what I love best. I hope everyone had a great Christmas and have a prosperous new year. What are some goals for the new year? Two of my goals are to eat healthier and become a better blogger. Thank you so much for your support and patience!

To kick things off on my blog in 2018 I chose to cook this Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops. My grandparents and Aunt came over so they got the first taste and smell of my yummy pork chops. My grandfather (He’s also known as Big Daddy) has had some health issues so I’m hoping just the smell of my chops strengthened him and brightened his spirits. I wish they could’ve stayed a little longer.

My family enjoyed these Creamy Ranch Pork Chops. Oh and get this there’s no packet seasoning. You get to make your own. It’s the easiest slow cooker pork recipe, made from scratch! A family favorite!

Slow Cooker Creamy Ranch Pork Chops

Ingredients

4-6 Pork Chops bone in or boneless will work

1 10.5 oz can cream of mushroom soup

1 10.5 oz can cream of chicken soup

1 cup milk

2 chicken bullion cubes crushed (or 2 tsp bullion paste)

2 Tbsp dried parsley

1/2  tsp dried dill

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp pepper

Directions

1. Lightly grease your slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place pork your chops on the bottom. Combine together the remaining ingredients and pour over the pork chops. Cook on LOW for six-seven hours or on HIGH for three-four hours. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice.

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All year round breakfast casserole

This Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole is packed with your morning favorites. Easily prepared the night before, this is sure to become a family favorite. You can have for Breakfast or dinner all year round. Why not start this Christmas by preparing it the night before, cover tightly and let it chill overnight in the fridge. Then on Christmas morning heat and serve.

Bacon and Egg Breakfast Casserole

INGREDIENTS

7 large eggs, lightly beaten

12 oz can evaporated milk

1 tsp kosher salt

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp garlic powder

16 oz Oda Ida plain refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes

½ C chopped green bell pepper

½ C bacon pieces, divided

¼ C thinly sliced green onions, divided

1 C sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease an 8X8 baking dish. Set aside.

1. In a large bowl, gently stir together the eggs, evaporated milk, kosher salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder until well combined. Set aside.

2. Evenly spread the hash brown potatoes onto the previously prepared baking dish. Evenly sprinkle bell peppers on top. Layer with half of the bacon pieces, followed by half of the green onions. Spread shredded cheddar evenly on top, followed by remaining bacon and remaining green onions.

3. Pour egg mixture over entire dish. Bake uncovered for forty-fifty minutes or until top is golden brown and puffy set. Let rest at room temp for five-ten minutes before serving. Leftovers can be chilled and reheated nicely.

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Sweet Tooth Craze

Have a sweet tooth? Satisfy it with this luscious Brownie Batter Puppy Chow. It would make an excellent snack for sleepovers and movie nights. It too is an essential for parties, holidays, game nights and is a great Christmas gift idea.

Brownie Batter Puppy Chow

Ingredients

4-6 C Chex cereal (I used rice)

1 C chocolate chips

1/2 C creamy peanut butter

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 C brownie mix

Directions

1. Melt chocolate chips in microwave. Start with thirty seconds, then stir and return to microwave in fifteen second intervals being sure to stir between each until the chocolate is smooth. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until completely combined.

2. Fold in cereal until well coated. Place in a gallon zip topped bag with the brownie mix and shake until coated. Allow to set up before serving.

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Releasing Your Inner Cowboy

This crockpot cowboy casserole will undoubtedly assist you in releasing the inner Cowboy in you. As it has potatoes, beans, pork, and Rotel tomatoes with green chilis. Not to mention it’s an incredibly tasty and family-friendly meal that everyone will love! No, you don’t have to a cowboy to eat this dish.

Crockpot Cowboy Casserole

Ingredients:

1 white onion, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

2 lbs ground pork

6 medium Red potatoes, cut into small cubes

1 can Goya red kidney beans

1 can Rotel diced tomatoes w. Green chilis

¼ C water

1/2 tsp Salt

1/2 tsp pepper

4 oz shredded cheddar cheese

Directions:

1. Preheat a large deep skillet over medium high heat and pour two tablespoons of olive oil into the skillet. Add the ground pork, onion and garlic. Season with salt and pepper. Drain the fat.

2. Layer potatoes on the bottom of 6-quart crockpot. Add the cooked sausage mixture, beans, and tomatoes. Pour water into the crockpot. Cover and Cook on low for seven-eight hours

3. Sprinkle shredded cheese in the last fifteen minutes, cover crock, and serve after cheese melted.

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Hearty Slow Cooker Beef Stew

This hearty beef stew recipe would make an excellent dinner for a cold winter evening. The preparation is so easy and quick that you won’t even realize you prepared it yourself. Don’t believe me on the quickness? Ha, I can prove it to you right now. All you have to do is throw everything into your slow cooker (including potatoes), simmer, and serve. After finishing with the preparation, your mind will be blown away by how fast and easy it all came together!

Slow Cooker Irish Beef Stew

INGREDIENTS

1 lb lean beef stew meat

1/4 tsp coarse salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 Tbsp olive oil

2 Tbsp flour

1 C peas

3 cloves garlic, minced

4 large yukon golden potatoes, peeled and largely diced

2 large carrots, peeled and diced into 1 inch pieces

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 Tbsp tomato paste

2 1/2 C beef broth

1/4 C beer (I recommend using Guinness)

Directions

1. Sprinkle stew meat with salt and toss till well combined. Using a fork, prick the meat in multiple places to tenderize. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour, but ideally, refrigerate overnight.

2. Toss the meat with flour. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil and then sear meat until browned on the outside.

3. While the meat is browning, mix together tomato paste, soy sauce, beef stock (use more if you like it soupier than stewy) and Guinness & red wine (if using) in the slow cooker.

4. Transfer the meat (browned or not) to slow cooker. Add garlic, onions, carrots, potatoes, bay leaves, and black pepper. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hours or high three to four hours until meat is falling apart and tender.

Court’s Cooking Notes: If using peas, microwave for one minute and then stir them into the stew. Remove bay leaves. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Adapted from Aberdeen’s Kitchen

Sugar & Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes

I found a bunch of chopped up sweet potatoes in my fridge from Thanksgiving that I knew I had to cook before they went bad. So I looked up on my go-to website Pinterest to look for an easy and tasty sweet potato recipe.

Not surprisingly it didn’t take me long to find one. I spotted this Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potato recipe. They are roasted with brown sugar, cinnamon, butter, and a little cayenne pepper for a kick. It’s the perfect side dish recipe for supper or Christmas gatherings. Easy to throw together and delicious!

Brown Sugar Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients

4 Tbsp unsalted butter melted

2 Tbsp light brown sugar packed

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

2 large sweet potatoes peeled and cut into 1/2 inch cubes

Directions

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

1. Melt the butter in a microwave safe bowl. Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne pepper into the butter.

3. Spread the potatoes on the lined baking sheet.  Toss with the butter mixture until the potatoes are completely coated.  Bake for twenty -twenty-five minutes, stirring once halfway through cooking.

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Bacon, Cheese & Pork Chops oh my!

Do you love bacon? If you said “yes.” then don’t I have the perfect pork chop recipe for you. I’m sure your mouth will begin to water when you are finished reading this article.

These juicy and super tender pork chops are topped with bacon and cheese. This five-ingredient Bacon Swiss Pork Chops recipe is fast and easy and an instant family favorite!

Bacon Swiss Pork Chops

Ingredients

6-8 bone-in pork chops

9-12 bacon strips, cut in half

2 Tbsp olive oil

2-4 garlic cloves, minced

Salt and pepper

1 C shredded Swiss cheese

Directions

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Line a 9×13 baking dish with foil and grease it with cooking spray.

1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper. Set aside. In a small mixing bowl, combine olive oil and minced garlic. Brush oil and garlic over pork chops with a pastry brush. Place three – four half strips of bacon on each pork chop.

2. Bake for thirty minutes, or until thoroughly cooked. Remove pork chops from the oven and sprinkle cheese on immediately to melt. If cheese doesn’t melt fully, place back in the oven for a minute or two until melted.

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