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Country Style Pork chops

If I could live anywhere else besides the suburbs, I definitely would choose to live in the country. Why you might ask??? Because of a few reasons; 1. I love horses and want to own a few someday along with some cows. 2. I want to have a piece of land and live on a ranch with my future cowboy. 3. It’s beautiful and usually peaceful. However, considering I do not live in the country I strive to do my best to find alternatives to help me daydream about these luxuries to satisfy my wanting to live on a farm.

One of my favorite things to choose from to assist me with fantasizing about living on a ranch is food country-style. I too enjoy eating pork chops. A few days ago, I found this recipe that looks so superb that it got me super excited to try these chops and I did!

They tasted absolutely amazing, I literally felt like I was in the country. For those of you who are like me, and do not living on a farm but wish you could then may I kindly suggest trying these bad boys. I’m certain this dish will make you feel like you’re living on one.

Country Style Pork Chops

INGREDIENTS

Four bone-in pork chops
½ C ketchup
¼ C brown sugar
½ tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Four large onion slices
½ C. cold water

Let’s get cooking!

INSTRUCTIONS:

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 9×13 baking sheet with foil and lightly grease with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each chop with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. Season each pork chop with salt and pepper. Set-aside.

2. In a medium bowl, combine brown sugar, ketchup, and water. Mix it up really well. Place pork chops into the previously prepared baking dish and cover with them with the mixture. Add onion slices to the top of each pork chop.

3. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for forty five-sixty minutes. Use a basting brush to season pork chops halfway through cooking.

4. Yummy! 🙂

Recipe adapted from Country Recipe Book

Cooking tips: If you are cooking thinner chops then bake them for about 40 minutes.

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Thank you guys for reading! 🙂

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Million Dollar Spaghetti

Do you ever want to become a tycoon? Not exactly the right one. But, at least you can feel like a millionaire. Well, this ”rich” pasta deserves to carry boastfully that title and will quickly assist you with that. I believe I should start each post about pasta with the same sentence: “I love to eat pasta”. A lot! When I was cooking, this pasta it felt like I was dressing it in an elegant suit as if I had MILLION DOLLARS in my pocket. No, I’m not saying this spaghetti costs a million dollars to make! It’s just so good that it tastes like a million bucks!

Million Dollar Spaghetti

Ingredients

1 Tbsp of salt
1 (16 oz) package spaghetti noodles Barilla
1 lb ground beef
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 (16 oz) jar spaghetti sauce Prego
1/2 C. butter, sliced – divided
1 C. cottage cheese
1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened Philadelphia
1/4 C. sour cream Daisy
1 (8 oz) package shredded Cheddar cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and line a 9×13-inch casserole dish with parchment paper or foil and set aside.

1. While the oven is preheating, bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Cook the spaghetti in the boiling water, occasionally stirring until “al dente” (cooked through but firm to the bite), approximately twelve minutes. Drain.

2. Add a few drops of olive oil to your skillet then place ground beef into the pan. Next, turn on the stove to medium-high heat. Cook and stir beef in the hot skillet until brown and crumbly, five to seven minutes, drain and discard grease.

3. In a large bowl, combine spaghetti sauce, pasta, and ground beef and stir well. In another bowl combine the cream cheese, sour cream, and cottage cheese until well blended. Place half the slices of butter into the bottom of a 9×13-inch casserole dish. Spread half the spaghetti into the baking dish.

4. Top spaghetti with creamy mixture. Layer remaining spaghetti over smooth mixture. Top with remaining pats of butter. Pour ground beef mixture over spaghetti and spread to cover casserole. Bake in the preheated oven for thirty minutes. Spread Cheddar cheese over pasta and continue baking until cheese has melted and is lightly brown about for fifteen more minutes.

5. Enjoy! 🙂

Recipe adapted from Sugar Apron

Cooking tips: Before you pour the spaghetti noodles into the boiling water cut them into halves so that you don’t make a big mess.I sometimes will set two separate timers whenever I bake something. I especially do this when I’m not in the kitchen or near the oven.

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God laid it on my heart to share with you today being bold and courageous does not only apply to cooking, but it applies to our daily lives too. You might ask how do you know He wanted me to share that with you?

Since I’m a Christian, I can hear Him speak to me. Even though He’s invisible, I know he’s there. This is a great way to live! Sound interesting? I’d love to talk to you anytime.

I understand all of you either have had or are still currently experiencing nervous scary moments of doing something or opening up about a certain subject. I also know how frustrating it can get sometimes. I, myself, have had several experiences in my past when I would get so terrified of talking about certain things or being fearful of doing something! I admit I still get fearful and worry about numerous of things just like you do. However, whenever I do sense fearfulness or something bothers me, I always go to God for help and pray about it.

For example, one of the big concerns I’ve had for a long time is opening up about Cerebral Palsy to certain individuals because I worry about what they might think of me and how they will treat me. However, whenever I do start to worry about people’s opinions of me I often say one of my favorite verses inside my head ”Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. Psalm 139:14.” I love it because it always helps my worries go away, and gradually I have learned not to worry about what others think of me.

I do not know what you’re going through right now, but I need to let you know that God does care about you and your trials. I also wanted to let you know that I will be praying for you. 🙂 🙂 My prayers for this blog are not only to help you improve your confidence to cook, but I also hope and pray that my blog will make a difference in your life.

Thank you so very much for reading my extremely long post. Have a great night and I hope you have a great weekend!

  Coming up next week:

Lemon, chicken, and potatoes baked in foil

Crockpot Chicken Garlic Parmesan

Country Style Pork chops

 

Cooking chops with cola

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend. So, today I’m going to be teaching you how to cook with soda using the stove. I’m sure some of you are thinking that sounds yummy but wouldn’t my meal taste sugary and what is the point of cooking with soda? My response to your questions is you don’t have to worry about your food tasting sweet because the heat from the stove eventually will burn off most of the sugar and the main purpose of the soda in this recipe is to keep the chops moist. Do you have any other ideas that would be good to add to it? Let me know below!

 

Coca Cola Pork Chops

Four boneless or bone-in pork chops
Olive oil
1 C. Coca Cola
1-2 C. of Ketchup
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Get a sheet of wax paper and put it on your kitchen counter.
Rinse each chop with cold water then place them on the wax paper. Get a few paper towels to dry them off individually until they are no longer wet. Use your hands, a basting brush or paper towels to cover both sides of pork chops with olive oil, sprinkle salt and Pepper them to taste and set aside.

2. In a small/medium mixing bowl stir together coca-cola and ketchup.
Pour your mixture into a skillet and cover your chop. Cook the chops in your skillet covered with the lid over medium for about ten minutes or until thoroughly cooked (will depend on thickness.) If sauce is too thin, remove chops and set aside, then reduce sauce to desired thickness.

3. Enjoy!

I am proud and happy to say my results of the pork chops were a huge success and they tasted excellent. How did yours turn out? I’d love to hear about the outcome of your chops. 🙂

Just a few suggestions: Use a timer so don’t loose track of cooking time and accidentally overcook your chops. Not sure if your food is ready? Stick a meat thermometer through one of the chops and wait until it gets to 145° F. If you prefer not to use your hands, paper towels or a brush to spread oil on each chop you can also pour a few drops into your skillet then if you are physically able to pick it up, gently move the pan around so that the oil will cover the skillet. Make sure the pan is completely covered with oil 😉 so your chops can quickly come off the pan. Also, if you’re worried about burning yourself while using the stove then I highly recommend using a heat resistant glove. Please do not feel awkward cause I occasionally will use one too! 🙂

I am very well aware there are some of you who might be a little uneasy working with either the oven or stove and then those who are nervous using both appliances. And I totally understand some of your thoughts are “this is foolish to have the feeling of fear using an oven or a stove”. and you often probably think you are the only one that has butterflies in your stomach when you’re working with them.

I want to encourage you not to feel embarrassed and I wanted to let you are not entirely alone in the challenge of defeating your uneasiness. And how do I know this you might ask??? Well, because I completely understand what it’s like to endure the anxiety. But I also know that God is constantly watching over me and it gives me extreme comfort knowing He’s with me at all times especially when I have to put to up with the annoying oven lol. Moreover, I also know that God is with you all of the time too and if you ever sense nervousness while working with the oven or stove then my tip to you is to ask Him for help in giving you boldness. Trust me it works 🙂

Later this week, I’ll be teaching you how to cook a healthier version of one my other favorite chicken dishes and a chicken soup that is incredibly good and creamy. Yummy! 🙂

Lol, that’s all for me tonight. Thanks again for reading! Have a great night and God Bless!

 

 

 

 

Recipe adapted from Frugal Living Mom

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A love for Barbcue

 

I want to share with you what I enjoy using for when I’m cooking, and that is my crock pot. Why you might ask??? Because all you have to do is dump all of the ingredients (for whatever the recipe calls) into the pot, turn it on and forget it for a few hours during the day and when dinner time rolls around your food is ready to eat.

Here is what I usually do when I find a dish I want to cook. I typically start in the mornings, so that it will take all day. I always make sure to read the list of ingredients and directions thoroughly, so that I don’t forget anything. Then I will get the appropriate size pot, and the things needed for the recipe, and dump all of the ingredients into the bowl. Then turn on the heating base to the appropriate heat setting. Cover, and let the crockpot do the rest of the cooking. Lol, that is my all time favorite part of when I get to have the pleasure of using that incredible cooking machine.

Do you know what else I like? I love pulled pork sandwiches. They are amazing! Here are three reasons why they’re my fave; 1. Very messy 2. Delicious 3. Last but not least it’s incredibly satisfying. 🙂

I want to share with you this Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork Sandwich recipe. They are 100% tasty and incredibly easy to prepare. Oh get this you don’t have to eat it as a sandwich you either can eat it with a slice of cheese or just by itself. Whichever way you decide how to devour this I promise you won’t be complaining. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Ingredients

One tsp of vegetable oil
1 4 lb pork shoulder roast
1 C. Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce
1/2 C. apple cider vinegar
1/2 C. chicken broth
1/4 cup of light brown sugar
1 Tbsp of yellow mustard
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 Tbsp of chili powder
One extra large onion chopped
Two large cloves garlic, crushed
1 1/2 tsp dried thyme

Optional:
8 Hamburger buns split
Two tablespoons of butter
Cheese slices

Directions

1. Pour the vegetable oil into the bottom of the of a slow cooker. Place the pork roast into the slow cooker, pour in the barbecue sauce, apple cider vinegar, and chicken broth. Stir in the brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, onion, garlic, and tyme. Cover and cook on low for six to seven hour or until the roast shreds easily with a fork.

2. Remove the roast from the slow cooker, and shred the meat using two forks. Return the shredded pork to the slow cooker, and stir the meat into the juices.

3. Spread the inside of both halves of hamburger buns with butter. Toast the buns, butter side down in a skillet over medium heat until golden brown. (If you don’t feel 100% comfortable using a hot skillet on the stove at the moment then it’s totally okay. 🙂 However, if you still would like to toast your bread, then I prefer using a toaster (And yes even I use it) because you don’t have to worry about burning yourself as much. After toasting get a spoonful of pork and spread on the toasted bread and Oh, I am HUGE cheese fan, so if you are a cheese lover like me, you can put a slice on top of your lovely masterpiece. Then you’re ready to eat. Enjoy! 🙂

After you’ve finished eating be sure to wait until the crock pot is completely cooled before you put away the leftovers.

Just a few things: if you have sensitive eyes and cutting onions make your eyes water, don’t feel embarrassed because I always cry lol. I know it might sound silly, but one thing that has worked for me so far is wearing my swim goggles. If you don’t want your eyes to water and sting; then my suggestion to you is wearing swim goggles (If you own a pair) or do whatever works while you’re cutting up the onion. Also, if you have a food processor you can put the onion in it little at a time to chop it up. I typically will put an onion in my food processor to speed things up a bit. If you don’t have a clue what I’m talking about or don’t own one of the kitchen appliances I’ve mentioned today in today’s post that is entirely fine with me, there will be links to websites on my links page for what they are and where you can buy them.
Next week I will be telling you about how to make a beloved Mexican dish into soup using the crockpot, cooking homemade sloppy joes on the stove and roasting broccoli in the oven. I know it’s crazy scary stuff for some of you readers but, YOU CAN DO IT!!! 🙂

Recipe adapted from All Recipes

Chicken Dish Fave

Hello, everyone!

Sorry that I haven’t been posting anything lately. I took a break last week. It was really nice! I have new ideas/plans for my blog for the remaining of 2017 and for the new year. I’m very excited! But I am now finally back to what I do best and love!

Before I tell you about today’s recipe I want to share with you some exciting news in regards to my blog.

On Sunday evening I found an organization’s site on Instagram called yoocan – do anything. They empower people with special needs with a variety of stuff such as art, music, acting and more. After I read their about page I immediately felt inspired to contact them.

They emailed me the next day saying not only they would be happy to help me promote my blog but they also said that they loved my work and what I am doing. They personally asked me to write my story on what inspired me to cook while having physical challenges myself and how I want to encourage others with special needs that they CAN cook too.

This is getting to be pretty awesome! It’s funny how you can come across something like this on the internet. I seriously can’t wait to see how many people are going to be encouraged by seeing my story and blog. I have included two website links at the end of this post. One will lead you to my story. Two is my ten cooking tips.

Now onto the recipe!

I cooked this Honey Dijon Garlic Chicken Breast in the spring of last year. It has become one of my favorite chicken recipes ever since. They were delicious and looked great! I love it because it has a sweet and tangy taste. And it’s incredibly easy to make and clean up was easy as 1-2-3.

Here’s the recipe:

Honey Dijon Chicken Breast

Ingredients

1 lb large boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 6 ounces each

3 Tbsps of butter

Six cloves minced garlic, It’s approximately a teaspoon

1/4 tsp salt & pepper                                                                                                                  1/3 C honey

2 Tbsps of Dijon mustard

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 425F degrees. Line an 8×8 or 9×13 inch baking dish with aluminum foil and grease it with non-sticking cooking spray before you cook your chicken.

1. Be sure that your baking dish is big enough to have a half inch of space on each chicken breast but no more. Using too big of a baking dish can cause the glaze to be too shallow in the dish and burn quickly. Place the empty pan in a 425-degree oven to heat up while you make the sauce.

2. To prepare the sauce: Melt the butter in a small saute pan. Add the garlic and cook for only thirty-sixty seconds to soften it. Do not brown the garlic. Add the honey, Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt and pepper. Mix well to blend and simmer over medium heat for one or two minutes begin to reduce the sauce. Lightly season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

3. Carefully remove the hot dish from the oven and place the chicken breasts an equal distance apart in the dish. Pour the warm glaze evenly over the chicken. Return the pan to the 425 degrees F oven and bake for fifteen minutes. Remove from oven and season the breasts with the sauce on the bottom of the pan. Return to the oven for additional fifteen-twenty minutes or until an accurate thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the breast reads 170 degrees F. Allow the chicken to rest for five minutes before serving.

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