Thursday, May 30, 2013

Mustard Garlic Pork Chops

This recipe is sooo easy and tastes so yummy!! I served it with mashed potatoes and a salad. It all got eaten up, no problems!

I used about 5 ½ lbs of pork chops to feed everyone at the meal. If you are using smaller amounts of pork chops you can reduce the mustard sauce accordingly.

Mustard Garlic Pork Chops
½ cup Grey Poupon mustard
6 to 9 garlic cloves, chopped or pressed through a garlic press
2T lemon juice
2T honey
Salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients.

Cover a baking pan with oil, I use coconut oil, but olive oil will work too. Lay pork chops on pan. Spread mustard mix over the pork chops.

Bake at 375 until the chops are done. This can be anywhere from 25 to 45 minutes depending on how thick your chops are.

Super yummy and oh so easy!! 


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Homemade Coffee Syrups

My daughter Sierra loves to make espresso and add flavored syrups to it. Buying them can be spendy and so she started experimenting and making her own. Personally, I’m just a coffee w/half n half kinda gal.. but occasionally I enjoy adding a bit of one of her homemade syrups. They are so easy to make and taste so good!!

You can add as much or as little as you would like to your coffee. You can also sub cane juice crystal’s for the sugar as well.

Here are a few of her recipes…

Vanilla Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup of white sugar
1 TBSP of vanilla extract*
Heat the sugar and water up till it all dissolved and mixed together then add the vanilla extract. done.
*as a variation you can add a different extract like hazelnut, almond or peppermint or whatever suits your fancy!

Cinnamon Syrup
1 cup water
1 cup brown sugar
1t cinnamon

Heat the sugar and water up till it all dissolved and mixed together then add the cinnamon. done.

Mocha Syrup
½ cup dry cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 t vanilla
In a sauce pan mix cocoa powder, sugar and water. Bring to a boil and make sure all the chocolate powder is broken up and the sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and add vanilla and stir.

I have a couple recipes for coffee creamers (ones that have the flavoring and the cream mixed together).. a healthier substitute for the flavored coffee creamers you can find in the grocery store.

Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer:

Pumpkin Pie Coffee Creamer: 

Photo credit for this post goes to my daughter Sierra as well.. :)

Monday, May 27, 2013

This Week’s Menu

Tacos w/all the trimmings, tortilla chips

Baked spaghetti, garlic toast, salad

Garlic lemon pork chops, mashed potatoes, salad


Kielbasa sautéed with onions & mushrooms, cole slaw, buttered egg noodles

Sour cream enchiladas, tortilla chips, salad


Sunday, May 26, 2013

Asian Chicken Rice

Originally I had planned on my weekly menu to make teriyaki chicken and fried rice then I changed my mind and made this one dish meal instead.  It was very yummy and the family really enjoyed it.
Awhile back I posted a recipe for Korean Pork… which was amazing. The recipe can be found HERE. This is a little twist on this recipe that turned out so yummy. 

Asian Chicken Rice
2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken (breasts or thighs), cut into bite size pieces
1 batch Korean Marinade
5 to 6 cups cooked brown rice
1 large onion, diced
1 red or yellow pepper, chopped
1 bunch of celery sliced
5 to 6 mushrooms, sliced
2 to 3T coconut oil (or olive oil)

Put chicken in a bowl and cover with about 1 cup or so of the Korean Marinade. Put in fridge and let marinade as long as possible (2 to 6 hours). While chicken is soaking in marinade cook a pot of brown rice (info HERE).

At dinner time heat a large stock pot (6 to 8qt) and add oil. Add veggies and cook for a few minutes until veggies start to soften. Add chicken and marinade. Continue cooking until chicken is fully cooked.

Add 5 to 6 cups cooked brown rice. Taste and add more reserved marinade sauce until it tastes right to you. :)

Here it is in pictures (I accidentally had my camera set to wide screen so the pictures turned out a bit unique! ha, ha..) ..

Cover chicken with marinade….

Cook rice…

Sauté veggies…

Add chicken & marinade and cook until chicken is done and veggies are soft…

Serve with egg rolls (I bought these egg rolls or if you want you can make those too… click HERE to see how)…


Monday, May 20, 2013

This Week's Menu

Fish sticks, mac & cheese, salad

Spaghetti, french bread, garlic roasted brussel sprouts, salad

Teriyaki chicken, fried rice, egg rolls, salad


Baked chicken legs, baked potatoes, salad

Sausage navy bean soup, crackers, salad

Leftover sausage navy bean soup, ham sandwiches, salad

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

I’m Back!! And Updates from the Homestead

I’m back from an amazing week away with my husband. We had such a great time. We enjoyed heat and sun and lots of relaxation. Met up with friends that have the same yearly destination. We’ve made friends with a couple from England that vacation each year at the same time. We always look forward to seeing them and hearing about the updates in their life from the year. In all ways we had a blessed time away.

My sister in law handled the home and my father in law and it was such a blessing not to have to worry about anything at home. She handled it all with the fantastic grace and servant’s heart that she has. She is not only a faithful friend to me, but a beautiful example of God’s love in action.

On the home front..

Well.. I’m home now and have so many things to look forward to. A garden to plant is on the top of my list! I’ve got my little tomato plants growing in my husband’s shop under the lights. I only planted half of what I normally do. Tomorrow I plan to transplant them to bigger pots….

I honestly did not know if I was going to be able to plant a garden this year. My hand still has not healed completely and causes me issues. My two middle fingers are limited in what they can do. My hand strength is not what it should be. There is still swelling in my hand. I am now going to more intensive hand physical therapy in hopes of working through these issues. It is now assumed by my orthopedic doctor and physical therapist that the infection in my hand most likely did penetrate beyond muscle and into the tendons in this specific area. My goal at this point it to be able to work through these issues and avoid any type of surgery to fix the problem. At this point I do physical therapy 2 times a week. Praying to see some big progress very soon!!

But… I decided not to let this stop me from having a garden, because (if you are a long time reader of my blog then you know) I LOVE gardening!! I’m just scaling it down this year.. much smaller than years past.

On other subjects..

My sweet little grandgirlies….

Aren’t they cute? I know, I know, I am so terribly biased!! Ha, ha!! :) Hannah is very much into feeding her little family healthy foods. She certainly takes after her mama on this one! She has her girls in the kitchen helping her cook and she takes them shopping for groceries as well. She went to Whole Foods for groceries the other day and found these cute little grocery carts for the girls.. they had a blast helping mama get the groceries…

Little homemakers in the making!! :) What can I say.. I’m just a proud mama and grandma… Love my hardworking daughter!

That is all from the Homestead for now...  will be back with more!!  :)


Tuesday, May 7, 2013

A Short Break

Thanks to the love and kindness of my sister in law, Tobin & I will be taking a little vacation. She will be holding down the fort and taking care of grandpa. I’ll return to blogging at the end of next week.

If you place any soap orders with my country store they will be shipped out at the end of next week. Ebooks are automatic downloads. After purchasing you will receive an email with download instructions. If you have any problems, just send me an email (crystal @ ) and I will take care of it when I return.