Maddie had something she wanted to say…
I love my spastic little JRT. 🙂
Happy Valentine’s Day!! Did you get any sweets from your honey?
Derek and I agreed we’re not doing anything big this year. Technically today is the four year anniversary of when we first started dating again (we dated in college then reconnected a couple of years later), but I’m not sure what the rules are with celebrating dating anniversaries once you’re married? Do you still celebrate them or do you just celebrate your wedding anniversary? hmmm…
Either way we’re still riding high from our wedding and that’s enough celebrating for us. I did have some fun picking out my first “husband” Valentine’s card.
The funny thing is I think it’s the first Valentine’s card I’ve ever bought Derek and I bought it as soon as they started putting Valentine’s cards out on display. I couldn’t resist! Happy Valentine’s Day, babe! Love you. 🙂
Last night I broke out the cast iron skillet and decided to try something new in the kitchen: apple and walnut boneless pork chops.
First I sliced a large apple really thin and sauteed the slices in the cast iron skillet with a smidgen of butter and cinnamon.
Once the apples were soft, I removed them from the heat and lightly breaded the boneless pork chops in a mix of cornmeal, cinnamon, and a 16-spice seasoning.
The pork chops were added to the skillet and flipped once a nice crust had formed on the bottom side.
When the other side had the same crisp, I added the apples back to the skillet and crumbled some walnuts on top.
And covered the dish with foil.
The covered skillet was placed in the oven at 375 for 10 minutes, then I removed the foil and cooked for an additional 2-3 minutes. Since my pork was sliced thin, they didn’t need long to cook.
If you like your apples really soft you can let them cook a little longer before hand. I prefer mine with a bit of bite still left in them.
We served the apple and walnut pork chops with mashed cauliflower.
I was really happy with the way the pork came out. The sweetness of the apple and crunch of the walnut complemented the pork chops well. The whole meal also took less than 30 minutes to make – the perfect quick and easy weeknight time frame. 🙂
This morning Maddie and I continued with our Thursday morning run tradition and enjoyed an easy 3 mile run together. I think Thursdays are now Maddie’s favorite days, that girl loves to run.
We did our usual out and back route, then returned for breakfast. Lots of water and kibble for Maddie and a smoothie with breakfast biscuits for mommy.
The smoothie was a replica of Tuesday’s Nutty Orange Creamsicle Smoothie, only I added a handful of frozen strawberries to the mix.
The strawberries gave the smoothie some extra berry sweetness. Yum.
And since every breakfast needs some crunch, I had two breakfast biscuits with peanut butter and walnuts on the side.
Do you have any big plans for Valentine’s Day? Or do you prefer to keep the day quiet and simple?