Monday, January 31, 2011

Siloam Weekend and Super Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops

This weekend we went to Siloam Springs to see Ellen and Luke and my Mom and her fiance Wes. They got their engagement pictures taken by Luke, and we had Lily's two year and Bella's 3 month pictures taken. Next time I go for pictures, I am going to have someone take pictures of us trying to get a 3 month old and two year old to cooperate and look pleasant. Good thing Uncle Luke is awesome with children - can't wait to see the pics. We had a great time hanging out with Nana and Papa as well, and it again makes me wish that I had family closer.

When we get together we often play lots of games. The game of choice this weekend was Blokus, which only got old when Luke kept winning. Seriously, almost every game. Good thing he is nice. If you have never played this game, it is worth a shot. Good times.

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While we were there we also made Crock Pot Pork Chops with a recipe courtesy of our step-father-to-be himself, Wes. These are super easy, and while not a gourmet treat by any means, it makes a serviceable, filling, yummy dinner that is ready quickly with few ingredients. Sounds perfect when you have a lot of other things you want to do. (like start a new blog.) (Disclaimer- I am just learning how to blog and take pictures of stuff for a blog, so anyone reading this will have to bear with me through the learning process.)

Start with 2-3 butterfly pork chops and trim the fat off of them. We also chose to cut them in half to save time when they were done.

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Mix 1/2 cup of flour, 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder and 1/2 teaspoon of dried mustard.

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Do not be surprised when your daughter who is sitting precariously on the counter stacks all of the ingredients.

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Coat your pork chops in the flour mixture and brown in olive oil over medium high heat. It takes just a couple of minutes per side.

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Put your pork chops into your crock pot and pour two cans of Chicken and Rice soup over them.

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Turn crackpot to low and cook for 7 hours. Or, we did them on high for 3 1/2 hours, which also worked well. Such an easy meal when served with a salad and bread and the delicious chocolate chip pound cake that Ellen made. This is where I should insert the picture of the finished product that I didn't take. Instead, I will insert a picture of Bella, because I think she is darling.

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As we were leaving this morning, escaping the impending snow doom, I tried to get a picture of the girls with Luke and Ellen. This is how it went. Me: "Lily, let's take a picture with Ellen and Uncle Luke!" (said excitedly) Lily: "No, no, no, no, no." (said whinedly).

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So I settled for a cute one of Uncle Luke and Aunt Ellen holding Bella. Thanks for a great weekend, family who are like friends!

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