Saturday, December 3, 2016

Cheesy Herb- Crusted Pork Chops

Looking to shake things up one day I went in search of a new pork chop recipe.  I wanted something different and filled with flavor.  



Well this recipe sure fit the bill; but I didn't have all the ingredients it called for.  

It did however remind me of another recipe my sister had given me for cooking delicious chicken.  We just mix grated Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise; spread it over the chicken and it all bakes up to a nice bubbly golden crispy crust that all of my kids like (even the ones that HATE cheese and mayonnaise!)

So I thought I would modify the recipe slightly for baking up some tasty pork chops.  This time I added some herbs and Panko crumbs to the grated Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise.

Here's how I made them:


First I laid the pork chops in the pain and patted them dry with a paper towel.


Next, in a small glass bowl I mixed equal parts Parmesan cheese and mayonnaise.  I used about 1/4 cup of each for my 4 pork chops.  I added 1 minced clove of garlic, a few dashes of salt, 1 tsp or so of parsley, 1 tsp. chopped dried onion and some dried chives. (Sorry I don't have exact amounts; I cook a lot by sight, smell and taste). 


I spread a bit of the mixture onto each pork chop.  I wanted a fairly thin coating knowing my younger two boys do not like mayonnaise or cheese. 


Once I had the cheese mixture all spread on I used a canister of Panko crumbs to lightly sprinkle breadcrumbs across the top of the pork chops. 


I baked them at 350 for 30 minutes until the pork chops were cooked through and the bread crumbs were toasted brown. 

My younger two did not end up liking this recipe at all but my older son, myself and my husband thought it was quite tasty!  I would definitely make it again and cook my younger two a plain pork chop on the side. 

Here is the recipe again (without pictures) for easy printing:

Cheesy Herb- Crusted Pork Chops:


Ingredients:

4 Pork chops
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
1 clove minced garlic
Dash of salt
1 tsp. parsley
1 tsp. dried minced onion (or onion powder)
1/2 tsp. chives
Panko Crumbs (about 1/2 cup total)

1.  Lay pork chops in a pan and pat dry with towel.
2.  In a small bowl mix mayo, cheese, garlic, salt, parsley, onion and chives.
3.  Spread cheese mixture over the top of pork chops.  Sprinkle with Panko crumbs.
4.  Bake at 350 for 30 minutes until pork chops are cooked and breadcrumbs are lightly browned. 

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Art Project #54-- Edible Craft

Every year we put together some sort of gingerbread decoration.  One year we put together a gingerbread star tree.  One year we made a mini gingerbread village.  Most years we make a gingerbread house.

This year the boys put together a gingerbread train. We started with a gingerbread train kit (since no one eats the actual gingerbread here) and purchased a few extra bags of candy in fun holiday colors and shapes.  Then I set everything out on the table and let the boys get to work.



 I never have thought of this as an arts and crafts project because to us it's just a fun holiday tradition.  But this year in working on our 100 Days of Art Challenge I'm more aware of all the little ways we use creativity in our lives.

Sure it's edible and not what we'd normally think of when someone says "art", but the boys are still working hard to decorate their train "just right!"  They planned out where they wanted their candy pieces to go and were so proud of their final results!







One side of the completed train 

The other side of the train
Our other art projects:
Project 3: Star Wars Crafts
Project 5: Floral pens
Project 6: Watercolor outlines
Project 13: Water gun art
Project 14: Watercolor Kits
Project 15: Dragonfly Silhouettes 
Project 16: Painting pet rocks 
Project 17: Spray Paint Resist
Project 18: Water bottle windsock
Project 20: Tin can windsock 
Project 21: Firework glue art
Project 22: Qixel art kit
Project 26: Spray Painted Canvas
Project 28: Tin Foil Art
Project 29: Oil Pastel Bubbles 
Project 32: Drip Painted Pots

Friday, December 2, 2016

Weekly Wrap- Up; The Week We Decorated for Christmas

I decided to try writing my weekly wrap- up in a slightly different format this week.  Let me know what you think!  We had a fun week and we spent much of our week focused on Christmas.



On Friday we spent the day decorating our house.  The boys begged me to bring out their mini trees and all of the holiday decorations the day after Thanksgiving since this has become our tradition.  They were all so excited to help this year!  We invited my mother- in- law over for dinner to have some Leftover Pie (recipe here) and help/ watch us decorate our tree.





Saturday, Alec and I headed off to a craft fair.  We had some family that were participating in the craft fair and we wanted to show our support for their hard work.  All three boys spent lots of time outside.  Ian was riding his four wheeler for a bit and all three boys worked on their forts too.  We headed out after an early dinner to visit La Salette Shrine and see all the Christmas lights.  They have 300,00 lights set up over 10 acres!




Sunday we spent a nice, quiet day at home.  Ian and I helped my husband hang the doors on the shed.  It was pretty cold out so we got a fire going and watched Independence Day: Resurgence.

Monday we started back to school and I was so thankful to get back to our routine.  The boys worked in their spelling and math books.  Evan started a new section in his word family book and all three boys worked on their 30 Days of Thankful writing.  Ian put together his latest EEME kit.  We finished up Into the Gauntlet together.  All three boys did some reading and we wrote up a list of Christmas crafts and Christmas recipes we want to make over the next month.  We headed out to do some errands-- Ian had a deposit to make at the bank, we had books to drop off and pick up at the library, and we mailed some Christmas gifts to relatives that we won't see for the holidays.  Ian and I played The Scrambled States of America game.


Tuesday we headed to the Ecotarium to meet up with five other families for a fun day of hands on learning.  My  kids did spend the morning doing some spelling, math, and finished up their 30 days of thankful writing.  All three boys did a bit of reading too.  Evan read Fly Guy's Ninja Christmas to me and did a great job!  We started listening to the Trials of Apollo and were so excited to find out that this books starts 6 months after The Blood of Olympus that we just finished listening to.






On Wednesday, we started school a bit later because Alec went to breakfast with his grandmother.  Once he was home all three boys settled down to work.  They each worked in their spelling and math books.  The older two boys worked on a page in their grammar books learning about when and where to use commas.  Evan worked on two more pages in his word family book.   Alec read an entire National Geographic Kids magazine.  Evan read Penguins to himself and told me all about it when he was done.  Ian finished up the Missing Mummy.  We started our revolutionary war unit and read George Vs George; looking at both sides of the argument.  Alec read The Christmas Boot to us all and then we decorated a gingerbread train.




Thursday we went for a walk in the woods.  After several days of rain it was so nice to see some sun!  The boys worked in their cursive, spelling and math books.  Alec read another entire National Geographic for Kids magazine.  Evan read Bear Stays Up for Christmas.  Ian started reading The Ninth Nugget.  We read Merry Christmas, Amelia Bedelia and started reading The Legend of Holly Claus.  Ian put together another EEME kit and we're finally caught up on those.   The boys and I cleaned out all the bookcases and set a huge pile aside to donate to our library.  We ended our day with a fun painted ornament craft.  The boys spent the night playing ping pong with their dad.  Ian learned to play cribbage too.






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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Aquarium Trip

We went on a trip to Mystic Aquarium a couple of weeks ago and we had such a wonderful time.  We met up with some friends and spent the day learning about marine animals, reptiles, and the world around us.




We also start our day with the beluga whales; they are so curious and active. 





From there we walked to see the seals and sea lions.




Then we just HAD to go see the penguins!



We headed inside the building to see all the fish.


Petting the sand sharks 


Evan was reading up a storm all day; here he is reading about the Amazon rain forest





Moray eels 


Picking up crabs and mini sea life specimens 



"painting" bird pictures 


We stopped to see the Sea Lion show

Spiderman Agama 

Green Tree Monitor 


The boys had a great time quizzing themselves on all sorts of animal facts with these interactive screens

Bearded dragon



They all had a ball with the interactive sand table; it showed a topographical map and changed
with the moving of the sand. 


A new interactive exhibit of frogs and salamanders 

Evan holding his breath "underwater"


We ended our day with the beluga whale too!




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