Saturday, October 24, 2009

Recipe Swappin' Saturdays: 5-ingredients or less

The theme for this week is 5 ingredients or less. I haven't made the recipe I'm about to share in a while, so there aren't any pictures. Sorry. To keep this recipe under 5 ingredients, I'm not counting household staples like cooking spray, ground pepper, and olive oil.

Rosemary-Garlic Pork Tenderloins
Prep: 2 hrs. 15 min.
Cook: 40 min.
# Servings: 8

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary
  • 1/4 cup minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2- one pound pork tenderloins
  • cooking spray
  1. Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl to make a paste.
  2. Make several 1-inch slits in the pork and stuff with 1 tsp. of the rosemary paste. Spread the remaining paste on the top ans sides of the pork.
  3. Cover and chill for 2 hours.
  4. Start grill, and place pork on the grill rack (coated with cooking spray).
  5. Grill for about 23 minutes (or until a thermometer reaches 155 degrees). Turn pork once half way through the cooking.
  6. Remove pork from grill, cover and let stand for 15 minutes. While the pork is standing, the internal temperature should go up to about 160 degrees.
Now for the Recipe Swap Party.

Here are the rules:

  1. Add the permalink to the specific blog post with a salad recipe, not your general blog address.
  2. Link back to the party from your post so that your readers can join in the fun!

The theme for next week is Sugary Treats!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Great Offer: Gas and Grocery Giveaway

Who couldn't use $5000 toward their Gas and Grocery budget?

Betty Crocker is hosting a Gas & Grocery Giveaway. Each time you enter, you get a chance at a daily prize, but you also get entered for the grand prize as well. Go enter today!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Aspiring Photographer: Pumpkin Patch 2009

We went to the Pumpkin Patch last weekend. We've been going to the same place since before Baby Boy was born. They have a giant corn maze, barrel rides, pony rides, animals to look at (llamas, cows, chickens, goats, rabbits, sheep, and ducks), food and many activities for kids. You have to take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch. It was a lot of fun.

"Why doesn't this pumpkin make the same music as my bongo drum?"

"Since I don't have a "passie," I'll suck my thumb."

"If I try hard enough, I know I can get this baby pumpkin in my pocket!"

"Hunting for the perfect pumpkin is exhausting!"

"I won't eat macaroni and cheese, but raw pumpkin is delicious!"

"I might sit here long enough to let you snap a picture, but I won't look at the camera or smile."

"This barrel train is running away...I'm turning right, and it's going left!"

"Hi Daddy! Look at me riding the barrel train with Mommy!"

"Hurry up people...I'm movin' on without you!"

"Check out those animals. Aren't they cute?"

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Great Offers: Amazing Contests from Kraft and Nabisco

Kraft Grocery Cash Giveaway

Spin the Grocery wheel each day for the chance to win coupons. Plus, each time you spin the wheel you are entered to win $1000 cash. Contest good through November 6, 2009. Enter each day to up your chances for the $1000 Grand Prize.

DSRL (Double Stuff Racing League) Golden Lick Race Sweepstakes

Meet the Mannings in Florida!

This contest is sponsored by Nabisco. Two winners will receive a 3-day/2-night trip to Florida consisting of the following:

  • Roundtrip coach class air travel for four (winner and three guests)
  • 3 days/2 nights hotel accommodations (one room, quad occupancy)
  • Roundtrip ground transportation between airport/hotel/event
  • $1,000 in spending money
  • Opportunity for winner to compete in the 2010 DSRL Golden Lick Race for a chance to win an additional $2,000. Grand Prize winners and eight other winners from similar promotions will be divided into two teams of five individuals each and the two teams will participate in the Lick Race. The team that wins will share $10,000 (each member of the winning team will receive $2,000).

Sweepstakes ends November 16, 2009


Have you got a kiddo between 5 and 15? If so, they may want to enter the Golden Lunchables Award Contest. 5 lucky winners will get roundtrip, coach class air travel for four (4) from major airport nearest winner's residence to Orlando, FL; 4 days/3 nights hotel accommodations at the Nickelodeon Family Suites (one room, quad occupancy); roundtrip ground transfers for four (4) between airport/hotel; Sponsor designated attraction tickets for four (4); and $1,000 in spending money for winner only.

Make sure to enter by 11/01/2009.

Chit Chat: Best Blog Award?

I got another blog award a few weeks ago.

Both the The Suburban Jungle and Rocky Mountain Memoirs bestowed upon me the "Best Blog Award!" I am shocked! Best blog? Me? Wow! Someone pinch me—I can hardly believe it! Oh, and make sure you visit both The Suburban Jungle and Rocky Mountain Memoirs. I love visiting these blogs. Angela, at The Suburban Jungle is always posting some great tips and is very open about all she has learned about blogging. And Rocky Mountain Memoirs is a wonderful writer...check her out!

The Best Blog Award rules are:
1) To accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award and his/her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you have recently discovered and think are great! Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.

Every blog I follow deserves this award. It was really hard who to pass this along to. That said, I'm giving this award to:

A Mom After God's Own Heart
My Net Finds
Stay in the Car Mom
Mamma Talk
Keeping up with the Bowens
Lunchbox Limbo
A Nut in a Nutshell


Kara's Kitchen Creations
Savvy Moxie
Smart Cents Mom

Monday, October 19, 2009

Chit Chat: Weekend Report

I didn't blog much this weekend. The weekend went by in a blur. Here's what I was up to:

  • I did watch the Ugly Betty 2-hour season opener.
  • I did get the kitchen floor mopped.
  • I did get the taco soup off the ceiling (one of those things that happen if you turn you back on a 17 month old for 5 seconds and you have no idea how it happened).
  • I did get the bathroom cleaned.
  • I did get the house dusted.
  • I did get the house vacuumed.
  • I did get almost all the laundry washed, folded and put away.
  • I did attend a barbecue and catch up with some friends.
  • I did take turn with hubby following Baby Boy around and around and around friends house to ensure nothing got broken.
  • I did wonder why "of all the other 5 toddlers/preschoolers at the barbeque, mine was the only one who couldn't sit still and required constant supervision."
  • I did have lunch with a friend I haven't seen in a long time.
  • I did watch the movie I rented last Sunday.
  • I did get to church almost on time.
  • I did get Sunday lunch in the crock pot before church.
  • I did spend the afternoon at the pumpkin patch with my family.
  • I did have lots of fun.
  • I did smile and laugh as Baby Boy told me "I need more" while I was sharing my ice cream with him.
  • I did relax after Baby Boy went to bed on Sunday night.
And the things I blew off...
  • I did not fold the last two loads of laundry.
  • I did not blog more than 30 minutes.
  • I didn't post the blog awards I received a few weeks back and have been procrastinating posting. (Maybe I'll get to that tonight).
  • I did not exercise or run (except after baby boy).
  • I did not return the really overdue book to the grocery store.
  • I did not go to the grocery store.
  • I did not plan any meals.
  • I did not work on any of my projects I brought home.
  • I didn't knit (or crochet)...I'm never going to finish the baby blankets I am working on.
Overall, I'd say it was a pretty good weekend. I'm amazed at how much I got done. Although, not having my meal planning done will probably make for a pretty chaotic week. Maybe I can sneak out of work early and make a quick trip to the grocery store before picking baby boy up from daycare this evening.