Lemon Pepper Pork Loin with Mustard Cream Sauce

January 27, 2011

Here's what we had for dinner tonight. I'm a little picky about how a pork loin is cooked, and since grilling isn't an option this seemed like a good alternative. Start out by cutting the pork loin into 1 inch thick medallions, then cook in butter for about 4-5 minutes each side over medium heat. I seasoned the pork loin with lemon pepper on both sides before cooking.

 After being flipped the first time.

 All done!

 Here's the mustard cream sauce in process. Just cook this over low heat until it's simmering , then stir for about 1-2 minutes until it thickens up a little bit. For the sauce I used 1 cup of heavy cream, 1/2 cup spicy brown mustard, then added garlic salt and pepper to taste. There aren't really any exact measurements for the spices, just see what you think it needs more of. :)

Pour the sauce over the pork medallions and you're done!

The New and Improved Office

January 24, 2011

We put the final touches on the office this week, and it is now officially functional. I think B has asked me a million times "So we're done right?". I am bad about finding more and more decorative stuff that I think we absolutely HAVE TO HAVE RIGHT AT THIS VERY MINUTE. Lucky for him, I think I am done for now. The last thing we threw in was the big red rug from Pier 1 and the only thing I am still thinking about adding is maybe a cool clock on the wall above my desk. We will see!

On a side note, we scored some awesome deals on things we needed to put the room together. The curtains, curtain rod, and matching metal tiebacks are from Wal-Mart for about $35 total. The bookcase ($24.99) and black side table ($14.99) are both from Target, and the lamp (which I am in love with) is from Marshall's for $29.99. The pillow and rug from Pier 1 were not so much of a deal, but a girl has to splurge sometimes. :) All the rest is stuff we already had and rearranged. 

Weekend Project

January 19, 2011

Last weekend our goal was to tackle the office upstairs. Since we moved in it has slowly become the "kind of an office but more like drop all of our random crap in here" room. I had a desk up there for our desktop computer but that was about it. And don't even get me started on the closet.....there were still packing boxes w/ stuff from 2008 when we moved in. After cleaning everything out, getting some curtains up, building a bookcase and arranging a sitting area, the office is finally fulfilling its purpose. Here are some before pics. I will post some of the new and improved office later this week. :)

Look what the UPS man brought!

January 12, 2011

So B got me the Hunter wellies I had LONG been obssessed with for Christmas...and even got me the cute stripey socks to go with them! Unfortunately for me, I was not a fan of how they fit and had to send them right back to Zappos. I did however find another cute pair of waterproof boots from Sorel that will be awesome in the snow, while still looking pretty cute (if I say so myself). They arrived today and I am super pumped to bust them out this week. Doesn't hurt that they are houndstooth either.....Roll Tide! :)

The Griddler!

January 9, 2011

 Meet the Griddler. This thing is a panini press, grill, and griddle all in one. And it is awesome. We mostly use it for paninis but it also folds out completely flat for the other uses.

 It works best to use larger slices of french bread, or something like it. This is Tuscan Pane bread from Trader Joe's. Be sure and butter the top and bottom of your sandwich, or drizzle a little olive oil.

Once you shut the lid down you only have to press down for about 30 seconds, then let it go for about 2 1/2 minutes. The hinged top is weighted so it does most of the work on its own.

 Voila! The bread gets super crunchy and everything on your panini melts together with the cheese.

 Yummy, and very quick and easy for weekday dinners. Once you're all done, the grill plates pop right out and go into the dishwasher. Doesn't get much easier than that!

Christmas Loot

January 6, 2011

This post is a little late, but here's a few goodies I got for Christmas! (AKA I am too involved in watching the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills to write a post that's actually interesting!)

 New placemats/napkins/napkin rings from Pier 1

 I've been obssessed with the birdie napkin rings for a long time.

 OK, not a Christmas gift, but the bowl from the table had to move to make room for the new placemats. :)

 Gap pink puffy vest

 Gap bedazzled cardi. I heart sparkles.

 Flower Bomb perfume! My FAVE !!!

 Pretty new leather gloves.

One of my gifts from B, a Burberry scarf to match my purse. LOVE IT. I'm lucky he is pretty darn good at gift giving!

My Sunday Night

January 3, 2011

Marshmallow Krispies

January 2, 2011

Just poppin' in today to share an easy treat recipe. These little guys always go over big for office food days, holidays, parties, etc. Enjoy!

Start off by spearing all your marshmallows with a toothpick.

Melt your butter and sweetened condensed milk together in the microwave.

Then add your caramels to the mix.

Nuke that all together in the microwave and you've got caramel sauce!

Coat your marshmallow in the caramel sauce.

Roll it in the Rice Krispies.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper and let them set. I like to stick mine in the fridge for a while.

Marshmallow Krispies
1/2 cup sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup butter
25 square caramels
1 package of jumbo marshmallows
3 cups Rice Krispies

Mix the condensed milk and butter in microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Do NOT let the milk boil.

Add the caramels to the mixture and microwave for 2 additional minutes, stirring every 30 seconds. Depending on your microwave, it may not take the full 2 minutes to melt the caramels.

Dip marshmallows in caramel mixture then roll in Rice Krispies. Place on waxed paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.
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