Potato Pork Chops

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I am trying to write more blog entries in the new year! My next one is about a delicious recipe that I literally *does anyone else watch Parks & Recreation and love that word now as much as I do?* made up on the spot! I was home on Monday, enjoying a snow day (our second one in less than 4 days) and decided to change our dinner plan to include the slow cooker. I usually can’t make crock pot recipes during the week because I would have to set it at about 6:30 am, and sometimes I don’t get home until 5:30 or 6:30 at night. 12 hours is far too long! I do not have a delayed start on my crock pot, so the time I start it is when it starts to cook.

I still had to attend graduate class on Monday night (the roads were fine where I live, but my school district, which is almost an hour away, had to cancel due to snow), so I set the crock pot at 2:30 for 4 hours. That way, the hubby would have dinner ready for him and I could eat later! I did end up eating later and it was delicious, and then we went out to watch the OSU vs. Oregon game! Anyway, here is what I threw into the crock pot to create a new recipe:

4 boneless pork chops
1 can cream of potato soup
1/2 can 2% milk
1/4 can water
Salt and pepper to taste

It turned out to be so delicious, and I liked it even better than using cream of mushroom or golden mushroom soup, like I have done in the past. In the future, I would love to add chunks of potato to it, and I had some in the pantry but didn’t even think about it. The recipe is super simple, but that is what makes it great — what would you add to it to make it your own?

I’ve included some pictures of our dinner, along with some beautiful snow pictures from Monday! Enjoy.

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Recipe Week – Day 6 – Crockpot Pork Chops

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This next recipe is something I made up while using items I had in my fridge and pantry! It is super simple and quick to make. You can alter the veggies used, but here is what I use:

Ingredients:

Boneless pork chops (about 6-8, depends on how many people you’re serving), thawed if they had been frozen
Large can of green beans
Large can of whole potatoes
Large can of diced tomatoes (or can use whole)
Salt and pepper to taste

The amounts are not specific because sometimes I use more potatoes, or less green beans , it really depends on what is in the pantry. The recipe will be very juicy with the juice from the tomatoes. It is yummy to use a piece of bread to get all of the juices off your plate!

Directions:
Place pork chops in bottom of crock pot. Salt and pepper them.
Drain potatoes and add to the pot.
Drain green beans and add to the pot.
Do not drain tomatoes — put the whole can in the pot, undrained.
Cover and cook for 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Times are approximate; if you are cooking for less time, just be sure to check the inside of the pork chops and there is no pink. This is a great recipe to make in the morning and come home to after work! Enjoy.

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Snow Day #5… Calls for chicken noodle soup!

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Well I am on my fifth snow day right now. I cannot remember getting this many days off in the past decade – from high school, college, or my teaching career – let alone a single school year. I am not complaining! I do miss my students though, and we had a lot of fun things planned for today — computer lab, our weekly DARE assembly, new math lesson, compare/contrast lesson about the Olympics (see one of my previous posts for that freebie link)… But these things will have to wait. I have an entire pile of papers to be graded sitting in our home office, waiting for me, as well as some reading I should be doing for my night class tonight!

Today will also include making sweet and sour meatballs… Recipes and links to come soon! Right now I will leave you with the pictures from my delicious and super easy chicken noodle soup. I could not have made it at a better time either because I have been sick during my 4 day (now 5 day) weekend with a horrible cold. I got the recipe from Pinterest and followed the link to a woman’s food blog. She is a busy working mother from Canada who finds time to make amazing meals — check out her blog, she is awesome!!

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Chicken Noodle Soup recipe

The only thing I would say about the recipe is to add more chicken broth. Mine was a little light on the broth for my first time making it, or perhaps I put in too many noodles…. Gotta love the noodles though! Enjoy!

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