I really enjoy pork tenderloin because it’s easy to cook and it’s pretty much always on sale. But rather than just throw it in the oven, why not add some fun stuffing to it. I love the mix of brie, apples and spinach inside the pork. The perfect amount of sweet and salty. Add some roast carrots and apples to the side and it’s an amazing, comforting meal.Ingredients:
1 apple, diced*
1 handful of spinach
a few slices of brie
salt and pepper for seasoning
1 pork tenderloin, about a pound
4 large carrots, diced
any leftover apple*
1 cup of veggie stock [chicken stock would probably work as well.]
2 tsp of cinnamon
*I could only fit about a half an apple into my tenderloin and thus cooked the rest of it with the carrots. You may need another apple depending on the size of your apple/tenderloin and whether you’d like some apple as part of your side dish
Pre-heat oven to 425º. Begin by slicing your pork tenderloin open, being careful not to slice all the way through. Next stuff your pork with as much spinach, brie, and apples as you can. Now it’s time to close up your pork as tight as you can. You don’t want the tasty gooey brie leaking all over! I used toothpicks but you could also use sting or even unflavored non waxed floss. Once your pork is sealed tight season with salt and pepper. Slice up some carrots and some apple and place in the baking dish around your pork. Pour the veggie stock over your carrots and apples. It should be just enough to cover the bottom of the dish so everything stay moist and nothing sticks to the bottom. Sprinkle cinnamon on top of your apples and carrots. Place in the oven for 25-35 minutes or until a thermometer reads 160º in the thickest part of your pork. Let pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.
If you don’t have a meat thermometer, I highly recommend getting one. It’s the best way to check to see if your meat is done without over cooking it. This is the one I have.** And I like it well enough. It’s easy to use and I like that it has an alarm for when my meat hits my desired temperature.
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a portrait of my children once a week for fifty-two weeks in 2014.
A few days ago I pulled out the Aqua Doodle, a small cup of water and some paint brushes. The kids LOVED getting to “paint” first the aqua doodle, then the cardboard box it was sitting on and then the chalkboard drawers. Sophie was pretty amazed at how the paint kept “changing colors” every time she painted something new. It was nice to find an activity they could both do together without worrying about them making a mess. It’s so hard to find something that Joel can do without it becoming a disaster and that will keep Sophie entertained.
I still don’t feel confident about posting outfit pictures. It still feels silly at times. I don’t know why. And yet I continue to do them. Though to be honest I’ve been bumming it this past month. I definitely feel better when I do post outfits though. It just feels so much better to wear something fun and put on some lipstick. With working from home I need that extra motivation that comes along with outfit post. Now that we’re starting to get warmer days I should really get back into the habit. As far as this outfit goes it’s quite different then what I usually wear. For some reason I just really wanted a jumpsuit. And so when Forever 21 was having a big sale back in January I ordered one along with this furry coat. Both of them are 1-2 sizes smaller than what I usually wear and yet they fit well. I guess Forever 21 is one of those weird sizing places. In fact the coat is huge on me. Pretty warm too. I was actually really surprised when I received it as I expected it to be some what cheap. I’m not sure when I will wear it next since as spring and summer comes I start moving towards brighter colors but I can see myself wearing this outfit again next time I’m feeling vampish. I think this jumpsuit would look great with some pumps and I’m starting to brainstorm ways I can bring into the next season. Any ideas? jumpsuit and coat — forever 21 // shoes — target // belt — asos
A few weeks ago Heidi put together a regional candy swap and I couldn’t have been more excited. I mean come on, it’s candy! Yum!
I got paired with Jes of Toys and Rocket Science. She’s a Maryland blogger who makes the cutest little plushies. If you’re looking for something to add to someone’s easter basket you should definitely check out all of her adorable bunnies!
I’m pretty excited to try all the different candies. Of course I’ve already gobbled up the coconut patties! The Turkish Taffy is the most intriguing to me since I have no idea what it is.
All in all this candy swap was a lot of fun. I loved shopping for funky local candies and getting a package is always awesome. I can’t wait to take part in the next one.
Thank you Jes for the yummy treats and Thank you Heidi for organizing the swap!
Be sure to check out Heidi’s post to see the rest of the swaps.
I know some people will say I’m crazy for “destroying” a globe but I’m pretty excited by this DIY so I’ll share it anyway. It’s super simple and you could easily put this together in one afternoon. The hardest part for some will probably be finding a globe at the thrift store. Supplies: One globe, various paints, brush, hanging lamp socket cord kit, one light bulb, non-flammable glue [I used E-6000].
First step is to take apart your globe. I pretty much just used my hands to pry it off the base. Next there was a small blue strip wrapped around the equator which I was able to pull off. Using a screw driver I was able to pry apart the Northern and Southern hemispheres. There may be a small metal circle where the base arm was attached. I was able to use wire cutters to cut through mine and pull it out. I have seen some globes with larger circles that make make it more difficult to remove.
Once your globe has been taken apart, use paint to decorate the inside. I used a home safe paint in peacock and then painted over it with the Martha Stewart glitter. I like the way it slightly sparkles when looking into the lamp. I also used gold paint to paint around the base and a small circle on top. I think it gives it a little more personality and makes it look more finished.
As soon as your paint is dry you’ll want to thread the lamp cord through the top. I did have to use a box cutter to make the hole on top a bit bigger to thread the plug through. I’d recommend making an ‘X’ and threading it through that way. Once it was through I glued the ‘X’ back down to keep the cord secure. Once the glue was dry I painted it gold to match the gold circle on top.
I think it turned out pretty awesome. Now I just need to find a place to hang it in our house! *I’m not an electrician so please consult one if you are concerned about potential fire hazards. I choose a low watt bulb and there are several inches between the bulb and sides. I wouldn’t leave this lamp on if no one is home but all in all I am not concerned about a fire hazard. Please take all necessary precautions with your own projects including using materials that are safe for high heat, a low watt bulb and consult a professional with any concerns.
Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. You guys. It’s official. My Etsy shop is open and ready for business!
I know for some this is probably one of those eye roll moments but before you bring your doom and gloom this way let me just tell you, this is a big deal. I’ve been talking about doing something like this since the beginning of time [or at least the last three years. probably longer.] So it’s really exciting for me to finally be doing it and working towards something that I’m really excited about. I can’t believe I’ve put it off this long. I can’t believe that I didn’t just bite the bullet sooner. But I am so glad I’ve finally done it.
I want to thank everyone whose supported me and who has told me to do something like this for the past forever years. I’m working on my dream of being able to create things I love to create and share them with people while also earning an income. I’m really excited for this journey and can’t wait to see what comes of it. And you know what I’ve finally realized? There’s really nothing to be afraid of. I put this off for so long because I was so worried about so many things but when it comes down to it what’s the worst that could happen? I fail miserably and I end up closing the shop and walking home a thousand dollars poorer with my tail between my legs. So what! At least I tried. And I can always try again. More realistically, if I keep working and trying my hardest, I’ll reach my goals. Which just feels so awesome.
In case you couldn’t tell, I’m really excited. Thanks for bearing with me this past month and patiently awaiting me to return to the blog. Now I hope to be able to find a balance between my business and coming up with great content here. I have a few things lined up for March that are exciting. Plus hopefully the weather will be nicer soon so I can get back to outfit post and going on adventures!
What sort of goals are you working on? I would love to hear about how you’re making 2014 the year you accomplish some of your dreams!
And now I just have one thing left to say,
a portrait of my children once a week for fifty-two weeks in 2014.
We went to Manitou Springs this past weekend. If you’re anywhere near Colorado Springs you have to go. It’s the cutest little city with all sorts of fun little shops. Several places that sell local and nostalgia candy, perfect for an upcoming candy swap I’m participating in. Plus a Penny Arcade! It’s one of my favorite local places to go when we need something to do on the cheap.
Sophie: We recently got her this coat and I love it. There’s plenty of room to grow into it so it looks a little silly on her now but she looks so warm and cozy, especially when the hoods up. Oh and she totally loves it too.
Joel: I think this is the first time he rode the rides at the arcade. I can’t believe he’ll be 18 months soon! Though poor thing has some teeth coming in I think because he’s been miserable all week. Lots of Wreck-it-Ralph and cuddles going on around here.
A Portrait of my children once a week for fifty-two weeks in 2014
Sophie: This one is hilarious. She’s making jokes and saying all sorts of things. I love listening to her talk. This morning I could hear her making up a story while laying in bed. I don’t even know what the story was about but just hearing that little voice being all creative is amazing.
Joel: Wreck it Ralph all the time. Seriously, I’ve watched this movie so many times all by request from Joel. It’s actually really cute. Sophie didn’t have just one thing, where as Joel only wants Wreck it Ralph and will go find the DVD and bring it to you until you put it on for him.
A portrait of my children once a week for fifty-two weeks in 2014.
Sophie: I recently set up my work table in the dinning room and when I sit down, this one is right there with me ready to do her own work. I love the stories she tells me while we’re working together.
Joel: His sleeping schedule is all over the map. No nap one day to a 3 hour nap the next. He’s such a light sleeper. It’s been pretty rough on him and on me.
Last week was pretty crazy. Steve gave me a whole sch-peal on how if we move to NYC we have to take a chance and buy property there if the numbers work out right. To which I respond, “You’re crazy.” To which he responds,
“What’s the worst thing that could happen? We go bankrupt, we move in with my parents, we work two jobs until we’re back on our feet again? So what. What if everything works out and we can say that we have property in NYC.”
Which got me thinking. He’s totally right. What is the worst that could happen? People are always afraid to take risk, myself included. But it’s the people who put themselves out there and take risk that end up making it. If the numbers work out, and it makes sense to do, sometimes you’ve just got to push yourself out of that safety nest.
And so, I decided to start a small business. It’s scary. And I’m worried and nervous. But you know what else, I’m really freaking excited. We got our tax return and after some of the boring stuff was taken care, we decided to use some of it towards starting my crafting business. I’ve talked about it forever now and well, it’s finally time to stretch those wings and give it a shot. I’m hoping by March to have everything set up and ready to go so that I can start selling, starting with some hand-painted brooches. I’m not sure where I’ll go from there but it’s a start.
It feels really good to be doing something for myself. Something that stretches my creativity muscles while also giving me something to work towards. Something to be excited about it. So here I am, on this crazy new adventure. Maybe I’ll fail and won’t sell enough to grow my business let alone cover the expenses or maybe it’ll take off like crazy and I’ll be selling brooches left and right. Who knows! What I do know is that it’ll be a great adventure and at least at the end of it all I can say I tried. Few things are worse than saying, “What if?”