Pin 2 – Motivational Marbles

Good Morning!  I still cannot believe how much rain we had last night….you’d think after months and months of rain I wouldn’t be surprised anymore.  Kevin went to check the basement before we went to sleep and glanced outside in the back yard….it had started to flood!! Luckily this morning all the standing water is gone.

Today’s pin Motivational Marbles comes from the blog of Hot Mess Princess who got it from Pinterest!!! This could go on and on….:)

I decided I wasn’t going to buy any marbles and I had 2 tall cylinder vases from our wedding reception sitting in a box.  A friend of mine said she used baby food jars and pennies.  Of course! I have lots of pennies.  So I got my pennies and put them in the vases….wow….didn’t look like much.  I needed something smaller so it actually looked like there was something in the vases, was I going to have to go buy marbles to be happy?  No, I told myself, you can find something in this house! So back to the basement I went in search of something when all of my canning supplies caught my eye! Here is what I came up with:

In case you’re wondering…currently there are 124 pennies in the pounds lost and 32 in the pounds to go!

Pin 1 – Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops

My first pin!  I decided that this would be a neat thing to blog…pins I’ve actually finished! This first pin and the next are going to be pretty bare bones since I came up with the idea after the fact, but look forward to more in depth posts about pins I’ve completed.

The first pin I completed was a recipe for Double Crunch Honey Garlic Pork Chops.  This recipe comes from a blog called Rock Recipes.  It all started with me trying to find a recipe on Pinterest for pork because I had some pork chops sitting in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP.  So I search for “pork recipes” and a bunch of pins with the name Michael came up…nothing for pork! – no idea what that’s about.  So instead I tried googling “pork recipes pinterest” and a bunch of recipes came up!! (So FYI, if you ever search for pins and the only result you get is Michael, trying googling!)  This was one of the first recipes, had a ton of pins, and sounded delicious.

This recipe was fairly easy.  Mix your spices and flour, mix your egg wash, salt & pepper the pork (I used boneless pork loin chops), dip in flour mixture – dip in egg wash – dip back in flour.  Two tips….make sure you don’t put too much oil in your pan (I did) and also use a non-stick pan if possible.  I used my stainless pan simply because it was bigger and I wanted to fit them all in at the same time and they of course kept sticking (even though I had too much oil! lol)  I cooked the pork chops for 5 minutes on each side – with the heat set at about 4 1/2.  They came out nice and juicy!  As for the sauce you dip the pork chops in afterwards – I used agave nectar instead of honey, low sodium soy sauce, and a little bit of orange juice.

This is not the healthiest recipe, but it was definitely delicious! Will be great for an every now and again dinner.