About Victoria T.

I am a Christian wife and stay-at-home mother. I blog about life, marriage, crafts, and now, motherhood.

FoP: Honey Soy Pork Chops (Recipe)

I’ve been trying out more Asian-inspired recipes lately, and have found that I like the sweet/savory combos more than I did as a kid or teen. Plus, most any Asian recipe can be paired with rice, which is an inexpensive, filling grain.

This marinated pork chop recipe comes from delish.com. I didn’t make any modifications to the recipe. However, it was enough marinade for 6 pork chops, which is what typically comes in a family pack, here.

I do wish I had boiled and reduced the leftover marinade and used it as a sauce. It was very good.

Honey Soy Grilled Pork Chops

Honey Soy Grilled Pork Chops | Beloved Brown-Eyed Girl Blog

We ate these pork chops with white rice and sauteed green beans.

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Thank You (For the Work)

“Here are more clothes for you to put away, son.”

“Thank you, Mama!”

“You can wash the dishes, daughter, and I will rinse.”

“Thank you! I like this job!”

“Would you like to clean the kitchen floor while I clean the dining room floor?”

“Yeah! Thank you!”

My children thank me for giving them work. They work eagerly and enthusiastically. They perform the task to the best of their (albeit limited) abilities. They smile. Sometimes, they even sing while they work.

Do I thank my Father in heaven for giving me work? Do I work with eagerness and enthusiasm? Do I always try my best, even if I am working on a new skill? Do I smile and sing with joy?

Little children want work. I would argue, even, that they need it. They gain fine and gross motor skills, an appreciation for the work others do for them, useful life skills, physical stamina and strength, mental fortitude to stay on-task, and good personal habits.

In fact, we all need work. But somewhere along the way, many of us lose our desire for it. We grow weary and bored of menial tasks. I urge you to look for the joy in such chores; see your tasks from the perspective of a 2- or 4-year-old.

What fun to play in bubbles while washing the dishes! What kind of pattern can be seen in the water as the floor is mopped? How many articles of clothing can be carried at once? How many hymns can be sung in the time it takes to hang the laundry?

And then, thank your Father for the work He has given you. Whatever task He has set before you — motherhood, a career, homemaking — thank Him for it, work diligently with eager hands and a joy-filled spirit.

And don’t forget to smile.

Found on Pinterest: Slow Cooker Poor Man’s Stew (Recipe)

I wouldn’t say this qualifies as a “poor man’s” meal anymore because beef prices are high right now. But the base soup would be good with any “poor man’s” meat, even beans, I think!

The recipe is from The Magical Slow Cooker and has been added to our regular meal list.

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simmering

My Modifications

Although I intended to cook this in the slow cooker as described in the recipe, I cooked it on the stove-top. I didn’t have tomato paste, so used about 6 ounces of pizza sauce I had in the refrigerator. To accommodate that change, I decreased the water by 1/4 cup and omitted the dried oregano (already in the pizza sauce). It turned out soupier than I would expect a stew, so I probably should have decreased the water by a larger portion.

Why I Liked This Recipe

It tastes good, the kids like it, and it’s simple.

Downsides to This Recipe

I originally thought this would make a good freezer bag meal, but recalling some potatoes I’ve frozen in the past makes me wary. So I might freeze all of it except the potatoes and add those fresh.

Found on Pinterest: Crock Pot Pecan Pie (Recipe)

Did you know you can make a pie in a slow cooker?

Neither did I. My oven is still out, but I’m discovering that many wonderful oven-y things can be made in a slow cooker. Yep. Even pie. If you are a pie aficionado and are picky about how flaky the crust is and the level of gooey-ness in the center, then this kind of pie might not be for you.

Nate really likes pecan pie. And he is not a pie aficionado and also eats anything I cook. So I decided to give this a whirl.

We ate-in for our anniversary supper. He grilled T-bone steaks, I made a small side salad and this pie from Spicy Southern Kitchen for dessert. We both put away portions of our steak in order to save room for this pie. It was finished cooking as we sat down to eat, so was still warm when the vanilla ice cream was plopped into the bowl beside it.

Yum.

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anniversary dessert

My Modifications

I used an all-butter pie crust recipe instead of a store-bought refrigerated dough and cooked it in my 5-quart round slow cooker. Also, I used only pecan halves instead of chopped pecans because that’s how I like my pecan pie.

Why I Liked This Recipe

Well, you don’t need an oven to make pecan pie, for one! The pie tasted just like a pecan pie ought to taste. The dough was flaky and crisp around the edges. It was easy to prepare, and I felt this recipe had more leeway in the cooking time. Leaving it an extra 15, even 30 minutes wouldn’t have ruined it.

Downsides to This Recipe

The crust doesn’t get as crispy and flaky as it would in the oven. And that’s about the only difference we noticed!

My Life Changed 8 Years Ago

Eight years ago, my life changed trajectory.

Eight years and one day ago, I stood waist-deep in a pool of water and made a vow to God with my family and friends as witnesses. I confessed to being a sinner in need of a Savior. I vowed to live all the rest of my days for Christ, worshipping Him only, serving Him, always striving to be more like Him.

I was dipped back under that water and came up again a new person.

I was a sinner, through and through. Then, I was saved. I still sin. But Christ’s blood covers every sin I did, do, and will commit. I am eternally grateful for His sacrifice. I still sometimes weep in humility at His feet.

My life changed.

The next day, eight years ago today, I walked down an aisle wearing a beautiful white gown toward an altar in front of that very same pool of water. I looked into the eyes of a man looking into mine as I made a vow to him before God with our family and friends as witnesses. I promised, then, to love and cherish him, serve and honor him, all the days of my life.

He is not perfect, but he is perfect for me. He loves me unconditionally every day. He helps me in fulfilling the first vow made to God the day I was baptized. He is my anchor, my always, my favorite. He knows me better than I know myself. I am more myself when I’m with him. I don’t know who I would be without him because he has been a catalyst for so much of the positive changes I’ve made in my life. I am sometimes overwhelmed with gratitude and weep on his shoulder.

My life changed.

And that’s what I keep circling back to as I enjoy this anniversary. My life is totally different now because I love God (He loved me first) and Nate loves me (I loved him first).

And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is love.

1 Corinthians 13:13