Friday, February 12, 2010


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This is our second snowfall here in the 6 months we have lived in the "deep" south. It's kinda blowing my mind. I noticed it snowing here about 12:30 or so and it took hardly any time for it to completely blanket the courtyard. I've seen a couple babies toddling around in it with parents taking pictures, but not as many as the first time. It's a pity I can't enhance the experience with Christmas music.

While it is beautiful, I'm concerned our plans will be altered the way they were last time. We were planning on going out for Brice's birthday on the last Friday that it snowed, but weren't able to get out of the parking garage. Tonight we were planning on going out as well and with Brice's brother who should be arriving this afternoon. Hopefully he is having a safe drive. I'm also hoping that I have something to make for dinner if we don't get out since my grocery shopping is supposed to happen Monday and tonight's dinner out was planned last week. I'm sure we'll work it out though and we're looking forward to our very first houseguest!

As far as Small Things this week, I did really well. Somehow Rachel Anne and I were in perfect sync--the things I was planning on working on for the day/week were just what she suggested. Not sure if I'll get that lucky next week, but we'll see.

Some of you saw my pork tenderloin recipe from last week with the balsamic. Pork tenderloin is something I had never made before I got married, but have found to be very dependable for making an impressive meal. I have made it a few different ways, but have always defaulted to the balsamic as my favorite version. However, on Wednesday I made a version that turned out so great it's hard to say which is the winner now. It's not really an exact recipe, but I'll just call it Garlic and Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with gravy (this gravy really made it). Anyway, the point here is that I recommend branching out with the meats you generally use and also branching out into meatless meals (if you have a husband/kids satisfied by them). As Lent approaches, I'm getting excited about trying meatless meals and hoping to casually slide them in more regularly after Lent is over.

Any suggestions from regularly meatless families?


  1. 1) the Balsamic tenderloin was muy bueno! Totally enjoyed it!

    2) as a family that only eats meat twice a week, I have tons of recipes that are meatless. The key for us is using meatier veggies that have the same sort of "feel" as meat (portabello mushrooms, potatoes, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, etc) they seem to be more filling...and, I found the easiest meals to transition to meatless were soups and pasta dishes that have sauces.

  2. We frequently eat meatless meals and went totally meatless for Lent year before last. My best advice is to figure out what foods you would really miss and figure out how to make them meatless. We had lasagna, spaghetti, tacos, etc. The other thing we did was figure out what we already ate that was meatless and put it on the menu. Many people eat meatless meals without realizing it. Macaroni and cheese, cheese ravioli, eggplant Parmigiana, bean burritos, and many other common meals are meatless. Don't forget foods that are traditionally eaten at breakfast or brunch like quiche, omelets and pancakes. Hope this helps!

  3. Pork Tenderloin is really impressive looking, but so easy! I picked some up on sale this week for a special V-Day dinner. I do an olive oil and herb rub, let them marinate for 20-30 min. Sear them on high heat very quickly on the stove, then into the oven for about 10-15 minutes. Gotta pay attention, though, because they overcook really quickly!


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