Thank Goodness I Don’t Have To Be Exact

I am addicted to my freezer cooking.  This weekend I bought a bulk package of boneless pork chops that were on sale and then I read Ortsofsorts blog: Carolina Pulled Pork recipe.  As I was thinking about dinner yesterday, I thought  “I can do that!”.

So at lunch time I pulled out my crock pot and a big ziplock bag.  I proceeded to make up one for dinner and one to freeze for later.  I was salting and peppering and dug out my paprika.  Added extra brown sugar and cheated on the vinegar.  And then I pulled the ketchup out of the fridge.

It was like a nightmare.  I was all but out of ketchup!! I don’t run out of ketchup.  I pulled out my little stool and peered at the top of the pantry and found my back up mayo, my back up mustard, relish, BBQ sauce, honey, creamer, any condiment you can come up with I have it – except my ketchup!!!!

Now I was in a conundrum.  I’d already added the brown sugar and vinegar.  What to do. What to do.

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I grabbed both meals and took them to the sink and dumped out most of the vinegar, grabbed a bottle of BBQ sauce and dumped half in one meal and half in the other!

Thank goodness I don’t have to be exact when I cook! Instead of making the sauce while the pork chops cooked I’ll just use pre-made sauce and let that reduce down!

Makes me really happy I watch the Food Network!  🙂

I had a couple hours after work before I had to pick up Mr. T, so I went to run a couple of errands, only to get a text from him that rehearsal was cancelled and he was riding the bus home.  Ugh.  My son doesn’t carry his house key.  I’m home 90% of the time and when I’m not, usually we know in advance and he takes his key.  I told him that I had just left and to use our secret entrance.

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You don’t have to tunnel to get to the secret entrance, but close – I mean, otherwise, what’s the point of a secret entrance?

I ran only one errand and then swung by the house and picked him up so he could get some drive time in and we ran the other errands, one of which included finding a place that sold coleslaw.  I didn’t want to go into Wal-Mart, or any other store, but Chicken Express came to our rescue!  One quick stop in the drive-thru (and as long as we were there we had to get a couple of sweet teas) and we were on our way back home.

The pork chops had the house smelling great, and I took a fork and tongs and just shredded it in the crock pot and T pulled out some plates.  We both decided that open faced sandwiches would be the way to go, so I open a bun, piled on the pulled pork and topped it with a heaping of coleslaw.

Yummy!!

I love when mistakes taste good!  Now I just have to go get some ketchup!!

And – guess what day it is?  It’s Supernatural Tuesday!!  The start of Season 9 is tonight and I’m beyond excited!!

Reading and Pinterest

I’m a fast reader.  Mainly, I’m so very smart that I can grasp the concept just by skimming. (It’s not bragging if it’s true! But please keep reading anyway…)  Books that concentrate on setting the scene and telling me all about the gentle rolling hills covered in a blanket of green with patches of pink and blue wild flowers enveloped me like a quilt – well, that’s just wasted on me.  I get irritated when things are too descriptive.  While I have a vivid imagination, I don’t have the ability to create a picture based on a description.  I get a “flash” of an image, and I’m sure it’s one that I’ve seen somewhere.  I also have a very short attention span, so if you take too long to tell me about the cascade of green rolling down the mountain side chasing the stream that is rolling and bubbling and cascading by, well, you lost me at cascade of green.

Pinterest is great for me, it has pictures and short description.  It’s also pretty darn fun to pin items to boards of crafts I’ll never do, food I’ll never make and home improvements that will so never happen in my house! But… occasionally, I run across something that falls in my realm of talent. I’ve made a lot of the food I’ve found on Pinterest and added to my collection of go-to recipes.  There have been several craft projects that I’ve done, and had fun doing at the same time.

So, I skim items and Pinterest has pretty pictures.   Let’s put these two items together.

There is this recipe that has been floating around.  The blurb clearly says “in the crock pot, add chicken, taco seasoning and enchilada sauce.  Serve over rice, top with cheese, cilantro and sour cream if you want”  The picture looks so yummy!  And, I have these taco shell making bowls.  So, I dumped some chicken tenderloins in the crock pot, dumped a can of enchilada sauce over them and topped them with a package of low sodium taco seasoning.  I pictured myself letting that simmer for several hours and then I’d get the flour tortillas out and make some cute taco bowls, boil some rice, and Mr. T and I would have awesome chicken taco enchilada rice bowls for dinner.  How quick, fun and easy, right?

I came back to my computer, and this time, I clicked on the Pin and followed it through to the recipe… yeah, maybe should have done that sooner.  It’s only 1/2 cup of enchilada sauce, only a couple teaspoons of taco seasoning and they baked the dish.

I’m nothing if not adventurous.  Well, at least when it comes to some things I can say that.  I decided to just let it go. I mean, it’s chicken, enchilada sauce and taco seasoning – you really can’t go wrong with those ingredients.

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Here is the original picture on Pinterest. Click through to see the “real” recipe.

Fast forward a couple of hours… The chicken mix was simmering nicely.  I started some water to boil and dropped in a boil-in-the-bag.  I pulled down my taco bowl making thingamajig and pulled out my flour tortillas.  Yeah, the fajita sized flour tortillas are too small for my taco bowl making thingamajig, so I improvised and used two flour tortillas and made a half bowl.  I was amazed that Target had fresh cilantro, but they did and I grabbed it when we were there earlier!

I put my half bowl taco shell on the plate, filled the bottom with rice, topped it with a couple of chicken breast tenderloins, some shredded cheddar, sour cream (only for me, Mr. T is not a fan) and then the fresh chopped cilantro.  I highly recommend my new recipe!  It was super yummy.  Don’t let anyone tell you that you have to read the directions or instructions.  Sometimes a pretty picture is all you need!

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Yup, that supper did just happen! And it was pretty darn good! (Notice my cup in the back ground? Told you I love Tie-Dye!!)

I will also admit that while in the pantry pulling down the flour tortillas I saw a can of cherry pie filling, so I knew behind that was the box of angel food cake – I grabbed both of those.  I found this recipe on Pinterest; however, apparently it’s been around forever.  One box of angel food cake and a can of pie filling – be it cherry, blueberry or pineapple.  Mix together until it foams, pour into a 9×13 and bake at 350 dg for 30 minutes.  It’s a great dessert, and apparently low in calories.  I prefer the cherry pie filling, but that’s just my preference.

Apparently I was feeling pretty domestic tonight!