Thursday, June 22, 2017

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops~It's What's for Dinner

Today I thought I'd share another recent summer recipe we tried.  We have a fabulous herb garden in our backyard, and with all the rain we have had the herbs are a plenty.  So, we decided to harvest some of our basil for this one.

Lemon Basil Grilled Pork Chops


4 thick-cut, boneless pork loin chops
2 TBS olive oil
1 C fresh basil leaves, minced
3 TBS minced garlic
3 TBS lemon juice
1 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp pepper


1. Add olive oil, basil, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper to a bowl and mix well.
2. Spread both sides of the pork chops with the mixture and let the chops set for about 20 minutes.
3. Grill chops over direct heat for about 5-6 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees.
4. Let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

We served alongside fresh cut green beans and rice.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Some Summertime Favorites~

It has been a long time since I have shared a "favorite things" post.  So today I thought I'd share a few summertime favorites we have been enjoying.

The first #1 turned us on to.  Y'all this stuff is addicting, but not for the faint of heart.  If you love heat, you are gonna love this.

Be forewarned, it''s addicting so have a buddy handy to share keep you from eating the entire bag in one sitting, that may or may not have happened to one of us. We found it at Kroger.

And because you are gonna need something to wash that stuff down you might want to give this a try this summer.  As you know, Rose wine is quite popular this time of year.  My sweet blog friend and hometown girl Paige of The Pink Clutch shared this fabulous list of Rose on her blog and has posted some on Instagram as well.  If you aren't already following her, you need to hop on over right now.  She is just the most genuine person, with a fabulous sense of style!

You could wash it down with a Margarita too!

Y'all my #2 and I love Caramel.  The problem is both of us cannot have dairy (me-Cow's milk, she-all animal milk).  We discovered these this past fall and they are so yummy.  They now come in a Sea Salt version as well.   We have found them at Kroger and Sprouts.

What do you do when the summer storms blow through and knock your power out for 12 hours?  Why you challenge your #2 to a friendly game of War.

I won, just sayin'

Y'all we have had SOOOOOO much rain this spring/early summer.  But, with that comes gorgeous color and huge blooms.  I love bringing some of our hydrangeas indoors.  The colors this year are so vibrant.

Check back tomorrow for another yummy summertime recipe.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mahogany Grilled Chicken Wings~Summertime Dinner

Today I thought I'd share a recent yummy summertime meal we prepared.  The recipe is from the Williams Sonoma Essentials of Grilling Cookbook. Rather than using chicken parts, we opted for wings.

Mahogany Chicken Wings

Ingredients for Mahogany Glaze:

1/4 m Molasses
1/4 C cider vinegar
1 TBS vegetable oi
1 TBS Worcestershire sauce (GF)
1 TBS whole-grain Dijon mustard (GF)
1 TBS fresh orange juice
1 tsp grated orange zest
Freshly ground pepper

Approx. 2 pounds chicken wings (or 2 1/2 lbs mixed chicken parts)

2 handfuls wood chips such as hickory or mesquite, soaked if using charcoal (we used gas)

Directions for glaze:

In a small saucepan, combine the molasses, vinegar, oil, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, orange juice and zest, and 1/2 tsp pepper.  Place over medium heat and bring to a simmer, stirring often.  Simmer 2 minutes to blend the flavors, stirring often.  Use the glaze immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Prepare a charcoal or gas grill for indirect grilling over medium heat.  If using a charcoal grill, place a drip pan half full of water on the center of the fire bed.  Oil the grill rack.  Brush the chicken wings with some of the glaze.

Sprinkle half of the wood chips on the coals, if using.  Grill the chicken skin side down, over the drip pan for 10 minutes.  Turn the chicken, brush with more glaze, and grill for 10 minutes.  Sprinkle remaining wood chips on the coals.  Continue to grill, turning and brushing the chicken 2 more times, until the juices run clean when a thigh or breast is pierced with a knife tip, about 20 minutes longer.

Add the wood chips to the grill in a smoker box or perforated foil packet.  Grill the chicken skin side down, away from the heat elements for 10 minutes.  Turn the chicken, brush with more glaze, and grill for 10 minutes.  Continue to grill, turning and brushing the chicken 2 more times, until the juices run clear when a thigh or breast is pierced with a knife tip, about 20 minutes longer.

***NOTE:  cooking times will be shorter if using wings as they cook faster than parts.

Y'all these are the bomb!  Sweet, sticky and full of flavor.  Serve alongside grilled veggies or fries for an easy summertime meal.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Life Lately~What's Been Keeping Us Busy

Hello??? Anyone still out there?  I can't believe it's been two months since my last post!  How is it June already?

We've been busy doing this thing called Life.

Today, I thought I'd catch you up on what has been occupying my time outside of blog land.

As most of you know, we lost my sweet MIL in mid-March.  You can read the tribute to her here.
She was very blessed to have lived in her own home for more than 60 years!  But, with that comes a lot of stuff.  While we cleaned a lot out while up there in March, we still have a bit more to take care of.  And of course, we brought many things home with us.  You might also recall that our youngest moved back home in December.  So, three households under one roof.  We have finally dug our way out. Haha.

May brought some happier times for our family.

Our youngest daughter graduated from the University of TN with her Masters in Speech Language Pathology.  And, today she starts her new job at a local hospital.  We could not be more proud of her.

We then celebrated Mother's Day.  While bittersweet this year, the girls made sure that I was remembered and made the day a little easier for their dad to get through.  Church and then a delicious meal cooked by #2 was in order.

May 21st found us celebrating our 29th wedding anniversary.  I have been blessed to be married to my best friend, and the most wonderful father to our girls.

The girls and I so enjoyed celebrating him yesterday on Father's Day.  #1 had dad help her with a wood project she is working on (the girl knows her way around power tools thanks to him), I made him fresh homemade salsa with ingredients from the garden (his request), the girls and I prepped dinner-cilantro lime shrimp and grilled veggies that he prepared on the grill with his new grill pan #1 gave him, and #2 made him a blueberry crisp using our homegrown blueberries. Scrumptious.  We so enjoy having our girls close by.

And, if you follow me on Instagram you know that our precious Henley has gotten quite big.  6 months and 46 pounds!

He is such a joy to have around.

Tomorrow I will be sharing a yummy grilled chicken wing recipe, so be sure to check back.