Saturday, October 23, 2010

family room

We started a photo wall in our family room and I'm seeing a common thread...Harper.  Do I have any pictures of us without her?  Ha!  It turned out nicely, though.

I also finally found a picture for the fireplace.  It is a canvas of poppies and it goes with the yellows, reds, blues, and greens we have all in the hearth room and kitchen.  It was only $49 at HomeGoods and I'm thrilled.  I put that fall garland up there too and may add a couple of other little things later as I find them.

Finally, I have to share this recipe for pork chops.  They were the BEST pork chops I've ever had and they're easy and perfect for fall. They take 45 minutes of simmering, so I think they'd be great for company.  I could pop them on as guests arrive.  Anyway, they're DELICIOUS.  I got the recipe online at and also checked out The Pioneer Woman's recipe for backup on seasoning.  I made them with broccoli, tomatoes, and roasted red potatoes for sides.  Of course, I didn't use 6 pork chops-I used 2 and then scaled everything else down a little bit.  I also just used whatever barbecue sauce we had.  Enjoy these!

PORK CHOP APPLE CASSEROLE (but this wasn't a casserole, so that is kind of weird)

6 rib or loin pork chops, bone-in 3/4-1" thick
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon each onion and garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon butter (optional)
1/2 cup chopped onions
2 cups thinly sliced cored apples (peel on)
3 tablespoons Kraft's Honey Barbecue Sauce
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon salt
few dashes pepper

Place flour in a shallow dish, sprinkle with onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Stir in the seasonings with a fork until well mixed.Season pork chops liberally with salt and pepper. Dredge in the flour until well coated.
In a skillet, brown the pork chops on both sides in olive oil and butter. Add onions, apples, and Kraft's Honey Barbecue Sauce and minced garlic.
Cover and simmer 45 minutes or until chops are tender.

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