Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Maple-Citrus Pork Roast

... that one recipe without a picture.

So sorry I completely spaced and didn't take a single one! On this particular day we had some company out and TRex was outside playing so I was in-out-in-out a lot. Hopefully you can look the recipe over and decide for yourself! We really enjoyed it, and so did our company. James paid me a GREAT compliment and said to our guest "Yep, I get meals this good every night!" How sweet is that!?!

 Also: This calls to bake in the oven, I threw mine in the Crockpot on low for 7 hours.

Maple-Citrus Pork Roast
*Marinate Overnight!!* 

4 navel oranges, divided
½ cup pure maple syrup
3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground ginger
3- to 3½-lb boneless pork loin roast
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper
14.5 oz can reduced-sodium chicken broth

Grate rind from and juice 2 oranges; stir together grated rind, juice, maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. Pour orange juice mixture over pork roast; cover and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Peel and section remaining 2 oranges into segments; place orange segments in a roasting pan coated with olive oil. Place pork over oranges; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake 30 minutes, turn, add broth, and bake 30 minutes longer or until a meat thermometer inserted into
thickest portion registers 155 degrees. Let stand 15 minutes before slicing.

Another amazing eMeals recipe: www.emeals.com

Side note:
I paired this meal with

Garlicky Pan-Roasted Broccoli and Cauliflower

2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 (12-oz) packages fresh broccoli and
cauliflower florets
¾ teaspoon salt, ¾ teaspoon pepper

Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium- high heat; add olive oil, garlic broccoli and cauliflower, salt, and pepper. Sauté 3 minutes or until browned; cover, reduce heat, and cook 3 minutes longer or until crisp-tender. Serve vegetables with pork roast.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

An Epic Easter

We had such a wonderful time this year! Everyone got to come, but Ben & his family. Their little girl, Dama is still a little too new to subject her to all the touching/kissing/loving by general germy folk like myself. Baby D was born several weeks early and she's doing famously!

Let's start with my goober-decor 

The banners are from our wedding *swoon* I still love them so! The balls were a gift from my mom, she's in love with Joy Cho's "Oh Joy!" at Target
The egg-stra large Easter eggs were a gift from Becki, she's had them for several years and passed them down to me! (Yay!!) 

We re-arranged out living room and did some more de-cluttering/simplifying. I'm so tickled with the way it looks, so we're going to keep it this way.
Little fluffs from Easter past.
*gasp* my husband bought me flowers. Let the record show this is the first time EVER.
Let the record also show he bought them because I forgot my wallet in the store. 
I'm guessing we had over 200 eggs!
Becki gave me this big egg, I can recall my mom having the same type growing up!

Using up paper/plastic products from parties past. Once I deplete these I'm going to purchase either biodegradable ones, or splurge and buy reusable/ melamine goods.

Becki also made these little clay eggs for our wedding. Still love them.

I believe that our house is always under a chronic state of "spring" with the birds, and duck type things everywhere. 

James was out moving cattle when little man woke up, so I took pics of him playing with his EB loot.

Oh the fun was had by all!

I can't believe Mollie snagged this, all of them looking AND smiling. FYI T's egg was stragically placed there. #nudist #hippycarelessparents 

At this point he'd been up for 12 hours with no nap. He was so sound asleep I'm pretty sure we could have done newborn contortionist poses with him. 

Thursday, April 17, 2014

what up

Happy almost Easter friends!

The Jech Deck has been busy, busy as of late!

Quick lil recap:

We've been working our bottoms* off around the house since my last post. We've managed to re-mulch the landscaping, completely de-clutter the house (phase one anyway), redo our driveway with repurposed, crushed asphalt, burn a big-big brush pile in the back of the property (s'mores anyone?) and next is lots of topsoil for the yard and garden area.

* mommy has a potty mouth and is working very hard on adjusting it. 

When we're not working on the house I'm doing my best to run/walk three miles up at my brothers new house. To this country girl it's been the best and safest place to run in an area that is not conducive to exercising people on their highways. re: no shoulder re: horn honkers re: texting and driving idiots re: i run with my kiddo so I must consider his safety above all re: that was nerdy.

We're also in a promising pursuit of a church to attend as a family. It is my dream to find a place where James and I feel comfortable as well as Tru feeling comfortable in a sunday-school / future youth program. We've got a couple more that we'd like to check out. It's been interesting getting James' feedback on it because he's not into the contemporary music, and I am more geared towards the welcoming/loving environment.

Little man is doing well, he's really enjoying these warmer days and we can't seem to keep him in the house! Yesterday he had his first of two cavities filled at his pediatric dentist office, and that was a very trying time. I'm pretty sure that a part of me very deep deep in my core died yesterday. I hate so much seeing him go through the process and not being able to understand WHY. The assistants, doctor and observer were so sweet and caring towards him. They talked about doggies and Hank. He seemed the most at ease when we'd talk amongst ourselves and not directly at him. Which I was expecting the opposite from him. They were very fast and after his nap it was like it never happen.

who could forget food? Not me, it's on my mind like 24/7 ... I cooked a super yummy orange glazed pork loin last night, but it's not exactly pretty. However I'll have to share the recipe because it was YUM!!!

:: and now for crappy picture explosion

donating to the big brothers, big sisters.
New Drive! 

 Mulchin' it up and getting ready for Easter! 

The 3 miles is exhausting on this one. 

And the mounds of laundry every weekend now from doing too much other, more fun things.