Monday, December 14, 2009

Enjoying the Day

After a busy weekend, I'm taking some time today to just enjoy playing catch up around the house. 
The event "Good for You, Good For Barnesville" went very well!  I made up about 7 gift baskets, and sold all but one, plus almost all of the cheese that I packed in individual packs.  Very good feedback from the customers! Yesterday we braved the crowds at St. Clairsville.  It was crazy busy, and we didn't even go into the actual mall, just stopped at a few places and had to pick up our other computer from Staples. 

So, after all the running this weekend, today I decided to focus on getting the house in order, including some laundry, dishes, organizing in my spare room and few other odd and end stuff.  It actually feels good to have that day that I don't have to hurry, hurry.  I will have to go to the cheese house this afternoon and gather my gift basket stuff up so that it's not all over the front room.  I also have about 40 lbs. of cheese to cut up for the week, and for the 6 orders that will be shipped out tomorrow.  We've had a few calls from folks wanting to stop in this week and visit and buy some cheese.  I did promise Miss Emily that we would make some cookies too.  She gets the job of rolling the cookie balls in colored sugars.  She should have fun with that! 

I just popped lunch/dinner in the oven, and it looks like it will be a yummy one!  I finally got around to picking some apple cider up on Saturday from Rockwell Orchards, so I wanted to get this made before we used all the cider up. 

Cider Pork Chops

1/2 cup flour
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
4 (1 inch thick) bone-in pork chops
3 Tbsp. butter, divided (I actually use cooking spray instead)
4 Granny Smith apples, sliced (I had Golden Delicious on hand)
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup apple cider

Combine first 3 ingredients in zip loc bag; add chops.
Seal and shake to coat.
Remove chops and set aside.
Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in large skillet.
Add chops, cook 5 minutes each side, or until browned.
Grease a 13x9 inch baking dish with remaining butter.
Place apples in bottom of dish; top with raisins, if desired.
Sprinkle with brown sugar.
Arrange pork chops over brown sugar and drizzle with apple cider.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until pork chops are done.

I'm taking a small break while I wait for the pork chops to bake.  I poured myself a cup of coffee, a large cup, and have some Christmas tunes playing from our local radio station that plays all Christmas until New Year's.  Also have my potpourri burner going with Sparkling Vanilla tart from Yankee Candle. Mmm....the house smells so nice and cozy! 


Anonymous said...

Your pork chop receipe sounds so good. I am going to give this a try on Sunday for dinner.

My day has been the same trying to get things caught up around here as I am going to gone all day tomorrow with Abby.

Have a great day and evening.

Jenny said...

This recipe sounds yummy.

Mardell said...

Hi Renae,
You've been as busy (if not busier) than Santa's elves all put together ~ which means you deserve a little break. I haven't baked one single thing yet. I bet Miss Em is a good little helper. :o)

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