Thursday, September 1, 2011

my less serious day: memories and bling

My boss complimented me on my necklace this morning. I thanked him and called it 'a little bling'. After I provided him with a 5-minute explanation of 'bling' he paused and said, 'Man, I should get my wife a bling'. Yes, I thought, every wife deserves a bling or two.


Skirt: J Crew; top: Old Navy; necklace (i.e., bling): LOFT outlet; shoes: Olukai via Zappos


I began the morning with a 60-minute run (easy pace). I had a meeting across campus late morning, so I crossed of a 20-minute walk off my list trekking there and back. After work I attended a 60-minute R.I.P.P.E.D. class. My tired body ended the day with a slow, but steady 10-minute walk with L when I returned home.


Breakfast was a mix of Cascadian Farm Hearty Morning Fiber and Kashi Go Lean Crunch Honey Almond Flax cereals, raspberries, and almond milk. Lunch was an Ethnic Gourmet frozen entree.

My afternoon snack was a sliced Pink Lady apple with almond butter

For dinner, I made one of my favorite recipes from childhood, skinny pork chops. The smell and taste of this dish brought back fond memories of family dinners. Mom used to always serve these chops with white rice and applesauce. Tonight, my pork chop was served on leftover green pea rice and alongside Madison's Parmesan roasted asparagus. And here for you, is the simple, but wonderful recipe thanks to Mom and Dad Less Serious.

Skinny Pork Chops

The recipe makes 4 chops. I only made one, but with sauce for two because it rocks.

3 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1/2 cup water
4 thin pork chops
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion

Mix soy sauce and brown sugar and 1/2 cup of water. Heat 1 tbsp oil and brown chops (I used medium-high heat). Remove. Add onion and cook, stirring until edges are light brown. Put chops back in. Pour soy sauce mixture over top. Cook slowly (I used medium-low heat), 5 minutes, turning once. Uncover and cook, basting 1/2 minute. 

Dessert was Greek yogurt, Kashi Go Lean Original, peanuts, crushed up Annie's Homegrown Snickerdoodle Bunny Cookies, and honey.

And you? What meal brings back childhood memories? (comment and share!)


  1. It feels like a "good mother award" when your daughter remembers a recipe. Thank you. Still one of my favorites.

  2. I remember this one and love how vague the directions were from the generation of cooks before me!

    Baked Chicken PotPie

    Make regular pie dough.
    Stew 1 chicken.
    Sliced potatoes (cooked), 5 large or 8 small
    1 onion (chopped fine)
    Line pan with dough around sides and over top. Put in pan a layer chicken (cut up), a layer potatoes, a layer onions, and so on.
    Pour chicken juice almost to top.
    Bake at 350-400 about 45 minutes or until browned. You can usually judge how long.

    Doesn't it bring a smile to your face?!