Mustard Crusted Pork Roast, with Sauce

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Sunday is our family day. The olders are running cross country, so after church, we run. The running doesn’t stop after we finish the race, however. After our meet, we have a mad dash to fit in some family time before dinner, WHILE finishing dinner. Usually this is an impossible task, and that is why I love my crock pot.

My crock pot will keep me from heating the house, and is programmable for heat leek (high vs low) and number of hours. When it’s done cooking, it keeps the food warm. What lovely invention!

For this recipe, I used pork shoulder I found at Costco. Because this was so much meat, i sectioned it into two batches. For 1/2 the pieces, I rubbed with seasoning and the other, I rubbed with stone ground German mustard. They both turned out really good, so I’m going post ingredients for both. (Seasoning only variation will be at the bottom)

Mustard Crusted Pork Roast

2Tbs German Mustard (1 used in rub, 1 used in sauce)
3Tbs Johnny’s Seasoning
1/2c Chicken Broth
1 5lb pork roast

Rub the outside of the roast with Johnny’s Seasoning and German Mustard. Wrap tightly in cling wrap and refrigerate 24hrs. This step is critical for a well seasoned roast.

Pat roast dry (some mustard seed will cling to roast, and that’s okay) Use heavy bottomed sauce pan and sear the edges if the roast. This creates a nice crust and yummy bits left over in the pan. (Fond) Place roast in crock pot.

Add chicken stock to saucepan to deglaze the pan, add remaining german mustard. Simmer until 1/2 in volume. Pour over roast in crock pot.

Cook the roast on low for 2hrs and let sit on warm for 2. This is the perfect amount of time for us to go to church, cross country meet, and come home to a mostly cooked meal. We made sure the roast temped at 135degrees before pulling out of the crock pot (per Americas Test Kitchen direction for perfectly cooked pork chops)

We added brown rice and green beans as a sides with an orange or banana for dessert. My boys have to keep up their energy for those other meets!

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****Seasoning variation
2Tbs Penzeys Mural of Flavor Seasoning (Thanks Heidi)
3Tbs Johnny’s Seasoning
1/2c Chicken Broth
1 5lb pork roast

Follow directions above, but use all the seasoning in the rub, not the sauce pan. ~ Enjoy!

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40 Pounds of Chicken, oh my!!

I have heard about this Zaycon chicken event for some time and have decided it is time to try it out. Many of my online community (twitter: @tacomalynette and facebook: facebook\momismmoments) have raved about the quality and price of Zaycon Chicken.

40 pounds of chicken is ALOTTA of chicken! But, with my growing family, we are always looking for a way to save money on food. This chicken is only $1.69 per pound. Yep, thats right – and a pretty good deal for Boneless/Skinless Chicken Breasts. According to their website, their chicken is hormone free and fresh, never frozen. They have multiple spots for pickup all over the US!

This is a picture from their website describing the chicken. This should keep us in chicken for awhile. Now, you can say you have been forewarned that you will suddenly start seeing a BUNCH of really amazing recipes showcasing chicken!

Zaycon also has beef, bacon and a host of other products that become available on a rotating basis. I suspect my experience with this chicken could sell me, or not, on their other products as well.  As we use the chicken I will post another update to talk about how great, or not, the chicken is – so stay tuned! **Update: I LOVED their chicken! Such a great deal for such great meat! Use this link to order. https://www.zayconfoods.com/refer/zf145636 (By using this link it does give me a referral credit on their site – Thanks!)

When a Meal Is More Than Just a Meal

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I saw this post yesterday and it touched me, so I thought I would share with you. The blog, Modern Christian Woman is full of great recipes and the events of a real person. Her posts are honest, forward, and informational. But enough of the gushing…

I think this post captures how a simple act of love, preparing a meal and sharing it, can affect not only the giver. As we share the love it is like a pebble, makes ripples can affect those around us. What are you preparing for dinner tonight? Ours will be Pork Roast with German Mustard sauce. (post coming soon!)

A meal is more than just a meal when…

Its aroma can be smelled from the door to welcome a weary husband home after a long day.

It’s a special time created with little ones learning to cook with mom.

It represents unspoken comfort after a busy day at school and activities.

It becomes a gift and an excuse to chat with a lonely, elderly neighbor.

It provides hope, love and sustenance to someone who has gone without.

Too often I forget the power behind sharing a meal and what it can represent. The memories created by it.

In the busyness of life I want to remember that a meal is often more than just a meal – its comfort, love, warmth and hope.

And I’m thankful for the opportunities to share that with those around me – those I love.

– Stephanie

via When a Meal Is More Than Just a Meal | a {modern} christian woman.

50 Shades of Gratitude

This was posted yesterday, and it was so moving and such a thought provoker that I felt compelled to re-blog. My favorite quite if the bunch is:

“#33 No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.” ~ Alfred North Whitehead

This brings to mind some other really great quotes I’ve heard throughout my life.
“There is no ‘I’ in Team” and “Behind every great man stands an even better woman”.

I’m trying to turn this into a battle of the sexes. I’m just saying that whoever your partner is, in life or in work, you contribute to each others greatness, or you can be each others downfall. And when one falls, so go we all.

Powerful thoughts to be sure! So, show some gratitude to the people in your life, whoever they may be, for helping you become great!. Who is that person for you?

GYA today

Fall arrives in the Northern Hemisphere tomorrow, September 22, 2012. I love fall. But, I’m not in a hurry for it to arrive, I will happily wait one more day and enjoy today. That’s because today, September 21, is one of my favorite days. Besides being the last day of summer, it is also World Gratitude Day, which was established globally in 1965 and has been slowly gaining steam.

To commemorate World Gratitude Day, I have compiled my 50 favorite quotes on gratitude and appreciation. Since I painstakingly etched them on a parchment scroll, I thought I should share them. So, I have unfurled the scroll below for all to see. Collectively, they all lead back to the same benefits, but they each have their own subtle nuance or shade. Hence the title, 50 Shades of… oh well, you know what I mean.

This collection is not all-inclusive, of course, so…

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Great Ways to Reuse Chili

This is great! I just posted a White Chicken Chili receipe and this is the perfect foil for that post. She has great stuff and everyone should really check her out.

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Chilli is one of the best recipes in the world! Not just because it taste great but because it is so versatile to. It is also one of those dishes that you just throw a load of ingredients in a pot, whack it in the oven and just leave it. If you’re cooking for friends and they are late, who cares, your dinner will only taste better the longer it cooks for! Out of the batch that I made I also got 4 enchiladas and a sharing plate of nachos for 4 too, so it goes a long way. If you fancy eating it just as chilli then serve it with rice or with a buttered oven baked spud and it will be delicious.

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If you want to make enchiladas then just fill a tortilla wrap with chilli and guacamole. Top with lots of grated cheese or a béchamel sauce…

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