Life update…..

It happened. I honestly tried not to let it. You blink, and months have flown by! You finally have a moment to sit and decompress from the hustle and bustle, and realize that you used to have a life outside of work. What did you do with all that free time? You blogged! oh, yeahhhhh! About that….haven’t updated in a while, huh?

Since my mind thinks in lists lately, here’s the list of what’s kept us busy:

1a. Teaching – 4th graders are funny little people! I have a bunch of sweet, kind, and funny students this year. Lots of characters in there. Sometimes Ranger helps me grade papers.
Ranger Grading papers

1b. – Robby’s job is going well. =) I don’t know much about it, but he says it’s good!

2. It’s fall in Texas. That means FOOTBALL! We’ve been traveling to home games for Texas A&M (whoop!) It’s always fun to catch up with friends at games.
Aggie 2014

Aggie game 2014

3. If we haven’t been at the game, we’ve watched with friends and thrown a party.

4. Robby went hunting! Unfortunately, it rained the entire time. Still, he enjoyed visiting with friends.

5. Family! My momma came to visit us in Midland! It was a great time catching up with her.
mom and me

6. Ranger! Our sweet pup is almost one year old, and has a ton of energy. She keeps us active!!
Ranger & Football

7. Friends! I got to catch up with my college girls as well as lots of time with my Bible study friends.
Jess' Wedding

summer mummers

And so, there you go! Not much cooking going on around here, but I’m hoping to make some yummy spice cake cookies tomorrow for Bible Study. We’ll see if that happens!

Grilled Mexican Pork Chops

Sometimes I feel like my life revolves around scheduling dinner. Finding recipes, making sure it’s healthy and that I can eat it (gluten free, lactose free), making sure we don’t double up on genre (nobody really wants pasta 3 nights in a row, do they?), dodging traffic at our busy H.E.B grocery store, making something that is finished in 45 minutes or less after a long day of work, and on and on! Yes, the week is set by the menu!

For tonight, we’re going light and healthy.  Fire up the grill and get ready!

The main ingredients for my inspiration:  Pork chops, taco seasoning, corn on the cob, and sweet potatoes

Prep Work:   (The potatoes and corn can be prepped the night before if you need to save time.)

1.  Rub pork chops generously with taco seasoning.  Let sit for 10-15 minutes while you prep the veggies.

2.  Shuck and clean ears of corn.  Lay the corn on a square of foil.  Place a few slabs of butter, sprinkle generously with cayenne and salt&pepper.  Roll each ear of corn in it’s on foil and seal.  (If you have extra taco seasoning, you can use that on the corn!)

3.  Peel potatoes and cube into 1 inch pieces.  Create a foil packet and season generously with garlic salt and cayenne.

Grill time!

  1.  Add the potatoes and corn first on the grill at a medium heat and let cook for 15-20 minutes undisturbed.
  2. Flip the corn and potatoes and move the sides of burners (or top rack if you have one, away from direct heat.)
  3. Add pork chops.  Grill 6-8 minutes on each side, checking to make sure the inside has been cooked through before removing from the grill.

The result:  PURE DELICIOUSNESS!    And super easy!   The hubby and I enjoy this meal because it is pretty simple on clean up (throw away the foil and only a few dishes to clean.) as well as it gives us some time to catch up on our day and visit while the food cooks.


**Note – this can be done in the oven/stove.   Preheat oven to 350 and cook the corn and potatoes in foil packets for 30 minutes.   Cook the pork on the stove top over medium heat.