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Dry Rubbed Pork Loin with Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce

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This Dry Rubbed Pork Loin with Homemade Honey Barbecue Sauce was an absolute hit at my house.  So anytime my kids love a recipe, it is definetly a keeper.  I came up with this through a mixture of different recipes that I already used on other items, the dry rub was a rub that I use from time to time on pork chops and chicken, while the barbecue sauce is my go to homemade barbecue sauce. 
The best part of this meal for me was I paid $9 for this pork loin and had enough leftovers to get two meals out of it. 

To start off I removed as much of the fat and membrane from the pork loin as I possibly could.
I then mixed up my Dry Rub which consisted of:
1 tablespoon Paprika 2 teaspoons lemon pepper 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/8 teaspoon seasoned salt

After I mixed up the Dry Rub, I rubbed down my entire pork loin with it and placed it in my broaster oven (this can also be made in your regular oven).  I let…

Ideas For Celebrating New Year's Eve With Kids

With New Year’s Eve just around the corner now is the time to start preparing for your New Year’s Eve party. I am not one for going out on New Year’s Eve but instead choose to stay home with my kids that night. After supper we will take our baths, and will slip into our pajamas for a night of fun. If you are looking for a fun (and inexpensive) way to enjoy New Year’s Eve with your kids here are some great ideas.

Make it a Game Night

Our kids always receive a bunch of games at Christmas, so New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to play those new games. We turn the TV off, enjoy some snack foods and play board games.

Make a Time Capsule

This is something new that I plan to incorporate this year. We will sit around the table, write down our favorite memories for the year, and then seal it in a decorated Mason Jar. This will be put up in our Christmas Decorations. Next New Year’s Eve we will open it back up and enjoy our memories of 2012.

Write Letters to Family Members

This is a tip I read e…

Christmas 2012

I hope everyone had a great Christmas!  Yesterday I talked about Making Next Year's Christmas Even Better Than This Year's but today I wanted to talk about our family's Christmas this year.  I have to say this Christmas was one of my absolute favorites.  It was a fun few days of celebrations, and I really enjoyed myself. 
However, the month of December did not start out all that great.  I was super busy in my Etsy shop, and finsihing up finals for school.  It was very stressful.  I didn't have enough freezer meals planned out, and we ate out way too many times this month because I was too busy to cook.  We didn't make it to the holiday light displays or get to do some of the fun things we wanted to do because I was so crazy busy.  This will not happen again.  I am closing down my Etsy shop simply because I am worn out.  I will be opening my own website and offering only ready to ship items there. 
On December 21st I was finally able to set my crocheting aside an…

Making Next Year's Christmas Even Better Than This Year

The presents have been unwrapped, new toys are strewn from one end of the house to the other, and the after Christmas wind down has begun. Before you put this Christmas behind you in the history books now is the time to look at what worked this last year, or didn’t work for that matter while it is all still so fresh in your mind. Now is the time to look critically at how your Christmas experience played out and to write down what worked or didn’t work for you so that you can remember next year. Writing down your experience, thoughts, and things you want to remember is important because while you think that you will remember it all next year let’s be honest you won’t remember it at all.

One of the first steps to taking stock is to look at what your personal thoughts were on this year’s Christmas experience. Did you feel like you were rushed the entire month? Is there something that you can do to help beat that rush? Did you really like how your family went looking at Christmas lights…

Menu Plan Monday, October 22nd to 28th

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It's been a crazy few weeks around here!  We are moved in, have been busy remodeling our new living room, having a birthday party, and enjoying our fall break!  This week we are back to our normal day to day routine as it is back to school this week after a three week fall break.  That's right a three week break.  One of the joys of homeschooling is getting to set our own schedule and I love taking time off during the fall when the weather is beautiful!  We are going to be starting our four week unit study and countdown to Thanksgiving on Tuesday, as we have co-op on Monday. 
So with the back to school routine we are going to be busy, and my crockpot (or crackpot as my phone's auto-correct loves to change it to) will be my best friend this week 
Here's what we have on the menu for this week: Links to recipes are in red.  
Monday Breakfast:  Grab and Go Lunch:  Sandwiches, Pretzels, Cheese Cubes, and Fruit Dinn…

Menu Plan Monday, October 1st to 7th

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie. It's Menu Plan Monday, and I haven't posted in a little bit.  We have had some big and exciting changes around here that I haven't blogged much about lately but they will be a main part of my blog posts in the next few months.  We bought a new house.  We got it at an AMAZING price, which means it is going to need some work.  It is structurally sound but needs some cosmetics, paint, flooring, kitchen needs updating, stuff like that.  Which for the price we got it for, we can spend the money.  Plus, we like doing these things and we can do it the way we want it this way.  We are now in our new house but we have a mess, we still have quite a ways to go to get completely unpacked so that means meals are going to have to be pretty simple this week. Here's what I have planned for the week: (links to recipes are in red) Monday - Soups and Sandwiches Tuesday - School, Errands, Eating Out Wednesday - Crockpot Beef Stro…

Menu Plan Monday, September 3rd to 9th

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm An Organizing Junkie. I hope everyone faired Hurricane Issac pretty well.  We were suppose to get quite a bit of rain from the storm here but it missed us for the most part, although last night we did lose electricity for a few hours.  The kids didn't mind though because it happened while I was fixing supper and resulted in a trip to Pizza Hut for dinner.  So last night's meal didn't go as planned but here is what I have on the menu for the rest of the week: Links to recipes are in red Tuesday Dinner - Salmon Patties, Seasoned Potatoes Wednesday Doctors Appointment, School and Church Eating Out Thursday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Barbecue Sandwiches, Tater Tots Dinner - French Dip Sandwiches Au Jus, Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries Friday  Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Applesauce Dinner -Creamy Shrimp and Mushroom Pasta, Texas Toast Saturday Brunch - Sausage,Cinnamon Bun Pancakes Dinner - Beef and Bean Enchilada Casserole Sunday

Menu Plan Monday, August 27th to September 2nd

Join us for Menu Plan Monday atI'm an Organizing Junkie. It is soo hard to believe that it is already a new week.  This week has flown by.  In fact it seems like the last few years have flown by.  Sunshine will be turning 12 on Thursday!  I have no idea how that happened!  We will be having a birthday party for her on Saturday.  Last week I made a Slow Cooker Bolgonese Sauce that I had found on Pinterest (love that site).  It was a huge hit with the family and it is what I am going to cook for her party.  Nice and easy! I am also going to be on a budget this week so we are going to be eating 100% out of our pantry this week.  No grocery shopping except for her birthday party! Here's what I have planned for the next week: links to recipes are in red Monday - Homeschool Co-op Day Breakfast - Blueberry Muffins Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Super Easy Peanut Butter Cookies Dinner - Kelsey's Favorite Stuffed Green Peppers, Mashed Potatoes Tuesday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Ve…

Menu Plan Monday, August 20th to 26th

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This week is going to be a very busy week for me, so I will be relying heavily on my crockpot and freezer meals to get dinner on the table.  Transitioning into this super busy schedule is going to be a lot of work but hopefully the transition will be smooth.
I have been putting in a lot of work to make cooking easier for me (I will blog more about this on Wednesday), and it has been paying off.  I really like the idea of planning out all of our meals for the day, and will continue to do this, even if breakfast and lunch are just basic meals.
Here's what I have planned for this week: links to recipes are in red
Monday - Homeschool Co-op Day Breakfast - Make Ahead Omelette Muffins Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Chips, Fruit Cups Dinner - Roast Beef and Gravy, Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Chicken Noodle Soup, Grilled Cheese Sandwiches Dinner - Pork Chop Suey with White Rice
Wednesday Breakfast - Freezer Brea…

Week In Review, August 19th

This week has been a very busy week for our family, and was our last week before our busy fall schedule starts next week.I am looking forward to the changes that are coming, and know that we have a lot on our plate, but I feel that God is leading us.With him in the lead I know that there is nothing too big for us.I have been praying for the strength and energy it is going to take to get through it.I will be homeschooling three kids, with co-op on Mondays where I teach three classes.In addition to that I will be going to college full-time with fifteen credit hours scheduled, my classes will take up most of Tuesday and Thursday, with an accounting class on Wednesday nights.Add in a very busy Etsy business, as well as a husband with a chronic illness, and I have a lot on my plate.In addition to all of the above, we have weekly gymnastics/cheerleading for Sunshine, violin lessons for Sunshine and Little Man, and soccer for Little Man coming up.My head hurts just thinking about it!

Now, l…

Menu Plan Monday, August 13th to 19th

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Last weeks doctor's appointments and unexpected events caused us to miss a few meals last week which I am carrying over to this week since the shopping for them has already been done!  YAY! 
The Italian Vegetable Soup from last week was a huge hit!  Which suprised me.  Sunshine and The Mister are not big on vegetables, and Sunshine dislikes anything that is "mixed together".  They both loved this though.  I was out of kidney beans so we left them out.  I also only put macaroni noodles in the kids soup.  The soup base tasted awesome for this, which was great, it is definetly going on our menu in the future.
Here's what I have planned for next week: links to recipes are in red
Monday Breakfast - Sausage Biscuits Lunch (At Co-op) - Turkey Sandwiches, Pretzels, Grapes, and Cheese Cubes Dinner - Wine and Tomato Braised Chicken with Papparadelle Pasta (New Recipe that is cooked in Slow Cooker)
Tuesday Breakfast -

Week in Review, August 11th

This week has been quite a tumultous week in the Modern Day Mom household.  We have had so much going on, and doctor's visits have turned our plans for the rest of the summer. 

As I said last week Sunshine was coming off of the flu and Little Man was getting over pneumonia.  However, they weren't the ones whose doctors visits were scary.  The Mister was in a car wreck in 2008 where among other things he broke three vertebrates in his neck.  He had a failed spinal fusion a few months later, and has struggled with issues from it ever since.  On Tuesday we learned from an MRI that he now has a bone spur that is in contact with his spinal cord.  They don't know exactly how much damage it has caused but he is already showing major weakness on his left side from it.  Yesterday (Friday) he had a myleogram done to see how much damage is done.  So now he is spending the weekend and the beginning of next week flat on his back in bed recovering.  We won't know the results for a…

Menu Plan Monday, August 6th to 12th

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Everybody seems to be on the mend after last week's battle with illness.  It was a long week where nothing was accomplished, so I am hoping for a much better week this week.  This week I am going to be doing something a little different and planning out all of my meals, I am hoping that this will make my life just a little bit easier. 
Here's what I have planned for this week: Links to recipes are in red.
Monday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Turkey Sandwiches, Fresh Fruit Dinner - Lemon Pepper Swai (New Recipe), Wild Rice Snack - Frozen Yogurt Ice Cream
Tuesday Breakfast - Cereal Lunch - Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Peaches Dinner - Italian Vegetable Soup Snack - Frozen Yogurt Bites
Wednesday Breakfast -Egg Beaters Fresh Veggie Omelet Lunch - Salads Dinner - Baked Salmon Patties (adapted from my normal Salmon Patty Recipe), Crispy Seasoned Oven Fries Snack - Fresh Fruit
Thursday Breakfast - Healthy Breakfast Pancake L…

Week in Review, August 4th

This week in The Modern Day Mom house has not been much of one to brag about.  We have been sick, sick, and sick.

Last week Little Man started getting sick on Thursday afternoon, when of course the doctors office was closed on Friday.  It never fails, my kids always get sick as the doctor's office closes.  So we spent all of last weekend laying around, and trying anyway we could to make him feel better.  We debated taking him to the ER but decided to wait until Monday to take him to the ER.  I am never any good at making that call. 

Monday was my birthday (YAY!) but I had to go to school for my last final of the summer semester.  While I was at school my husband took Little Man to the doctor to find out he had pneumonia.So no big celebration for my birthday and so much for my big plans for summer fun while I was out of school and before school for the kiddos start full-time.  We are going back to homeschooling this year, and they will start co-op on the 13th.

We spent the rest o…

Menu Plan Monday on Wednesday....

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Yes, I know it's Wednesday but the most important thing is that I did finally get a menu plan up isn't it?  Only if it is for just a few days of the week.  It has been a busy week so far, but a break is on the way.  This is my last week of my summer semester of school, which means we have a few weeks with no sports, no school for me, and no school for the kiddos.  Now we can finally have a chance to enjoy some free time.  I am looking forward to taking the kids to the pool, playing games, and getting things accomplished around the house.  If I really feel froggy I might even start addressing my Christmas cards.  This would probably be a great idea since I will be in school at Christmas time, the kids will be busy with pre-Christmas activities, and Christmas is the biggest time of the year in my Etsy shop.  So we shall see what all I manage to get accomplished.
Here's what I have on the menu for the rest of the w…

Menu Plan Monday, July 16th to 23rd

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Wow!  It has been a full months since I have posted a menu plan.  Both my waist and walllet are showing it right now!  It has been a busy summer and trying to even eat at home has been quite the battle.  This week won't be much be too much better as far as finding time at home but here is what I have planned so far for this week:
Links to recipes are in red.
Monday - Doctor's Appointment Eating Out
Tuesday -Egg Beaters Fresh Vegetable Omelet
Wednesday - Doctor's Appointment Eating Out
Thursday - Shrimp and Vegetable Stir Fry using beef instead of shrimp
Friday - Tacos
Saturday - Kelsey's Favorite Stuffed Green Peppers
Sunday - Pork Chops Marsala, Roasted Red Mashed Potatoes, Asparagus

Menu Plan Monday, June 4th to 10th

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While we don't have a lot scheduled this week, we have a big week ahead of us.  I start back to classes on Monday, which is going to be a big adjustment for us. 
Here is what I have planned for us this week: links to recipes are in red
Monday - Grilled Salmon with Honey Soy Marinade (left over from last week), brown rice
Tuesday - Dry Rub Pork Chops with Honey Barbecue Sauce (left over from last week), Low Calorie Low Fat Mashed Potatoes, Lima Beans
Wednesday - Chili
Thursday - Mediterranean Style Grilled Salmon , Wild Rice
Friday - Slow Cooker Pork Fajitas
Saturday - Smoked Sausage Au Gratin Skillet
Sunday - Eating Out After Church

Menu Plan Monday, May 28th to June 3rd

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Summer break is finally here, and our life is getting back to normal, at least for a while.  The kids finished up school last week, however I start summer classes next week.  Sunshine hasn't been feeling well, and last week her doctor said her asthma is so out of control that she has to stop softball for a little while.  He said the heat is just too much right now, but she can continue with gymnastics since it is indoors.  Little Man only has two more baseball games before his tournament starts.  So things are starting to really slow down around here for us.
Here's what I have on the menu for this week: links to recipes are in red
Monday - Steaks on the grill,  Baked Potatoes, Corn on the Cob, Yummy Dinner Rolls
Tuesday - Dry Rub Pork Chops with Honey Barbecue Sauce, Corn on the Cob
Wednesday - Doctor's appointment and Ball Game, Eating Out
Thursday - Baked Crab Cakes (recipe coming soon), Baked Potatoes, Corn on…

Menu Plan Monday, April 23rd to April 29th

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Last week was a busy week around here and I haven't been feeling my best.  You know how it is when you aren't sick enough to stay in the bed all day but you aren't feeling good either.  It's almost more frustrating than being full blown sick, you don't feel good enough to do anything but you don't feel completely awful either. 
This will be week number three for my husband on The Cardiac Diet.  He is adjusting pretty good to the diet, and everyone in the house has been eating the heart-healthy meals.  He has dropped a total of 10 pounds now, but the scale hasn't moved for me yet.  How does that happen?  I guess I need to look at it as the goal is to be healthier not necessarily skinnier!
We tried several new recipes last week since we are having to change our entire way of cooking and I must say they were all hits.  So if you are looking for heart healthy recipes you might want to check out my m…

Tempt My Tummy Tuesday - Baked Swai

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As I said yesterday my husband is now on The Cardiac Diet which means my way of cooking has changed completely.  This Baked Swai recipe is based upon the Sicilian-Style Cod recipe in this month's Redbook Magazine with a few changes.  The original recipe called for Italian Style Bread Crumbs but I used the plain breadcrumbs because they were lower in sodium.  Another change I made was the recipe called for kosher salt to be sprinkled over the rolled fish, which I left out.
4 - 6 Ounce Swai Fillets 1/2 cup Panko Breadcrumbs 1 Tablespoon Each Dark and Golden Raisins 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice 2 tablespoons Parsley
1.  Preheat Oven to 400 degrees and coat pan with olive oil cooking spray.
2.  In a small bowl comine all ingredients except the fish fillets.

3.  Spoon about two tablespoons of the breadcrumb mixture onto each fillet and roll.  I had to use a toothpick to hold the fillets in the roll.

4.  Drizzle a sma…