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Pork Lemongrass Baguette and Dreaming Tree Wine

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I love to make different foods that we wouldn’t normally eat. And this Pork Lemongrass Baguette is right up our alley! We don’t eat a lot of pork and I have been trying to incorporate it a bit more into our meals. But you guys, this recipe calls for fish sauce and if you have ever smelled fish sauce you might be doubting my recipe planning. But I promise you, you won’t be disappointed! Don’t let the fish sauce deter you. I didn’t even say anything about it until after dinner and after I heard all about how delicious it was and then I told my husband to smell it! hahaha!

I also found the most perfect wine to go with our Pork Lemongrass Baguette. The Dreaming Tree Crush is a story of artistry and a wine from none other than Dave Matthews. It was inspired by the desire to make high quality California wines that are accessible to wine lovers everywhere.

The Dreaming Tree makes high quality, delicious wines that are affordable so that anyone can enjoy them. My favorite is the Chardonnay.

I started with using boneless pork chops. I know that might not be the typical meat cut choice, but I wanted something small and thin for a lighter meal rather than large chunks of filling meat. I also took each of those pork chops and cut them in half to make smaller pieces. Then I made my marinade and let them sit overnight in the refrigerator before having my husband bbq them.

While the pork was grilling I sliced some carrots, red onion and cilantro for topping and then put the sandwich all together.

Look at this Pork Lemongrass Baguette…. Are you drooling? Because I am. This was delicious!

The Dreaming Tree has an amazing commitment to sustainable wine making practices and is celebrating donating over $1M to environmental programs that protect tree and forestry programs across the country.

I bought my Dreaming Tree at a local wine store but I have also found it at my local grocery store and supercenter stores. To find where you can buy it- visit their website and type in your zip code… It is that easy!

Another great snack to pair with these wines would be something as simple as cheese and bread or even a popcorn like BoomchickaPop!  It really goes great with anything.

Needing more info about The Dreaming Tree? Find them on Facebook and Instagram

Ingredients:

2 lbs boneless pork chops
carrots
cilantro
(4) 6 inch baguettes
Marinade for pork (recipe below)

Lemongrass Pork Marinade:

1/2 C. chopped lemongrass
1/2 C. sugar
3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp ground black pepper
2 tbsp soy sauce
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tbsp sesame oil
2 tbsp olive oil

1. Mix ingredients for marinade together, add pork and let marinade overnight.
2. Next, you want to grill until the pork is completely cooked on BBQ
3. Slice Baguettes in half the long way, adding grill pork, sliced carrots and chopped cilantro
4. Enjoy!

Now you know some of my favorite pairings with The Dreaming Tree Crush, what would you pair with it?

Delicious Crock pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole

It is a rainy day here in the Pacific NorthWest and sometimes I might complain about that but not today. Today I am grateful for this rain and watching is wash away some of this insane snow we have had that doesn’t want to go away!

That is why today I wanted to share this Crock pot Chicken Tater Tot Casserole with you.

It is so easy to make and it is a perfect warm meal to have on a cooler rainy day.

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The ingredients are few, which I love, and with in just a few hours you’ll have a yummy dinner.

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I started with spraying the inside of the crockpot with non stick cooking spray and cover the bottom with tater tots.

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Add half of the bacon bits

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Then a layer of cheese.

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Now add in your diced chicken

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Next you’ll add another layer of cheese and then tater tots

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Add the rest of the bacon bits

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And top with cheese.

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Turn on the crockpot and let it cook!

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Then enjoy every last bite!

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  • 1 32 oz. bag frozen tater tots
  • 1 3 oz. bag bacon pieces
  • 1lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts, diced
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • salt & pepper
  1. Spray your crockpot with cooking spray
  2. Cover the bottom of the crockpot with tater tots
  3. Sprinkle with half of the bacon bits
  4. Top with a layer of the shredded cheese
  5. Add diced chicken on top
  6. Layer of shredded cheese
  7. Top with the rest of the tater tots
  8. Add the last of the bacon bits and shredded cheese
  9. Pour milk over the top.
  10. Cover and cook on low about 4 hours.

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We are tater tot casserole lovers but this was really a fun change from how I normally make it with hamburger!

Have you ever had this? Did your family love it as much as mine?

2016 Year in Review

You guys, January isn’t getting off to a very good start as far as blogging going. I have every intention to blog and I have many posts semi ready to share, however, I just cant seem to make/find time do actually do it. So here we are.

I thought I’d start with a quick 2016 recap.

January we spent a lot of time inside because it was soo old outside! We we to Trav’s work dinner, so I had to go before hand to try on dresses and we spent time with friends. Oh, and worked out.

February warmed up a little and we hit the park several times. I turned 33, We attended friend’s birthday parties, we grew grass just because we can, we did math and I won tickets to a Justin Bieber concert. (And Yes, I was super excited) #noshameinmygame

March we headed to Grandpa’s house for a long weekend, saw a HUGE herd of elk along the way. We went fishing and enjoyed the sunshine, but didn’t really enjoy the crazy wind! We picked buttercups at Papa’s house, we celebrated Daddy’s birthday, celebrated Easter, and I took my niece to Justin Bieber. And yes, I took pictures of him shirtless. (See above hashtag.)

In April we attended Zachary’s track meets, Summer and I had a girls weekend while the boys went to Montana, we spent a lot of time at the park, celebrated Zachary’s birthday, and went to a fun day at Daddy’s work.

May was spent outside a lot! We played at the park with friends, lunch dates with friends, Tyler played T-ball, Zachary ran track, we sent birthday balloons to Grandma in heaven, celebrated Papa’s birthday, ran through the sprinklers and Tyler graduated preschool.

June I got to have a girls night with my best friend, kid less, which never happens! We had a play date with cousins from Seattle, we picked strawberries, we finished up the school year, Summer caught her first fish, I made “best friend” shirts for Summer and I. We celebrated our bestie Haidyn’s birthday, Summer got her ears pierced, We celebrated father’s day, we had a huge storm make it’s way through and we watched my sweet niece Kaylee graduate from high school. We played outside on the slip n slide, saw Finding Dory, we swam in the river a ton, and had a big BBQ with our friends.

July was spent almost entirely at the lake, river or pool. Sometimes with friends, always with family. We watched fireworks with our besties, celebrated a sweet girls first birthday, watched many beautiful sunsets, colored Zach’s hair green, went fishing, picked and canned an insane amount of cherries, went to the local theme park and took a fun ride on a boat with friends.

August was another month outside. Lots of time at a beautiful lake, sprinklers and water fights in the back yard, we make bird feeders, we visited the sunflowers, went to the movies with friends, and spent a ton of time at the park. Tyler got to go to his Kindergarten open house and meet his teacher! Zach and I went to Watershed, which is a big Country music festival. We saw some of our favorites, like Chris Janson, Travis Tritt, Brothers Osborne, Jason Aldean, Eric Church and Keith Urban. It was three days for of amazing music, fun food, rides and interesting people!

September was another busy month. Zach started high school. Tyler started Kindergarten. Summer started preschool.

That’s enough for any mom, right?

We also celebrated Summer’s 4th birthday with a fun tea party full of fun girls. We finally got a new dishwasher after ours went belly up, so we changed out our stove and put in a new microwave while we were at it. We went to the fair, where we rode the rides, ate fun food and fed the animals. Plus, Tyler rode a sheep!

In October Summer and I got to have another girls weekend while the boys went to Montana. (where they caught some huge fish!) Summer went on her first field trip to the pumpkin patch, then Tyler had his first field trip to the pumpkin patch. Zach went to his first high school dance and my little Batman and Cowgirl enjoyed Halloween. Tyler turned 6 and we celebrated by having an awesome Batman birthday party. No superhero party is complete with out capes and masks, right?

In November Summer had career day where a Dr and Cop both came to speak in her class. She loved both and now wants to be both. Papa took Tyler to Dad’s and Donuts at school and taught Summer about birds. We did lots of crafts, celebrated Thanksgiving and Travis did a lot of fishing. He also found this awesome arrowhead! Plus the green in Zach’s hair is just about gone. (yeah, that is something to celebrate!)

December was a cold month! We got a new fridge to match our other new appliances, we went to Tyler’s school friends birthday party, enjoyed Summer’s preschool Christmas concert, had a wonderful long weekend at Christmas and rung in the new year with friends.

We had a wonderful year and I look forward to the amazing memories we are already making in 2017!

Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

While everyone is sharing all their Christmas desserts, I am over here still sharing pumpkin everything! But that is because I made so many delicious pumpkin treats this fall that I can’t keep them all to myself! And these Pumpkin Sugar Cookies are no exception!

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I am always browsing Pinterest for recipes to try and if you have ever looked at my pinterest, you already know, I have waay too many recipes pinned. But what you don’t see are my secret boards full of more recipes that I think I need to try right away!!

Lately I have shared the Pumpkin Puree I made and an amazing Pumpkin Poke Cake, so today I want to share some delicious Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. This recipe made a great amount of cookies and I froze abut half of them. It is always nice to pull out a package of cookies in a couple of weeks and eat them again!

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There are not too many ingredients, so this is pretty fast cooking! But after you make your dough you do need to let the dough sit in the fridge for at least 20 minutes to chill. I should have let them sit longer because my dough wasn’t interested in rolling. It was still pretty sticky! I ended up just scooping out my and sprinkling with the sugar.

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Home made pumpkin puree is just amazing. You really know where your food is coming from and the ingredients in it: Pumpkin!

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These pumpkin sugar cookies really are delicious and they have the perfect amount of pumpkin in them too!

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Pumpkin Sugar Cookie Recipe adapted from Wine and Glue

  • 1 1/2 c sugar
  • 2 1/2 c all purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 14 Tbsp butter (1 3/4 stick) room temperature
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 c pumpkin puree

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350®
  2. In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon together and set aside.
  3. Using a mixer, mix together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg yolk, vanilla, and the pumpkin until well combined.
  5. On low, mix in the flour mixture until well combined.
  6. Refrigerate the cookie dough for 20 minutes.
  7. Roll the dough into one inch sized balls. Roll in sugar and ut onto a lined baking mat.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes
  9. Let cool on the pan for a couple of minutes before moving to a cooling rack to cool completely.

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What are your favorite cookies?

Pumpkin Poke Cake

Because of all the pumpkin puree I made, we have been eating all sorts of pumpkin desserts lately. One of my favorites was this Pumpkin Poke Cake!

It is one of those desserts that needs to sit overnight or at least all day. So don’t be like me and think that you can just whip it up and eat it right then!

One afternoon I decided I wanted it for after dinner that night. So not thoroughly reading the directions I started making the cake…. And realized I would be eating it the next day…. Bummer for me!

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But it is definitely a cake that tastes better after you let it sit! So don’t skip that step because you are impatient! I really thought it was better even on the second and third days. Then I had to stop eating it because it was just a lot! It is so rich but amazingly delicious! So make sure you make this when you can share with your friends or family.

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With the cake mix, you do NOT add the ingredients from the box! I was a little nervous but trusted the recipes and it worked perfectly.

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After your cake is done, let it cool to room tempurature.

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Once it is cooled down use the handle end of a wooden spoon and poke all over the cake.

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Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, making sure to get some in each of the holes.

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Next you will spread on the cool whip. Sorry for this terrible night picture!

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And add on teh Heath bites

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Now drizzle the caramel all over the cake and let rest in the fridge over night. You really do want to let this sit for as long as you can. Mine sat for about 24 hours before we dug in.

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I loved every delicious bite of this Pumpkin Poke Cake!

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Pumpkin Poke Cake recipe from Something Swanky

  • 1 box yellow cake mix
  • 2 C pumpkin puree (NOT PUMPKIN PIE FILLING)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • 8 oz. container cool whip
  • 1/2 bag Heath Bits
  • Caramel Sundae Sauce

Instructions

  1. Mix together the cake mix, the pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice until a batter forms. (Do NOT use the other ingredients from the cake mix instructions!!!)
  2. Put your batter into a greased 9×13 baking dish and bake at 350º for 35-45 minutes. You want to insert a knife and make sure it comes out clean.
  3. Let the cake completely cool. Using the handle of a wooden spoon, poke holes all over the top of the cake
  4. Pour the sweetened condensed milk over the cake, filling each of the holes. Refrigerate for 60 minutes to let the sweetened condensed milk soak into the cake.
  5. Spread the cool whip over top of cake. Add the Heath bits, and drizzle caramel over top. Refrigerate at least 5+ hours but overnight would be ideal.

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Have you ever tried Pumpkin Poke Cake? Or any other poke cakes?