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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.
2 lbs boneless pork chops
(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
Now you know some of my favorite pairings with The Dreaming Tree Crush, what would you pair with it?
I feel like so often people think that they have to get or receive something in order to feel good. Something has to be “happening” for them to feel good. But that is not true. Sure, those times when someone does something nice for you it does make you feel good and maybe even make you want to pay if forward. But why wait until someone does something for you? Why not start that chain yourself?
Everyone wants those moments that make them feel good about themselves, about their relationships, about their life choices.
A few of my favorite things are:
Getting a pedicure
Getting my hair cut and/or colored
Eating healthy food
Going to a movie with the kids
Having a date night with my husband
You get the drift, yes?
But what about even smaller moments? The #FeelGooder moments?
Like eating healthy food and starting my kids off on making good food choices while they are young.
Buying the persons coffee that is in line behind me.
Renting a movie and eating popcorn on the couch with my husband and kids.
Or coloring in a coloring book with the kids.
Making a holiday countdown.
Making holiday treats to share with our friends and family.
Filling a paper bag with food and toiletries to donate to a shelter.
If you ever look on Pinterest you have probably seen something called a “Blessings Bag”. It is where you take a Gallon size bag (or something similar) and you fill it with items that a homeless person could use. With it getting colder rapidly in the Pacific North West it is a great time to donate items to the shelter, or if you see a person on the side of the road asking for help. So I decided to put together some of these little bags to help out people in need.
Some of the items I decided to put in my bag include:
I will also be adding brand new socks and some cotton gloves, but I didn’t have any to show for my picture.
One thing I wanted to add in was Granola bars.
While I think any kind would be great, I picked the Perfectly Simple because of the ingredients in them and because they are packed with protein while still lower calorie to help keep you full for longer. They are individually wrapped which are perfect to put a couple inside of a Blessings Bag. And they come in four great flavors:
I have tried all 4 flavors and I will say that the Oatmeal Chocolate Crunch is the best!!
Want a coupon to get $1 off of your own Perfectly Simple granola bars? Get it HERE!
What do you do to create #feelgooder moments in your life?
I can’t believe it has been 5 years since I last worked. I remember when I left my job like it was yesterday. The decision to leave was made relatively quick, over a day or two. My husband and I worked together and had just gotten married. One of us had to leave and I was pregnant. It was pretty much a no brainer. We knew I would be the one to leave but it was bitter sweet. I even applied for other jobs, had a couple of interviews, but ultimately we knew I was going to stay home.
I never thought I would be sitting at home watching soap operas and eating bon bons (nor did I want to be), but I’ll admit that I was naïve enough that I thought I would have time to dig out the old VHS player and catch up on old movies I hadn’t seen in ages, or be able to get caught up on my scrapbooks before Tyler arrived. But you know how that goes. We bought a house, Tyler was born, less than two years later Summer was born and two years later… Here we are. Life never slows down and I swear that each year that goes by, the next goes even quicker. And instead, I’m making scrapbooks via Shutterfly, or whoever else has a free or heavily discounted book up for grabs.
One thing about it, being a mom is the hardest, most rewarding job out there. I am so grateful for Travis that he works so hard so that I can stay at home with the kids. And I love being home with them.
Now don’t get me wrong. My sleep is minimal and sometimes I want to pull my hair out. I have toddler songs running through my head all day long and I look forward to nap time every.single.day. There are times that Travis walks through the door and I have to just go close myself in the room to pee by myself. But if circumstances changed and I needed to go back to work I would be upset. I know it is not for everyone, but I like that I’m really the only one who raises my kids. I enjoy spending all day every day with them, even if that means I shower with two toddlers and I don’t pee by myself. Ever. Even if it means that my adult interaction is limited. It means that I still don’t have hand made scrapbooks, or watch movies because I can’t hear over the kids playing. or screaming.
But waking up to my kids talking and laughing. Making them breakfast, making lunches, getting kids on the bus and off to preschool, playdates and picnics at the park, not having to worry about taking time off to go to school functions or find a place for them to go during Spring break is such a wonderful feeling. It makes it all worth the long crazy days and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.