Freezer Meals – Mediterranean Pork

Freezer Meal Time!

I’ve mentioned in my last few posts that these adorable monkey feet and adjusting to parenthood have made it very difficult for me to stand in the kitchen and prepare a nice and healthy meal each night.

I mean, c’mon…

Adorable FeetSock Monkey FeetObviously, I’d much rather enjoy every moment I can with my little guy (and take pictures of his feet!). Enter the freezer meal…

Today – Mediterranean Pork.

Freezer Meals – Mediterranean Pork What’s a freezer meal?

A meal that is prepped and frozen prior to cooking all day in the crock pot. Pretty simple, right?

Well, without a doubt, they are lifesavers! But are they any good? Round one (pot roast) proved successful! So let’s move on to the next one…

First, the supplies:

Large Freezer Bags (gallon)
Marker (permanent wouldn’t hurt)
Vacuum Seal (not necessary, but definitely an added bonus. We LOVE ours and use it all the time)

Next, the ingredients:

6-8 Pork chops
1 Sweet potato (although we used two the first time and three large sweet potatoes the second time)
½ Cup of olive oil
2 Cups of chicken Stock (we used three to four, unmeasured because of the extra sweet potatoes to ensure we had enough liquid)
4 Cloves of garlic, chopped (we always tend to use extra here too because we love the stuff)
2 Tablespoons of paprika
2 Tablespoons of chicken seasoning (we used Montreal Chicken)
2 Tablespoons of dried oregano
2 Tablespoons of dried basil (we used fresh basil because we grow it out back)

Before we begin:

Write the name of the dish and all of the ingredients on the freezer bag/s in permanent marker. Include the cooking instructions. Don’t assume you will remember later on. We may *think* we’ll remember later, but probably not.

Prep Instructions:

Peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Chop or slice the garlic cloves.

Mix the sweet potatoes, garlic, olive oil and all the seasonings together in a large bowl.

And finally, bag the food. If necessary, use two separate freezer bags… one for the sweet potato mixture and one for the pork.   I didn’t add the chicken stock until I was ready to cook.

Cooking Instructions:

Thaw the pork and sweet potatoes overnight in the fridge. The next day, dump everything in the crock pot (I love crock pot dishes!!). Pour in the chicken stock. I like to add a little of the stock before I put the food in and then pour the rest over the top, but people say I’m weird.

Cook on low for eight hours.

But is it any good?

Delicious! We’ve already made this dish twice. And I have a feeling we’ll have it again soon…

Enjoy!

What do you think?  Is this recipe worth a try?  I’d love to hear from you!

Original Pinterest recipe found on this site:

http://kleinsis.wordpress.com/2013/03/01/its-nearly-time-lets-pepare/

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

 

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Summer Book Crush 2014 – 80 Titles, 99 Cents!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

 

December 26th through December 30th – 60+ Authors, 60+ Books, All 99 Cents!

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Included with these fabulous authors and titles is my YA mystery, Football Sweetheart!

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High School Football can be MURDER…

Aimee Freeman is looking forward to the start of her senior year. She knows her best friend Ella has been keeping secrets from her all summer long, but with football season right around the corner, the student trainer decides not to worry about it-they’ll have plenty of time to catch up on the field.

Then Ella goes missing, and Aimee realizes those secrets might be the key to finding her. As the case unfolds, Aimee discovers more than one person may have wanted to harm Ella. Was it Ella’s current boyfriend, a social outcast the entire city seems intent on blaming for her disappearance? Or her ex-boyfriend, the beloved star quarterback who has harassed Ella since their breakup? The list of potential suspects continues to grow after Aimee reads Ella’s journal, but she must break her best friend’s secret code to reveal their identities.

Unbeknownst to Aimee, her investigation has not gone unnoticed. Ella’s abductor is watching and waiting. Will he decide Aimee needs to be silenced-making her the next target?

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Readers agree that Football Sweetheart is hard to put down and perfect reading for adults and teens alike!  Take advantage of this weekend’s sale spectacular and buy a copy for under a dollar!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available onKindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via TwitterFacebookGoogle+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Football Sweetheart Holiday Sale!

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Fall’s Must Read New and Recent Releases

Fall is my favorite time of year, especially when the weather actually cools once the sun goes down.  For me, there’s nothing much better than curling up in my comfy chair, throwing a blanket over my legs, lighting a candle, and reading a great book on those cool fall nights.  So today, I’ve decided to share six new releases that are must reads on my bookshelf.  If you’re looking for the next bestseller in the young adult, mystery, suspense, fantasy, and thriller genres, check these out and help support six fabOoolous authors!

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Skeleton’s Key by Stacy Green

Cage Foster can’t catch a break. The discovery of a dusty skeleton in the antebellum home he’s caring for is bad enough. But the unearthing of two fresh bodies, buried during his tenure at Ironwood Plantation, may land Cage on Mississippi’s death row. Even worse, the one person certain of his innocence is a pushy Yankee newcomer, a woman who talks too fast and still believes in the romance of the Old South.

A specialist in historical renovation, Dani Evans intends to restore Ironwood to its former glory while she rebuilds her life after the death of her mother. Death, hidden treasure, and falling in love with a murder suspect were not part of the plan. The lure of the infamous Ironwood treasure cache convinces Dani the skeleton is the key to unraveling the legend, and that the treasure itself is the motive for the murders.

Cage is certain an old grudge is setting him up for murder, but the evidence against him is mounting and time is running out. Dani believes she can find the truth before Cage is arrested, but her search for answers will uncover a descent into madness that should have stayed buried.

Skeleton’s Key is now available!

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Black Opal by Catie Rhodes

I’m Peri Jean Mace, and I see ghosts. Between the ghosts and my own dumb choices, my life is a puke-inducing screamer of a roller coaster ride.

My latest dumb choice catapults me all the way from East Texas to South Louisiana. So far, it’s been a trip to the bad crap zone. My boyfriend and I got into a fight because he’s a lying jerk. A ghost trashed my car because she wants her murder solved. The boyfriend’s ex-wife—who’s still sniffing around—loves the drama because she’s a…never mind.

I’d love nothing more than to take the next bus back to Texas. But this teenage ghost is my boyfriend’s sister who went missing twenty years ago. Her family needs to know what happened.

Now I’m stuck in this huge house with people I didn’t even know existed twenty-four hours ago. They’re nice enough, but talk about awkward. This family’s secrets could be the basis of a tell-all tabloid soap opera.

Trying to solve this murder might be another one of my dumb choices. There’s more suspects than ants on ice cream. The killer has gotten away with this for twenty years, and it seems like any clues would be long lost.

But every conversation reveals another secret. Little bits and pieces lock together as I close in on a horrifying truth.

How far will a murderer go to protect a secret? My guess is pretty durn far.

Black Opal is now available!

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Almost Matched by Angela O. Peart

Twenty-five-year-old Natalie Davenport lugs substantial baggage. One boyfriend after the next has been a total disaster, leaving Natalie distrustful toward the male population in general. So when Colin Hampton crosses her path, she’s cautious. Her heart (and some other body parts!) nudges her to go for it, while her head wants her to run for the hills.

Colin is one of those gorgeous guys who attract women, no matter the age or marital status. With a successful career at a popular Seattle radio station, hard body, and charming personality, he is the complete package. But something dark lurks in the corners of his soul; some murky experience that has changed him—maybe for the better, but maybe for the worse.

Will he steal her heart and stomp over it like other guys did?

Will she let him into her heavily fortified world despite herself?

Or will they settle somewhere in the middle—establishing the emotional boundaries to protect them from falling in love?

Almost Matched will be available this weekend!

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Broken Spell by Fabio Bueno

Be careful what you wish for.

Skye wanted to find the Singularity. She got what she sought, but to protect the most powerful witch alive, Skye had to betray her coven. Now she regrets entangling her boyfriend Drake in her hidden world.

Drake yearned for Skye, but now he finds out that getting the girl is just the beginning: keeping the girl is the hard part. When tragedy strikes, Drake faces an impossible choice that could destroy his family and his shot at love.

The vicious Night covens seek retribution at all costs. Wicked Jane has returned, scarred from her last confrontation with Drake and Skye, and holding a baffling secret that may change everything.

Dangerous alliances arise. The Veil is about to be broken.

Falling in love has never been harder.

Broken Spell is now available!

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Dreamsnatcher by Angela Wallace

Lexa has spent the past five years training the princess of Teltania in dreamwalking, but with Taryn’s eighteenth birthday approaching, the girl has increasing royal duties and Lexa is getting ready to retire yet again. This time she’s looking forward to settling down and sailing with Sir Neil Duram—until his ship barely survives a raider attack.

The raiders have been hounding Teltania’s coast and their victims are falling into comas. With Neil’s crew at risk, Lexa sets out to find a cure. But things aren’t what they seem. She discovers that the comatose have been snatched from their dreams and stolen into the dreamscape.

The scattered cases soon become a potential plague, and Lexa has to find the connection between the waking world raiders and the dream snatchers. Is there a third dreamwalker out there, or something much more sinister? Lexa’s desperate search for answers will drive her to the edge in order to save everything she cares about.

Dreamsnatcher is now available!

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Chain of Shadows by Steven Montano

****BOOK 6 OF THE BLOOD SKIES SERIES****

The barrier between worlds has been broken, and the invasion is about to begin.

Eric Cross, burdened by the loss of those who’ve died under his command, must lead his recently reunited mercenary team against the shadow wolf sorcerers known as the Maloj. Bound to dire artifact blades and charged with protecting the Kindred, Cross seeks help from the enigmatic White Mother, leader of the Southern Claw.

But sinister forces bring his vessel down in a strange and distant land, and soon Cross and his allies are beset by undead armies vying for control of the deadly region called the Chain of Shadows. Trapped in a desert waste where wielding magic is dangerous and nothing is as it seems, Cross’s team will pay the ultimate price in their battle to finally get home…

Chain of Shadows is now available!

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Don’t these books sound fabOoolous!!  I’ve met all of these authors, either in person or online in writing communities, and I can’t wait to read their latest releases.  I hope you do too!

Have you read any of these books?  If so, please share your thoughts…  Do you have any other new releases that you think the rest of us should read or that you can’t wait to crack open?  I’d love to hear from you!

And remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!  Reviewers agree that FS is perfect for teens and adults alike and hard to put down!

Pony Fest 2013 – Football “Sweetie” Sweetheart

It’s Pony Fest Time!

What is Pony Fest?

Pony Fest is an annual contest and friendly competition between book ponies hosted by Rebecca Enzor.  All ponies are based on a full-length novel and are original pieces of art.  I sat back and enjoyed last year’s show, viewing all the beautiful creations.  But after a good friend of mine took it upon herself to donate a Football Sweetheart pony, I decided to enter my girl into the pageantry.

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Drawn and photoshopped by the uber-talented Angela Wallace, Sweetie represents all the girl ponies that wanted to play football, but had to settle for a different role within the team.  For Sweetie, this meant joining the athletic training staff.  She tends to the players’ injuries, helps with their treatments, and like any good pony, she even gives them water when they’re thirsty.  She loves her team and will do everything within her pony-power to help propel the boys to the state championship, even when she has a hard time focusing because of her best pony pal’s disappearance…

Because as we all know…

High School Football Can Be Murder.

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My YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!

Stop by Rebecca’s blog and check out the other participating ponies.  Voting begins October 5th and the winning pony will receive an actual custom pony designed by Kalavista.

Have a great weekend and Happy 30th Anniversary to My Little Pony!  Wow….

More Football Foods!

Football is here!!

This means it’s not only time to watch our favorite teams kick off, but also time for those special foods that we make specifically for football games.  Last week, I included three of my family’s recipes: deviled eggs, queso, and sausage balls.  Today, I’m adding to that list and sharing two more of our household’s must-haves… plus a few of our favorite adult beverages perfect for tailgating!

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Mom’s Drunken Weenies

The picture says it all… that’s all you need!

A crock pot
A package or two of party weenies
A beer of any kind, I used Bud Light this day
Any kind of BBQ sauce, although Stubb’s is might tasty

Dump, mix, cover, and cook!

Cook on high for an hour or two and then simmer.  It’s that simple!  And guys love this stuff…

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Easy Spinach and Artichoke Dip

One package of frozen, creamed spinach
16 oz. of drained artichoke halves, cut into bite size pieces
2 tablespoons of jarred pesto
2 tablespoons of horseradish sauce (or mayonnaise if preferred)
1/2 cup of chopped onion
Grated Parmesan cheese

Heat the creamed spinach per the instructions on the package.  Mix together with bite-size artichokes, pesto, horseradish sauce, chopped onion, and a few shakes of the cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Pour mixture into an oven-safe dish, cover with Parmesan cheese and bake at 350 degrees for at least thirty minutes.

I saw this cooking segment with Guy Fieri years ago on Regis and Kelly, and Guy put together his spinach and artichoke dip in an aluminum baking pan covered in foil.  Of course, he used more ingredients than I do (he’s a culinary wizard, after all) and he grilled it outside!!  I haven’t tried grilling it yet, but maybe at the next tailgate…

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And now for our favorite quick and easy ADULT BEVERAGES.

By “adult beverage,” I mean NO ONE under the age of twenty-one should try any of the below drinks.

Margaritaville Skinny Margaritas

Just add ice!!

I love this stuff.  It is now a staple in my household and I always make sure to have a bottle in the pantry or refrigerator!

Ice-Cold Beer

Chill…

Pick your favorite flavor!  I like more than what’s pictured above… but everyone gets the idea.

Classic Bourbon and Coke

The BEST stuff ever!!

I’ve always enjoyed Whiskey and/or Bourbon and Coke with football.  Heck, I even knew a boy in college my friends and I called “Jim Beam Boy.”  Why?  Because he always kept us warm by pouring a little Jim Beam into our Cokes at the football games.  Now, that’s a good friend!

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Do you make anything special during football season?  What’s your favorite tailgating beverage?  Please share!  I’d love to hear from you.

And since it’s football season, remember to check out my YA Mystery novel, Football Sweetheart… available on Kindle and Nook!