Slow Cooker Life Saver!
I hope everyone had a great Christmas, hard to believe it is already over! It is hard to get motivation to slave in the kitchen during the holiday season so we decided to try out something new in the crock pot! We drove back from spending Christmas in Michigan early Tuesday morning and I was unable to make it to the grocery store Tuesday which resulted in dinner consisting of ramen noodles, boxed mac & cheese and caramel corn! By the time we got home, which was around 8:00 at night, we were in no mood to scour what was left in our fridge and find something to whip up…we saved that for Wednesday morning! We knew Wednesday was going to be another late night and didn’t want to have to come home and cook so we pulled out the remaining veggies we had leftover in the fridge and a pork loin out of the freezer and went with it! We cut up some onions, brussels sprouts, beets and apples and threw them in the bottom of the crock pot. We combined some Jamaican jerk seasoning we had in the fridge with chicken broth, cornstarch and some seasonings, poked some holes in the pork loin and threw everything on top of the veggies and let it cook all day Wednesday while we were at work. We cooked one of those Uncle Ben’s 90 second microwaveable rices and ate the pork and veggies over that. It turned out to be so good! The pork was super moist and shredded so nicely while the veggies were very tender (maybe a little too tender, the apples pretty mushy actually), but the flavor was amazing and the rice helped the texture so it didn’t matter too much! Lesson learned here: you can pretty much throw anything into a crock pot and it’ll be delicious and incredibly easy!
On another note, my Michigan Christmas was wonderful! Spent my first Christmas away from home which was pretty difficult but my my in-laws and new family made it so much easier! They made me feel right at home and I had such a good time. We went caroling, ate our faces off for days on end, laughed, played games (some possibly in a casino) and just had an all around great time! It is so nice to get to spend so much time with them, I feel that we do not get to nearly enough so every moment is precious! I am so lucky to have such amazing people to now call family!
I’ll post more in the next few days hopefully, and as promised I will still get the wine cookie recipe up here! Think we are going to make some for New Year’s!