Buying a new Easter dress used to be like the best part of March/April. Especially for someone who's birthday falls in December, any chance to get something new the rest of the year is a must. Shopping for an Easter dress used to mean spending the Saturday before Easter at the mall with my mom half shopping, half fighting about why I wasn't old enough to wear high heeled shoes. Nowadays our church is pretty casual so I haven't bought a proper Easter dress in years, but I might treat myself this year. I've never been one to care about being overdressed. Any excuse for new duds. Here are a few I've got my eye on.
In light of the fact that I have somewhere to be every night this week and still trying to ball on a budget, I thought I would share this quick pork tenderloin recipe. I find that weeks when I have somewhere to be constantly are the times when I stray from my budget the most, and all those quick stops at Chick-fil-a add up. So, this is one of my go-to fast, cheap, and EASY week night meals.
I'm sorry, it sounds like Rachael Ray is guest posting on the blog today.
So first off, you want to make sure to buy pork TENDERloins. There's a difference in pork loin and pork tenderloin. I'm don't really know the specifics about their difference, but I know it's supposed to say tenderloin on the package. I also know that a pork loin is much bigger. These two tenderloins above came packaged together. They are usually packaged together so don't be surprised if you come home with two, it's totally normal and encouraged. They should be about one pound each. So, now that we are out of the grocery store, let's do this.
Preheat the oven to 500 degrees placing a rack in the lowest position. Place both tenderloins in a casserole dish and coat with olive oil. The seasoning of these is a total free for all. You can pretty much do whatever you want or have on hand. I was feeling savory so these have sage, rosemary, thyme, garlic powder, maybe some oregano?, and salt and pepper. I tend to get a little spice happy when I make these. You can also do them spicy, cajun, jerk, lemon pepper. Whatever you want. A premade spice rub is totally fine too. Whatever you choose, be generous, press into the meat and make sure to coat both sides.
Place in the oven on the low rack for ten minutes. You will hear sizzles, it's ok, it's cooking.
After ten minutes, flip them over and back into the oven for 8 minutes.
Take them out and let rest for 10 minutes.
The internal temp should reach 160 degrees.
If you don't have a meat thermometer, no fear. Pork should have a light pink center. If it's too much pink for your comfort level, just slice and throw back in the oven for a few minutes. It will be fine.
Cut into slices a little over an inch thick and serve.
I would serve this with some quick rice or couscous and some steamer bag broccoli for a quick fix.
Fast, easy, delicious.
Recipe adapted from here.
I honestly did not know this was from RR when I made that comment earlier. Call back.
I would like to start by noting I don't fully understand Kate Spade Saturday. Sometimes I think I get it and then realize I definitely do not. With that being said, everything is 60% off with code FINAL60 and that's a lot. I found several skirts I would like to add to my wardrobe below...
I think the leather, the aztec, and the tulip can all easily transition into spring. The leather and dots are $84 and the aztec and tulip are $25!
Yesterday for the NCAA tournament was bananas.
Here are a few of my favorite things that have happened so far.
On Tuesday night, Dayton and Boise State matched up for a play in game to determine who would go into the round of 64 and this happened.
This poor kid. Lookin like a fool with your pants on the ground.
Next it was RJ Hunter's buzzer beater to defeat Baylor in a game where Baylor was highly favored. This is a 14 seed defeating a 3 seed. It usually just doesn't happen. To top it off, RJ Hunter's dad is the coach of his son and the Georgia State Panthers.
I can't imagine how it would feel to coach your son in the NCAA tournament and for him to have a finish like this. But, these are the kinds of stories sports are made of and it makes for a very exciting tournament.
This buzzer beater was also crazy. I have no stock in this game except that I picked Cincinnati to advance. They went on to win in OT.
Then this happened.
I'm throwing it way back to valentine's day today. For the past two valentine's days we have opted for cooking something interesting at home instead of getting a reservation with everyone else in this town. Last year in honor of our Masterchef Junior obsession, we made Gordon Ramsey's Beef Wellington. I'm not gonna lie to you, it was amazing.
This year we opted for something a bit simpler, homemade pasta.
I don't have a Kitchenaid mixer (hint: someone get me a Kitckenaid mixer). So we went straight old school.
No electric mixers, no pasta attachments.
Just flour, eggs, and hands.
So you create a "well" in the flour and then pour the egg mixture into the well and start to incorporate with your hands.
Apparently my well was not big enough because this happened.
Unfortunately, this picture does not capture my panic or profanity.
No fear, it still came together just fine.
Honestly, the time between these hot mess pictures and this lovely ball of dough is relatively short.
While the dough was resting, I retreated to the kitchen to bread some chicken breasts and make a sauce to top our pasta and left Player in charge of rolling out and cutting the pasta.
Into the pot of boiling water.
The best thing about fresh pasta is that it takes no time to cook.
So you get to enjoy this ASAP.
P.S. How cool is my chef jacket valentine's gift from Player?
I picked up a few things from the Kate Spade Surprise Sale this morning and you should too.
I feel like you can never have too many of these, especially at $29.
Lots more colors available.
Love a wristlet. These would also make great graduation gifts.
Love this bag in pink or navy for spring, $99.
Plenty more bags, jewelry, and clothes to choose from. Shop now!
Raleigh, NC girl with a passion for all things style.