Saturday, October 8, 2011

Thank you, Welcome and Say Hi To Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo's...

Hello everyone! I just need to say a huge thank you to all and welcome to all the fab new followers here in my little piece of blog world. Nicole, Katie and I were beyond thrilled with the super amazing response to our very first Tag-Along Thursday blog hop.

We all discovered some amazing new blogs and gained some new friends. What more could a girl ask for!

And as a treat for you all one of my lovely co-hosts, Katie is here today so y'all can get to know her better. Plus she has awesome recipe for you. My mouth is watering just looking at it. Yum!

And don't forget I am hanging out over at Punkin' Heads and Dooda Loo's with a fun tutorial and giveaway from my Etsy shop. Come on over and say hi!

Now take it away Katie!


Hi to all of you And Nothing Else Matters fans! I'm so psyched to be hanging out over here on Em's blog today.

She's always posting something I can relate to, or something I want to try or must have! Like these skirts that she whipped up for herself and Mia...cuteness to the max! She's a totally talented little lady :) And she's one of the blogs on the top of my list To check each day. LOVE her, can ya tell? 

Oops! Sorry for the poor introduction.....I'm Katie from Punkin Heads and Dooda Loos

I'm a mom, wife, horseback riding instructor, blogger, crafter, Etsy Shop newbie, the list goes on. I like to wear many hats, it keeps my mind busy. Sometimes way too busy but I wouldn't have it ANY OTHER WAY!

The other day someone asked me how, and why, I got into blogging. 
I had to think about it for a minute, I wasn't sure how to answer. 
I responded by saying I'm not quite sure why I started to blog, honestly

And that's the honest truth. On a whim one day I turned on the computer and found myself reading a friends blog, I saw the Blogger logo at the top of the page, clicked on it, signed up and here we are! There was no rhyme or reason for it. I just did it.

At first all I wanted to do was have somewhere to vent, rant, and share some things that I loved. Somewhere that I could just type and be free. I loved it, my own little creative outlet. 

For the first 2 months I just re-counted things that were happening in our lives, then slowly I started posting recipe tutorials. Then came some crafts, and then low and behold the true PHDL was born. A little of this, a little of that and a whole lotta me!

I never had a plan for the blog, I just let it go with the flow. I think that's why I enjoy it so much. It's a totally stress-free environment. Its like being on a mini-vacation whenever I sign in. I can escape to other peoples posts and read until my hearts content, or, I can just type until I clear my mind. 

So, now that you know a little bit about how I got here, how about one of those recipe tutorials I was talking about?

This past week I made one of my all-time EASY Fall favorites. This recipe comes in handy when I don't have time to chop herbs, or make my own stuffing for "real" stuffed pork chops.

Simple Apple Stuffed Pork Chops.

So, here we go...

You'll need:

2 boneless thick cut pork chops
about 1 1/2 cups of dry stuffing 
{I used Pepperidge Farm Stuffing since I didnt have time to make my own, Stove Top works well too}
1 apple peeled and chopped - fresh Macintosh or Cortlands are best
1/4 cup of apple cider
3/4 cup water
3 tblsp. butter
salt and pepper

Pre-heat the oven to 350.

Slice the pork chops open. 
Don't slice all the way through, come within about an inch of the bottom.
You want them to open like a hot dog roll so they can be stuffed.

Heat 1 tblsp. butter in the skillet on med-high heat. 
Rub a pinch of salt and pepper onto both pork chops.
Brown the pork in the skillet, a few minutes per side.

Remove chops from skillet and place in a greased casserole dish.

Mix in the dry stuffing, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
Fluff with a fork and mix in the chopped apples.

Stuff the pork chops with the stuffing, smoosh it right in.

Place the remainder of the stuffing around the pork chops.

Cover with foil.
Cook for 20 minutes.
Remove the foil and cook for another 15 minutes or until the meat reaches 160 degrees internally.
Let the meat sit, covered for 5 to 10 minutes before serving, this lets it "settle" so the juices can be soaked back in.

This dish is fabulous with butternut squash, and smothered with homemade applesauce.

Hope you enjoy!

Thank you all for reading a little about me on Em's blog. I hope I get the chance to hear from all of you - feel free to stop on by Punkin Heads and Dooda Loos!




Munchie's Mama said...

mmmm...those look so yummy! Adding ingredients to my shopping list now!

Salena @ A Little Piece of Me said...

I swear everyone but me is a chef in blogland. :)