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I’m not going to complain about the temperature outside – I got that all in yesterday 🙂 My gripe today is with the temperature inside – specially at work.  I swear in the mornings it no more than 70 degrees at work.  I have a hard time with the back-and-forth when I go outside and then come in to work.  For example, this morning when I got out of hubby’s car at work, the outside temperature was about 81.  Then I walked to the office building where I work (about a block) and I walk in and am immediately cold.  It was probably 72 (and I might be being a bit generous with that estimate).

So it’s more the back-and-forth that aggravates me.  Also, I do work in a building where many of my coworkers are older women (many of them are going through the *ahem* change of life), and they all seem to be perfectly comfortable in the mornings…maybe I just need to hurry up and get to that point in my life 🙂

Speaking of coworkers – one of mine upset me today, but then I talked to the man on the way home from work and he brought a little more perspective to me.  I work in an area where people call me and yell at me a lot – it’s kind of just part of the job.  This specific coworker didn’t exactly yell at me, but I was definitely reprimanded.  The man said “why is this is any different than how you would treat people on the phone who yell at you?”  That really made me think.  This is why I love this guy 🙂

The boy is on a survival kick over the last few months – he loves the Man Vs. Wild shows with Bear Grylls.  I actually bought him Bear’s autobiography to read over vacation (yes – my 8 year old reads at that level – love that kid!) and he read a section where Bear ran up and down mountains in training.  His thing this week has been to run around the house 52 times every day “for the exercise.”  He’ll be great in football this fall 🙂

Supper tonight is homemade hashbrowns (with peppers and onions for me and the man) and eggs.  I love those – and homemade hashbrowns are very easy to make! Bake a few potatoes (the best are the yellow ones) in the microwave, then cool them off in cold water.  Grate them with the large holes of a cheese grater and fry them in some butter, salt, and pepper.  As the man says, the secret ingredient is love.  Enjoy!

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It is very hot today.  As I type (at 7:00 pm) it is still 100 degrees!  And while, yes, that kind of temperature is normal in my state during the summer, it’s normally not quite this hot until the end of July or into August.  That said, I’ll try not to complain too much more about the heat 🙂

I didn’t really make a recipe today so much as cooked some food.  But, my family all liked it, so I thought I’d share it with you.

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It’s pork chops (cut in half) with mashed cauliflower and the reduced marinade.  Simple, really, and all doable on the stovetop.

My friend who’s been watching my kids for me for the last couple of weeks gave me a bunch of marinades that she had because her silly boyfriend doesn’t like to experiment with seasonings/spices/herbs.  So I’ve been taking advantage of the ready-made marinades.  I’ve decided that I should really do some of that on my own, because the man, the girl and the boy have really liked it both times so far that I’ve made them!

All I did was throw the marinade in a bag with some water and olive oil, then tossed the pork chops in for about 15 minutes.  Tonight it was a chipotle marinade, and last time it was a fajita seasoning.  I’m also looking forward to trying the tequila flavored one… 🙂

While that was sitting, I chopped up a head of cauliflower and boiled it on the stove.

When I started cooking the pork chops, I put the rest of the marinade in a small saucepan and boiled it for about 10 minutes.  I drained the cauliflower and then mashed it with about 3 T of butter, some salt & pepper, and a little garlic powder (because I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to actually peel and chop the garlic).  Spoon some of the marinade on top of the cauliflower and some on top of your meat, and:

Voila!  Dinner is served!

So, not really a recipe, but a good, fairly quick, and healthy dinner.

Now to sit back and relax indoors in our lovely air conditioned house 🙂

And check out this amazing idea for a sandwich that I found earlier today:

http://dannyskitchen.me/2012/06/17/a-non-traditional-triple-decker-created-by-a-crazy-man-in-the-kitchen/

Definitely a new blog for me to follow 🙂

I’ve been so horrible about updating this blog.  I blame it on the fact that I normally make the same recipes over and over.  In fact, I just made one tonight that I posted waaay back at the beginning!  So I think I may try to re-vamp the blog into more of a weekly update rather than a recipe only blog.  Although it will probably still be mostly about food.  That is mostly what I think about every week!