My husband loves pork chops grilled, baked, any style he’ll eat! So I found this great recipe and decided to try it and I’ll tell you they turned out amazing! And since we’ve been mindful about what we eat! I got the pork chops at sprouts market. They were all natural and delicious! I also paired em with roasted garlic Brussel sprouts. This is a great quick meal!!! My toddler really liked it too!!
I did know use vegetable oil I used one 1tbsp of olive oil.
4 thick cut pork chops
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
a sprinkle salt and pepper
1 med onion
2 med apples
2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp brown sugar
¼ tsp cinnamon
⅛ tsp nutmeg
1 tsp chicken or vegetable bouillon
1 cup water
Heat the vegetable oil/ olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. While the skillet is heating, open the pork chops and season one side with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Once the oil is hot (it should look wavy or ripply) place the chops in the pan, seasoned side down. Season the other side and let the chops cook undisturbed for 5-7 minutes or until the bottoms form a nice brown crust. If your chops are sticking to the pan, that means they have not formed a crust yet. They will “let go” once the crust forms. Flip the chops and cook the second side in the same manner. It should take 5-7 minutes for each side.
While the chops are searing, thinly slice the onion. Wash, core and slice the apples into thin wedges. Once the chops have seared on both sides, remove them from the pan and add the apples, onion and butter. Stir and cook for about five minutes or until the apples and onions begin to soften.
Add the bouillon, water, brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg to the skillet with the apples and onions. Stir until everything is mixed together then return the chops to the pan. Nestle the chops down in the mixture, making sure some onions and apples are on top of the chops.
Simmer the chops in the apple/onion mixture for about 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has reduced by half. Stir occasionally, moving the apples and onions around so they all have a chance to simmer and soften. Serve each chop with apples, onions and sauce spooned over top.
Style! It’s so personal, unique and exciting.. Yet it can be bold and scary. Sometimes we think we can pull something off and miserably fail. But most of the time if you own it , don’t doubt the outfit or accessory and wear it proudly, it’ll make a statement in its own way. My style varies from, yoga pants and t-shirts, to sexy dresses to my all time favorite a mix of modern hippie to a bohemian gypsy. For some shopping can be annoying, boring and hard. But for me its relaxing, exciting. The last two years i have figured out that you can’t take a baby to the mall and expect her to sit in her stroller and cooperate while mommy shops her heart out. So i decided that the perfect place for a growing baby and mommy to shop is consignment and thrift stores as well as indoor flea markets. I rarely ever look at anything at the thrift store as junk, to me its potential treasure. Especially home decor, clothes, books! But stay tuned for another entry about those. Today i just want to share some of my favorite thrift store, and consignment store outfits. Old blazers are my favorite, oh my god is there a better place than the thrift store to buy chunky winter sweaters. And if you dig for long enough you can find some of the best vintage clothes. And since the 70’s, 90’s are always really in style the thrift store is the place to shop. You just have to be creative .Mix and match. Take a chance. Get inspired by the old and current trends! Make statements of your own. Check out some of my favorite outfits i found and styled from the thrift stores in the last few months!
I can’t believe our honeymoon was almost 3 months ago. It was a though decision on where to go as we have both been to the Caribbean , Luis is Mexican and we already have a trip planned this year to Mexico. A week was too short to go to my homeland and Europe. ( saving that for next year) We first thought maybe Aruba. Belize. We went back and forth and finally decided on Costa Rica. And I’ll tell you out of all of my travels I wouldn’t hesitate moving there. Costa Rica is breathtaking, cultural, rural, unique, simply amazing.
We had our trip planned where we left the day after the wedding. Leaving little bean was soooo hard on all three of us, but going on our honeymoon was much needed for us. Packed our bags and head to Central America. We landed early, we took a redeye there! Rented a car and headed trough the most amazing rural town, Liberia. Northern part- the dry part of Costa Rica closer to Nicaragua! Our car was the smallest, funny, not fast POS. Known as a Yaris. Epic! We weren’t in the jungle for more than 10 min before someone passed us, and try to run us off the road, there is no speed limit. Drive at your own risk! Luis loved it! I on the other hand was petrified. First thing I noticed the cows, they were all skinny. Weird right. Noo. There was a reason for that and it’s because lack of protein in their food, it’s too dry. Strange, jungles are usually wet, well not in June and not in this part! Way more volcanic! It took us an hour to find our resort. ( well we got lost) it was awesome! The culture blew my mind away! We finally pulled up to the most magnificent resort I’ve ever been to! The RIU palace. Luis upgraded us to the honeymoon suite with an ocean view. Full bar, patio, jacuzzi, the whole nine yards! Our patio not only faced the ocean but the jungle as well. At night we could hear the monkeys and other animals! Amazing! We spent a few days relaxing, being newly weds! Drinking a lot of Micheladas! Wine. Imperial beer. Indulging in the amazing food. The beautiful sunshine. Toes in the sand. Swim up bar. Meeting a few new funny friends! Mimosas. After a couple of days we knew we wanted to go on an adventure after all it is Luis and I! We have to try new things together. We decided we were going to zip lining, I’ve never been and if you know me at all you know i HATE heights. ( vertigo) . But Costa Rica is known for surfing, zipping and pure life! The greatest motto ever ” pura vida” so we went! I had a few adult beverages and faced my fears. Not only did we do regular zip lining, Luis decided we were going to be the only ones out of our group to do extreme! Fly like a batman, over 300-500 ft in the air on a line as long as 1400 meters! Yup! I thought I was gonna pee my self! But I’ll tell you it was the most incredible thing I’ve ever done! Even the Tarzan swing that I almost bailed on was awesome! Another big adventure we did was take an ATV tour trough a small rural jungle village, it took all day, we stopped at the ugliest beach in Costa Rica, muddy! To the most incredible beaches. Then went to the most rural, cultural bar I’ve ever been to and had a few coronas! All for us since Luis was Mexican and we were on our honeymoon! That day was so trilling and epic. I couldn’t even describe it to you even if I tried! You had to be there! We spent a lot of time at the beach! Ate the most amazing dinners! Danced the nights away! On one of our last days In Costa Rica we did something I’ll never forget. The World Cup was going on while we were down there and guess who was in the running for the first time EVER! Yup! COSTA RICA! Costa Rica! ( they had a chant) We knew we had to watch the game with the locals! So we drove our shitty little car into a town called Coco Beach. Sat down. Had appetizers, and limey seafood! Ohh god so good! And drank many many Micheladas! Costa Rica sadly lost but I witnessed some amazing culture, a Country bond, and so many eye opening things that Us Americans take for granted! One of the things I’ll remember about Costa Rica is how they keep the county clean, they pay you for your recycling. What an amazing thing! And people want to keep Mother Earth clean down there. It warms my heart! Anyway! It was one incredible honeymoon. Drove back to the airport the next day and headed to Miami for a day! Boy was that a hot mess! So fun! All and all costa is incredible I wouldn’t mind visiting yearly! Maybe investing in property! Or just going down to get a piece of mind and feel peaceful!! I would highly recommend it to anyone! PURA VIDA! Amigos!
As most of our family and friends know Luis and I have been dating for what it seems to be a lifetime. But to be exact its been almost six years. And i can tell you that everyday hasn’t been the best. We don’t have the ordinary fairy tale. But what we do have is very own happily ever after. When Luis and I discussed getting married we always knew we wouldn’t get married just because we had Elena. Even though a blind man could see that it was her existence that changed both of us as individuals. We looked at the world differently and each other. our love only grew stronger as each day past since her entrance into our lives. I was meant to have a baby before getting married. ” i just know it”!
Weddings are strange I tell you.. So much work and planning can go into one. Luis and i both really wanted to get married on the beach. We even flew down to Mexico and looked at different resorts. And after lots of research and discussions we both decided that our wedding was going to be fairly large. (160 people to be exact). And it would be kind of hard to get everyone to the beach. At first we also decided to have a fall wedding in Colorado, beautiful right??!! first a beach wedding then a fall.. Just to end up having our wedding in the summer at a garden. And ill tell you’ we were suppose to get married there, it took my breath away the first time i saw it, i envisioned my self walking down the rustic stairs, with the smell of fresh flowers, beautiful waterfall, and incredible mountain views. Next to a modern barn. With the wedding reception being held at what resembled a greenhouse with garage doors that remained opened during dinner and dancing. Brookside gardens, was where we got married.
I guess i can also tell you a little about my dress,theme, desserts, etc. You know all of that hard work that goes into a wedding. Since we decided to have a summer wedding in a garden, what better theme than soft pink, ivory, tints of grey with of course my favorite bohemian decor.As much as i wish Betsy Johnson or Vera Wang could have designed my dress that just wasn’t in my budget nor did i want to spend a lot of money on it. i however did want something that i only had. i bought for 300$ at David’s Bridal and then decided to make it my own, redesign it and cut it up. It was the most perfect ivory lace, a-line dress. So beautiful. It fit perfectly. I was over the moon.
I remember going to all of the different vintage shops and buying different decor and deciding on a dessert bar, our cake and desserts we made by the amazing La Loma Maes in Longmont. So delicious! I cant wait to actually eat it on our anniversary. i wanted coconut. And Luis wanted red velvet. We ended up with almond coconut with red velvet. ( different layers) i hear it was to die for. I only had a bite and the rest served as moisturizer thanks to my new husband. I still chuckle when i think about our cake cutting! The detail on all of the dessert was very bohemian to compliment the theme, everything was ivory and lace with a tint of grey.
Most of our wedding detail was done by myself and our amazing bridesmaids. Fresh flowers, I love roses, pink in particular, paired with baby-breath and greens, so beautiful. My bouquet was made of 26 roses and baby’s breath hand wrapped in burlap with pearls. Pearls are my birth stone, so naturally I wore pearl jewelry too!
I think the hardest part was the music that took us the longest to decide on. If you know Luis and i at all you know we both have a deep love for music. Music festivals were a major part of our relationship and we both knew we somehow had to incorporate that into our wedding; what better way than to give a thanks to our guests with a soundtrack of our wedding.
I think this was my favorite little detail of the wedding. We hand picked every song and they each had a meaning at one point or another in our relationship and wedding. we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.
The morning of our wedding Luis and i we both so nervous and anxious, there might have been some bickering. It wouldn’t be us if we didn’t disagree about something. The weather was ugly it rained all morning. The say that rain is good luck. Well with the amount that down poured i think our luck might never run out! Lucky us. Our ceremony was short and sweet. We were fortunate enough to have one of our best friends marry us. A beautiful reading by Luis’s dad. Sand ceremony three vases, one for me, one for Luis and of course our Elena. We stood and faced one another the whole time Luis holding my hand with both of his. Well at least until Elena decided that she wanted daddy to hold her. It melted our hearts. And then there it was. The big kiss, and Mr. Clayton Warwick blessed us and we walked off as husband and wife.
We were so blessed with the incredible people that attended our special day. The speeches. The hugs. The sweet tears. What a day celebrating Luis and i’s love! It was only right that we finish the night off dancing. I hope everyone enjoyed our wedding day as much as we did!
When I was a teenager I could remember wanting to get married, have kids, big house. Etc! Today I woke up and realized most of my dreams have come true. Some people spend a Lifetime trying to find their soulmate I was fortune enough to have found mine 5 years ago. Luis is such a warm hearted person, amazing lover and the best father to our little girl. He truly competes me. I still get excited when he comes home from work. Our wedding planning has been a roller coaster ride, but I wouldn’t change it for anything because tomorrow I will walk down the aisle and marry my best friend, my soulmate. My one! My heart is already beating faster as I write about my wedding day. Here is a few from the rehearsal dinner! Amazing people. Amazing food. And most of all lots of love! Next time I shall be posting as Mrs. Luis Sprayberry.
Wow i can’t believe Luis and I celebrated our second mothers and fathers day this year! How time flies wow! For Father’s Day we had breakfast at home and I had to take a nap I worked the night shift the night before 🙁 after I woke up we went and had a nice picnic at Roosevelt park! Such a nice park and so fun to watch Elena play with her papa! She says papa so cute. After the park we went over to Luis’s dads and had few glasses of wine on the patio while little bean ran around so curious all the time. The weather was perfect. The love that Luis and Elena share for one another is amazing! It warms my heart when she leans over to give him kisses out of no where. Or how amazing he is with her. We’ve heard parents fight over taking responsibility for their kids ( it’s your turn blah blah) etc. trust me we’ve had our share of fights but we truly rarely fight over bean. We both love beaning her mama and papa that it’s our pleasure to take care of her and teach her stuff. She’s only going to be this little once. We parent so well together! It warms my heart. Luis is an Amazing father. The way her plays with her, teachers her Spanish, most of all, the way he adores his little baby girl is unexplainable affection and love I have for him. Ever since she was born I look at him in a different way. Our little unit is simply amazing. Looking forward to expanding our family in the future and growing as parents, lovers and friends! Happy Father’s Day to an amazing man. Luis, Elena and I love you dearly!
I told myself i would try and post things more often, but working part-time, being full-time mama and putting the finishing touches on our happily ever after keeps me very busy these days! Today couldn’t be more perfect though! so i figured i would write it down, as baby love takes a nap. We woke up said by to “papa” as he went to work. Made breakfast, Elena ate most of it. Got dressed and decided to go on adventure day. Our first stop was Ziggi’s coffee. Elena got a fruit strip and string cheese and i got the Boulder daily and a cup of coffee. I am always so surprised how much i enjoy the town of Longmont. ( but then again most parts are Boulder without campus) win win for me. As we walked down the old town of Longmont i couldn’t help but to have this huge grin on my face. I mean what is there not to be happy about these days but ill save that for later! Elena is almost 16 months old and ill tell you sometimes her maturity takes me by surprise. waving and saying hello to strangers. Thank you after you give her something. Pure bliss. As we approached Roosevelt Park i realized little bean was asleep, ( shoot! RIGHT) how are we suppose to have a picnic and run around if shes asleep! well i did what every parent would do, Wake her up! hahaha no, i waited in the car for a little while and as she woke up we headed into the park. Set up camp, ate snacks, ran around, giggled and of course took some amazing photos. Elena is already a free-spirit, she wants to run, give kisses. Roll in the grass. I’d say she lovesssss being outside. We spent a few hours playing, chasing each other and just giggling. Next stop on adventure day was swimming. I recently got a recommendation from a friend on a backyard pool that i couldn’t help but purchase. Its an elephant head that shoots water out its trunk. Awesome RIGHT! So we stayed in the back yard for most of the day thus far. So much fun splashing around, giggling, pouring water on the ” woof woof”. Finally we came inside due to rain and Elena ( no joke) handed me a book and we read. Well I read and she smiled. Sitting next to her as i write about my day makes me want to freeze time. Sometimes i feel like i live in a dream. This cant be reality??!! Or am i really this lucky and blessed. I would have to say so,
Ever since Elena was a tiny babes we have had a routine. No matter what that routine consisted of it was always a routine . As she grows into a miniature person that routine varies from night to night depending on what we are doing. Transitioning from our little baby to a charismatic, sweet, hilarious talkative toddler has been a good and bad experience. and has definitely thought us how to multi-task and grow closer as parents. I now believe all of the people who once told me that a mobile toddler is wild. She recently has discovered that climbing things such as the dining room table and peeing on it was a ” uhh-ohhh” and we currently have child proofed everything catching our selves locked out of our own garage, toiled and kitchen cabinets, but whatever is safe for our wild little toddler. I guess little is an understatement too!! Its funny because no matter what book you read, what routine you follow you must be willing to bend the rules, learn and grow with your baby! and take parenting day by day, as truly everyday is different. just a little thought for an amazing spring day! Check out our little babes hair and how much it has grown trying to keep up with her exciting and tiring at times!
They say April showers bring May flowers. Ohh my gosh do I agree with that. Elena, myself and Luis went on a run this morning. We have an amazing trail/lake area In our subdivision so it’s amazing to just wake up to birds signing, fresh coffee and a run with the family. Lately little beans been getting into everything, opening doors, getting in the dryer, potty training so we’ve kind of been MIA on the weekly posts and ootd. But here she’s rocking her boho inspired outfit. Love the flannel over it!!
Hi there it’s been some time since we’ve posted anything. But we have been so busy lately with planning our wedding. I’ve been working part time the last 3 months and it’s been amazing to be home with my little bean! The outfits have been boho inspired..