Showing posts from March, 2013

Cinnamon: Not just for dessert anymore.

Recipe post! Whoop!

This is a very simple pork chop recipe that I've made a couple of times now. RDub has added it to the top 5 list, so it'll stay in rotation.

Credit goes to Sarah Fragoso at Everyday Paleo -- it's from her cookbook.

Apologies in advance for the picture quality - until I start using a real camera, the settings on my phone will continue to make weird colors. I'll get better eventually.

Okay, here we go.

Thinly slice an apple (I used 1-1/2 because mine were pretty small) and about 1/2 an onion.
Melt 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat and add the apple and onion. Cook them for about 5 minutes -- the apples should still be a little firm.

For the chops, all you need is salt and cinnamon. Just sprinkle both sides -- and don't skimp on the cinnamon. It may not sound like the right spice, but trust me (and Sarah) that it's tasty.

Remove the apples and onions from the pan and add another tablespoon of coconut oil. On medium-high heat, sear the …

Habit forming.

It doesn't take long to fall out of a habit -- as long as it was a good one...which I consider blogging to be. Let's just jump right back in, shall we?

The Monday after we got back from our cruise (SIX weeks ago! How did that happen???), I started boot-camp style training with a personal trainer. I haven't worked with Jen in a couple of years, but I knew it was time to shake things up. Jen trains out of her home, and is a Pilates instructor from way back. I always felt good when I was doing Pilates regularly, so that had appeal. She also does weight training, and we talked about a crossfit-style approach (maybe), and setting me up to do other sessions on my own. I made her agree to one very important ground rule once we settled on three times a week: I don't get makeup sessions. In the past, she's been generous if you had to cancel a session. For me, it gave me an excuse (cramps, headache, tired...) and I needed to suck it up. Money talks, and I wasn't going to …

Cruise Report! Part 3

First, my deepest apologies to the two of you who have been waiting around for Part 3. It's been an insane week and not in a good way.

Second, if you are my mother or my child, stop reading now. Seriously, there was nothing happening during this part of the trip you need to know about.

Third, if you were on the trip with me, apologies in advance for the editing that's about to happen. It's because I know my daughter and my mom well enough to know they completely ignored my directions above.

Our last stop on the cruise was Cozumel, where I've been several times before, and that I love every time we go. All of us opted not to take excursions on this stop. The ship docks right at the pier, so you can set your own schedule and just walk down to the shops in town. It's very touristy and cheesy and I love it all. We left about 10 that morning after watching the Carnival ship park next to us.

If you've never been, the pier shops in Cozumel is a lot of this:

We spl…