Monday, March 19, 2018

Almost 2 years

It's been almost two years since we lost my sister to suicide.  672 heart wrenching days without her here. Her kids.  Her husband.  Our mom.  Our stepmom.  We are all still so, so heartbroken. Sometimes, I feel almost guilty doing daily, mundane things and finding joy.

A while ago, I had a memory appear on my Facebook from her - from 2013. Not even a month after we lost Darby.  Who knows if I was even out of bed yet.   But it's funny how something as simple as her telling me that she made "Drunken Pork Chops" that I had pinned and how delicious they were.  I think that in her memory, I will share the recipe with you too.

Pinned from:

Seriously Scrumptious Drunken Pork Chops
  • 5-6 pork chops- bone-in or boneless, your choice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 bottle of beer (The darker beer the better.  I use New Belguim 1554. I would not recommend going as dark as a Guinness though.)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup ketchup (I know, I know....but TRUST ME!)
Put a little bit of extra virgin olive oil in the bottom of a skillet. Season the chops with salt and pepper and brown both sides. While pork chops are browning, combine beer, ketchup, and brown sugar in a bowl. Pour sauce mixture over the pork chops and simmer for 40-45 minutes. Remove pork chops and thicken the sauce a bit. In a small cup, combine 1 TBSP of cornstarch in 1/4 cup of water. Stir to combine and add to boiling sauce, whisk so no lumps form. Put pork chops back in the thickened sauce, flip to coat. Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. 
Have your drink and eat it too!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Check it out when you have free time - what a great svg for your Cricut to cut!!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Summer of Sloane - Released 5/3/16

I received this E-ARC via Disney Hyperion and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

I do have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  I "wished" for it on NetGalley and my wish was granted.  

I began this book, knowing that it was written for a teen genre.  I thought the story was very believable and well written, especially having two teenagers in my house at this point in time.  The book is written with those kids in mind.  

 Summer of Sloane is a coming of age story for Sloan and is primarily set in beautiful Hawaii.  She and her twin brother summer with their mother, who is a doctor in Hawaii, but attend high school in the Pacific Northwest where they live with their father.  Because of this rotation, they have friends in both areas -- coming to Hawaii for "this" summer, was already in the works when Sloane got crazy news from her best friend, and her boyfriend.  

I enjoyed the back and forth in this book; the story was entertaining and moved along quickly.  I even gave it to my teenage daughter to read - she loved it.  My daughter is not the quickest reader and tends to get bored easily, as do many teens these days.  She plowed through this book like a champ and loved how she "knew" where she was even though we've never even been to Hawaii.  

One thing that I may just not be on the cutting edge on was the partying going on in high school  While I don't turn my back on such matters, and hope that my kids will call me if they need a ride (as the mother offered on occasion in this book), it was one thing that I gave my daughter a disclosure on when I gave her the book.  

I would definitely recommend this book to others.  Thank you for the opportunity to read and review Summer of Sloane.