Things I Like Thursday

TIL #3 – Ben & Jerry’s

What’s not to like?  I love their sense of humor, I love their social mission, and I love their delicious ice cream!  As a native New Englander (though not a Vermonter) I have felt a sort of native pride about this company since I first visited the factory in 1987.  And just in time for my “Things I Like Thursday” they announce their newest flavor – Schweddy Balls!  If you don’t get the reference (hint: it is from a SNL sketch starring Alec Baldwin) click on the image and it will bring you to the Ben & Jerry’s new flavor announcement.

New ice cream flavor - Schweddy Balls

TIL #2 – Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Laundry Detergent in Baby Blossom

My love for this product borders on obsession. I used Dreft at first, and I liked that but thought it was a bit expensive, and was looking for something a little more green, a little less chemically.  This is it.  I adore the smell.  At first I thought it was too weak smelling – I was used to the super powered scents of detergents like Tide.  Now I use it on my own clothes as well as Mr. Pickle Pumpkin’s clothes.  It smells un.be.lieve.a.ble. and it works.  Considering the amount of smooshed-in berry yogurt that ended up in Mr. PP’s shirt the other day I consider that the most important part. And me and Mr. PP are a lot less itchy now that we’re using something less chemically.  Win/win!

Mrs. Meyers Baby Blossom Detergent - pure, clean, amazing!

The Dinner Dilemma Part 1

I’m not into dinner.  I’m trying to be, for the sake of family dinners, blah blah blah.  But I’d be pretty happy with crackers, cheese, fruit and the only dirty dish being one solitary knife (and maybe a plate.  Maybe.)  I plan meals ahead for a week and then I slack off.  Argh.  My husband is very tolerant of my dinner dilemma, that sweet Mr. T. But today, when I actually made dinner he was so very excited.  He thanked me about 37 times.  He cleaned his plate.  He asked for leftovers for lunch.  The dearie. I should make him dinner more often.

I cooked tonight because the pork was thawed, and I had the other 4 ingredients on hand.  I also cooked tonight because I was home early, and Mr. Pickle Pumpkin decided to entertain himself with the drawer of plastic containers for 7 minutes.  I tried to find this recipe online, but amazingly, I couldn’t.  I learned this one from my friend, Suzie.  Next, time I’ll try to snap some photos while I cook.  But this time, I’m going to pat myself on the back for simply getting a hot meal on the table.

     

Peachy Pork Piquante

  1. Heat about 1T vegetable oil in a pan (deep enough to hold saucy, gooey liquid) over medium heat.
  2. Cut about 2 lbs. of pork (tenderloin, loin, chops, whatever) into cubes and place into a big plastic bag.
  3. Put one packet of taco seasoning into the bag, seal and shake to coat the pork.  Pour the contents into the hot pan.
  4. Saute the pork until it is pretty much cooked through.
  5. Add 1C. salsa (jarred is fine, I used medium)
  6. Add 3/4 C. apricot or peach preserves.
  7. Cook it for a little while until it is bubbly and saucy.  If you want less sauce, decrease the amounts of salsa and preserves.
  8. Serve over rice.  I served it with a dollop of sour cream and some chopped up cilantro.
This recipe served 2 hungry adults, and I packed up 2 portions for lunch.
Upcoming dinner dilemmas?  Calzones.  Indian simmer sauces.

Things I Like Thursdays!

TIL #1:

Pregnancy cravings?  Yes.  Yesterday it was Honey Nut Cheerios.  I had to have ’em.

And then I ate two huge bowls full.

And then I regretted their honey nut goodness.  Urg.

TIL #2:

Boden.  Boden.  Boden Boden!  First, Boden is a family name.  We’re pondering its use as a first name for our second born. We’re pondering mildly.

But more importantly Boden. Yes, please. Bright. Modern with a nod to British (er, because it is?), a nod to mod, a nod to cheeky, a nod to tongue in cheek.  Fabulous design and attention to detail.  Great fabrics.   They manage to make lovely bold prints without making me think of 1970’s furniture or housecoats.

When Mr. Pickle Pumpkin was little he received an outfit from Mini Boden. The pants are comfy and cute and reversible.  The top was bright and funny.  And I kept squeezing him into that outfit until he was busting out of it a la a mini Lou Ferrigno –> Hulk.  I visit their site regularly and add the set of 5 bright, striped, long-sleeved onesies to my shopping cart.  Then I don’t purchase them.  But someday… someday I will.  And Mr. Pickle Pumpkin HAS to have these too…

mini Boden reversible baggies - adore!

Disclaimer: no one at General Mills or Boden knows who I am.  I just like their stuff, and that’s all there is to it.