(This post originally published in 2014. Photos updated on February 18, 2017.)

Can we talk TV for a minute? I have to get this off my chest.

We finished Breaking Bad last week. I have heard so much about it over the past few years so I just knew we were going to love it. We kind of hated it. Well, we hated the first 3 seasons. It took us 3 months to get through them. I finally got really into it in the last episode of the 4th season. Like, really into it. Like, WE HAVE TO WATCH ALL THE EPISODES RIGHT NOW into it. And then when we finally made it to the very last episode? That everyone said was perfect? That everyone said they cried over?

It was stupid. And I hated it. And I wish I’d never even started the show.

Ugh. It was like LOST Part 2 for me. Super frustrating ending where nothing was really wrapped up.

I’ve given up on TV. Except I’m currently marathoning The White Queen (again) because I’ve been sucked into The Cousins’ War book series by Phillippa Gregory (again).

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Slow Cooker Pork and Butternut Squash Stew - a bowl of comfort! Quickly brown the pork and then toss everything in the slow cooker!

Okay guys, real talk.

I broke the driver’s side window of my car.

“How’d you manage that one, Amanda?”

Well, it’s a Wrangler so the windows unzip and the zipper broke.

Okay, fine, I broke both zippers. Which is okay most of the time since I normally have at least the back windows off anyway. But y’all, it’s cold in the mornings and at night in central Texas now. I was shivering on my way back from Austin last week.

An hour and a half at 75 MPH with the window down at 10 pm?

It was cold.

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Mu Shu Pork Lettuce Wraps - skip takeout and make this healthy homemade version! Pork and veggies in a delicious slightly sweet, slightly spicy sauce!

Hey guys!

First day of school here.

I’m a little excited.

And by a little, I mean I can barely contain myself.

I am counting down the minutes until I can drop them off.

I have a full day planned and there won’t be a single kid present.

This is the best day of my life.

We really lucked out this year and for the third year in a row, got a teacher that I absolutely adore. My middle kid had her twice in a row and now my youngest has her.

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Grilled Lemon Thyme Pork Chops with Peaches - delicious and easy way to cook pork chops! Ready in 20 minutes!

Happy almost Friday, guys!

I’ve got the urge to get out of town this weekend but I have too many dogs and too many kids to just pick up and leave. So I’m probably going to settle for lying in a beach chair in my backyard and watching all of season 5 of New Girl.

Aaaaaand I bought a new grill this week so I’ll probably grill every meal. I’m pretty excited about that.

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Can you tell what my favorite combo is right now?

I’m obsessed with apple cranberry everything. By the weekend, I’ll probably be dipping apple slices into cranberry sauce and calling it dinner. That’s how obsessed I am.

I went to make my usual pork with apples and bacon last week and realized I could do apple and cranberry instead and practically cried. Happy tears, of course!

I used a Smithfield All Natural Pork Tenderloin for this recipe. These are my absolute favorite tenderloin (and pork brand in general!) because they are all natural, they don’t add steroids or hormones to their products, and they never add artificial ingredients.

I love that Smithfield is committed to producing quality pork with animals raised in the US and that the company itself partners and supports local farms all over the country.

I also love that I can get them at my local Walmart. Quality pork at a reasonable price? Sign me up!

 

This Crockpot Apple Cranberry Pork Tenderloin is scrumptious! Pork tenderloins just work so perfectly in the crockpot. They practically fall apart and I won’t like, I only sliced it for the photos. I shredded all of it as soon as I was done because I love it that way.

And then I covered it in sauce, of course. The sauce, you guys! So the pork cooks on top of apples and onions and then it’s covered in cranberry sauce. So just imagine how tasty that sauce is! I thickened it up with some cornstarch and it was perfect!

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