Happy Monday! I hope your weekend was fabulous and if you’re a mother (to a human, dog, cat, ferret, whatever), I hope your Mother’s Day was amazing and filled with yummy food.

Mine was great – we tried another Mexican restaurant because we still haven’t found one we love here and then since it was my day, I forced all the boys to go to Petsmart with me to play with all the homeless cats. 

I have to tell you about what happened to me on Saturday though! 

I took a couple of the kids with me to check out the mall and then we went grocery shopping. Okay so $300 worth of groceries later, I try to go home. 

And the guy at the gate – who I literally see everyday of my life and have Jeep conversations with everyday of my life – says, “I’m sorry ma’am, I can’t let you on post since you don’t have a decal.”

I was all, “I have temp tags. I live here. You know me.”

And then he just stared at me. 

Eventually, one of the guys explained that the terror alert was raised and that even though I had my lease in the car showing that I live ON POST, he couldn’t let me through.

So me and the two kids and the car full of groceries and a lawn chair had to go to the visitor’s center and wait in line for two hours to get a temporary visitor’s pass. And then the jerk that did my pass only gave me a 3 day pass WITH THE WRONG TAG NUMBER ON IT. Which means I’m officially not going anywhere until we can get a real tag.

And who knows when that will.

Let me tell you, don’t ever buy a car right before you move out of state. We had a Colorado temp tag, now we have a Texas temp tag, and we still can’t get ahold of the person that needs to fax whatever document we need over to our new county.


Anyway, we did eventually made it home and salvaged what we could of the groceries. And then I had a monster glass of wine while my husband grilled this delicious meal for us. Pork chops on the grill are my favorite! 

These are really quickly marinated (the pineapple and scallions are marinated too!) and then they grill up in about 10 minutes! 

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Grilled Ginger-Sesame Pork Chops with Pineapple and Scallions
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • Six 3/4-inch-thick boneless center-cut pork chops
  • 1 pineapple peeled, cut into 1/2-inch-thick rings, and cored
  • 1 bunch scallions cleaned and trimmed
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the lime juice, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger, orange juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, brown sugar and orange zest together.
  2. Place the pork chops in a single layer in a large baking dish and pour about 1/2 of the marinade over them. Add the pineapple rings and scallions to the bowl containing the remaining marinade and toss to coat. Place the pork and pineapple/scallion in the refrigerator and allow to marinated for 30-45 minutes, flipping the the ingredients occasionally.
  3. While everything is marinating, preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  4. Remove the pork, pineapple, and scallions from their marinades. Season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper. Grill the pork chops for about 3-4 minutes per side (more or less depending on thickness if yours aren’t 3/4-inch thick). Grill the pineapple for about 2-3 minutes per side and the scallions for about 1 minute per side, or until grill marks form.



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