Boneless Marinated Pork Chops

I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before and I’m sure I’ll mention it again: I hate cooking! Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil. Therefore, when I cook a meal, I want it to be easy. I’ve been known to use my slow cooker for most of the meals I cook; it’s rare for me to just use my oven. That said, the recipe I’m sharing today is for a meal that’s made in the oven, and it’s super easy! Trust me, if I can make it and be happy with it, so can you. My husband and I really enjoyed this and I’m planning on making it again later this week.

4 boneless pork chops
1 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs yellow mustard
2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp black pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 onion, sliced and/or chopped

1. In a large bowl, whisk olive oil, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper together.
IMG_48472. Take one pork chop, place it in the marinade, turn it over to ensure both sides are coated, then place it in a Ziploc bag. Repeat until all pork chops are in the bag. Once all of the pork chops are in the bag, pour the remaining marinade into the bag on top of the pork chops.
IMG_48483. Chop the garlic cloves, and slice or chop your onion and place on top of pork chops in Ziploc bag. Zip up the bag and give it a good shake to mix everything up.

What it should look like once everything is shaken up together.

What it should look like once everything is shaken up together.

4. Place in the refrigerator. Any length of time is fine, the longer the better because it gives the pork chops time to really soak up the flavor of the marinade. I put mine in the refrigerator at noon and took it out to bake at 4:30PM.

5. Dump all ingredients into a baking dish, cover with foil, and bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

Before going into the oven.

Before going into the oven.

After baking for 30 minutes.

After baking.

All done! Serve and enjoy. We had ours with boiled potatoes, roasted broccoli, and corn. It was delicious!



Banana Cake with Banana Cream Cheese Frosting


Hello readers. As you know, my daughter’s first birthday was last week. I wanted to make a cake for the occasion and after much thought, I decided a banana cake would be perfect. She loves bananas and while not entirely healthy, it would be healthier than some other kinds of cake. I’ve made banana bread many, many times, but this is the first time I’ve made a banana cake and let me just say, it was delicious! So without further ado, here is the recipe.

Cake Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

1/2 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
4 medium bananas, mashed
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup milk

1 (8 oz) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 pureed banana
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In a large bowl, cream the butter and sugar together until well mixed and fluffy. Add eggs and beat well. As always, I used my trusty hand mixer to do all of these things.
IMG_44632. Beat in mashed bananas (I pureed my bananas first, works just as well) and vanilla extract.
IMG_44643. Mix flour, baking powder, and baking soda in a separate bowl.
4. Add flour mixture and milk alternately to the creamed mixture and beat well after each addition.
IMG_44655. Pour into a 9×13 inch baking dish. Place cake into the preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. You can tell if it’s done by sticking a toothpick in the center; if the toothpick comes out clean, the cake is finished.
IMG_4466 IMG_4467Now, for the banana cream cheese frosting:

1. Beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy and well combined.
IMG_44782. Mix in vanilla.
3. Beat in pureed banana. (Simply mashing a banana with a fork will probably work for this, but I pureed mine.)
4. Add powdered sugar until smooth.
IMG_44795. Spread over cake.
IMG_44806. Enjoy!

Cinnamon Roll Cake

Hi readers. Before today’s post, I’d like to announce that we have a new look to our site! Those are 3 of our combined 5 children in the image. Now, onto the recipe!

When I moved to England, something I really missed and couldn’t find a good version of was cinnamon rolls. I’ve never been good at making bread that required yeast, so I was too intimidated to try making my own. I found this recipe on for Cinnabon cinnamon roll cake and had to try it. It was delicious! It wasn’t a cinnamon roll, but it was close enough to fulfill my craving. They have since opened a Cinnabon store in the city centre, but I still enjoy making this cake from time to time.

3 cups flour
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 cup milk
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
4 Tbs. butter, melted
2 sticks (1 cup) butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 Tbs. flour
1 Tbs. cinnamon

2 cups powdered sugar
5 Tbs. milk
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat the oven to 350°. In a large bowl, add flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla.

DSC05028Once those ingredients are added to the bowl, mix well. A hand mixer works well for this, or a stand mixer if you have one. I’m sure you could just use a fork as well, if that’s what you prefer.


How it should look when the flour, salt, sugar, baking powder, milk, eggs, and vanilla are all mixed together.

The next step is to melt 4 tablespoons of butter and stir it slowly into the mixture.


Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 inch baking pan.

Now for the cinnamon part of the cake. Mix the butter, brown sugar, flour, and cinnamon in a bowl.

DSC05035Drop large,even tablespoons of the cinnamon mixture throughout the cake batter and then swirl it throughout the batter with a knife.

DSC05037DSC05038Bake cake for 25-30 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it’s slightly brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out almost clean.

DSC05041The next step is the glaze! Place the powdered sugar, vanilla, and milk in a bowl. Whisk together until a smooth glaze is formed and drizzle this over the warm cake.


cinnamonrcNothing left to do but enjoy! Check out as well as our recipes tab at the top of the page for more delicious recipes.