Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Royal Flush

I've mentioned this before, I mostly write my blog posts a month in advance. This month just hasn't worked out that way. But if I wanted to post something today and, after all, I had made a lovely new recipe and couldn't wait to share it, I needed to get to it. With Thanksgiving coming up fast, I needed to have this done at least the week before. So last week I put it on my to-do list. "Write Tuesday's Post". No longer on the "pencil" to-do list, this was written in magic marker. Like, "don't go to bed without getting this done". 

So I sat down to write and found myself at a real loss. It had been a pisser of a week. And, sadly, that pun is intended.

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On Monday the handle on the toilet in the basement broke and the toilet would not flush. Hubs had worked late but after work went out to buy a new handle and was able to get the toilet fixed. A pain in the butt and a long exhausting day for Hubs but it was handled (yeah, another pun, sue me).

On Tuesday I innocently went out to get the mail. Big mistake. When I took a look at my credit card bill it was clear there was a problem. Apparently I'd been purchasing hundreds of dollars worth of baby snacks at target(dot)com and having them sent to an address in St. Louis. NOT. An hour and 4 phone calls later I was shredding my credit card and both Target and Visa had a fraud report.

On Wednesday one of the sinks in the boys' bathroom would not turn off. It wasn't dripping either, it was running. I had to shut the water off at the valve. We had just bought both new faucets and had a plumber install them in June. Hubs had to go out and buy another faucet, which will not be an expense as we'll return the broken one, but we will have to pay the plumber to come out again to pull out the old one and put in the new one.

On Thursday our lawn guy came to put down the final treatment for this season and pre-emergent for next year. We thought he'd already come. We had shut down and drained the sprinkler system. It needed to be watered in. No rain in sight, of course.

On Friday the chain from the brand new toilet handle broke. Oh crap. Literally. 

This whole damn week has been a royal flush. Not the winning poker hand kind, the toilets are my enemy kind.

Then on Sunday I put my Maple Pineapple Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin on to cook and headed for the airport.


Maple Pineapple Pork Tenderloin, pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with sweet potatoes and pineapple slow cooked in an easy sauce. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #CrockPot #dinner

Maple Pineapple Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin
Maple Pineapple Pork Tenderloin, pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon with sweet potatoes and pineapple slow cooked in an easy sauce. | Recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #CrockPot #dinner
 (going into the crock pot)


And when that plane landed and I saw my youngest walking towards me, that royal flush was no longer of the week long toilet issues kind. I had a winning hand.

I wish you all the happiest of Thanksgivings.


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Maple Pineapple Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin
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Printable Recipe
 
Ingredients:
2 - 2 1/2# Pork tenderloin
salt, pepper
1 (16 oz) package thick cut bacon slices
3 large sweet potatoes
1/2 cup cranraisins
1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 TBSP balsamic vinegar 

Directions:
*Spray the inside of your slow cooker with nonstick spray.
*Sprinkle pork tenderloin with salt and pepper. Place in the slow cooker and wrap with the bacon slices, tucking the ends under the tenderloin.
*Peel and cube sweet potatoes. Place into slow cooker around the tenderloin. Sprinkle the sweet potatoes with cranraisins.
*Drain the pineapple chunks reserving the juice. Place the pineapple chunks over the cranraisins.
*Whisk the reserved pineapple juice with the maple syrup and balsamic vinegar. Pour over all of the food in the slow cooker.
*Cook for 1 hour on high, then 1 1/2 hours on low. Carefully turn the meat over, stir the fruit and vegetables and cook on high for an hour.
*Turn the meat back over, lower the temperature again and cook another 1 1/2 hours. Check temperature of the pork to be sure it is at least 145 degrees (145 degrees is more rare, 160 degrees is medium). Remove the tenderloin, slice and serve with the fruits and vegetables. Drizzle with the sauce.

18 comments:

  1. Enjoyed the puns! Regarding the mishaps -- welcome to my world. All you can do is laugh. So happy for you to have your boys with you for Thanksgiving -- everything else fades into the background!

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    1. Yes, true, once that kid walks off the plane all is well.

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  2. This recipe looks great! I bet it could be a tasty appetizer too. Your plumbing fixtures are on a revolt. You know if you are hosting Thanksgiving the garbage disposal and dishwater are lurking menace your way! I hope not. Happy uneventful Thanksgiving.
    BTW I was going to make your cranberry sauce, with the orange liquor, but my friend is making a cherry cranberry pie and has left over cranberries so she offered to make the sauce. There is always another Holiday for me to try it!

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    1. NO. DO NOT jinx me!
      Hope you try that Festive Cranberry Sauce another time, it's so good.

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  3. Yeah makes me think of the saying "never rains but it pours" just one bloody thing after another hope the next week is a better one

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    1. Yes, that's the perfect saying for last week. Thinking I got all of my bad luck out of the way then and this week will be great.

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  4. Loved the puns - and sorry about your, um, "crappy" week. Enjoy the holiday, and I can't wait to try this recipe!

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    1. Yup, crappy it was. I fully intend to enjoy Thanksgiving. Hope you do too.

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  5. You got all the issues out of the way, so now this upcoming week can go smoothly!! This recipe looks DELICIOUS. It's right up Chad's alley. He loves bacon, but we never eat it. I'll have to make this special for him and Whit. She LOVES pineapple.

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    1. Sounds perfect. Let me know what everyone thinks.

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  6. A week in the crapper to usher in some days of joy? Worth it! :)

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    1. I suppose I have to admit that it's best to get all that bad luck over with. Although I wasn't so happy at the time.

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  7. That's a week well deserving of being flushed down the...oh, never mind. Read the recipe to my hubs, who said "why put pork tenderloin in a slow cooker?" Well, it did sound good to me. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  8. What a drain (see what I did there?) on your time, energy, and pocketbook! So glad everything seems to be flowing (I crack myself up!) smoothly this week.

    Happy Thanksgiving! xoxo

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    1. Ba ha ha ha, love what you did there!
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too, Cathy!

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  9. I was going to say that you have an awful lot of toilet problems, but then I remembered you have three men in your house. I'd keep a spare in the garage. Glad you go to spend time all together.

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    1. Ha, a spare in the garage might not be a bad idea. Just have to figure out what to do with one of the 3 cars that are in there.

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