Balancing working with taking care of the house and being a new mom has been extremely challenging. I love my job, I love keeping house, and I love my daughter, but sometimes I feel stretched pretty thin. One thing that always brings me back is cooking. At Aldi yesterday, there was a huge meat sale! I stocked up on chicken, beef, and pork.
I decided to actually cook a meal last night for dinner. Something I haven't been able to do for a while. We've had a lot of "easy freezer food" or take out. I missed cooking. I decided to try out the pork loin. I have never made one before, but it didn't seem too difficult.
I seasoned the meat with seasoned salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper.
Then I browned it on the stove to seal in the juices and give it some color.
I baked the loin at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. It came out perfect and juicy and delicious!
For a side dish, I made a very simple cheese risotto (adapted from an Emeril Lagasse recipe).
I brought 2 cups of chicken stock to a boil and added my rice. Let it simmer until it startes to look creamy and bubbly. I seasoned it with garlic and onion powder. Add 1 tbs butter, a splash of milk, and a big handful of shredded parmesan cheese.Cook until the liquid is absorbed, and the rice will be cheesy and creamy.
After I finished cooking it, I fixed a plate for my husband to eat while I played with Parker. It was getting close to her bed time, and she was starting to get a little fussy. After he ate, we gave her her bath, which we always do as part of her bedtime routine. I figured I'd just eat afterwards...
I filled her bathtub and put her in it. She splashed and played... and pooped.
I drained the water, washed out the tub, refilled the tub, and put her back in. She splashed and played... and pooped.
I drained the water, washed out the tub, and gave up. We cleaned her up with baby wipes and called it good enough.
I finally got to eat this for lunch today =)