Food, Surviving Chaos

5 Ingredient Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Honey Garlic Pork Chops

Honey garlic pork chops are a perfect recipe for our summer series! All you need is a cast iron skillet and 15 minutes and you’ll have perfect pork chops in no time for dinner. Keep this recipe handy, its a perfect addition to the busy school schedules for the fall.

Ingredients

  • Center cut boneless pork chops (1 pork chop per person)
  • Ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 3 gloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp chopped parsley
  • Honey Garlic Sauce
    • 2 1/2 tbsp honey
    • 2 tbsp warm water
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
    • cayenne pepper (optional)

Let’s Make It!

  1. Season pork chops with salt and pepper on both sides. Mix ingredients for honey garlic sauce
  2. Heat skillet on high heat then add vegetable oil and butter.
  3. Add pork chops to skillet and pan fry each side for 3-4 minutes or until brown. For thick pork chops, increase frying time for each side.
  4. Move pork chops to one side of skillet and add remaining butter. Add garlic and saute for 10 seconds or until light brown.
  5. Add honey sauce to skillet and cook to reduce the sauce to thicker consistency or until sauce is amber brown.
  6. Spoon sauce over pork chops, turn off heat and garnish with parsley.
  7. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Surviving Chaos

  • Skillet Options: If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, any non-stick or stainless steel skillet will work!
  • Sides: Mashed potatoes or carrots are the perfect side dishes for these pork chops.

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3 Reasons You Should Rent A Boat

Lake Travis Austin, TX

Since we’ve been under quarantine for the last 3 months due to COVID-19 and the orders were finally lifted, we were ready to get out of the house and enjoy the fresh air. But we still had to follow social distancing rules while outside. So, we all put our heads together to find an activity that was fun, inexpensive and still allowed for social distancing. Renting a boat was the perfect activity! This was a new adventure for us but we were up to the challenge. We rented a pontoon boat, perfect for families, from Just for Fun Watercraft Rental for a half day. Once we received our driving course at the marina (yes, its literally is like driving a car) we were on our way to the open waters. If you love the outdoors and are looking for a great family vacation, boating is right up your alley. I’ve listed 3 reasons why boating is a great family and/or solo activity to do and some surviving chaos tips to help you navigate the waters.

  1. Social Distancing Safe: Whats between you, your boat and the lake……nothing! Absolutely nothing…..there is no one standing next to you and the closest boat or ski-do is zooming past you miles away. This meant it was just us, the boat and the water. We didn’t have to worry about maintaining 6 feet of social distance because we were totally isolated. Additionally, you can find your own private beach or alcove hang out spot for your family. There are tons of alcoves on Lake Travis to choose; you can spread out your blanket and toys and have a good time. Boating is another way of getting away without going too far.
  2. Advance Your Skills: So previously, I mentioned that driving a boat is like driving a car…..but that’s AFTER you figure it out! A boat is like a moving target! You are steering one way but the current of the lake wants to take you in a completely different direction. Nautical terminology is also something you’ll pick up quickly along with water safety rules. Also, you’re also trying to find your balance while driving which is no small feet! By the time you’ve learn how to drive, balance yourself using muscles you’ve never used before, kept the kids from going overheard due to a big wave and learned how to navigate a lake using Google Maps you’ll be exhausted…..but skilled! You’ll definitely come out of the trip with some MAD skills and an imaginary gold medal. Did I mention….that I parallel parked our boat? Yep, I did that. Score 1 for mom!!!
  3. Family Time: We had so much fun on our boat! But for me, the best thing was seeing the kids faces light up as we speed through the lake. Hearing their giggles and full laughter every time our captain (my husband) hit a big wave. Our son educating us on the geography, animals he saw and other nature facts was wonderful. His binoculars definitely got a work out! Watching grandma and the kids have their own concert and sing-a-long to the Trolls 2 soundtrack was quite entertaining. Seeing my husband steering our boat with an air of confidence like a true captain but look of nervousness on his face was priceless. This was by far one of our funnest activities we did as a family and we created a TON of memories.

Surviving Chaos

  • B.Y.O.F – Bring your own food: Pack some sandwiches, chips, fruit, juice and water and you’ll be all set. With your own meal you stop literally anywhere and have lunch. Plus you’ll save money as some of the restaurants can be expensive. And don’t forget the snacks, nothing worse than h-angry kids!!
  • Beach toys: Bring some beach toys or stop by your local dollar store for some inexpensive items. This will keep the kids entertained while on the beach our while on the boat while your traveling around the lake.
  • Sunscreen: I can’t stress how important to slather everyone down in sunscreen. When we started our boating trip it was cloudy but it quickly heated up once the sun came out. Please protect your skin during all your outdoor activities sunscreen and remember to re-apply.
  • Reserve Early: Beat the rush and reserve your boat early at the beginning of summer. Boat rental reservations start the first warm day here and companies get booked all the way to late summer. The best boat for families are pontoon boats which seat up to 16 people.

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