Flat Roof Coating

The House on High Street

Oct 27 Decisions… re-coat, re-roof on top of old, tear off and re-roof new, change roof pitch, or add new type of roofing material. With a slew of other projects that required funds, Scott and I decided to re-coat the roof, since the current roof was in OK condition. (Per 2 roofing companies’ opinions and that of our home inspector.)

Extraordinary Leaders & Organizations

Foster Care & Family

To all the Teachers, the Pastors, and the Leaders of Organizations-

This past Sunday, I attended a church that I have recently stumbled upon by accident. How I discovered this church is almost as miraculous as the fact that I want to go back for more. This jogged my memory of the last thirty-five years of participating in church congregations, as well as learning institutions and work organizations. From what I’ve experienced, some are effective, and some are not. Some are inviting, while others are unappealing. Some grow, and some cannot retain their members. Some empower, while others micromanage and stifle.

Rachel Maria's Chili

Rachel Maria's Recipes

Ingredients

2-3lbs. Lean Ground Beef or Ground Turkey
3T. Olive Oil
1 Large Yellow Onion
4 Cloves Garlic Chopped
1 Green Pepper Chopped
3-4 Stalks Celery Chopped
1-3 Jalapeño and/or Chili Peppers (optional for extra spice)
1 Pkg. Chili Seasoning
1 Large Can Chopped Tomatoes
1 Jar Salsa
½ C. Ketchup
2 T. Liquid Smoke (optional for extra heat)
¼ C. Chipotle flavoring peppers in can or marinade in bottle (optional for smoky flavor)
3 T. Sriracha (optional for extra kick)
1 Can Dark Kidney Beans
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Kernel Corn

Garnish Options

Green Onion
Sour Cream
Black Olives
Fresh Chopped Tomato

Directions

  • In a Large Pot add Olive Oil to a Med-High Flame.
  • Sauté’ Chopped Onion, Celery, all Peppers, and Garlic until translucent.
  • Add meat and break apart with wooden spoon over medium heat.
  • Add Chili Seasonings Packet and continue to stir with wooden spoon.
  • Once meat is no longer pink, stir in Chopped Tomatoes, Salsa, and Ketchup.
  • IF you prefer a little kick, heat, and smoky flavor – Sriracha, Liquid smoke, and/or Chipotle.
  • Adjust to Medium-Low.  Cook for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse Beans and Corn in a strainer before adding for a remaining 5 minutes.
  • Garnish with Sour Cream, Green Onion, Black Olives, Tomato, and serve with Chips.

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Starting a Home Renovation

The House on High Street

During the past 2 weeks, we have been doing more “behind the scenes” work in preparing for the renovations of The House on High Street. Such as… completing loan applications from a few banks; interviewing contractors; building a portfolio of ideas, meeting with an architect, making dozens of lists (from budgetary to DIY project lists); and of course, arguing over just about every detail (we are learning how to have productive arguments)… 

Batteries Not Included - Lessons Learned from Romantic Relationships

Foster Care & Family

I am by far no expert when it comes to romantic relationships. I’ve probably caused more headaches and heartaches in this department than the ordinary woman.

I was reminded of this today at my annual check-up at the doctor’s office. I had to complete a New Patient form because my husband and I have recently moved back to the same area we lived in two years ago. As I checked off the married status I chuckled to myself thinking of how, at one time or another, I could have checked off just about EVERY STATUS on the form.

Rachel Maria's Modified Version of Chef John's Maple-Brined Pork Loin

Rachel Maria's Recipes

**Rachel Maria modified this (already delicious and suitable) recipe by The Chef John, found here: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/maple-brined-pork-loin/

**Total Prep Time: 8-10 Hrs (6-8 hours to refrigerate Pork Loin in Brine Mixture)  

Rachel Maria’s Modified Version of Chef John’s Maple-Brined Pork Loin

Ingredients

  • 2-2.5 lbs. Pork Loin
  • 4-6 Cups of Water
  • 5 Garlic Cloves
  • 2 Tbs. Tomato Paste
  • ¼ C. Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tbs. Kosher Salt
  • 1 Tbs. Fresh Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Tbs. Ground Gineger
  • 2-3 Tbs. Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbs. Rosemary
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • Dijon-Syrup
  • 3 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 3 T Maple Syrup

Instructions

  1. Combine Brining Ingredients in a large bowl or container.  Whisk together.
  2. Submerge pork loin in water mixture, cover, and refrigerate for 6-8 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°
  4. Remove pork from Brine mixture and gently pat dry with paper towels.
  5. Salt and pepper both sides of pork loin.
  6. Add 2-3 Tbs. Vegetable Oil to a cast iron (or oven-proof) skillet.
  7. On Med-High heat– Sear both sides of Pork Loin (3-5 minutes each side).
  8. Remove garlic cloves from Brine liquid and add to skillet (Discard remaining Brine Mixture)
  9. Transfer skillet to oven (uncovered)
  10. Cook for approximately 25 minutes/pound.
  11. In a small bowl, mix Dijon Mustard and Maple Syrup which together makes “Dijon Syrup”.
  12. After 40-45 Minutes: Remove Skillet from oven.  (Be careful NOT to touch the pan without oven mitts!)
  13. Pour the Dijon-Syrup on top of the pork.
  14. Place back in oven for another 10-15 minutes OR once the pork reaches an internal temperature between 145-150.
  15. After removing the pork from the oven, cover with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
http://lewoman.com/rachel-marias-modified-version-chef-johns-maple-brined-pork-loin/

Rachel Maria suggests serving this with Spinach & Fresh Garlic and Sweet Potatoes. Enjoy!

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