Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Chicken Fried Pork Chops

My husband and I like turkey when it is cooked in something but we aren't big fans of plain roasted turkey.  Since our nearest family is eight hours away Thanksgiving is usually just the three of us so we don't really have a reason to stick with the traditional turkey.  The first few years we made ham but the last couple of years we went with chicken fried pork chops and they perfectly compliment the other traditional Thanksgiving sides!


Chicken Fried Pork Chops

Ingredients:
2lb Thinly Sliced Pork Chops
Vegetable Oil
3 Eggs
1 cup Flour
1 Tablespoon Country Bob's Seasoning Salt
1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika (optional)

Beat eggs in a bowl.  In a rimmed dish (I usually use a pie plate); combine flour, seasoning salt, and smoked paprika.  Blot excess moisture off of pork chops with a paper towel.  Set all of these aside.  In a large skillet, heat enough vegetable oil to cover the bottom of the skillet over medium-high heat.

One at a time, coat the pork chop in egg and then the flour mixture.  Place in the skillet.  Continue until your skillet is full (usually about 3-4 chops at a time).  Cook on one side for about 7-8 minutes or until browned then flip and brown other side for another 7-8 minutes or until no longer pink inside.  You might need to flip more often to prevent them from burning.  You don't want to flip too soon or too often though or you will peel the coating off.  Continue this process until all of your pork chops are cooked.

Makes about 10 Pork Chops.  Serve with my husband's Whipped Potatoes and your choice of veggie.



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Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday Link Party 44

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  We started putting up the Christmas decorations yesterday which is always a fun time.  :)  Now if only it would snow so that I could really get in the mood for Christmas.  We live in Minnesota for goodness sake.  How do we not have a foot of snow on the ground already?!  

Anyway, on to this week's link party.  Check out all of last week's links here.


I love seasonal coffee drinks and this Pumpkin Spice Creamer from Once A Mom Always A Cook looks absolutely delicious!



Make your own vintage stationary with this English Breakfast Cardstock Tutorial by C.W. Frosting.


These Rock Star Marshmallow Pops from Racks and Mooby look super easy and you can make them for any occasion just by choosing different kinds of sprinkles.


Check out this Vintage Train Party by Little Painted Canvas.  So cute!  I especially love the "dining car".


I love this Awesome Sign over on The Crafty Scientist.  I love this Barney quote and it looks so fun with the yellow background.

Thank you all so much for linking up your wonderful projects! If you were featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my side bar.  Now on to this week's party!


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.

This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Whipped Potatoes

This recipe is actually one that my husband, Shelby, came up with!  He has been making these for family gatherings for years now and I finally got him to measure things out and write it down so that I could share this deliciousness with you.  :)  They are basically mashed potatoes but so much fluffier and creamier.


Whipped Potatoes

Ingredients:
6 large Russet Potatoes
4 Tablespoons Butter
2 Tablespoons Sour Cream
1/2 cup Milk

Peel potatoes and chop into 1-inch cubes.  Place in a dutch oven or other large pot and cover with water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer 15-20 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

Drain potatoes and transfer to a large mixing bowl.  Add butter, sour cream, and milk.  Beat on low speed until most of the chunks have been mashed.  Gradually increase the speed to highest setting.  Whip until smooth.  

Serve hot along side your choice of meat and veggies.  :)

Makes about 6 cups.



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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Guest Post from Space 46

Hi Polish The Stars readers, I’m My. My home is over at Space 46, which I recently started to express my love and passion for crafts and decors. I am very excited to be here today to introduce myself and my blog and to share with you a couple of my first projects as a newbie DIYer . You probably already know this. Crafting is so addicting, and the joy of completing a project is way beyond imagination. Especially when someone stops by and leaves a sweet comment, it means the world to me. So I hope to see you soon over at Space 46 . Happy holiday to you and your family! 


If you love turquoise and jewelry, you will love this jewelry storage solution that I came up with to display my long necklaces and to store a few of my bracelets.  Super easy!  No elbow grease needed!


These two go on the wall just above my night stand.



Here is the list of what I used to complete this project:
  • spray paint--Rustoleum in Satin Aqua
  • sawtooth hangers
  • cabinet knobs--I chose cabinet knobs over hooks because they come in many different designs and finishes and they secure onto wood much better!
  • wood plaques--from Michaels $1






 *** A special thank to Megan for this guest post opportunity. *** 

With Love from My



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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Kool-Aid Wallet


Yes, I am 28-years-old and I carry a Kool-Aid wallet.  What about it?  :)  I started making these about ten years ago but back then I was using packing tape and they didn't look as good and weren't very durable.  Recently I decided to reinvent them with some clear vinyl and I am really happy with the results!  

They are a lot of fun and you can make them super girly or appropriate for the guys in your life just by picking a different colored kool-aid packet.  These wallets cost less than $2 each to make which is always my favorite part of a project!

SUPPLIES:
Four envelopes of Kool-Aid
Clear Vinyl (found in the decorator fabric section)
Self-Adhesive Velcro Dots

Cut the vinyl down to these dimensions (I used a rotary cutter and fabric cutting guide):
Four 8 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Two 8 3/4" x 1 1/2"
One 1" x 2"


Start by holding your kool-aid packet upside down and shaking all of the powder to the bottom.  Use an exacto knife to cut along the other end on the back side of the envelope being careful not to cut all the way through to the other side.  Pour the contents into a baggie and set aside to make yourself a drink later.  Smooth the packet flat and reseal it with a piece of tape.


**Make sure that your sewing machine and needle are heavy duty enough to handle sewing through several layers of vinyl before beginning this project.**

For the outside pocket, stack two of the 3 1/4" wide pieces and sew along the top and down the middle.  To sew the middle, I found where the center was and taped some embroidery thread to the sewing machine where the edge of the wallet should be.  You can also use a rubber band but I didn't have one on hand.


The inside pocket is just a little trickier.  Take one of the 3 1/4" pieces and lay one of the 1 1/2" pieces on top with it 1/2" above the bottom of the larger piece.  Sew all along the bottom of the smaller piece.


Lay the piece you just sewed on top of the remaining 3 1/4" piece and sew all along the top edge.  Place the last 1 1/2" piece on top of the other pieces but make sure that it lines up with the bottom edge of the large pieces.  Sew down the middle.



Slide the empty Kool-Aid packets into the pockets that you have sewn with all of the packets facing out.  Lay the inside pocket on top of the outside pocket.



Slide the 1" x 2" piece into the outside pocket.  Center it and leave about 1" hanging out.  Sew through all of the layers along this side, then the bottom, and finally the other side.



Place one of the velcro dots on the inside of the flap that you made and the other one on the outside of the wallet.


Now your wallet is ready to be filled with all of cash and cards.  



Just be prepared to have grocery store cashiers ask if you plan on paying for the Kool-Aid in your hand.  Trust me.  It has happened more than once.  :)

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Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday Link Party 43

Sorry that the link party is a little late today.  I've been busy trying to get the house in order and catch up on my never ending to-do list.  Apparently this one just slipped my mind.  Here are a few of my favorites from last week:

Love this fun Book Art by Shealynn's Faerie Shoppe.  :)

This Crusty Italian Bread from Cooking with K looks delicious and super easy to make.

Check out this awesome Desk For Two over at Remodelaholic.  I love the green lamps and accents!

Learn how to make Homemade Applesauce at Once A Mom Always A Cook.  

This Hand Painted Poppy Nightstand by Art Is Beauty would be a really fun addition to any bedroom.

Thank you all so much for linking up your wonderful projects! If you were featured, feel free to grab a 'featured' button from my side bar.  Now on to this week's party!


PARTY ETIQUETTE:
  • Please become a follower of Polish The Stars
  • Link up anything related to the domestic arts: crafts, recipes, photography, cleaning tips, money saving tips, decorating, etc. NO advertising or Etsy shops.
  • In the "Name" spot put the name of your project or recipe.
  • Link directly to your post - not your home page.
  • Add my button or a text link to your post to spread the word.
  • By linking up you give me permission to use content from your post for the purposes of featuring your project.

This party will be open until Friday at Midnight. My favorite projects will be featured at next week's party!

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

22 Awesome Pumpkin Recipes

I am a huge fan of pumpkin recipes and thanks to blogging and pinterest, I have accumulated a large collection of recipes that I want to try.  Unfortunately I don't have the time to try all of them and even if I did, my husband and I would probably end up weighing five hundred pounds.  I still wanted to share them with you all though and if you try any of them I would love to hear what you thought of it so I know whether or not it is worth trying.   :)

First up are a few from my own blog in case you missed them.  These are our tried and true favorites so I can personally vouch for their deliciousness!

Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes by Polish The Stars

Pumpkin Cheesecake by Polish The Stars

Pumpkin Bread by Polish The Stars

Now for some recipes that I haven't actually tried but that look AMAZING!!!



Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles by Erin's Food Files



Pumpkin Dump Cake by Cookies & Cups


Pumpkin Fudge by Recipe Girl

Pumpkin Lust Cake by Sweet Treats & More

Pumpkin Pancakes by The Curvy Carrot

Pumpkin Pie Bars by Joy The Baker

Pumpkin Pie Croissants by Pressed Down, Shaken Together

Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes by Une-Deux Senses

Pumpkin Pie Dip by Carolina Charm





Spiced Pumpkin Waffles by The Motherload

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