Monday, December 29, 2014

Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be."
//Ralph Waldo Emerson
Dinner last night was a little different and it's amazing how such a small difference made our simple dinner seem more special. Our normal routine is to serve up at the counter and then bring the kids plates to them at the table. 

Well for some reason, last night I remembered how special it was when I was a kid to help my mom set the table. I called the kids over, telling them that I had some jobs for them. Right away, they were so excited to put plates out for me, to place the napkins (a.k.a torn paper towels) and put the silverware out. 

Next, I had everyone sit down and then I put the food in the middle of the table, which might be totally normal at your house, but for some reason, we've only done this on special occasions. 

I lit a candle, we prayed and then we passed our plates around, loading with apple slices, crock pot Balsamic Pork Tenderloin and broccoli slaw . Something about having a nice dinner with our kids is so special to me. No matter what happens during the day, I love lighting a candle and sitting down together.

Dinnertime isn't always easy with 3 kids, 5 years old and under. Actually, sometimes it's just awful- kids don't like what I make. Eliza throws food and drinks are spilled often, but still- we try and I'm really loving this new tradition of having the kids help me set the table. 

The Balsamic Pork Tenderloin that I threw into the crock pot yesterday was so easy and delicious that I'd thought I'd share the recipe here. 

Getting it into the crock pot literally takes 5 minutes and then you just walk away. When dinnertime came, I made some broccoli slaw and then removed the pork from the crock pot. It was so tender and delicious. 

Dinner around the table doesn't need to be a fancy meal. Light a candle, use plates that make you happy and make it special, no matter what you're serving.

My next project is going to be sewing cloth napkins. There's nothing wrong with paper towels (see my photos below, not pretty), but don't you think there's just something special about a cloth napkin on your lap?

If you're looking for an easy crock pot recipe to add to your go-to list, this one's for you. Light a candle and enjoy.
Balsamic Pork Tenderloin
  • 1 boneless pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  1. Place pork tenderloin into the insert of your slow cooker. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over pork and set the timer for your slow cooker. (4 hours on High or 6-8 hours on Low)
  2. Once pork tenderloin has cooked, remove from slow cooker and place onto a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then ladle about ¼ – ½ cup of gravy over pork tenderloin.

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