Sunday, April 28, 2013

Best Crockpot Dish - Apricot Glazed Pork Loin

The Relay for Life fund-raising continues at our laboratory.  On Wednesday, April 24, there was a Crockpot Cook-off.  Prizes were given for best main dish and best dessert.

I am delight to say that I won for the Best Main Dish.  My entry was Apricot Glazed Pork Loin.  A friend sent it to me through Facebook.  The Best Dessert was a peach cobbler.  The event raised over $150 for Relay for Life.

The recipe is as follows:
Apricot Glazed Pork Loin!
1  4-6 lb. boneless pork loin
1 (20oz.) jar of apricot preserves
1 envelope dry onion soup mix
1/4 cup prepared Italian dressing
1/4 cup Teriyaki or soy sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. minced garlic
black pepper
seasoned salt

Mix the apricot preserves with the dry onion soup, Italian dressing, soy or Teriyaki sauce, brown sugar and minced garlic until well blended.  Place the pork loin in a 5 to 6 quart slow cooker that has been sprayed well with nonstick spray or use a slow cooker liner.    Sprinkle liberally with salt, black pepper, and seasoned salt.   Pour half of the apricot glaze over the pork loin.  Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.  You can cook this on high for 4-5 hours, but the low setting for longer produces a more tender roast.   Cover the other half of the glaze and refrigerate.   It will become thick when it gets cold and that is ok.  When you use the other half it will stay on better if it is a little thicker.

When the pork loin has finished cooking in the slow cooker, CAREFULLY remove it to a baking pan that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.    It will be hot and depending on how hot your slow cooker cooks it might be very tender and try to fall apart.  Pour the other half of the apricot glaze over the pork loin.  Place in the oven at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes.  Don't let it burn but the sugars in the glaze will caramelize and turn darker. 
Remove from oven and let stand to rest for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.   If you slice meat as soon as you remove from the oven, without allowing to rest, you lose all of the juices and the meat will be dry.
Picture taken after a few servings!!

This was very easy to make.  I had forgotten how easy it is to cook in the crockpot.
If you try it, I hope you enjoy it.


A Little Weekend Finish

Sometimes its nice to start a project and finish it up in a couple of days.  I actually accomplished that this weekend.  I get the daily deals from Missouri Quilt Company, which includes tutorials from time to time.  One that caught my eye was the Tumbler Flag Quilt.  I cut this out on Saturday morning and finished sewing up the flimsy tonight.

I plan to quilt it with the Sashiko.  I loved how it turned out.  It will be even nicer when it is quilted.

Have a wonderful week.



Monday, April 15, 2013

Blogger Block of the Month - April 15th Edition

"Woven" by Tracey

April 15th Blogger Block of the Month is call "Woven."  The tutorial can be found at Itching 2 B Stitchin

Be sure to visit Peach Patch Quilts and leave a comment to win one yard of a great fabric, "A Day in the Life" by Robert Kaufmann.

Remember, if you would like to donate any blocks you make during this blog hop please mail them to this address:

Peach Patch Quilts
P.O. Box 0012
Sullivan, WI 53178

Donated blocks will be sewn into quilts for Margaret's Hope Chest.

Happy Quilting,



NOAA's Relay for Life Lunch and Learn

Various fund raising events have been taking place at work for the past several weeks.  Today was a Lunch and Learn Event.

Renee Barton of "A Grand Entrance" taught a group of ladies to make the mesh wreaths.  Over $150 was raised for Relay for Life at this workshop.

Below is a picture of my wreath.  I made one to be used for Christmas.  Christmas ornaments will be added to finish up the wreath which will be hung on my front door at Christmas.  It was such fun that I plan to make a spring one this weekend.

Here is a picture.  It needs more fluffing and the addition of ornaments.  There were other beautiful ones made - Fourth of July, Spring, Autumn, Blue and White, etc.  All were fabulous.



First Finishes for 2013

The quilts for my twin niece and nephew are finally quilted and bound.  These are my first true finishes for 2013.  I have one more quilt that needs the binding sewn down and the Easy Street waiting to be quilted.  I hope to finish 12 or 14 quilts this year.  Time will tell.

Below are pictures.

I hope they enjoy their quilts.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Bonus Blogger's Block of the Month

The bonus Blogger's Block of the Month is presented by Distant Pickles.

Click here to visit Bree's post for a great tutorial on this block.

On April 15, Itching2bstitching will offer the next block in this series.

Happy Quilting,