Meal Plan : Pork Tenderloin / 3 meals or more

I like and prefer pork tenderloin to other pork roast cuts. It is expensive ( if not on sale ) but if purchased on sale it is cost effective because:

1 ) no fat     2) no bones    3)    it is extremely tender so there are no portions of it that are too tough or chewy for small children ….and everyone thinks that you are a wonderful cook since it ALWAYS turns out so well :)

I purchased a pork tenderloin on sale and cut it up into several pieces, seasoned it with coarse ground black pepper and Emeril’s basic seasoning, and cooked it in the crockpot with some garlic  for several hours until it was fork tender and falling apart.

The grocery store also had a big package of kielbasa on sale for 4.98. ( this was a 2-day special sale that they occasionally run on items )

The initial dinner for family and friends was pork tenderloin, kielbasa ( 1/2 of the  package: I froze the  remainder )  cooked together with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and fresh local green beans. This served 3 adults and 5 children.

Because I also had the cheaper kielbasa served along with the pork tenderloin, there was plenty of tenderloin left over.

Following day leftover dinner or work lunch for 1 adult : tenderloin ( some of it ) cut up and mixed with BBQ Sauce and served with sides.  ( just a leftover meal for me )

One more day and full dinner out of that pork tenderloin : I made a gravy with the juices that I’d saved, and that  pork & gravy was served with fresh mashed potatoes and local fresh corn on the cob, salad and bread. ( 2 adults 2 children )

Pork Roast with Gravy and Mashed Pototoes

 

The tenderloin was large and cost 11.98. Regularly priced it would have been close to 20.00 or more.  As to the rest of the kielbasa that I froze,  a meal of kielbasa, green and red pepper, onion and sliced potatoes cooked in a skillet plus some fresh local vegatables or a big salad will feed a family of 4+ more on another day.

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Morning Glory versus Bindweed

You can certainly get your money’s worth from a packet of morning glory seeds. I just love them and have them growing up both my front & back porches.

But beware the other variety, called bindweed, which I learned about the hard way.

Morning glories ( the ‘good’ ones ) are an annual flower, although you may see some volunteers from previous years shoot up in the spring. They generally come in shades of pink, hot pink, purple, and blue. The best way to start them is to soak the seeds overnight or even for a day or two until they split open. These are the variety that I grow here every summer. I’ll show them at the end.

ONE YEAR a very pretty WHITE morning glory vine started in the back by my Rose of Sharon, trailed up the fence and up a trellis that I had back there, high up the house, to my kitchen window. And I let it go. Birds built a nest there, and as I said, it was pretty. I didn’t know any better.  The following year it showed up in the front and insinuated itself among the autumn clematis vine and just about choked it to death. Unbeknownst to me that white morning glory was bindweed.

Here is my beautiful autumn clematis that was no more by the following year.

 

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I started a new clematis vine but it has not built up very much yet. I tore out all of the bindweed. It still comes up in the back and I have to pull it every few days once it gets going in the late summer. It DOES pull up easily if you keep up with it but I let it go for a few days and wanted to show you just how quickly it can take over! :)

I have a fenced in back yard. Right by the entrance on the one side are two garbage cans, my grandson’s  little bikes if I am too lazy to put them into the basement, flower pots, etc. and in this case, my garden shovel that I had left back there after doing some transplanting. It is my little junk area that you can’t notice from the street as the hydrangea and tall grasses basically hide it from view.   FIVE DAYS AFTER LEAVING THE SHOVEL and several days of rain : Where is that shovel ?

morning glory BINDWEED  eating things

Oh here it is!

Pulling the shovel out of the bindweed

So beware any fast growing white morning glory no matter how pretty it may be, as it may be bindweed.

As to my “good” morning glories this year I bought the pink and purple mix seed packet.

Morning Glory Collage

 

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