Greetings from the ranch!
Phase one of our big move is finally complete. For the most part anyway. We're still waiting on internet, which has us relying on our phones. At least until we completely lost service.
Can you imagine? No internet, no email, no text, no phone...
Fortunately it only lasted for a day.
Yes, it's been an adjustment, but we've been so busy that you kind of don't notice. In the last two weeks I think we've only stopped long enough to eat or sleep. Because before things were totally put away at the camphouse, it was time to begin work on the big house.
Here's a glimpse of our demo projects.
Bye-bye dark wainscoting and parquet wood floor.
And where a brick wall once made a courtyard, we now have a view.
I tell ya, you give a couple of strapping young lads some sledgehammers and it's amazing what they can do.
But all that hard work makes for some hungry workers, which means one of the workers--okay, supervisors--has to pause to fix dinner.
On this night, I was craving grilled pork tenderloin. But I wanted something different. And what better way to do that than to play with some spices.
Cumin sounded good, so that was my starting point.
Here's what I came up with.
3/4 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp chili powder
Mix that all together.
***Note: A pork tenderloin package has two pieces of meat. Since I was experimenting, I seasoned one piece with my usual salt/pepper/garlic/paprika blend, then put the cumin mixture on the other. So if you're coating both pieces of meat, double the amounts above.***
Now just sprinkle the seasoning over the meat and give it a nice rub.
The one in front has the cumin blend.
Place seasoned meat on a heated grill.
And cook until internal temperature reaches between 145 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
The new seasoning was a hit. Everyone loved it. Tender, juicy, flavorful meat.
And if you're watching your fat, pork tenderloin is as lean as grilled chicken breast, so it's a win-win.
So...there has been one other thing keeping us busy.
You've heard of a two-dog night. Well, this was a four-snake weekend that started with this non-venomous fella slithering across the camphouse porch.
Luckily our snake-loving son was there to save the day.
Isn't he dressed appropriately?
But I'll consider it all trade off, so long as I get to hang out here.
Now it's your turn. Do you like to play with spices? What are some of your favorites?
Mindy Obenhaus lives in Texas with her husband and the last of her five children. She's passionate about touching readers with Biblical truths in an entertaining, and sometimes adventurous, manner. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking and spending time with her grandchildren. Learn more at www.MindyObenhaus.com