What's For Dinner?

I have to say that this whole getting up earlier for Lent thing has actually been working pretty well. I am going to bed a little earlier at night but I am starting to get used to it and the benefits are totally worth it. Our mornings are still a little crazy but for the most part we are getting out the door without having to rush around and that has kept the tantrums at bay for the most part.

I am also thrilled that Bret has been home at a somewhat decent time lately which means that he gets to start helping cook dinner. Last month he was on a days rotation (aka get home close to 8pm), the month before that it was nights (have to be at work at 7pm), and the month before that was the holidays thus crazy hell weeks. So needless to say that other than a couple of not so busy weekends he has totally (understandably) been slacking in the dinner department. So he has some ground to make up for and I plan to take advantage. Don't be confused...Bret is not master chef (by any means) BUT the man can grill/smoke a steak/pork chop/loin/chicken/braut/hamburger/vegetables/etc/etc so good it would make you weep.

So tonight we are having one our favorites to celebrate his return to the grill that has been much neglected lately...Made in the Shade pork chops. Since I had lots of time this morning I got the chops set up to marinate for the day. This is an old family recipe that his family has been using for years. I have no idea where it came from since I got it from his mom. Enjoy!

Made in the Shade Pork Chops

1 12 oz can of concentrate Lemonade
2/3 c low sodium Soy sauce
1 tsp celery salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp season salt
4-6 thick cut pork chops

Mix marinade and pour over chops. Let set for 12-24 hours in the refrigerator. Grill chops and enjoy!

*We have also used pink lemonade and limeade and it all tastes great. Tonight we are also having grill asparagus and ranch potatoes (boil red potatoes, cut into fours, add ranch dressing, bacon bits, green onions, and 1/2c shredded cheese and stir till well coated and mixed).

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