As you probably know, I affectionately refer to my husband (Mal) and dog (Murphy) as M & m. The two of them have a very special relationship and spend a lot of time together. Murphy pretty much follows Mal everywhere he goes, but I know Mal likes it. (Just as I typed that last sentence, Mal called Murphy a “dumbass,” but swear they really love each other. 😉 )
Remember this post? Well, the pug found a new place to wait for ‘Dad’ to come home. Murphy sat on the back of the couch for a solid hour, staring out the window, just waiting. Ok, occasionally, he would bark at passersby. (Mal and I joke that he’s openly judging their fashion choices.)
Eventually, M came home and m greeted with him lots of tail wiggles. Pugs don’t really wag their tails. It’s more of a butt shake + tail wiggles.
Just before dinner, I wanted something to eat. I didn’t have a sugar craving per se, but I wanted food. I actually don’t think I was hungry, but I knew dinner wasn’t for another couple of hours, so I ended up snacking on a Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Larabar.
When Mal got home from work, he cooked the most amazing boneless pork chops for dinner using a fancy Tyler Florence Brown Sugar Pork Rub that I got at the Foodbuzz Festival back in early November.
To make the pork chops, Mal coated the meat with the brown sugar rub.
Then, in a large skillet, he melted 2 tbsp of butter and then poured in about an inch of beef broth. Once the broth was bubbling, he added the pork and cooked it until the broth boiled off and the temperature of the meat reached 160 degrees F.
Meanwhile, I made a batch of sweet potato fries. (FYI: The key to crispy sweet potato fries is baking them first and then broiling them for about 5-7 minutes. Works like a charm!)
With a little bit of team work in the kitchen, we had ourselves a mighty fine meal in about 40 minutes.
This one deserves a holy yum!
After dinner, I destroyed a Lindt chocolate reindeer.
He didn’t stand a chance.
Time to relax!