Family Dinner Time

Hi everyone!

(forewarning this ended up being a longer post than I had planned!)

dinner for two

Here comes the hectic craziness! We start our first Farmer’s Market for the season this week. We are committed to 7 markets as of right now and plan to add 3-4 more a week. Yup, I know, 7 days in a week and 11 markets weekly?! I told you, pure craziness! So, dinner time becomes much more difficult to pull together than during the winter months.

For me, having a sit down at the table family dinners are a lot easier in the colder months. Once spring hits, there are just so many things to do! Since I am the Household Manager (yes, that is the title I gave myself!) it is my responsibility to see that we have Family Dinner time.

So, at least once a week we need to sit down at the table and have a good meal together. This is time for us to just laugh over the things that have occurred or discuss things that need to change or whatever. It is the much needed time to simply slow down and enjoy each others company. Even if there is just the two of you, family time at the dinner table is important.

One of the biggest things I need to make a family dinner happen is having easy and quick options!

family dinner time

When I was offered the chance to have a family dinner provided by Kroger, I said, “Yes Please!” Kroger is where we do 90% of our food shopping. It is a mile from my home. And I have always liked any Kroger Brand item I have bought. I generally prefer the Kroger label over Brand labels. The price is always better and the quality is wonderful.


So Krogering I went!


Package of two Kroger Pork Tenderloins, Kroger Homestyle mashed potatoes, Kroger crescent dinner rolls, Kroger cake and frosting. Tonight we are having cherry pie instead of the cake. I plan to make the cake for a get together later this week.

Welcome to Sunday dinner. Tonight we are having:


When having a sit down family meal, I really try to add a little special and fun to the dinner table. It should feel like an occasion.

I set the table for the two of us.


I actually bought these two dinner plates for a decorating project for my kitchen. So, I thought I better use them at least once before I do my project.


The plates are made in Italy. They still had the original price tags from TJ Maxx for $5.99 a piece on them. They were then marked at the thrift store for $1.21 each. I used a 50% off coupon so I paid .60 cents each.


On top of the plate I added a rust color bread plate and then an everyday cobalt blue bowl for salad.


For a touch of whimsy I decided to use these cute ceramic banana napkin rings with everyday navy napkins.


Orange cups made in Italy on simple white saucers for our coffee.


An vintage orange pot for coffee made by Stylehouse.


A set of cute little house salt and pepper shakers finish off the centerpiece area. I didn’t want a lot on the table because dinner will be served at the table.


I love these beaded denim placemats. I bought them clearanced at Pier Imports ages ago.

Recipe for Herb Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Pick a baking dish/pan that will fit the tenderloin and cover bottom in parchment paper.


Thawed Pork Tenderloin (my tenderloin is 2 lbs)

3 Tablespoons butter

1 Tablespoon fresh minced garlic

1  - 2 Cups crushed corn flakes (depends on the size of your tenderloin)


(I am using these corn flake crumbs because I have never tried them before)

       3/4 cup of fresh chopped herbs

(Use any fresh herbs you like. My herbs are not in yet so I am using our   “All Purpose Seasoning Blend”, a blend of seven dried herbs,  If you use dried herbs use between 1/4 –1/3 cup, depending on your taste)

3/4 cups of fresh grated parmesan cheese

Salt & Pepper to taste

1/2 cup Dijon or Ground Mustard

In sauce pan on stove, melt butter and add minced garlic.

IMG_5995 In a separate large dish add corn flakes, herbs, cheese and salt and pepper. Mix completely. Once mixed add the melted butter & garlic and combine.


Slather your Pork Tenderloin with the mustard.


Roll tenderloin in the corn flake mixture until 3/4 of the tenderloin is nicely coated. Place uncoated side down on your baking dish and put into preheated oven.



Cook for about 35 minutes. Let tenderloin rest for at least 10 minutes before serving.

A simple fresh lettuce salad with chopped pecans and mandarin oranges.



This lettuce was picked fresh from the high school greenhouse. It was grown Aquaponically. Love it!


I was surprised at how good these Kroger mashed potatoes were! I am a real mashed potato girl and these tasted as if I peeled. chopped, cooked and mashed them myself! I will definitely buy these again! The pork tenderloin came out so moist and delicious! And the Kroger crescents? Please…just pass me the butter and honey!

krpoger dinner

Thank you for stopping by for Sunday dinner! I hope you enjoyed your visit!

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Tea Time Tuesday

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Disclosure: I was provided coupons for the above mentioned Kroger items from Kroger via Bzzagent. I was not compensated in any other way. All opinions are completely my own.


  1. A family dinner is important, time well spent. You have a lovely tablescape. Your pork sounds yummy, I will have to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing. Have a happy week!

  2. Now I know where my missing pork tenderloins went!
    This all looks so good. We don't have Kroger here in Canada, not on the the West coast anyways.
    I agree with you that dinner should be made special. I think this applies even if we are all by our selves, with a spouse or the whole family.
    Looks like a great meal.

  3. The table looks so inviting and the menu sounds awesome. I hope it tasted as good.

  4. Very professional 'dining' and photography ~ ^_^ ~ Wow! What a place to eat ^_^

  5. Sunday dinner was delicious! Thanks for sharing! heehee! HUGS!

  6. LOVE Kroger's. It's my go to store for pretty much everything, especially fresh seafood. But the closest one is almost 40 miles away. So I have a bit of a trek. Great recipe. Lovely dinner plates. Nice dinner for two.

  7. The special touches and delicious food you prepared make for a lovely table.

  8. Yummy...and so easy, that's what I like! Love those dinner plates...can't wait to see what your project is using them.

  9. Hi Diann!!

    Your table looks amazing with all the colors blending together well!!! I'm going to try this on my tenderloin and see what my guys will say. The prices for the plates were great!! Very thrifty!!!!

    Have a great week!!!


  10. I love your tablescaping Diann! We shop at King Soopers (Krogers) too. I like their brand name products too. Lots of them to choose from! I love the plates too. I like anything not made in China and really shop for items not made in China!
    Have a good week.
    Blessings to you and yours Anne

  11. The table looks great! I love those plates and the napkin rings are so cute! The meal looks so good! I love pork tenderloin! I also shop at Kroger often, I think the store brands are great also!

  12. Lovely table setting. I will definitely be making the portk tenderloin. x

  13. Hello,
    that looks all very yummy and inviting. Thank you for sharing this great setting.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  14. It all looks delicious, and the china is very pretty.

  15. Your tablescape is so gorgeous, I love your choice and color for the the dishes and linens and dinner looks totally awesome. Now I am so hungry. Thanks so much for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  16. Wonderful table setting, Diann, and your meal sounds wonderful too. Love the little houses! You managed to get some great deals as usual. Thanks for sharing and coming to tea. Hope you have a lovely week.


  17. Love that pretty coffee pot and that pork tender loin looks amazing! :)

    Have a great week!

  18. Beautiful dishes! Good luck with your upcoming markets.

  19. Oh, good grief! You're going to NEED the strength and energy that dinner provided you to get through these next weeks! Wow...that's quite the grueling schedule! You'll have to take photos to let us know how you're faring out there in the Farmers' Market world!!!

    Just 60 cents each for those dishes!??? I have seen those at TJ Maxx, and they were, of course, the $5.99 each as the label says. You got them at 90% off by the time you used your coupon and all...just fabulous!!! Congrats on such a great buy! Good luck on your project with them, too.

    You created a wonderful, delicious (I can practically smell & taste it from here!) meal, and I hope that you and your family have a chance to sit down and enjoy one another's company and lots more good food over the coming weeks when you're able to come up for air!

  20. Best of luck, Diann, in getting through your hectic schedule. How nice to have a great sit down meal and to enjoy each other, wonderful food and a pretty, thrifty table!


Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)