(forewarning this ended up being a longer post than I had planned!)
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!
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.
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!
Thank you for stopping by for Sunday dinner! I hope you enjoyed your visit!
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.