Easy skillet pork chops dinner – because sometimes it IS just as simple as throwing 5 ingredients in a skillet and calling it dinner.
Sometimes it IS just as simple as that. Did you need to find it in a cookbook? Was it served in a Michelin rated restaurant? Did you see it on Food Network?
Does it really matter?
I came home today at 4:10. I had 5 minutes to get my older son ready for a swim meet, get a snack down his throat (I mean, what CAN you get ready in 5 minutes) and get him the 3 minutes to the pool. He wasn’t dressed, his bag wasn’t ready and my younger son was having a meltdown.
Boy, oh BOY do I miss the days when we had nothing to do. When I worked at home and everything was done by 4:10. By 4:10 dinner was almost on the table, the dishwasher was empty and the laundry was done. I watched the clock for my husband to get home. I was almost…Bored. Gasp!
Did I just say that? Hell, yes I did. This was before blogging came around in my life. When my kids had play dates, art classes and predictable naps. When all I had to worry about was creating a stimulating and nurturing environment for my kids to thrive while I was at home with them. Leisurely days of…just whatever. We had a blast. I wanted for nothing.
Then I had to go and get a job. My kids had to mess it all up and get older. Darn cuties had to get taller, use words, and develop hobbies like swimming and Lego Club. Gone were the fun breakfasts and nap time songs, our special routines and such. I knew it was coming, I was just hoping it wouldn’t come so fast.
But all of that has been replaced with side arm hugs and kisses on the cheek, nothing more thank you very much. Geez Mom! Dropping off 20 feet from the door and last minute projects. No clue about responsibilities and chores, missing homework and cluttered backpacks.
But I wouldn’t trade this for the world. All of this came to me , as a reminder, while I was literally running through the house getting son #1 ready for a swim meet tonight. I only have so many years with them, so I am going to absorb every minute of it. When they were small, I was here for them, and I still am now that they are older. I may not have caught every one of their ‘firsts’ but when it DID happen it was a FIRST for me.
Coming home today after one of the most rude comments ever made to me…ever, I was so glad that I know and they know that I may be working but I am here. I was here before and I am here now. AS mothers, and parents, we do what we can. We SAH when we can and we work if we need to. I make no judgments; the bottom line is, to make the most of the time we have. No one has a right to judge that individual choice. You should do what works for you.
After the thoughts that ran thorough my mind ended, I just stopped in the entryway and hugged them both. I kissed their cheeks and told them I loved them. That moment mattered. The comment made to me today was no longer on my mind.
Now that I am back home, I will share the recipe for this easy skillet pork chops dinner.
Yes, sometimes a great dinner is just that simple. The skillet pork chops were ready to eat in 25 minutes. I would actually serve this skillet pork chops dinner to company, and the best part is, it uses just 5 ingredients!
I served the skillet pork chops over a simple bed of buttered egg noodles, but mashed potatoes would be delicious, too. Start to finish: 25 minutes, and my family loved it. 🙂