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Jill’s Pork Tenderloin ~

3 pounds Pork Tenderloin (1 Pkg. Of 2 Tenderloins), Cut Into 4 Pieces Total
1 pound Bacon
¾ cups Soy Sauce
1 Tablespoon Minced Onions
½ teaspoons Garlic Salt
1 Tablespoon Wine Vinegar Or White Vinegar
¼ teaspoons Salt
1 dash Pepper
¾ cups Brown Sugar

Preparation Instructions

Wrap the tenderloin pieces in bacon. Place in an 8 1/2″ x 11″ pan. Poke holes in meat with a fork.

Combine rest of ingredients in a small bowl; stir well. Pour marinade over meat. Refrigerate, uncovered, 2 to 3 hours or overnight.

Bake in a 300 degree oven for two to three hours. If the bacon burns, place foil over the top after approximately 1 1/2 hours of baking. Remove from oven, cut meat into small pieces and allow the meat to soak up the excess juices in the pan.


Cheesy Garlic Baked Chicken — from: Easy Recipes, Your Guide to Simple Recipes

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts -thin
4 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons brown sugar
3 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup of cheese


Preheat oven to 375°F and line a casserole dish with tin foil this will help with the clean up afterwards lightly grease it.
In small sauté pan, sauté garlic with the oil until tender.
Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar & a teaspoon of salt
Place chicken breasts in a prepared baking dish and cover with 3/4 of the garlic and brown sugar mixture.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Bake uncovered for 30 minutes.

Within the last 10 minutes before removing it out of the oven put your cheese on top then put the remaining brown sugar and garlic mixture on top of the cheese and let bake 10 minutes or until cheese is fully melted.

Uses for COFFEE FILTERS from Facebook

Coffee filters …. Who knew! And you can buy 1,000 at the Dollar Tree for almost nothing even the large ones.

1. Cover bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave. Coffee filters make excellent covers.

2. Clean windows, mirrors, and chrome… Coffee filters are lint-free so they’ll leave windows sparkling.

3. Protect China by separating your good dishes with a coffee filter between each dish.

4. Filter broken cork from wine. If you break the cork when opening a wine bottle, filter the wine through a coffee filter.

5. Protect a cast-iron skillet. Place a coffee filter in the skillet to absorb moisture and prevent rust.

6. Apply shoe polish. Ball up a lint-free coffee filter.

7. Recycle frying oil. After frying, strain oil through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.

8. Weigh chopped foods. Place chopped ingredients in a coffee filter on a kitchen scale.

9. Hold tacos. Coffee filters make convenient wrappers for messy foods.

10. Stop the soil from leaking out of a plant pot. Line a plant pot with a coffee filter to prevent the soil from going through the drainage holes.

11.. Prevent a Popsicle from dripping. Poke one or two holes as needed in a coffee filter.

12. Do you think we used expensive strips to wax eyebrows? Use strips of coffee filters..

13. Put a few in a plate and put your fried bacon, French fries, chicken fingers, etc on them. It soaks out all the grease.

14. Keep in the bathroom. They make great “razor nick fixers.”

15. As a sewing backing. Use a filter as an easy-to-tear backing for embroidering or appliqueing soft fabrics.

16. Put baking soda into a coffee filter and insert into shoes or a closet to absorb or prevent odors.

17. Use them to strain soup stock and to tie fresh herbs in to put in soups and stews.

18. Use a coffee filter to prevent spilling when you add fluids to your car.

19. Use them as a spoon rest while cooking and clean up small counter spills.

20. Can use to hold dry ingredients when baking or when cutting a piece of fruit or veggies.. Saves on having extra bowls to wash.

21. Use them to wrap Christmas ornaments for storage.

22. Use them to remove fingernail polish when out of cotton balls.

23. Use them to sprout seeds.. Simply dampen the coffee filter, place seeds inside, fold it and place it into a plastic baggie until they sprout.

24. Use coffee filters as blotting paper for pressed flowers. Place the flowers between two coffee filters and put the coffee filters in phone book..

25. Use as a disposable “snack bowl” for popcorn, chips, etc.

Not just for coffee–

Cheesy Cauliflower Patties = YUM YUM! from Easy Recipes, Your Guide to Simple Recipes

1 head cauliflower
2 large eggs
1/2 c cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 c panko
1/2 t cayenne pepper (more of less to taste)
olive oil

Cut cauliflower into florets & cook in boiling water until tender about 10 minutes. Drain. Mash the cauliflower while still warm. Stir cheese, eggs, panko, cayenne & salt to taste.

Coat the bottom of a griddle or skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. Form the cauliflower mixture into patties about 3 inches across. Cook until golden brown & set, about 3 minutes per side. Keep each batch warm in the oven while you cook the rest.

Oven baked Zucchini Fries from FACEBOOK Jessica Otto

makes approximately 8 servings
3 zucchini (1 lb.)
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 packet Shake & Bake Coating Mix
1 small egg


Heat oven to 450ºF.

Trim the zucchini -cut crosswise in half, then cut each piece into 1/4-inch sticks. Add cheese to coating mix in shaker bag; shake gently to combine.
Whisk egg in medium bowl. Add zucchini; toss to coat. Use tongs to place 1/4 of the zucchini in shaker bag; close bag and shake to evenly coat. Spread onto baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with remaining zucchini.
Bake for 12 to 13 min. or until golden brown, turning the baking tray 180 degrees after 7 min to facilitate even baking.

Complete Steak Dinner in Crock Pot from Terry A Shackelford on Facebook

Use a thick 3/4 inch steak
Pour a 1/2 cup A1 or Heinz 57 sauce over meat
cover with a layer of foil
add foil wrapped potatoes
and foil wrapped frozen corn cobs
cook on low for 6 hours
Full steak dinner any night of the week! This can also be done with thick pork chops or chicken breasts and BBQ sauce. The whole meal cooks in the slow cooker.


I’m cooking it right now.. I’m trying green beans instead of corn…

Crock Pot Mexican Carnitas: from Tracy L. Gross Hillbilly Recipes.

1 pork shoulder 3-4 lbs
1 head garlic
1 Tablespoon cumin (I use the cumin seeds, rub them in your hands to bring out the oils before adding) if not use powder
1 Tablespoon salt
1 bottle Mexican Coca Cola (20 oz bottle of Regular Coke)
3 oranges
3 Tablespoons oil


Cut the pork shoulder into roughly baseball-sized chunks.
Separate and peel the cloves of garlic. Combine the garlic, cumin and salt in a food processor and process until a paste forms. Rub the paste over the pork chunks.
Place the pork chunks in a slow cooker with the coca-cola. Juice the oranges and add the juice and the peels into the slow cooker. Cover, and cook on low heat for 8-10 hours.
Heat the oil in a large skillet. Remove the chunks of meat from the crock-pot, and fry them in the oil until a crust forms. Alternatively, break the meat into smaller chunks, spread it on a baking sheet, and broil for 5-10 minutes until crisp on top. Loosely shred the meat, and serve.
If you don’t have a slow cooker, you can still make these carnitas! Bake them, covered, in a dutch oven with a lid – 45 minutes at 450 degrees, then 350 degrees for another 3 hours.


1 1/2 pound boneless/skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoons dried onion
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons cornstarch dissolved in 3 Tablespoons water
Sesame seeds

Put chicken into crock pot.
Combine honey, soy sauce, onion, ketchup, oil, and garlic. Pour over chicken.
Cook on low for 3-4 hours or on high 1 1/2 – 2 1/2 hours, or just until chicken is cooked through.
Remove chicken from crock pot, leave sauce.
Dissolve 2 teaspoons of cornstarch in 3 tablespoons of water and pour into crock pot. Stir to combine with sauce. Replace lid and cook sauce on high for ten more minutes or until slightly thickened.
Cut chicken into bite size pieces and return to crock pot – can leave chicken in and simmer on low or serve.
Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve over rice.

Apple Chicken Stir Fry from Facebook…More Matters® recipes

Ready in only 15 minutes, this healthy, vibrant blend of salty and sweet offers an unexpected flavor infused with an aroma so intense the smell alone will upstage your usual chicken stir fry. Wait until you taste it.

This is one of our own Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® recipes. It meets the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s strict nutrition guidelines as a healthy recipe.

Category: Main Dishes

Think Variety; Think Color: Red Yellow/Orange White Green

Preparation time: 15 Minutes

Serves: 4

Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving: 1


1 pound cubed boneless, skinless, chicken breast
½ cup onion, vertically sliced
1 ¾ cups (3-4 medium) carrots, thinly sliced
1 ½ teaspoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon dried basil, crushed
1 cup fresh or frozen Chinese pea pods
1 tablespoon water
1 medium baking apple, cored and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon oil
2 cups cooked brown rice


Stir-fry cubed chicken breast in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil in non-stick skillet until lightly browned and cooked. Remove from skillet. Stir-fry onion, carrots and basil in oil in same skillet until carrots are tender. Stir in pea pods and water. Stir-fry 2 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in apple. Add to chicken, serve hot over cooked rice.


Credit: Recipe courtesy of Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH). This recipe meets PBH and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.


Nutritional Information per Serving
Calories: 330 Carbohydrates: 30g
Total Fat: 7.7g Cholesterol: 66mg
Saturated Fat: 1.1g Dietary Fiber: 5g
% of Calories from Fat: 21% Sodium: 117mg
Protein: 29g




Helping tomato plants grow… from a Facebook post on Hometalk Kathy Stonington, ME:

I use Epsom salts, coffee grounds, my home made compost, I plant each plant very deep and with a banana peels. I can’t use fish, because of the raccoons. I live in zone 5, and I have a ton of tomatoes every year. I also rotate my crops very year. I normally plant tomatoes in the same bed that had peas last year.