Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Some Days

First, I love my job. Love those kids. Really, I love middle school kids.

But some days....sigh....I come home exhausted. Some days I never get a chance to sit down. Some days the lesson requires high energy. Some days I have paperwork due right NOW. Some days I have back-to-back meetings with parents during my entire planning time. Some days I can't find my desk at the end of the day. Some days I get cornered in my room by a parent who wants to make another excuse for her child. Some days I don't leave school until two hours after the kids have left. Some days I bring home at least two hours of work still to do.

Today was that day.

But some days I get in the car and turn up the music. Some days I take the long way home so that I can be by myself just for a few minutes more. Some days the DJ on the radio knows exactly what I need to hear (a little Biggie - old school style - hypnotize me, baby.) Some days there are no bills in the mail. Some days the children at home are well-rested.

Some days require a meal on the grill with minimum clean-up.

Bless the creator of foil-packets.

This recipe has been hanging out in my recipe binder for a few years. It makes gravy in the packet. Gravy with no whisking.

Some days you need easy gravy.

Easy Pork Chop Packets
4 sheets of aluminum foil
1 small onion, sliced thin
4 boneless pork chops
salt and pepper
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (I used reduced-fat)
2 Tb. soy sauce (I used low sodium)
1 medium green pepper, thin strips

Preheat grill to med-high. Center onion rings in center of each piece of foil. Top with pork chop. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine soup and soy sauce. Spoon over pork chops. Top with green pepper slices. Fold up foil packets to make a little pouch. (Mine just get wadded up nicely.) Grill 10 - 12 minutes in covered grill.

Because it does make a lovely little gravy, it is good over rice. My kids don't eat rice, so they eat theirs over egg noodles. I fixed Farmer Brown and myself some brown rice. Farmer Brown ate the egg noodles.

Doesn't look very appetizing, but those pork chops are like butter.

*This recipe apparently can be found on this site here. All props to them for the foil and the recipes.


Heather said...

Sounds like you had a rough day. I hope the rest of your week gets better. Those packets look easy and tasty! Could they be cooked in the oven too?

Julie said...

I can't imagine working with kids...eek! The pork chops look great, like butter ;)

Brindi said...

Heather - you can cook these in the oven - I think it is at 400 for 16 - 18 minutes. The original site has the oven temps.

Donna-FFW said...

I bet the pork chops were fabulous made this way. Im so sorry you had a bad day.


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