I sure have missed writing on this blog for you guys. I hope you understand my need for a little R&R the past few months. Honestly, I am still on the journey but I finally feel like I’m in a healthier, happier place to be able to provide content on this blog. And I’m ready!
I don’t know how to start other than I feel like I am coming out of the hardest, longest, most difficult, darkest season of my life. Lower than before I started following Jesus. I mean, I reached the low. It was humbling, challenging, depressing, and paralyzing to say the least.
Basically my body was under so much stress for so long that I just needed time. Time to rebuild, recover, rest, refuel, recharge, and most importantly, get healing. Yes, some physical healing (we are still believing for breakthrough) but mostly emotional healing. I was basically in the depths of self-hatred, self-pressure, disappointment, expectations, perfectionism…you name it. It was horribly unhealthy.
I can honestly say I have come to a place of self-acceptance, grace, and love towards myself. I can look at myself and all my imperfections and limitations, and say I am thankful for who I am. I am how I am for a reason. And Jesus is so kind, gentle, patient, and abundantly loving for showing me the depths of HIs love even in the midst of my brokenness, shame, and disappointment.
I am still in the journey, honestly. I have rough days, low days, high days, happy days, stressed days, victorious days, and I-want-to-curl-up-in-my-bed days, but each day is beautifully part of the journey I’m on. I am not defined by my experiences, circumstances, or how I feel, but there’s so much grace to choose life and to move forward.
What I really wanted to do was “re-launch” Kitchenspired with some kind of “deep” insight or revelation-type post, but I don’t have anything for ya. I know there’s gold in here, and I want to take us through the process together of finding the gold Jesus deposits in us in the midst of our health journeys. So let me give you a heads up– There may be a lot more open-heart vulnerable life processing that will take place on the pages of this blog. You have been forewarned!
Some things that are new around here: First, I’m sure you noticed my new graphics!!! I am obsessed.
Secondly, I added a Personal Training page to this site. I have picked up personal training from my home again and wanted to provide the info on here for anyone who’s interested! Make sure you check out the page and share with your friends!
Lastly, as for my current health & fitness journey, I am doing minimal cardio these days and learning so much about strength training! I am LOVING it!!
I start with this recipe for Coffee Chocolate Chili Pork Chops. Sounds weird & interesting right? Right!! The recipe is really for the rub that I used for the pork chops, which is super simple and has amazing, complex flavor…perfect for any meat, even though pork is my favorite! This really quick, simple method is also my favorite way to cook pork chops. This method ensures you have a delicious, flavorful sear on the outside while keeping the inside nice and juicy. I hope you enjoy this recipe and anticipate more to come!
- 1 tbsp coconut, avocado, or olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- 1 tbsp chili powder
- 1 tbsp ground coffee (any kind, although I suggest to opt for non-flavored)
- Salt & Pepper
- 6-10 pork chops
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. While oven is heating up, set a large skillet (preferably cast iron, or something that can be put in the oven whole) over high heat and add oil to the skillet.
- In a small bowl, mix together the garlic powder, cocoa powder, chili powder, ground coffee, salt & pepper until well incorporated.
- One by one, use your fingers (it may get messy!) and cover both sides of each pork chop with the spice rub.
- Put the pork chops in the super hot skillet, let cook for one minute on one side and then flip over to cook for about 30 seconds on the second side.
- Put the entire skillet in the oven (this is when a cast iron is handy!) and let cook for 5-7 minutes (5 minutes if doing 6 pork chops or less, 6 or 7 minutes if you have 7+ pork chops in the pan).
- Remove from oven (make sure you use two oven mitts and are careful!), let cool, and enjoy!