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What do you normally do for Easter?
When we were younger, Easter meant that we went out and got new Easter dresses, we found Easter baskets waiting for us in the den before we rushed off to church, which was followed by lunch at my Ma’s house (dad’s mom) and more Easter Baskets. Then we would pile into the car and drive up to my Nana’s (mom’s mom) house for more Easter baskets and maybe an Easter egg hunt and a family dinner.
Things have certainly changed now that we’re all grown up. We don’t have the hectic run, run, run schedule that we did when we were younger.
Now that we don’t run to grandparents houses or do Easter egg hunts (no kiddos for us yet), hubby and I normally sleep in (unless we go to Church), have breakfast at home (or at BigBear’s Parent’s house if his dad isn’t working) and then go over to my parents house for an Easter dinner.
And yes, even though I’m almost 30 and my brother just turned 25, we still get Easter baskets from my mom. haha.
Normally, my mom and dad split the holiday dinner prep with Big Bear and I. We make a menu and then choose items from it to make and bring to dinner. It makes it so much easier to not pile everything onto one person!
Last year was pretty simple, we grilled steaks on the grill outside and had a few side items like baked potatoes, Paprika Deviled Eggs and Broccoli Casserole. After dinner we sat around the fire pit and made s’mores.
This year though, I’m thinking that we need to switch it up a bit. I’m still all for eating outside on the patio as long as it’s not freezing but instead grilling out, I’m going to offer to make the main course and this Slow Cooker Ranch Stuffed Pork Loin is going to grace our table with the Red Skinned Potatoes that are cooked along with it!
Big Bear and I seasoned this pork loin with a dry ranch seasoning and cooked it in the slow cooker for about 9 hours with the red potatoes in the bottom of the slow cooker. The pork was tender and juicy with the perfect amount of ranch flavoring and the potatoes were spot on! They cooked in the bottom of the slow cooker with a little vegetable broth and were smothered in the flavors of the pork loin as it cooked on top of them!
Big Bear’s Wife Tip: To get both sides of the pork loin super soft you may want to flip the pork loin half way through cooking. If you’d rather have one side super soft and tender and the other side crispier, leave it as is for the entire cooking process. I love both versions.
I’m sharing this Slow Cooker Ranch Stuffed Pork Loin with Red Skinned Potatoes with y’all today because I’m working along side of Ohio Pork to let y’all know about the contest their having and to help the Ohio Pork Council donate food to local food banks!
Not only are they giving away three Fiestaware casserole dishes to three lucky winners who pin their “kitchen type” results by 4/7/15 BUT they’re also donating one meal of pork to a local food bank for each entry, up to 25,000! The Fiestaware casserole dishes are amazing but being able to help them donate meals to the food bank is even better!!
I’m a modern kitchen, what are you? 🙂