Simple Stovetop Pork Chops


It’s been scorching hot here in Southern California and it’s really hard to believe that fall is officially here in a few days. It’s seriously been in the 90s this week and while I would love to start preparing some pumpkin items, I just can’t quite bring myself to do that when it’s so hot outside.

This week was a good week for TV. The finale of Masterchef was on and I was completely surprised at who won but I still love watching it. I just love watching the home cooks create recipes with creativity and passion. The show inspires me to create dishes and rethink plating them. Have you seen the dishes on the show? They are beautifully done.

A couple of weeks ago Elizabeth on Masterchef made a wonderful pork dish with a mustard sauce, so I was inspired to make a simplified version with pork chops and they came out really good.
I like to use boneless pork chops for this recipe as they cook a little faster.



Then I make a sauce in the same pan (why dirty another one).




And before you know it, you have a tasty dinner. This is great for weeknights too! I think next time I might add some mushrooms to the sauce.




Stovetop Pork Chops with Mustard Sauce


3 tablespoons butter

4 boneless pork chops (1/2″ thick)

1/2 cup chopped onions

3/4 cup chicken stock

1 tablespoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon paprika

3/4 cup sour cream

salt and pepper to taste



Melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat in a skillet. Sprinkle salt and pepper on chops. Brown pork chops in skillet (about 5-7 minutes) and then flip and cook another 5-7 minutes. The National Pork Board recommends that the temperature for cooked pork chops is 160º.

Remove pork chops from pan and keep warm.

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in same skillet. Add onions and saute a couple of minutes until clear. Add beef stock, mustard, parsley, paprika and sour cream. Mix well and cook until sauce is warm.

Serve over pork chops. Serves 4.

What is your cooking inspiration?



Simplifying Decor with HangoMatic


As we head towards fall, I am getting ready to start bringing out my fall decor around the house. It is time to bring out the pumpkins and change up the wall art. I wanted to share a helpful product that helps you with your home decorating. I heard about this product from a friend of mine that developed the product.  Disclosure: I did receive compensation for this post, however, I have used the product myself and all opinions are always my own.

Have you heard of HangoMatic? This is what it looks like.





The HangoMatic is a great tool to help you save time when you are hanging pictures or photos on your wall! I first heard about this tool from Karina. She is a sweet and clever young woman who saw the need to simplify the decorating process and she made it happen. She is from the east coast and now calls Southern California her home! We met up in Orange County a couple of months ago and I loved the product as soon as she she described it.




The HangoMatic is a multiple feature tool. It is a measuring tape, marker, level and all-around time saver, all in one.



Do you see at the end, there is a level so you can see if your line is straight? Brilliant!



It also marks your wall for you with a clever dimpling technique. Check out this one minute video that shows you how it works.


You can find out more at the HangoMatic Website. The HangoMatic retails for $19.99.  Please note that these are so popular, that it is taking about 6-8 weeks for orders to be filled. But here is the awesome part, one lucky Organized Island reader will win a free HangoMatic. Giveaway open to US residents 18 and over.



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Homemade Cereal Bars

Homemade Cereal Bars

It has been really busy at my day job with school starting. There is always so much to do and I have come home with limited energy. I did however, make these Homemade Cereal Bars the other day for snacks. What I love about these Homemade Cereal Raisin Bars is that they are very packable for lunches, snacks and treats.




I love to use Multigrain Cheerios, but this works with other oat cereals. I also prefer to use cereal with less sugar because then I feel the bars are too sweet, but what is great is that you can experiment with your favorite cereal.



These do require a little time to cool after they are placed in the pan, but it only takes a few minutes before you can slice them up and serve.



The other great thing about making your own cereal bars is that they are a lot cheaper than buying any packaged snacks. They also taste a lot better, in my opinion and they really do not take that much time to put together.




These are a tasty and filling snack and great for an afterschool (or after work) treat.


Homemade Cereal Bars

Homemade Cereal Bars

4 cups oat cereal (I used Multi-grain Cheerios)

1 cup raisin cereal

2 cups mini marshmallows

3 tablespoons butter


Melt butter and marshmallows over medium heat in a sauce pan. Meanwhile, prepare a 9″ x 11″ baking pan by coating the bottom and sides with butter.

Remove from heat and slowly combine the oat and raisin cereal.

Pour mixture into prepared pan and press down into pan.

Let cool 15 – 20 minutes before cutting into squares. Makes about 15 small bars.


What is your favorite cereal?


Restyling my Sauder Hutch


Now that we’re back into our fall routine, I am getting ready to decorate the house for autumn. I enjoy changing up our house decor to reflect the seasons. Partially because I want to welcome the season, but also because I get bored with the same look all the time and like looking at fresh decor.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

So this past weekend I turned my wine hutch into a tea hutch. You may remember from this post a few months ago. We put together a beautiful hutch (or buffet) from Sauder for our wines and dining room accessories. I chose it from this section of the Sauder website.

It brought a nice touch of elegance and usefulness to my dining area. Here is how I initially styled it.

Now I am using it as a tea hutch. It’s a way for me to display my teapots in a fun and festive way and allowing for some great storage opportunities. While I am using it in the same location, this buffet would go great in the living room or family room area.


I love that I can display my teapots on the shelf.

It’s been too long since I have had a tea party so I’m planning to schedule some in the coming seasons.

I also have some nice storage options for tea, candles and tea towels. I keep my tea plates and creamer on the shelves below.

What do you think of my tea buffet?

But I would love your opinion on the lower right section. Would you leave the dividers and store things as it is, or would you remove the “X” storage divider and put something else there. I love that I have these options but would love to hear your suggestions.

I thought about using it in our kitchen to serve as a place to store cookbooks and serving dishes, but I am thinking I will do that in the future. There is so much storage space, that I have may options with this beautiful piece.

How would you style this Sauder hutch in your home?

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Sauder. The opinions and text are all mine.

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My Fall Favorites

My Fall Favorites

Happy September! I am amazed at how quickly this summer went by. Although summer is my favorite season, I also love fall. There is something about getting back into the school routine that feels well, productive. We just came back from a great weekend in Las Vegas. Even though it is still technically summer, the switch to school mode makes it seem like fall. I am sharing my fall favorites today because the season is nearly here. A few of the things I love about fall are:


  • Cooler, crisp evenings
  • Pumpkin Beers
  • pumpkin-craft-beers
  • Casseroles, chili and stews for dinner.
  • The changing colors of trees. This photo is from our trip to Oregon, our trees in Southern California do not look like this.


  • College Football and tailgate parties – GO BRUINS!
  • Sweaters and scarves – as long as they are soft, comfortable sweaters.
  • Fantasy Football – this is only my second year being involved with one, but it is quite fun and makes football so much more interesting to watch.
  • Jeans and boots and booties and more boots – yay!
  • The Fall Fashion issues of magazines like Vogue, InStyle and Glamour. These are some seriously large magazines and I love going through them every fall for inspiration.

My Fall Favorites

What are your fall favorites?


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