Friday, November 16, 2018


Does anyone remember that commercial?
The one with the line that went-
Poke me with a fork I think I'm done?

Well, I remember hearing the ad and it was
often repeated by a little neighbor boy, Brett.
Brett also carried a NAKED blond Barbie doll around 
AND he called it Mrs.Kosmoski!
.....and now you know my real name.....

Anyway- That might have been 
a tad too much information
so let's move along to cooking, shall we?

It's all about turkey right now
but if you are looking for an
EASY recipe to use leading up to
this might work!

I am basically lazy when it comes to meals.
There- I've said it.  It's true!
So, that means 

Does this look EASY?
Well, it is.
Brown 4 pork chops in 1 Tablespoon of butter over 
Medium-high heat.
Kinda fuzzy picture, huh? 
Hey!  You want perfect pictures?
Buy a magazine!
Or visit a blog with a better photographer.
I'll work on it.
While those are browning,
Core and slice about 5 - 6 apples.
I used 2 big Honey Crisp and 
3 or 4 Braeburns that I had.
Use more apples than you think you will want 
because they cook down.
Throw them in the crockpot.
Sprinkle heavily with cinnamon 
(or Apple Pie Spice-that's what I used)
and 1/3 cup brown sugar.
Place browned pork chops on top of apples.
Salt and pepper them to taste.
Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.

I served ours with rice and broccoli
and coffee in a Pumpkin cup.
Trust me- there will NOT be any leftovers!

So- Here's the recipe-

Slow Cooker Pork Chops & Apples
4 boneless pork chops
4-5 large apples of choice
Cinnamon  or Apple Pie Spice
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup apple juice or apple cider.
(I used cranberry juice this time)
Salt & Pepper 

Brown pork chops over medium high heat in 1T melted butter.
Core and slice apples and toss them in crock pot.
Sprinkle with Apple Pie Spice or Cinnamon
(I would estimate I used 3 or 4 teaspoons)
Sprinkle with the brown sugar.
Pour apple juice over it.
(I didn't have any apple juice/cider so I used Cranberry juice and it was delicious)
Layer on the pork chops.
Cover and cook on low for about 6 hours.

AND - if you see one of THESE lying around
naked please DO NOT call it
Mrs. Kosmoski!!!
I don't want the neighbors to talk.

your photo name


Debby Ray said...

You crack me up. Diana! And I love pork and apples cooked together. But I can't think of that dinner with thinking of Peter Brady in the episode about "pork chopsh and apple shause". Do you remember it?

Pamela M. Steiner said...

What a story Mrs. Kosmoski! Or should I call you Barbie? LOL. That is hilarious!!!!!!! But on the serious side, that pork chop dinner looks fabulous. I love the idea of the apples with the porkchops. I just cooked a pork loin roast in the oven, and had applesauce on the side, but it came out of a jar because I didn't have enough apples. Your idea of the crock pot is great. My problem is thawing out the meat on time to use a crock pot. Since I am retired I don't think about those things anymore. But maybe I will. That really looks good. Thanks for a good laugh Mrs.K!!!

karen@somewhatquirky said...


Nonnie said...

I do not remember that commercial, but I knew someone who said it often and I thought it was original! �� That bad little boy! I like cooking pork chops with apples and the cinnamon and brown sugar. Yummy!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I am laughing right now. Oh naked Barbie's are all over my Grandgirls house!! She won't keep clothes on any of her dolls...we aren't sure why. This recipe looks so good. I'm going to copy it and give it a try. I shopped all day and I'm done, stick a fork in me!

Merlesworld said...

Naked barbie dolls and pork chops I would rather the pork chops.

Doris said...

Those pork chops sound wonderful....I like easy too! All, I repeat, ALL the Barbies around here are naked!! I find one, I dress it with whatever is laying around, next thing I know....there she is in all her glory ;0/. Promise I won't call out Mrs. K!

Jettie said...

I don't know what it is about Barbies but they always lose their clothing, no matter who has them. I have a box full of them that still have no clothing, I used to take those odd socks and make dresses for them, for the kids to play with, lol
Next time I have apples, I'm going to grab a pork loin and do this, it looks great.
And you can thaw the pork chops in the skillet, just brown them slowly, then pitch them in the pot, might take a little longer to cook, but not a lot.

Sandi said...

That plate look delicious... Can you come cook for me? ;-)

I have to say, I think Mrs. Kosmoski should be a little cautious.

Kay G. said...

If a kid ever thought of me when holding a Barbie doll, that kid would be taken straight to the eye doctor for glasses! LOL! For you, not so!
That recipe sounds good!
I love pork with apples, yummy.

Anonymous said...

That’s a great recipe and
I think that naked Barbie gets around, saw her just the other day lurking at the bottom of Gracies toy box, shameless!

Vee said...

I hope that neighbor child grew up okay. 😳 The chops sound wonderful to me!


You're so cute and made me laugh so much, lol !
I'm getting hungry looking at this. Love those pork chops with apple, the perfect combo.
My daughters and grands always have lots of Barbies with no cloths, lol..
Happy Thanksgiving season to you and yours dear friend.

jack69 said...

Great post Barbie! The recipe sounds so good. I am an apple lover, from green the size of a half dollar to squeezes for cider or juice. I am sitting here thinking, do I want to do this? It sounds delicious. Imma put it down and hole it for a surprise. THANKS!
Now put your clothes on! ;-)

Missy George said...

Crazy lady! Apple pork chops in a favorable in the family for quite some time. Why is Barbie always naked? Happy Thanksgiving. Xxoo

LV said...

Since I do not cook for just me, save me a place. Looks so tempting. Trust you and family have a great holiday.

Junkchiccottage said...

OMG of course the little neighborhood boy had a naked barbie doll with your name!!!! Too funny. That sounds pretty delish for a meal. What time should I be there to have my portion?!!!
Have a good weekend leading up to the big Turkey Day both on the table and around it!!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Do you have a figure like a Barbie doll? Is that why you served as namesake?

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Kinda looks like you Di. I love pork chops and apples so will have to try this. yum.

Creations By Cindy said...

I just love visiting with you . Recipe looks yummy but i want to know more bout that Barbie doll deal 😂😂😂 hugs and blessings , Cindy

Terri D said...

Cute story and great recipe! Thanks for the giggles and for the yummy!

krishna said...

I just can't stop laughing after reading about the little boy. By the way the pork chops are looking delicious.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I must be one of the few (if not the only) person in the world that has never had pork chops and apples! Your recipe looks pretty yummy.... I may just have to give it a try. hugs

Adam said...

There will be around 350 million plates or so on Thursday.

Imagine where all that food comes from.

Jenny said...

Haaaaaahahahaaha you're a card, Mrs. K! GREAT recipe which I have copied and will definitely use. Thanks for that -- I'm always on the lookout for easy, delicious dinners. This will be a hit I'm sure. Happy weekend-before-Thanksgiving! xoxo

Chatty Crone said...

The food looked pretty good - I haven't made pork chops in a long time.

Now on the other hand - the Barbie Doll thing - SCARY!

Rita C. said...

Love your answer to perfect pictures. You're a hoot Mrs. Kosmoski. Put some clothes on, for heaven's sake! I wonder where little Brett is today?....
The meal looks really good. I like that other white meat, so I'm pinning this recipe. Thanks! And Happy Thanksgiving!

Estelle's said...

What a perfect fall dinner Diana...Happy Thanksgiving

Cecilia said...

Lol, the Barbie comment! Snicker.
Cough, cough. Ok, um. The recipe. Yes! The recipe! Sounds delish. And I love easy too! Thanks for sharing. 😇

Jeanie said...

That kid is a hoot Mrs. K! I wonder if Brett grew up to be a born maven! And it all looks very delish!

Sally said...

Now, that looks very good, and I'm sure it is!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Diana.


Barbara said...

Thanks for sharing your recipe. It does indeed look easy and delicious! I'll save it!

As for the Barbie doll, people need to be kind to them (and give them cute clothes).

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

That recipe sounds delicious and I love easy cooking to and do us my crockpot a lot. How cute with the doll being named after you. Happy Thanksgiving !

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

I haven't done my grocery shopping yet for the week. I will be picking up pork chops! I love that recipe - thanks, Diana. Any special reason that Barbie doll had to be naked? Is there something you are NOT sharing with us? -Jenn

Dewena said...

What a relief to turn off cable news and come here to this! My first chuckles of the day and a delicious recipe. This one has all my favorite ingredients in it. Apples and pork chops just go together, don't they? Sometimes when I take the pork chops out of the pan for our breakfast--yes, we're some of those crazy southerners who eat them for breakfast--I stir a little cinnamon into the drippings and then add sliced fresh pineapple. Okay, I admit a little brown sugar goes in too.

I think that little neighborhood boy had a crush on you!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Yum, apples and pork chops are so good together! That is too funny about the neighbor kid. It was the color hair and your beauty that got him naming Barbie after you!!

Lowcarb team member said...

Pork chops and apples. Yum!

All the best Jan

nonie everythingsewing said...

Yum! I beat the house smelled wonderful. I will be using this recipe.


Susie said...

Diana, This recipe is right for me...I hate big cooking any more...mostly because I seem like a one winged fly buzzing around in circles in the kitchen. I have lost my cooking rhythm. Probably on purpose. LOL. I like pot meals are just the thing for a household of two people. Girl don't worry about being something about that hair. LOL. I love it. Blessings to all, love you, xoxo, Susie

Red Rose Alley said...

This is a nice meal. I love dishes with rice. The apples with cinnamon and brown sugar looks really good. Sometimes I make Cornish hens for Thanksgiving instead of the BIG turkey, and that is easy and Yummy. : ) Great meal choice, Diana.

love, ~Sheri

jmac said...

You crack me UP!!! Love reading your words cu I lways am uplifted after reading...wish we lived closer. Would LOVE to meet you someday!
Think I'm going to try your pork chops tomorrow night. I've been cooking since 9am trying to get the prep work done for turkey day so I'll have more time to just play with grandbabies. Need something easy.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with hugs from me!

happyone said...

The pork chops and apples look and sound delicious. I've copied the recipe down and look forward to making it. Thanks.

Lea said...

You are so funny! I've never even heard of apples with pork chops but I'm sure it would be good. Perhaps I should try it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hibiscus House said...

I love it! I have a collection of Barbies and will never look at the beautiful blonde ones without thinking I know who that is! I love the chops and apples will have to try cooking it in the crock pot like yours!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family! xoxo Dolly

Sylvia said...

I love EASY also! Now you know,as I grow older I'm ready for easy. This looks good and tasty along with easy. I don't worry, I don't have to cook large meals anymore, just take a side or dessert to my daughter's homes for Thanksgiving and Christmas. God has richly blessed me.

Lisa said...

You just made me spill my coffee Mrs K!

Amy Chalmers said...

Haha!! OMG that is so funny Diana.

Saimi said...

I love your sense of humor, your post always puts a smile on my face. I'm gonna give your pork chop recipe a try, it looks yummy and anything easy is right up my ally!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!
Mrs. Kosmoski

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Diana, oh I love using the crock pot. I love pork chops and I love apples so them combined sound so good. Enjoy the week and have a Happy Thanksgiving.