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Birthday Party Success and a Marinated Pork Loin to Boot

It didn’t go quite like I planned (whatever does?), but by some stroke of luck the party did go forward and was, dare I say it, a fun time.  The weather was touch and go for a bit; I couldn’t believe it when the storm clouds rolled in only a half an hour before the party and the heavens started absolutely dumping water on our fun. We lost a couple of our guests to the rain, but a few hearty ones still showed up for a little Star Wars action. And as luck would have it, the sun did make an appearance a half hour after we arrived.  We were even able to pull off some of the outdoor games. Nicholas had a fun time which is, of course, what mattered most.  Here are a few shots from the event.

Darth Makes an appearance, khaki shorts and all

The Boys Meet Darth

The Star Wars Cupcakes in all their Glory

The Birthday Boy Blowing out his Candles

After the birthday action concluded, we came home to a delicious marinated pork loin for dinner.  I know I sound like a broken record, but this is another one of those meals that’s easy to make and delicious to eat.  I guess when you’re a mom to three young boys your record is continuously broken.  HA.

Ingredients Needed:

1 2 Pound Pork Roast
1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce
1/8 Cup of Olive Oil
1/8 Cup of Sherry Wine
1 Tbsp of Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp of Oregano
1/2 tsp of Thyme
1/2 tsp of Ginger
2 Cloves of Garlic

Mix all your ingredients together (with the exception of the loin) to make your marinade.

Now throw your loin in the bowl and roll it around to get it good and covered in the marinade.

Cover your bowl up and marinate your loin in the fridge for at least an hour.  When you’re ready to cook your loin, throw it in the oven at 350 degrees for around one hour or until your roast reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees.

Once it’s done, pull it out, slice it up and enjoy your spoils.

Marinated Pork Loin

Yield: 1 2 Pound Pork Roast (about 4 .5 pd servings)

Total Time: 2 hour 30 min


1 2 Pound Pork Roast
1/4 Cup Soy Sauce
1/8 Cup Olive Oil
1/8 Cup Sherry Wine
1 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
1/2 tsp Oregano
1/2 tsp Thyme
1/2 tsp Ginger
2 Cloves Garlic, Minced


Mix all the ingredients together with the exception of the loin.

Add the loin and cover it thoroughly with the marinade.

Cover and let sit in the fridge for an hour or longer.

Place it into the oven at 350 degrees until the temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Tent for 3 minutes with foil and let rest.

Slice and serve.