This past weekend, Bryan and I went back to Minnesota for a much anticipated wedding of 2 wonderful friends. Bryan's group of guy friends from college are very close, and it is always a big event when all of them can get together at the same time! It is very hard to coordinate schedules of doctors, lawyers, pastors, PhD grad students, masters students, and crazy busy people to make occasions like this happen, but big events like weddings are quite warranted!
We flew in to MSP Friday night and headed straight to a late dinner with awesome friends Rob and Sarah at The Bachelor Farmer. For those of you who live in the Twin Cities and haven't been there yet - you must go! It was amazing. We even tried something new to the group - pickled duck hearts! I was all for it, others were hesitant, but everyone liked them! After a long and delicious dinner filled with cocktails and wine, we called it a night.
Saturday morning, I woke up at 7am - wide awake - for some odd reason. I decided to take advantage of the beautiful fall weather that I could see out the window, and I went for a 5 mile run around Lake Harriet.
It was beautiful and invigorating! There were so many people out and about!
For lunch, we met up with the whole gang (minus the bride, groom and one usher) at Maynard's Restaurant, since it was on the way to the wedding. It was so exciting to finally see everyone!! What a fun group :) We missed you William!
After lunch, we headed straight to the hotel to get ready for the wedding.
Marc and Taylor got married at a beautiful winery in Waconia, MN. The weather was perfect, the bride was beautiful, the groom was handsome, the ceremony was a success (2 pastor friends officiated!), and the reception was awesome! Since I've been to so many weddings, I've stopped trying to take pictures - I figure the photographer was paid to do that, so I just have fun. It was such a fun night that ended at 2am, and we were all exhausted! Overall, it was a fantastic wedding night!
You better believe that we had brunch plans for Sunday! We headed back to the cities and were super excited to experience Blackbird Cafe again as a group. It's the best brunch place ever! And they handled our large group very well and kept our coffee mugs full! Bryan and I split the special frittata that had yummy cheese in it and the sweet potato biscuits and sausage gravy. YUM!
It was such a fun weekend with everyone and we're excited for the next reunion!!! Congratulations to Marc and Taylor on a fabulous wedding and I wish you a wonderful marriage!
Now, on to describing that post title: Crock Pot French Onion Pork Tenderloin. Speaking of Taylor, I pulled this bad baby off her blog Greens and Chocolate. Since school has been so busy and Bryan works 80 hours a week, there is little time for cooking around here. I've been relying on fast and healthy dinners, focusing on things that will deliver left overs. My crock pot has been used at least once a week! This recipe was perfect for me!! Actually, this week is the second time I've made it in the last month! Set it, forget it, and try not to eat it before the husband gets home... :)
We made one change to her recipe - we placed the meat on buns, topped it with provolone cheese, and broiled the open face sandwich for a couple of minutes to get it nice and melted. Then, we dipped the sandwiches in a ramekin of au jus!
Crock Pot French Onion Pork Tenderloin
From Greens and Chocolate
2 lb pork tenderloin
1 packet French Onion Soup mix
1 cup chicken broth
1/3 cup sherry wine (or red wine, which I used)
3 tbsp soy sauce
5 cloves garlic, minced
Place pork in crock pot. Mix together soup mix, broth, wine, soy sauce and garlic. Pour over pork. Cook on low for 8 hours.
Cut or shred in crock pot. Serve on a plate and pour juice over pork, or serve on a sandwich with white cheese.