Pretty Please...With a Cherry on Top

If you missed yesterday's post where I told you I'm going to embrace my inner vegetarian, it's worth the time to go back and read. It is going to be a bit of a transition for us, but we are able, ready, and excited.  Last night I made my first truly vegan meal, inspired by the Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana!  I will be sharing that recipe with you tomorrow.  It was delicious, a perfect medley of flavors, and packed full of good veggies: 4 cups of kale, 2 russet potatoes, and veggie/grain "sausages." But back to today...cherries and please.  We have been trying to teach Babycakes some manners, to say please and thank you before/after requests.  Let me tell you, it is not easy!  She is a bit better at "please" and most forgetful about "thank you." (I think because she's already moved on and enjoying whatever it is she was wanting).

Cherry, Please Top

During a recent teaching moment, I explained to her that when you REALLY want something you can say: "Pretty Please... with a cherry on top?!!" Of course every almost 2 year old toddler needs to know this phrase, right? It came back to me more like "cherry, please top."  Maybe with a bit more practice...

We have been eating cherries like crazy!

Cherries in salad:

Spinach salad topped with diced cherries, crushed walnuts, and cranberry goat cheese, with a Poppyseed dressing.  Dear Hubby and I BOTH ate this for lunch this past weekend!

Cherries in snacks:

Sweet Onion and White Cheddar "Better Chips" topped with cranberry goat cheese and cherries.  It's not too late to enter this week's giveaway to win your own assortment of "Better Chips!"

Cherries for breakfast:

Babycakes eats cherries and cherrios out of this really cute "jello" mold from Ikea.  She also eats diced cherries by the fistfuls, dark red juice running down her face and onto her bib!

Cherries in dinner:

I made this Sweet Cherry Pork and Rice Bowl and it was wonderful! Again, Dear Hubby approved :)  Thinly sliced pork loin in a cherry/wine reduction sauce.

Sorry for all the "dark" pictures.  I made this late in the evening this week on a rainy day.

I served it over Bob's Red Mill Sweet Brown Rice.  This was the FIRST brown rice Dear Hubby has ever actually liked (and said he'd eat again)!

And I served it in my favorite bowls.


  • What's your favorite way to eat cherries?
  • Do your kids say please and thank you regularly? Do they ever break out the phrase: "Pretty Please, with a cherry on top?!!"

{Sweet Cherry Pork & Rice Bowl}

{Sweet Cherry Pork & Rice Bowl}


Sweet pork in a cherry/wine reduction sauce, served over rice.


1 pound Pork Loin (thinly sliced)
1 teaspoon Olive Oil
1⁄2 cup Chardonnay
1 cup Cherries (pitted and diced)
1 teaspoon Molasses
1 teaspoon Garlic (minced)
3 teaspoons Soy Sauce
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar


  1. Follow instructions to cook brown rice.
  2. Saute minced garlic, until slightly browned.
  3. Add in wine, 1/2 cup diced cherries, garlic, soy sauce, molasses, and olive oil.
  4. Heat through.
  5. Add in one layer of sliced pork into sauce.
  6. Let it cook on one side for 2 - 3 minutes, until meat starts to turn white.  Then flip and cook another 2 minutes.
  7. Take cooked meat out, and place on a plate to the side.
  8. Repeat with additional meat, until all is cooked.
  9. Once all meat is cooked, add in the additional 1/2 cup of cherries and 2 Tbsp of brown sugar.  Stir continually until sauce thickens.
  10. Serve in bowls with rice, pork, and a couple tablespoons of the sauce on top!

Yields 6 Servings