Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Roasted Sausage and Peppers....

Roasted Sausage and Peppers is one of the easiest recipes I make. This also happens to be one of the favorite dishes of my seven year old.  I'm talking, when she sees me put the smoked sausage in the grocery cart, she starts jumping up and down.  Seriously.

(By the way, there ARE other things than just sausage and peppers in the recipe, that's what we have always ended up calling this dish over the years.)

The recipe is so so simple. It's just a matter of chopping your veggies and sausages then boom they're roasting away in the oven!!  Gives you plenty of time to wash up any dishes from the day and then maybe relax a few minutes before the oven timer goes off.

Roasted  Sausage and Peppers

2 smoke sausage links (something like this)
1 onion
4 bell peppers any color (we used red, yellow, orange, and green here)
4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 head of broccoli (I use the floret part only)
good pinch of kosher salt
2 T extra virgin olive oil

Heat your oven to 375 degrees.  Chop up the sausage, onion, peppers, garlic, and broccoli.  Place them on a cookie sheet with a rim.  Drizzle on olive oil and sprinkle on salt.  Toss it all together with your hands.  Cook for 20 minutes then remove from oven and toss around.  Place back in oven for another 25 minutes to finish cooking.  

Like any recipe, make this like YOUR family likes.  They LOVE onion?  Add more!!  They only like green peppers?  Use just those.  Y'all detest garlic?  Leave it out.  You, fellow homemaker, know best what your family prefers.

This can be served over rice or pasta, but we eat it just like this- scoop it up off the cookie sheet and onto our plates and enjoy!! OH! And Caroline (7) says to be sure and tell you that she adds a dash of balsamic vinegar and really REALLY likes it this way.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Scripture Sunday... 5.21.17...

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 
James 1:5

Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday Favorites.... Olive oil soap...

I've shared before with y'all how I've had weird skin issues.  I'm still not 100% sure if it is caused by fragrances or by whatever is it soaps these days.  Regardless, I've eliminated most non-natural smells from our home (well I do have one favorite perfume I'll share another Friday!!) as well as store bought soaps.  I make my own hand soap, use Ivory Dishwashing liquid (watered down even!), I "wash" my hair with conditioner, and I found the BEST homemade soap that is local to me!!!

Sweet Teas Soaps & Stuff is WONDERFUL!!  I've been buying their soaps for several years now and have had ZERO issues with my skin cracking or getting super duper dry.  YAY!!!  Their bars are HUGE so I always cut them in half before I put them in the shower.  I wipe them on my poofy (what do you call them?) and they suds up nicely!!!

Their website says this about their ingredients...
Our soap is made in small batches from pure Olive Oil, Distilled Water and Sodium Hydroxide – the most basic ingredients – just as our ancestors would have used in the pioneer days. There are many healing benefits to olive oil soap and it cleans and soothes the skin like no other. We have unscented soap as well as many with different Fragrance Oils, Spices and Additives for exfoliation. The fragrances are long lasting and the bars are oversized at 6+ oz and can easily be cut in half so they last even longer.)
So if any of y'all are looking for some quality soap that won't bother your skin, try my FAVORITE- Sweet Teas Soaps!!!!

(I'm not an affiliate for Sweet Teas.  I'm just sharing what works for me and what I LOVE!!!!)

Thursday, May 11, 2017

An Old Favorite... Better Homes and Garden Cookbook...

I'm sure I'm not the only one with a love for cookbooks.  I've got a bazillion of them.  I had to give some away a few years ago because I read out of room!!!  Anyone else "been there, done that"? 

This cookbook, Better Homes and Gardens, is one that will always remain on my shelf.  It's got so many "old faithfuls" that I trust again and again.  Their pancake recipe is WONDERFUL!!!!!  Oh!! And their Chocolate Crinkle cookies are DY-NO-MITE!!!  OH!!! I could go on and on, but I do love this cookbook.

I pulled it out yesterday as I needed a basic yellow cake recipe for Caroline's birthday cake.  Very easy and turned out just like a yellow cake should- simple and delicious!! (Well, except Caroline, being her girly girl self, insisted we add sprinkles to the batter!!)

I was curious about this cookbook, so I googled the history of it.  I had NO idea it started in 1930!!  No wonder the cover of this one says "New!"  Go to their website post and read all about it!  Here's a sneak peak...

Throughout the years, the cookbook adapted to the times while remaining true to its original mission of providing cooks with a trustworthy cooking resource. The formula has worked. The Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book -- with its distinctive red-and-white plaid cover -- is one of the world's most recognized books. In 1930, when that full-page ad claimed that there had never before been a cookbook like this one, it might have seemed quite the boast. But 34 million copies later, it's almost an understatement.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Brown Sugar Granola...

I've been making granola for years.  SO easy and tasty and cost effective!!  I mentioned in another post that I've been wanting to find ways to cut back on our weekly grocery bill.  Making our own cereal is definitely one way to do that!! I've been out of the habit for a while, but mmmmmm was my family happy that I started baking up an easy batch of granola again!!!

I've been making Peanut Butter Granola for a long while.  Buuuuut my littlest girl doesn't like peanut butter (I KNOW!!! Can you believe it???!!!)  Thankfully I found this yummy recipe on Hillbilly Housewife's site!!  

I have made a few changes from the original recipe, so this is how I am making it.  You can read there original here.  (By the way, Hillbilly Housewife has some GREAT recipes!!!) 

Brown Sugar Granola...

1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick)
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 cups rolled oats (old fashioned oats)

In a large 4 quart saucepan melt the butter, brown sugar, salt, and water together. Stir it well and let it simmer for a few minutes (2 or 3 minutes should be enough). Remove the pot from the stove and stir up the granola. You want to coat the oats with the brown sugar and butter so keep stirring until everything is moistened. Put the granola onto a cookie sheet, the kind with sides. Bake it at 375° for 15-20 minutes until it is golden brown and doesn’t look “wet” anymore. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the granola to cool right there in the pan. When it is cool, break it up into small pieces and transfer it to a storage container with a lid. 


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