One of my favorite things about warm weather is grilling. It's so easy and clean-up is a breeze. We had grilled chicken sausage with onions and mushrooms tonight for dinner and it was wonderful. Serve with a salad and grilled asparagus and relax with a glass of wine while enjoying the warm weather.
This is so easy. You can use these basic ingredients or add your favorite vegetables.
1 package chicken, beef, or pork sausage sliced into medallions
8 oz. fresh button mushrooms, cut in half
1 large sweet onion, cut into chuncks
1 T. butter
salt and fresh ground pepper
Combine sausage and vegetables in a foil lined grilling pan. Cut up butter and sprinkle over sausage and vegetables. Drizzle a small amount of olive oil over mixture. Salt and pepper then toss all ingredients to combine. Grill over medium heat until onion and mushrooms are tender. I like to let them caramelize a little. This should take about 30 minutes.
To make grilled asparagus, snap asparagus spears to break off the tuff ends. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Grill til tender and slightly caramelized. Place asparagus directly on the grill grate. Asparagus will take less time on the grill. Watch to make sure it doesn't burn.
I've fallen a little behind over the past couple of weeks because we were out of town twice. I let the boys watch E.T. one afternoon this week and got a lot accomplished. Most of this stuff came out of our bedroom and closets. Our room is not finished yet, but it is so much better.
I've actually filled 5 bags with trash and recyclables from our room and closets. I've been bad about letting our room become the catch all for everything so that the rest of the house is clean and clutter free. I have to stay on top of this because I love having a clutter-free room. I would love to hear how you are doing if you are participating in the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge.
I love this recipe for cornbread. It has become a fast favorite in our house. I found this recipe at Money Saving Mom and tweaked it to accomidate my baking pan dimensions.
World’s Best Honey Cornbread
Mix together flour, baking powder, corn meal and salt. Mix dry ingredients with wet ingredients carefully. Do not overmix. Batter will be lumpy.
Pour batter in greased 11×14-inch baking pan. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown.
*I have been using a glass 9 X 13 pan at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
This is a really easy casserole that can be quickly thrown together. We really enjoyed this casserole which is perfect for St. Patrick's Day. I made corned beef and cabbage a couple of days before making this and used the leftover corned beef to make this recipe. Delicious!
1 T. butter
1 medium onion chopped, about 1 C.
1 small green bell pepper chopped, about 1 C.
1 8 oz. can sauerkraut, rinsed and drained
3 (1/4 inch thick) slices corned beef diced into ¼ inch pieces or 3 ½ C. shredded or diced leftover cooked corned beef
1 bag 20 oz. refrigerated shredded hash browns
10 oz. light Alfredo sauce, divided
1 package 6 oz. finely shredded Swiss cheese, divided
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In nonstick 12 in. skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and bell pepper and cook until tender and onions begin to caramelize, stirring occasionally. Add sauerkraut and corned beef and cook 2 minutes or until heated through, stirring frequently.
2. Spray a 9 inch square or other 2 ½ quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spread refrigerated hash browns in dish. Pour half of Alfredo sauce (about ½ C.) over potatoes and sprinkle with 1 C. cheese. Spread corned beef mixture evenly over cheese, then top with remaining Alfredo sauce and cheese to cover.
3. Cover pan with foil and bake 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake 15 minutes longer or until top is lightly browned.
Adapted from Spring ’12 Schnucks Cooks.
"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B. So that way she knows that whatever happens, at least she can always find her way to me." -Sarah Kay, "B"
I was sent a copy of "B" for review. "B" is a poem from mother to daughter. "It's a thank you note, love letter, wish, promise, confession, and a secret all at once."
"B" has a beautiful message and is a perfect gift for a daughter, son, mother, or father. If I ever have a daughter, I will give her this book when she leaves the nest. I may even give a copy to each of my sons. I will read this to them from time to time when they are older.
I did try to read this book to my preschooler and toddler and found out very quickly that it is not for children. As beautiful and touching as it is, it does not hold a four year old's attention. I think it is perfect for a teenager or young adult.
You can watch Sarah Kay present "B" in this video. She delivered a compelling performance of "B" at the 2011 TED Conference.
"B" is available for purchase on Amazon. It is currently just $6 for the beautiful hardcover edition. You can also purchase it for Kindle.
You can win a copy here. Follow this link to the rafflecopter form to enter.
Disclosure: I was not compensated for writing this post. I was provided a copy of "B" for review and for a giveaway.
My husband took a study break today and said he wanted a Starbuck's Frappuccino, but he didn't want to spend the time and money to go and get one. So I got out the blender and we came up with our own recipe. It was so easy to make and took less than 5 minutes. We are not big coffee drinkers. In fact I don't even like coffee icecream because it tastes too much like coffee, but this was really good. I used Taster's Choice instant coffee stick packets that I had gotten as free samples. I used one per recipe, but if you are a big coffee fan you might like to use two. We used Hazelnut and Vanilla flavors. I also used french vanilla hot cocoa mix. This recipe is an inexpensive and quick way to make a delicious luxury drink at home.
1 Taster's Choice stick packet instant coffee (flavor of choice)
1 Tbsp. water
2 cups ice
2 - 3 Tbsp. sugar
1 cup half and half
1 packet hot cocoa mix
1. Dissolve instant coffee in 1 T. water.
2. Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.
3. Pour into glasses and serve with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.
It was hard to find the time to work on this project this week with three little boys, but I managed to make some progress. This is my weekend donation haul. I also sold a couple of things on ebay bringing in over $30 for things we don't need or want anymore. If you are taking part in the challenge, keep me updated.
Welcome to Home Ec @ Home
Hi, I'm Faith, a former Family and Consumer Science teacher turned work at home Mom blogger. I love God, my family, and food. You can usually find me in the kitchen preparing family friendly, homemade recipes and taking lots of pictures.
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