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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

One Pot Wonder Spicy Sausage Pasta

Yes, yes I gave into all the hype about these one pot wonder meals. Let me be the first to say, I was not disappointed. This was easy and quite (surprisingly) delicious. So grab your favorite pot or large pan and give this a try!

One Pot Wonder- Spicy Sausage Pasta

16 oz. favorite spicy sausage, sliced (our fav. is Conecuh sausage)
8 oz. favorite pasta (used penne)
1 can no-salt diced tomatoes
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
2 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 medium onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup milk
salt and pepper to taste

This is so easy, it will blow your mind. Ha!

Brown the sausage and sweat the onions in your pot over medium heat until onions are softened. Add the garlic and cook an additional minute. Then add the remaining ingredients into the pot. Simmer and stir until the pasta is done and the sauce is thickened (about 20 minutes). That's it! So simple!

Garnish with a little green onion, if desired.

Notes: Great meal! We both enjoyed it and the leftovers! You could easily substitute a different protein if you're not into sausage. Enjoy!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Mirror Art DIY

I saw an idea on Pinterest about this project and took myself down to the Hobby Lobby to search for some goodies with a friend. I was looking for something relatively inexpensive to spruce up some of our painfully bare walls. This mirror art project seemed to fit the ticket.

This project was simple and only slightly time-consuming, so that's a major plus in my book.

What you will need (and approximate cost breakdown):

small mirror ($4.99)
lots of wood skewers ($1.99/100 to a pack)
hot glue + gun (already owned)
spray paint (~$4)
picture hanger (~$3 for a small package)
Gorilla glue (previously purchased)

Total cost ended up being somewhere between $16 and $20

Here are a few photos during the project:

starting to hot glue the skewers to the back of the mirror

finished with attaching the skewers

spray painting outside

What do y'all think?

I'm sure there will be more DIY home projects to come! If you have any good ideas or links to fun wall art/decor, please feel free to share!!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Lemon Garlic Chicken

Lemon Garlic Chicken

2 large chicken breasts, halved or in thirds
juice of 1 1/2 lemons
3 cloves of garlic, diced
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tbls. olive oil
8 ozs. baby bella mushrooms (or your favorite kind)
1 large onion, sliced
2 tsps. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
2 tbls. butter
dash worcestershire sauce
4-6 red potatoes, quartered

Combine white wine, lemon juice, salt and pepper and garlic in a small bowl. Place the chicken in a zip top bag and pour the marinade over the chicken. Seal and refrigerate for an hour.

In a medium bowl, combine the potatoes, onion, rosemary, salt an pepper and olive oil. Toss to coat and set aside.

Saute the mushrooms in butter with a dash (or so) of worcestershire over low heat.

Preheat over to 375. Spray a large casserole dish. Spread the chicken in the casserole dish and arrange the potato/onion mixture between the chicken.

Pour the leftover marinade in with the mushrooms and boil to reduce for about 5 minutes. Then pour the mushrooms mixture over the entire dish.

Cover and cook for 1 hour. Remove and sprinkle the grape tomatoes throughout. Bake uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. Remove and enjoy. This could be served with rice if desired.

Notes: Temperatures and chicken sizes will vary so be sure the chicken is adequately cooked. You could easily add some carrots or celery if you wanted extra vegetables. This dish is delicious and definitely a great all-in-one type of meal! Enjoy!