easy dinner idea.

Jan 29, 2010

have you seen all the yummy chicken and turkey sausages they have at the grocery stores now? so many different varieties like chicken/apple or italian herb. on my last shopping trip, i spied a package of habanero/green chile chicken sausage and it spurred this super easy, fresh dinner entree idea.

first, slice the sausage links as well as half a red onion, half a red bell pepper and one jalepeno. then sautee them in a large skillet with a little drizzle of canola oil. while they cook, boil of pot of salted water and add a package of whole wheat penne pasta. cook the pasta as directed, drain and toss with a can of green chile enchilada sauce (available in the mexican food aisle). in a large colander, drain and rinse a can of black beans, a can of corn and a can of diced tomatoes and mix together.  i only used about half the bean/corn/tomato mix and added it to the sausage skillet and tossed everything together. then plate your dish! i put some of the green chile pasta in a bowl, spooned on some of the sausage/veggie mix and then topped it all with some chopped cilantro and a sprinkle of grated cheese. in all, it took less than 30 min to make and it was delicious!


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the simple life.

Jan 28, 2010

when i slow down and take it all in, it’s the everyday things that mean the most. like afternoon coffee runs with my favorite little person. she babbles and entertains me in the backseat. and i can’t help but smile at those polka dot tights.




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DIY tray.

Jan 27, 2010

i remembered that i promised to post more of my everyday loves, a promise i have seriously failed at. i have been so forgetful lately to photograph all the little things i create, discover or bake on a regular basis. i pinky swear that i am going to try so much harder to document and involve you in those things. deal? over the holidays, i made a huge effort to embrace my crafty side and make many things myself. one project i jumped into was taking a plain, unfinished wood tray from michaels and transforming it into a pretty place to display trinkets, eat breakfast or sort papers in your office. it is a very versatile and super easy DIY and i hope you like it!

buy an unfinished wood tray (michaels, about $4) and paint the sides inside and out with a craft paint.


cut scrapbooking papers to fit the bottom of the tray. i first laid a sold color in the bottom and ran my fingers along the corners to form a crease, then i just trimmed the paper along the crease to fit perfectly. rocket science, i know! then i added a patterned paper, did the same crease trimming method but then cut it into three sections so some of the solid paper would show through in stripes.


remove the paper from the bottom of the tray and coat it with a thin layer of mod-podge (available by the glues at any craft store) then carefully lay your paper back into the tray, you will get lumps, try to smooth them out as best you can but don’t freak, it only adds to the character of the tray.


then coat the top of the paper with 2 thin layers of mod-podge. wait for it to dry between coats. i then coated the entire painted sides of the tray in a layer of mod-podge too. it gives it a shiny, finished look and is easier to keep clean than a matte paint finish.

IMG_1878(so easy a cave man can do it! yes, adrian even did his own tray. quite beautifully. notice how he holds the brush like a drum stick? love.)

ta-da! instant pretty tray! (yes, i made the felt flower pin too. info coming on another post soon.)


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i know, i know.

Jan 25, 2010

i haven’t updated in forever. but with the holidays, a wedding and lots of family in town i had zero time! here’s a few things to let you all know (in case you didn’t already)

claire- she has learned to roll over! and hold her pacifier in her own mouth with her little hand and play a fun eye blink game and is off all seizure meds for the time being. she is still having spasms but not as many and they are milder. we are deciding what to try next. we just took her last week for a scan of her blocked ureter issue so please pray for those results as we should hear soon what the next step is. we are hoping that the blockage has miraculously cleared, that her kidney tissue is healthy and there is no need for an operation! we also recently found out she is allergic to melatonin after she had a severe case of the hives over her entire body for 5 days. that was an eye-opening experience. we were at the hospital 3 days in a row, it was exhausting and poor claire was miserable! she is all better now. unfortunately, the melatonin is out as a solution to her sleep/spasm correlation. as i said earlier, we’re still trying to determine what our next course will be with seizure treatment.

me- i went carb free for a week to kick start a diet and lost 8 pounds. for a long term solution, i am devoted to eating healthier and taking daily walks. i am hoping to lose about 50 lbs total by this summer.

adrian- he has accepted a full time salaried position with his contract job! it is a wonderful company and he couldn’t be happier. he is still doing some side projects but we have a lot more job security now and plus he is learning and growing so much in this role. i am so proud of his talent- he is self-taught, amazingly smart and tries harder than anyone i know. here is his company’s web site in case you were curious.

misc- the holidays were great. lots of family time, baking, tamale making and gift exchanging. we attended christmas eve services at my family’s church, cornerstone, and got to see our sister, alex, sing on stage. she has such a beautiful voice! then wedding madness ensued! my littlest brother, matt, married yasmine on january 2nd. yippee! the wedding was in his airplane hanger (so cool!) and it was a joy to be a part of. lots of family made the trip down from minnesota and it was so nice to spend a little time with them. here’s some photos from the last month and a half. i haven’t been very good about picture taking but here are a few to enjoy!









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