Monday, August 17, 2009

Cricut Creations

This weekend I did a big of crafting. I made a large sign and a shelf sitter. I'm pretty happy with the way the large sign turned out. In hindsight I wish I woud have painted the shelf sitters a different color but these will do since they're just for me.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Kielbasa, Take 2

So, after the Kielbasa in the crockpot disaster, I tried another recipe that called for Polish Sausage the other night. I have to tell you, this is one of the top ten best foods I have ever eaten. Absolutely delicious and will definitely become a regular in our dinner rotation.

The recipe came from my online friend, L. I believe she adapated it from a similar recipe on Food network.

Roast Chicken & Sausage

1 whole chicken, cut up
1 smoked sausage
1 large sweet onion
1 lemon
1/4 cup flavored oil (i like garlic oil or hot chili oil. you can use regular light olive oil and just add garlic powder or chili powder)
2 tsp dijon mustard
2 Tbsp worcesteshire sauce
pepper to taste
salt to taste
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp sage
garlic powder to taste

1. in a gallon baggie, squeeze juice of one lemon, add oil, mustard, worcesteshire sauce, pepper, salt, thyme, sage, and garlic powder.

2. cut chicken breasts in half so that they cook evenly with other chicken pieces. add all chicken pieces to baggie. *leave out the chicken bits you don't want like the organs and neck

3. cut onion in big chunks and add to baggie. mix baggie well and put in fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight.

4. preheat oven to 425, arrange chicken and onion in a roasting pan. cook for 30 minutes. cut sausage into 2-3 inch pieces. take out roasting pan and add sausage pieces to pan. bake for additional 30-45 minutes until chicken is crispy and sausages are weeping clear juices. let rest 5-10 minutes. serve and enjoy.

I will say that I used garlic cloves rather than garlic powder, and that I felt like the "bake for additional 30-45 minutes" reference at the end was a bit vague. For my oven, I think 30-35 minutes was plenty. I also quarted red potatos and added them to the roasting pan before baking. The onions were to die for. Something magical happens to them while they are baking. This recipe is just pure food genius.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Finally lost his first tooth...

After many months of patiently waiting for a loose tooth to appear, about a week ago my 6 year old son mentioned his tooth was loose. He'd shown me several "loose" teeth before that really weren't loose at all. I think he was just trying to keep up with the Kingergarten Joneses, since all of his friends were losing teeth and he didn't have so much as a wiggle. So, I felt the tooth and sure enough, it was loose!

Today we went to a birthday party and halfway through the party he showed me the tooth again and I could tell it was about ready to come out. The mother of the birthday girl served the cake, my son took a bite and then walked back over to me. A push with his tongue and out came the tooth!


He's very excited :)

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Birthday cake

So, no progress has been made on my craft project. I haven't had any spare time between working my 2 part time jobs, getting the kids back in school and starting my next 2 college classes myself.

Meanwhile my husband turned 33 last week! He asked me for a 'golf themed cake'. This is what he got ...

I wish I'd had more time to spend on it, but it was a crazy busy day and I was running out of time to get it frosted and meet him for dinner in time. He was thrilled with it so that's what counts I suppose. If I'd had more time I would have added a layer of raspberry filling in the middle and spent more time on the frosting. There's always next year :)

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