My fam damily

My fam damily

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Au Gratin Sausage Skillet

My hubby and kids love it when I fix this.  I found this recipe in the cookbook Fast Fixes With Mixes.

1 lb fully cooked kielbasa or polish sausage, halved and sliced 1/2 inch thick
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 pkg (5 1/4 oz) au gratin potatoes
2 1/2 cups water
1 pkg (8 oz) frozen California blend vegetables
1-2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

~ In a skillet, cook sausage in oil until lightly browned; drain.
~ Add potatoes with contents of sauce mix and water.  Cover and cook over medium heat for 18-20 minutes or until the potatoes are almost tender, stirring occasionally.
~ Add veggies; cover and cook for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes and veggies are tender. 
~Sprinkle with cheese.
~ Remove from heat; cover and let stand for 2 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

Yield: 4 servings.
The milk and butter listed on the potato package are NOT used in this recipe.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Braid



Broccoli cheddar chicken braid for dinner... sooo good!

You will need:
2 cans Crescent Rolls (I used the reduced fat ones)
2 cups cooked chicken chunks
2 cups Cheddar Cheese (I used sharp)
2 cups steamed chopped broccoli
1/2 cup light Mayo
1 egg yolk
Rosemary (I used what I had in my seasoning cupboard or you could buy some fresh rosemary too)


1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2. Spray some non stick spray onto a cookie sheet, and spread both cans of crescents length wise to form a long rectangle.
3. Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough.
4. In a large bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayo.
5. Spread mixture over the center of the croissant dough evenly to create a log.
6. Using a sharp knife, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough.
7. Fold the dough strips over the top of the mixture, alternating left and right to create a braid.
8. Brush the top of the braid with a beaten egg yolk and sprinkle rosemary on top.
9. Bake for 28-30 until golden brown. (I cooked mine for 40 minutes to get the dough a bit crispier, that's just how we like it)

It's really easy! And yummy!

Friday, October 21, 2011

My kids make me smile :)

We like to make silly faces for pictures :)
These are a few of my favorites that we took last week. 




And finally, big smiles for a normal picture :)

I ♥ my kids!

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Crayon Art!


{Look what I made!}

To make it I used:
64 pack of crayons (I just picked out all the white, black, grays and browns)
24 pack of crayons (to double up on the prettier colors)
16x20 canvas
Hot Glue gun
Blow dryer

I just glued the crayons to the canvas, but I made sure to have the label on the crayons out because I thought that made it look cuter lol. 

Then, I angled the canvas probably at a 15 degree angle.  DEFINITELY lay a towel underneath!  And behind if you can as well!  It took me a bit to get the right angle and distance between the crayons and blowdryer.  I learned to melt the bottoms of the crayons first, then angle the blowdryer upward.  If you keep it downward it just blows the melted crayon everywhere.  The melting takes time but the results are so much fun! 

And that's all there is to it!!