Easy Sausage Dinner Recipe

 

Ever watch Rachel Ray’s show where she makes a meal in 30 minutes?  Don’t you wish you could only spend 30 minutes or less on a home cooked meal and still make a delicious dinner?  Better yet, with leftovers that you can send to work with your husband or yourself that heats up just as good if not better than the original meal.  I often   get stressed out at dinner time – there just seems to be too much to do until bedtime – dinner, dishes, homework, laundry, reading, etc. Here is one of my homemade recipes that I often make for my family which everyone seems to enjoy.  I call it my Sausage, Veggie & Pasta Dish.  It doesn’t really need anything else with it, but you can serve it with a salad, fruit, or bread.

Sausage, Veggie & Pasta Dish

Sausage, Veggie & Pasta Dish

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • smoked sausage – Hillshire Farms or Johnsonville – (we like the Polish Kielbasa)
  • vegetables – (we like onions and green peppers)
  • pasta – (we like thin spaghetti)
  • butter, margarine or olive oil
  • grate parmesan cheese

 

DIRECTIONS:

  • -slice assorted vegetables - green peppers, red peppers, onions, mushrooms, zucchini, squash, etc
  • -heat a couple of Tablespoons of butter, margerine or olive oil in a big frying pan
  • -saute vegetables until soft
  • -at the same time, boil a pot of water for the pasta
  • -follow the directions on the pasta package and cook enough servings for your family
  • -slice sausage into 1/4″ slices and add to vegetables
  • -continue sauteing until the sausage is heated
  • -drain pasta when done
  • -add pasta in a serving dish, put the veggies & sausage on top, sprinkle with some Parmesan cheese

 

Enjoy!

the folks at Cow & Lizard

 

 

Get Involved in your Community’s Recreation Programs

Fall is such a great time of the year.  The weather is fantastic, the kids are settling back into their school routines and the park is filled with kids soccer games during my nightly walk with the dog.  Our community recreation programs are great for kids – they can meet new friends, build skills, develop interests and try something new in a supportive environment with caring coaches and adults.  These programs emphasize values, sportsmanship, friendship and most of all fun!

Baseball, soccer, flag football, volleyball, karate, basketball, gymnastics – there is something for everyone.  Get your kids active with other kids and they may love a sport and stick with it.  But you never know unless you try.

Swimming lessons and swim teams at the local pool are also fabulous.  It is a life skill as well as great exercise and a challenging sport.  Our local pools are packed on summer Saturday mornings when the swim meets take place.

My older son started in Karate when he was 4 years old and went on to earn a second degree black belt.  It was amazing to watch his skills and confidence grow thru this sport.  He also learned valuable self-defense skills.  I hope he is never in a situation where he needs to use them, but it still is comforting to know he has learned them.

Happy Sports!

the folks at Cow & Lizard

A Day in the Life of Myles – September 28, 2012

Today we played catch the fish in gym which is basically retrieve the flag.  Then after that, we had a spelling test which I didn’t have to take because I got the pre-test correct at the start of the week.  After lunch, we had our movie party where we watched Madagascar 2  and ate some snacks.  Nothing unusual today – but I did get to go out to dinner with my Mom and Dad tonight.

Until tomorrow – Myles out!

Mom’s Comments:

Today started off on the wrong foot today as the school bus was very late.  We thought we had missed it and his Dad was pulling out the driveway with Myles in the car when the bus went by – about 15 minutes late.  Myles was worried about being late for school which started in 10 minutes.  They caught the bus at the next stop and Myles got on and he got to school just in time for the bell.  It turns out that there was a substitute bus driver who didn’t know the route.  It would seem to me that the bus monitor who rides the bus everyday could have helped him out.  The kids at the stop down from us had also given up and got rides to school from their parents.  Oh well –

A Day in the Life of Myles – September 27, 2012

Today we learned more about the Indians and the ceding of their land to the US government.   After lunch, we did DEAR which stands for drop everything and read. We also voted for a movie to watch during our party on Friday that we earned for good behavior.

Until tomorrow – Myles out!

 

Mom’s Comments:

They reward everything these days in school.  I personally wish they wouldn’t do that.  Going to school, behaving, respecting others, doing your work, etc.  is just to be expected of kids.  As a parent, we stay involved in our kids school lives.  It is great to treat the kids every once in awhile – but how about and extra recess?

Media & Tools – What can I draw with? – Part 2

Art Journal Kits

Art Journal Kits

 

PENCILS – Regular old No. 2 pencils are great to start with, chances are you have plenty around your house.  A wide variety of artist pencils are available in different harnesses ranging fro 68 (softest and darkest) to 6H (hardest and lightest).

 

COLORED PENCILS – Use the side of the lead to color in larger areas, use the tip for sharper details.  The more pressure you use, the darker the color.  Slowly build up layers of color and try blending different colors together.  Water color pencils are fun too, you can wet the tips or use a paint brush with a water wash after drawing with them for a painted effect.

 

PENS – Try different colors and thicknesses.  Regular ball point pens are great for doodling.  Gel pens, paint pens or opaque ink pens can be fun too.

 

MARKERS – These are great for adding vivid color quickly.  Long straight strokes are good for filling in areas of color.  Experiment with different marker thicknesses.

 

CHARCOAL – Charcoal comes in several harnesses and forms:  sticks, vines, and pencils.  Use for dramatic shading effects, especially when rubbed into the paper.  Use an eraser for highlights.  Careful, it can be messy!

 

COLLAGE SUPPLIES – Go on a treasure hunt around your house!  find photos, paper, newspaper and magazine clippings.  Use the decorative papers in the Art Journal kit.   Don’t forget the scissors, double stick tape and glue!

We Are All Born Creative: Artterro Eco Art Kits

 
Artterro is all about creativity. They design our eco art kits to offer an engaging experience with fresh fun projects and artist quality materials. Prepare to be inspired and delighted as you design beautiful jewelry, fanciful bubble wands, sophisticated storybooks and more. Helping people tap into their creativity with fun, affordable projects is at the core of Artterro’s mission, as is their committment to sustainability.
 
 
Happy Creating!
the folks at Cow & Lizard
 
 

Media & Tools – What can I draw with? – Part 1

Experimenting with different media can be a lot of fun!  Some days you may feel like playing with color, other times the simplicity of a clack marker doodle will be your style.  Often, starting with a plain old pencil is a good way to go, you can sketch, add some shading and erase parts you want to change.  Combine several materials into a single drawing for a mixed-media effect.

 

The drawing paper in the Art Journal Kit is artist quality, it is thick and “grabs” the media you use.  It’s fine to draw with whatever tools you have available but… once in a while, splurge on a few high-quality pens, pencils, colored pencils and markers and comare the experience.  Also, don’t forget about collage!  Play with the decorative papers in the kit as well as scraps, photos and found object around your house.

 

Art Journal Kit by Artterro

Art Journal Kit by Artterro

 

MEDIA – the material or technique used by an artist to produce a work of art

MIXED MEDIA- using 2 or more artistic media, such as pencil and ink or painting and collage combined into a single work of art

 

Happy Journaling!

the folks at Cow & Lizard

A Day in the Life of Myles – September 27, 2012

Today I had social studies in school and I learned about the Indian treaty in 1804 when they had to cede there land. We read aloud and my teacher read from Stargirl.  At  home, I had homework to do and my nightly reading.  

 

Until tomorrow – Myles out!

 

Mom’s Comments:

Myles has homework from 4th grade, but instead of a nightly assignment, they get a packet at the start of the week to work on all week.  We have him do alittle each night or else he would procrastinate and save it for the night before.  They have a nightly requirement of 20 minutes of reading and now flash cards are coming home with him for practice.  I have several sheets to sign off every night  – reading, flash cards and a weekly behavior report.  Did my parents have to do this back in my days of being a kid?  We didn’t carry backpacks to school – I don’t remember bringing things home nightly. 

 

The Deals and More 15k Giveaway Event

The-Deals-and-More-15K-Giveaway

The-Deals-and-More-15K-Giveaway

Come celebrate The Deals and More 15k fan giveaway with all the giveaways being announced there first along with some special giveaways going on during the party.  Thursday, September 27  8:55pm until 11:55pm in EDT

 

 

What to Put in an Art Journal

Make it personal – design your cover

 

     The cover of your journal is waiting for you to make it your own.  With the Art Journal Kits by Artterro, remove the tearaway page and go town on the colorful book board beneath.  Try some marker or pen doodles.  Draw a favorite plant or animal.  Write your name or a phrase.  Even pull out some paint if you’re inspired!  Not going the way you’s like?  Put it aside until tomorrow when you might get a great new idea like layering it up with paper, magazine clippings and more doodles!

 

A FEW IDEAS….

  • -draw a picture of your favorite hideout or dream house
  • -draw characters from a book you love or illustrate your own poem, story or comic
  • -draw a picture of your favorite animal.  Now create a new creature from your imagination
  • -write a word or sentence about how you’re feeling right now.  Doodle around it with pictures expressing your feelings
  • -draw a picture about your dreams for the future
  • -play with lines, shapes and color to see what can happen!

 

Happy Doodling!

the folks at Cow & Lizard