Mingle Monday - 10.22.2012

Can you believe it!?!

Visit as many of the linked blogs that you like! 

Please keep all links family friendly!! 

Have fun!! 

Mingle Monday - 10.15.2012

Hey there! Sorry for skipping out on the hop last week... but I'm back today!! 

I am super busy trying to get ready for a boutique at the Disneyland hotel in a month! Yikes!!! If anyone is here in sunny So Cal or will be the weekend of Nov 10th, I would love to meet you at the boutique! It is sponsored by a Women's conference, but the boutique is open to everyone! There are TONS of handmade goodies there ... perfect for doing a little holiday shopping! 

PLUS, if you stop by and see me you can pick up a FREE SHIPPING coupon code for my Etsy shop! 

In the meantime, I will be working to stock my shop, get products ready for my boutique, and trying to keep up on my blog posting! So... bear with me!

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I am starting an additional link party on Friday's for everyone to link one of their favorite posts from the week to. It will be called Friday Fun! You can link directly to any one of your personal posts. It can be crafting, sewing, cooking, decorating, just about anything goes! 

Make sure you come back Friday to link up!! 

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Visit as many of the linked blogs that you like! 

Please keep all links family friendly!! 

Have fun!! 

Recipe: BBQ Sausage and Veggies

This was one of my favorite dinners as a kid and has become a favorite of my kids as well! It's the perfect meal after a cold and stormy day. 

This is a super easy 1 dish meal! If I plan ahead far enough in my day I try and cook this one in the crock pot ... making it even easier!!!

Here's all you need:
1 polish sausage -- I switch off between using kielbasa and smoked chicken
1 Tbsp diced red onion -- or any other onion you have on hand
any fresh or frozen veggies that you want
your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 c. brown sugar

If you are using your crock pot, just dump everything in and let it cook all day! 

This time I used a skillet and cooked mine on the stove top. If you choose to cook yours this way too then follow these easy directions for a super delicious meal! 

1. Slice your sausage. Mine are fairly thin since I have little kids. 
Chop your veggies and dice your onion. 

2. Drop your onion and sausage in the skillet on medium heat and stir until the sausage starts to brown up a little. You don't need to add any oil or butter because the fat from the sausage is enough.

3. Once your sausage is beginning to brown add your veggies. (If you are adding frozen corn -- I suggest you wait to add it until the VERY END ... I find it gets rubbery otherwise.) Then add in your BBQ sauce. You can really put as much or as little as you like ... this one is up to personal taste really. I add a tablespoon of water to mine to thin the sauce out a little because my kids think BBQ sauce is too spicy on its own. ☺

4. Stir your BBQ sauce into your sausage and veggie mixture. Then add the brown sugar. Heat thoroughly and serve hot! 

This would be delicious with some homemade corn bread or any warm bread!! Sometimes we serve it with rice or roasted potatoes! 

MMMM..... delicious!!!

Counting the days ...

This little guy is counting the days until Halloween! 

His costume has been hanging in his closet for weeks now and today I let him try it on so I could see if the pants needed to be shortened at all. 

He is so ready for Halloween!! 

Anyone ready for Halloween yet? Have you put up your decorations? Bought your candy?

I'm Book Smart!

Who says books are just for reading!? We think not! 

I'm dumber than a razor scooter!

This morning my cute little one woke up at 5am. Not bad since she fell asleep around 8pm last night. I decided that because I was up early that I would make my daughter's lunch, pack the diaper bag, and wake the kids up early so we could scooter/walk to school! They jumped moseyed out of bed after waking them up a couple of times... 

.. we got all ready to go and started our walk. Now, any of you moms of little ones out there know this is no easy task! We've tried it several times and this is the first time we've actually gotten all ready with time to walk to school. 

Thinking ahead, I decided to load up my little one in her car seat and put her in the front of our double stroller. The older kids insisted on scootering. GREAT! More exercise for us all!! Woohoo! 

We made it about 4 houses down the street when my almost 4 year old decided he didn't want to scooter any more. 
"Okay, do you just want to walk?" 
"No, I don't want to walk either."
"Ummm.... do you want to ride in the stroller?"
"YA! I want to ride in the basket."

On I trudged with two kids in the double stroller, and one on her scooter... what a champion! She scooted all the way to school -- probably 3/4 of a mile. 

{you can see the top of my little guys helmet in the backseat of the stroller!}

I loaded my little guys Radio Flyer scooter on the top of the stroller. No biggie. I can do this, two kids a scooter and my diaper bag. I'm feeling those calories burn! 

We get to school, take my daughter's helmet off and I attempt to fold up her scooter so I can slip it in the basket of the stroller. 

Ummm.... hello!?! You are supposed to fold. I know you fold. I've seen you fold. My husband has folded you before! 

Apparently I'm dumber than a razor scooter! 

I never could get that sucker scooter to fold up. So, I walked the 3/4 of a mile home pushing what I swear must be close to 70 lbs. (30+ lb. son, 12lb. baby, carrier, two scooters, and the diaper bag). 

By the time I got home (ya, it's all uphill the way home too... did I mention that!?!? Okay, not uphill but it inclines... I promise!) my legs felt like jello. Now, if I can do this every day I am sure to lose this baby weight!!