Oops.

So, I totally forgot to post yesterday. The weather has been a little crazy here lately. It keeps going back and forth – from cold and snowy, to warm and rainy. It’s quite annoying.

Hopefully, I stay on top of things a bit better next week.

Stay safe and warm everyone.

Sausage Rolls

Most people have particular foods they make during the holidays. For me, that’s Candy Cane Chocolate Chips Cookies and Sausage Rolls. I made the cookies during December, but never got around to making the Sausage Rolls. Since I had already bought the ingredients, I decided to just go ahead and make them a little late.

The ingredients are simple:

1 lb. of sausage

2 eggs

1/4 – 1/2 cup of flour

1 sheet of pie crust or puff pastry (I used pie crust this time)

First, mix the sausage and one egg in a medium sized mixing bowl.

Next, add 1/4 cup of flour and mix until incorporated.

You should end up with a sticky mixture. If it looks to wet, add a little more flour. You shouldn’t need more than 1/2 cup total. Set the sausage mixture aside.

Next, lay the dough out on a floured surface. You could always make a homemade dough, but I had the ready-made kind on hand already, so it just made sense to use it.

Roll the dough out in a square-ish shape until it’s fairly thin.

Then, cut it into three equal size strips.

Spread the sausage mixture evenly across all three strips. Place the other egg in a small dish and whip it into an egg wash. Brush the egg wash along one edge of the pastry to help seal it.

Roll the pastry around the sausage and cut thin diagonal slits in the top. Don’t worry if the pastry doesn’t completely cover all the sausage (like in the strip on the right). It’ll still bake up nicely.

Cut the strips into bite size pieces between the slits you made on the top. Place the pieces on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and brush the egg wash over the top to help them brown.

Place the baking sheet in a 350 degree oven and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the sausage is cooked through and the pastry is golden brown.

Allow the rolls to cool on a baking sheet for a couple of minutes.

Then, enjoy to your heart’s content. Be sure to cool them completely before storing in a container in the fridge. With the amount of ingredients I used and the number of rolls I made (28), it came out to 92 calories per roll. Not a low-cal snack, but certainly a delicious one.

I hope everyone’s year is still going great. See you next week.

Happy Baking!

First Post of 2019

The year has gotten off to a great start. I’m feeling hopeful and renewed. I already made a big change.

My hair went from blonde

to a dark auburn brown.

I’m quite happy with the results.

I also started writing poetry again. I haven’t felt inspired in a while, but that has changed. It all makes me feel alive and reborn. I hope that everyone else feels as revitalized as I do right now.

All the best for this wonderful new year!

Last Post of the Year

It has been one crazy year. From three failed IVF cycles to losing my source of income to getting a new job, it has been a rollercoaster of emotions. I saw a motivational poster recently that really struck home. It was of a Chinese proverb that said: Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.

That is one philosophy I intend to take with me into the new year. Progress, however minute, is still progress and I need to remember that. Even if I am only inching forward towards my goals, I am still moving. It’s something I tend to forget, a lot.

My goals aren’t huge as of now. They are pretty basic: Drink more water and less soda, stop cussing, and start exercising again. I know I can attain each of them, so long as I remember that it’s not going to happen overnight.

I believe we can all reach the goals we set for ourselves, no matter how big or small. All we need is the motivation and support to get there. As a last token of whimsy for this year, here is a picture of my two Narwhal mugs to make you smile.

Happy New Year, everyone!!

Remembrance

Twenty-two years ago today, my great-grandmother passed away. I didn’t know her as well as I would have liked, but I do have some fond memories. She always wore a turban, for some reason, had a collection of glass trinkets. She gave me one for my birthday one year. It was a glass dish shaped like a bunch of grapes. It was beautiful and particularly special since she didn’t usually give away parts of her collection. I’m pretty sure I still have it, somewhere. In all my moves, it got misplaced. I hope to find it again someday.

The winter holidays are all about family, the ones that are here and the ones that are gone. We lost GG Vi while we were in Okinawa, five months before returning to California. It broke my heart that we weren’t able to say goodbye, but I continue to remember her affectionately, especially this time of year.

I will never forget you, GG Vi, for you are always in my heart.

Wishing everyone Happy Holidays and joyful time spent with family and friends.

Balance

Eight months ago, I published my first book. It’s a book of poetry titled Juxtaposition. It is full of poems that speak to both the light and the dark sides of humanity. I find the contrast between the two fascinating, especially since there is both in every person.

We must all find a balance between what is good and what is bad. Sometimes, that balance is harder to maintain than we’d like. Those are the times when we all need a little reminder that things will get better.

I want everyone to remember that depression lies. You are worth more than you know.

Happy Holidays.

Breathing is Hard

This week has been a total bust. I have bronchitis which refuses to get better and I had to call off work more than once. The only thing I can hope for at this point, is that next week goes smoother. It would be nice if this cough would go away, also.

In the spirit of healing, I will continue to rest and hydrate as much as possible.

I hope everyone else is feeling better than me.

Schedule Change

The holiday season is upon us, as is the cold & flu season. With that in mind, I am going to be changing my blog post schedule.

Until now, I have been posting twice a week, on Wednesday’s and Saturday’s. With my currently hectic schedule and being sidelined by sickness, I will be posting only on Saturday’s for the foreseeable future.

I hope that everyone has a lovely, healthy, stress-free winter.

Tis the Season to be Sick

It’s December, there is snow on the ground, and I am sick. Of course. I’ve caught it right at the beginning, so hopefully it doesn’t last too long.

I just worked six days in a row, which didn’t help. But, I have a lighter week ahead. Of that I am super happy.

Now, it’s time for me to get some sleep and hydrate. I hope everyone else is feeling better than me right now.

My New Obsession

I just started watching the History Channel show Vikings and I am hooked!! I can’t believe I waited so long to start watching it. This show alone makes having Amazon Prime Video totally worth the annual investment.

I would continue to wax poetic about the show for pages and pages, but I want to know what happens next.

Gotta go.