Valentine’s Day 2020

Yesterday was the day of love and the weather decided to dump several inches of snow on us, again. Still, that makes for a nice, cozy day of snuggling under blankets and drinking hot chocolate. Not a bad way to spend the day.

I hope everyone enjoyed their Valentine’s Day!

Hot Chocolate Escape

There’s nothing quite like a good mug of hot chocolate to make the day’s worries disappear. That, and having the time to leisurely enjoy it without the need to rush. It’s been rather cold lately and a warm drink is just what is required to unwind into a few relaxing days off.

I hope everyone enjoys themselves this weekend!

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. For starters, I had family I hadn’t seen in a while come in for the holiday. Plus, I didn’t have to cook a big dinner; we went out and someone else cooked for us all. Although, this morning I decided to make breakfast – eggs and waffles.

The rest of my thanks are more personal and harder to put into words, so I’m not going to try. However, I will say that my life, while not perfect, is pretty darn good and I will always be thankful for my family.

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!

Movie Time

 I had to work this morning, as happens from time to time, so I’m not much for doing anything else at the moment. Therefore, I have camped out on the couch and am watching several live-action Disney movies on TBS. It’s something I find quite relaxing, especially since I’ve already seen them all before and know that I like them.

I hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend!

A Relaxing Sunday

This past week has been rather busy, so I never got around to my blog post yesterday. Today is my day off and I finally have the time to get some stuff done around the house.

I’m getting items checked off my to-do list while making pepperoni rolls (which take a while from start to finish). I don’t have a recipe for y’all today, just this quick note to say how warm and fragrant my house is becoming.

Have a great weekend everyone!

New Additions

I got two new plants yesterday.

Adorable little succulents that were looking awful sad sitting on the shelf, neglected and forgotten, at Marshall’s. We don’t normally get live plants, so no one seemed to realize they were there. I’ve been watering them once a week for the past month or so, waiting for them to go on clearance.

It finally happened, so I bought them. I hope they’re happy in their new home.

Until next week, be happy 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!

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.

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s almost Turkey Day!! The food holiday that many people look forward to all year long. It’s the one day when eating way too much is not only socially acceptable, but absolutely expected. The day for stretchy pants and food coma’s.

It’s a day for being thankful for what we have and spending time with family while eating fabulous food. I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, but we were invited to a cousin’s house for dinner. She has everything covered, but I wanted to bring her a little something anyway. So, I had a bit of a baking day today.

I made Shortbread Cookies using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

I made a Pumpkin Roll using a recipe from GimmeSomeOven.com

I made Raspberry Pastry Roll-Ups using a recipe from GeniusKitchen.com

And, I made Cheesecake Stuffed Banana Bread using a recipe from CookiesandCups.com

It was a fun and tasty day.

I’m super thankful for all the people in my life who are there when I need them. I’m also thankful for my husband, dogs, and birds. Our little family unit makes me happy every day and I will always be grateful that we are together.

Hope everyone has a wonderful holiday!