Monday, January 11, 2010

Dirty Rice w/ Smoked Sausage

I was watching Food Network last week and they were making dirty rice with smoked sausage. It looked really good and I have always wanted to try dirty rice. What better time to try it than now since I have to try a new recipe every month because of my NY Resolution #3 anyway. So I asked Sveinn to stop at the grocery store on his way home from work to pick up what I needed. However, I forgot to check my pantry for rice. I knew that the last time I made rice I had a couple of bags still, but I had forgotten that Babs had made rice awhile ago. First mistake.

So I go about sautéing the sausage and veggie mixture and things are smelling yummy! Then I go to make the rice and I find that I don't have nearly enough rice to feed this hungry family of 8 (-1 infant). Ugh! I do have brown rice and decide to make that instead. Not a good idea because I never make brown rice correctly. For some reason it always turns out pasty for me. This time was no exception. So 45 minutes later the brown rice is done and looking kind of gross. I mix in the sausage and veggies (minus the green peppers because my family hates green peppers) with the rice and viola, my dirty rice dish is complete.

I am looking at this dish and I realize that not only is the rice a big glop of starch, but their is not nearly enough sausage in it to feed this big family. I should have had Sveinn pick up two packages. Oh well. Everyone did try the dish and most of them liked it. Some of the kids liked it a lot! Unfortunately, I don't think I will be making it again. I might try it one more time to see if it is better with white rice maybe. We will see.

Anyway, I did fulfill my resolution #3 goal for the month. I made something I have never made before. So I will count it as a success overall. :)

BTW, everyone was STARVING for breakfast in the morning. ;)

Here is the recipe for anyone that might be interested.

1 Medium Onion
1 Green Pepper (I skipped the GP because my family doesn't like it)
1 Clove of Garlic
2 Stalks Celery
1 Package of Smoked Sausage (I used 1 package of Hillshire Farm and wished I would have used 2)
1 Tbs Oil (I used EVOO)
1 cup Chicken Stock plus enough Chicken Stock to Substitute for the Water in the Rice
2 cups Rice (I used 4 for my big Family, thus the reason I should have used more Sausage)

Slice the sausage and chop the onion, green pepper, garlic and celery. Sauté all five of these ingredients in 1 Tbs of oil until browned. Add 1 cup of chicken stock and simmer on low heat. Meanwhile prepare the rice according to the package directions eliminating any butter or salt and substituting chicken stock for water. Once rice is done cooking and the liquid is gone from the meat and veggies, mix all items together and serve.

Bon Appetit!

Saturday, January 09, 2010

New Years Resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!

So I decided to make 5 New Years Resolutions and keep track of them here on my blog.

Resolution #1 - Master a new foot on my sewing machine and/or serger each month. This month I am going to master my ruffler foot.

Resolution #2 - Read through the whole Old Testament.

Resolution #3 - Try one new recipe each month. I was going to try my mom's potato salad recipe for January, but I decided to make Dirty Rice w/ Smoked Sausage instead.

Resolution #4 - Take part in Project 365 for 2010. "Take a Photo a Day and See Your Life in a Whole New Way."
Resolution #5 - Destash the dozens of bins of kids clothes I have been holding onto. Goal to accomplish this: To create 10 listings a week in my eBay store.

So, how am I doing so far?

#1 - I pulled out my ruffler foot, printed off an e-Book that will help me learn how to use it, played around with it for a bit, but I haven't mastered it yet. I do plan on spending a lot more time on it this next week.  I have a dress I want to make for Wile E. Coyote that has loads of ruffles on it.  So that is motivation to figure this thing out.  I need to have the dress made by the end of the month for a contest I would like to enter. Fun fun fun!

#2 - I am still on Genesis. But hey, I am working at it. :)

#3 - Like I said above, I was going to make my mom's potato salad, but then I watched food network and someone made dirty rice with smoked sausage. It looked really good and sounded easy. I wish I would have tired my mom's potato salad instead. :(

#4 - I've taken a picture each day and am having a blast. I just need to get them all downloaded and posted on my Project 365 Blog.

#5 - I've pulled out and set up my backdrop and lights for taking pictures. I also went through CC's closet and drawers, pulling out things she has grown out of. I pulled out bins of boy clothing that Turtle B. has grown out of also. I haven't actually found the time to start listing things, but I am working towards it and making progress.
One week down and 51 more to go.  So far I feel pretty good about what I have accomplished.  Especially considering last week being our first week back at home schooling after the break and also having 3 birthday's (Sveinn's, mine and Dinty Moore's) and our anniversary last week.

Thanks visiting.

Friday, January 08, 2010

Happy Birthday Brenton!

Dinty Moore turned 10 years old on January 6th.  It is so hard for me to believe that he is already 10 years old.  We didn't do anything special.  Dinty wanted to just stay home.  I think he knew that he was getting video games for presents. (Turtle B?  I knew I shouldn't have let him go to the store with me when I went shopping for presents!)  Anyway, the birthday boy wanted to be able to just hang out at home and play video games all night.  Sveinn stopped and picked up some Papa Murphy's pizzas on his way home for us to bake for dinner.  We all had a nice, relaxing evening in.  Dinty said it was the best birthday he ever had. 

Turtle B and Dinty Moore

More Games

Babs decorated the cake according to Dinty's directions.  She did pretty well for her first time.

Coyote, Dinty and Turtle.  Check out those expressions.  LOL

Thanks for visiting.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Check Out These Adorable Buttons!

Tessa Ann of The Button Shop is giving away a set of her buttons on Amy Priddy's Blog (Priddy Creations).  These buttons are amazing.  They took my breath away.  Today is the last day to enter the contest, so hurry.

These are my favorites and below is the set she is giving away.  Arn't they beautiful!