Tuesday, January 31, 2012


I'm honored to have one of my recipes posted on allrecipes.com! So far, it's received wonderful reviews. Try it out and let me know what you think:



5 (4 ounce) links chorizo sausage (such as Johnsonville®)
1 (16 ounce) box penne pasta
1 cup butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
1 (8 ounce) package button mushrooms, stems trimmed
salt and pepper to taste


Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat, and lightly oil the grate.
Cook the sausages on the preheated grill, turning occasionally, until no longer pink in the center, about 10 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 160 degrees F (70 degrees C). Cut into bite sized pieces; set aside.
Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the penne, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 11 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
Meanwhile, melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the garlic, and cook until softened and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cream and red pepper flakes; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, and whisk in the Parmesan cheese until melted. Keep warm over low heat, stirring occasionally to keep smooth.
Melt the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in the onion, red bell pepper, and mushrooms. Cook and stir until the vegetables are tender. Once tender, stir in the chorizo pieces, and cook until hot. Combine with the penne pasta and Parmesan cream sauce to serve.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Today was a BIG day

Today, we drove to Cheyenne,WY. It's about a two hour drive one way. And.....
We became Sams Club members!

We now have plenty of aa batteries, paper towels, toilet paper, paper plates, and a really cool kitchen aid dish drying rack.

We also stopped at Kohls, a real mall, and had a late lunch at Red Lobster.

I'm one happy wife.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

French toast delight

This morning, I made my husband French Toast. I came up with this breakfast idea when he came home earlier in the week with a loaf of bread and said "I thought we could use this for French Toast".

The problem is, I'm awful at making French toast! My mom makes fabulous French toast. Hers has just the right amount of crunch on the outside and are fluffy and delicious on the inside. Mine often end up undercooked or burnt.

So, today I found this recipe on allrecipes.com and gave it a shot:


1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
1 pinch salt
3 eggs
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon white sugar
12 thick slices bread


Measure flour into a large mixing bowl. Slowly whisk in the milk. Whisk in the salt, eggs, cinnamon, vanilla extract and sugar until smooth.
Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
Soak bread slices in mixture until saturated. Cook bread on each side until golden brown. Serve hot.

It turned out perfect! I really think that flour is the secret ingredient.