Baked Sausage & Veggies

Baked Sausage & VeggiesWe finally got some rain in LA!  Our roses and albutilon we planted last weekend will be very pleased!  Rainy days to me mean cozy nights in with comfort food and cuddling up with hubby and puppy to watch TV marathons (tonight: the final episodes of Breaking Bad).

Baked Sausage & Veggies (Adapted from Kayotic Kitchen)
Ingredients:
4-5 sweet Italian chicken sausages
1/2 lb white potatoes
5 small carrots
1/2 large onion
1/2 large red bell pepper
1/2 lb broccoli
1 tbsp olive oil
cooking spray
salt and pepper
1/2 tsp Mrs. Dash Original Blend Salt Free (or Italian seasoning)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425.  Chop veggies, making the carrots a smaller than the rest (they take awhile to cook through).  Spray a large baking pan with cooking spray.  Add vegetables to the pan and sprinkle with olive oil, salt, pepper and Mrs. Dash.  Mix together and bake for 30 minutes, mixing periodically.  While the veggies are doing their thing, brown the sausages in a saute pan on high for just a few minutes per side to add some color.   Cut sausages in half  or slices. Add sausages and balsamic vinegar to the veggies at the 20 minute mark and continue baking for another 10 minutes.

Baked Sausage & Veggies
Baked Sausage and Veggies
Baked Sausage & Veggies

Wedding Memories

Steak & PotatoesAfter working on my wedding video for months and months I finally received it in the mail this past weekend.  I jumped up and down and squealed a little.  Then instantly texted my family and my husband’s to ask them over for dinner, keeping my special surprise a secret.  I made a dinner similar to what we had on our wedding day: Ina Garten’s Steak with Bernaise.   I kept the wedding video a secret through the whole long dinner.  I felt like I did as a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for dinner to be over so I could open a present!  Although I had been editing and creating this video for months, I couldn’t wait to relive the best day of my life with my family.  Our wedding day was a dream, perfect in every way.  I would give anything to go back in time and just be a guest at my wedding and live it is all over again.
Bernaise Sauce
Gavin Wade PhotographyPhoto by Gavin Wade Photographers

Apple Chips

Apple ChipsAn Apple a day keeps the doctor away.  I abide by this saying and do have an apple everyday.  I almost always have one in my purse (along with a bar or two) in case I get hungry, which is very very often.  These spiced apple chips are from Giada De Laurentiis’ new book, Feel Good Food.  I don’t have a mandoline so I sliced the apples as close to the same thickness as I could.  Because I couldn’t slice them all the exact same they turned out to be this nice combination of dried apples and apple chips.  I love both so it was a win win for me! Some apple slices were crisp, some soft and chewy, and some a combo of both.
Apple Chips
Apple Chips
Ingredients:
Cooking Spray
2 tbsp sugar
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 large tart apples (Giada suggests Granny Smith)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300. In a small bowl combine sugar, cinnamon and salt and set aside. Cut apples on a mandoline in 1/6 inch slices. Spray a parchment paper lined baking sheet with cooking spray. Place apple slices in a single layer on the parchment paper. The apples should fill 2 baking sheets. Sprinkle apples with cinnamon sugar. Place one baking sheet on the top rack of the oven and one on the bottom rack of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes, then switch two baking sheets from top to bottom and rotate. Bake for another 10-15 minutes, until the edges of the apples curl up. (I found that mine cooked in just 30 minutes. So I switched and rotated after 20 minutes and cooked another 10.) Pull parchment paper onto the kitchen counter and let cool for 20-30 minutes to allow them to crisp up more.
Apple Chips
Apple Chips

Healthy & Delicious Muffins

Healthy & Delicious Muffins When I have a leftover ripe banana I love to make Zucchini Banana and Flaxseed Muffins from Martha Stewart.  These muffins are extremely moist without using any butter or oil.  I substitute half of the flour for whole wheat flour and unsweetened vanilla almond milk for whole milk just to make them even more nutritious.  I love making these muffins over the weekend for a healthy grab and go breakfast all week long.

Healthy & Delicious Muffins
Healthy & Delicious Muffins
Healthy & Delicious Muffins
Healthy & Delicious Muffins
Healthy & Delicious Muffins

DIY Spring Wreath

DIY Spring WreathI know most of the country is dealing with extreme colds (Sorry!), but in LA its been a very warm winter and I feel like it should be spring already! There are adorable little flowers all over our orange and lemon trees. Mama hummingbird laid eggs in her nest on our patio. Spring is in the air! So I decided to change out our winter wreath for a bright and cheerful homemade wreath.

DIY Spring Wreath
Supplies:
Woven Wooden Wreath (mine: Michael’s for $4.99)
Silk flowers (mine: Dollar Tree)
Scissors

Instructions:
Cut single flower from the bunches. Start at the top of the wreath and weave the stem through the wooden wreath. Bend wire in the stem at the base to secure it to the wreath. Layer flowers over one another, working your way down the side of the wreath. You can go all the way around the wreath, but I liked the look of it just on one side.
DIY Spring Wreath
DIY Spring Wreath
DIY Spring Wreath
DIY Spring Wreath