Monday, October 5, 2015

Sausage Dressing

Thanksgiving is going to be here before we know it! I put together this recipe last year for Thanksgiving, & loved it so much I've been saving it to share with you! It makes a roasting pan full of dressing, if that is to much for you then you aren't eating enough dressing ;) but you can half the recipe.
You will need to start the day before with prep. The cornbread & pretzel rolls (or french bread if you prefer) will need to be broken into small pieces & laid out overnight to dry.
The poblanos need to be roasted, 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
Yum! Then the stem needs to be removed & the pepper chopped.
The leeks need to be thinly sliced & swished in a bowl of water because all those many layers collect a lot of dirt! Then they can be laid out on a paper towel to dry until you are ready for them.

Sausage Dressing
2 9x13 pans cornbread, I used Paula Deen's recipe, but I quadrupled it.
19.2oz Pkg Pretzel Bread (or you can use a loaf of french bread if you prefer)
2 Med Onions, diced
2 C Celery, diced
8 Cloves Garlic, Minced
3 Poblano Peppers, roasted & chopped
6 C Frozen Corn
3 leeks, thinly sliced & swished in water to get all dirt off
1 Roll Jimmy Dean Sage Sausage, browned & crumbled
1/2 C Fresh Parsley, Chopped
4 tsp Fresh Rosemary, Chopped
1 Stick Butter
1 tsp dried Basil
1 tsp dried Thyme
8 C Chicken Broth
Chop the cornbread into 1" cubes & tear the pretzel bread into small pieces. Spread them out on several baking sheets & let them dry overnight.
Warm up a large skillet over medium heat & add the stick of butter. Once the butter is melted, add the onions, garlic, leeks, & celery & saute for a few minutes until onions are almost translucent. Add 8 cups chicken broth to veggies & bring to a boil. Once it is boiling, add poblano peppers, corn, sausage, basil, thyme, rosemary, & parsley. Stir until combined. Place all dried bread into a large bowl & stir to combine. Gradually ladle the broth mixture into the bread, tossing lightly as you go. Keep adding the broth mixture, tasting as you go & adding more seasonings & herbs if needed. If the mixture is not quite moist enough, add a bit more chicken broth. Spoon into a roasting pan & bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes until golden brown on top.
I truly hope you have a wonderful time planning this years Thanksgiving menu! I know we still have over a month, but have you ever seen my cookbook collection?! I have a lot of choices to make! ;)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Daniel Tiger Celebration

My Nephew is 2!!
He loves Daniel Tiger!
All the colors!!
Be a Veggie Taster!
Daniel Tiger makes Strawberry Pancakes :)
Mama Tiger's Favorite is banana bread
I found these Tiger Tails on Pinterest & knew we had to have them!
They had fun playing in Prince Wednesday's castle
Cousins enjoying Tiger Tails
Make a wish!
Niece is very excited about her brother being 2!
 Big Wheels!!
Daniel Tiger!
He was so excited!!
Niece got a gift too :)
Birthday parties are exhausting! ;)
Happy birthday sweet Nephew! You are very loved! We love celebrating with you!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Book 14 - Joshua & Judges

The 14th book on my Empty Shelf is Bible Book Study Commentary Joshua & Judges. I have been continuing my walk through the Bible using different commentaries as my study guides. I am really enjoying the journey! This commentary has some great tidbits in it & I learned a lot from it. However, the questions at the end of each chapter could have been left out. They felt like they were written because someone told the author he needed questions. But for such a tiny book, it has a lot of meaty content!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Book 13 - Love & Respect

The 13th book on my Empty Shelf is Love & Respect by Dr. Emerson Eggerichs. I was in a young womens small group before I got married, & we studied this book. I have many times credited this book for helping my go into my marriage as a better wife than I might have been. However, I never actually read the entire book! So I knew I needed to rectify that!
This is a really good topic that I would recommend to anyone married or going into marriage soon. I believe this sums up the book very well, "We are not simply about helping you save or improve your marriage. Those can be very important by-products, but the real purpose behind showing love & respect to one another is to glorify God and to obey what He teaches in His Word." (pg 298)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Niece's First Six Flags Trip!

Lynnlea was super excited about her first trip to Six Flags! :)
Big Brother was also very excited to show her around, being the expert he is!
Walk a mile...on... Daffy's shoes ;)
Go Nephew Go!

It's a long way down!

Don't look now, but Daddy has ice cream!
Uh oh, mommy caught us!
My Sister said Nephew started talking about the train when they got out of their car!
Hand-Wringing excitement!
What you see over there Niece?!

Oh, to live life through his eyes!

Pure Joy!
Time for the Bouncing Boots!
Bouncy Bouncy Bouncy!
Hubby & I finally rode on the New Texas Giant! This was the first roller coaster I ever rode, so I've been wanting to get back on it now that they remodeled it! It was awesome!!
They went on the Log Ride while we were in line. Nephew loves water!
Oh no!!! I must protect her!!
In case you were wondering, Fright Fest has already begun :)
The Yosemite Sam ride is always a must!
It was to dark to take pics in the ride, but she was really looking around at all the characters!
Hubby & I felt like Six Flags really stepped up their game this year for Fright Fest! It was reminiscent of Fright Fest when we were younger and we are loving sharing it with a new generation :)