Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cajun Sausage & Shrimp Pasta

For my son's birthday this week he requested I make his favorite dish which is this Cajun Sausage & Shrimp Pasta.  This dinner I would have to say is the one everyone begs for and the day after they fight for the leftovers.  Which says a lot...because my silly family doesn't like leftovers (I know crazy!)   I double this recipe, just so there will be leftovers and cook it in my big skillet.  I found this recipe here and just as she promised it is a real hit.  I have added a few ingredients because I recently realized my family loves shrimp. This recipe by no means is something you want to eat if your watching calories because it is chuck full of goodness. Do make this if you want a creamy tasty pasta that is to die for.

You will need the following:
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 lb. smoked sausage cut into bite size pieces
1 cup diced onions
1 bag of frozen raw shrimp 41/50 deveined & tail off  (Defrosted)
1 Tbsp. butter
3-4 cloves garlic (minced)
2 cups chicken broth
1 (10 oz.) can Ro-Tel tomatoes & green chilies (mild)
3/4 cup heavy cream
8 oz. penne pasta
1/2 tsp. salt 
1/2 tsp. pepper
2 tsp. Cajun Seasoning (taste sauce for spiciness)
1 1/2 cups Monterey Jack cheese grated
3 scallions chopped
On medium heat in your skillet heat olive oil and sauté the sausage and onions until browned.  Don't over cook just watch the onions until they are translucent. Remove from pan and set aside.  In the same skillet melt the butter and add the garlic and shrimp, cook until shrimp turns pink 3-4 minutes. Again don't over cook because they will get rubbery.   I wish we could get fresh shrimp but the frozen does fine.  41/50 refers to the size, something new I learned.
Add the sausage and onions back to the skillet and add the following:
Broth, Ro-tel, cream, pasta, salt, pepper, and Cajun seasoning.  Adding the Cajun spice is a little tricky because it will depend on how spicy you want your pasta and different brands of Cajun spice has different levels of heat.  Add a tsp. and taste the sauce and add more to your liking.  My family likes the heat and I usually add 3-4 tsps.  Cover the skillet and bring this to a boil. Once boiling reduce heat to medium-low.  Simmer until pasta is tender, about 15 minutes.
We are almost done but I tell you it is worth it.  Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in 1 cup of the cheese and top with the remaining cheese. Pop it into your oven on broil to melt and brown the cheese. Doesn't it look yummy? 

Last step after removing it from the oven add the chopped scallions on top to garnish.  This gooey goodness will definitely please your family and might just become your families favorite too. 

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Riverton Housewives Round Up #124

Sorry about last week!  Paula is teaching me how to do the linky party (maybe she deserves a break after 123 weeks?...) and well, it just didn't happen unfortunately.  But here I am this week and I'm excited to host the linky party for a while.

Welcome to the Riverton Housewives Round Up # 124!
  We want to see it all!  Recipes, crafts, organization, refashioning...whatever you can come up with!
After linking up, please take some time to check out some of the other link and share the love! :-)

We only have a few rules to play at our party!

~You must be a follower of our blog.  (Feel free to follow us on Facebook too!)
~Please pick a couple of your favorite posts and link up.  Just make sure it's nothing you've linked up with us before!
~Make sure you link back to our blog somewhere in your post or on your blog.  (A text link will be fine, but we do have a great button over there on the right you can use too!)
~Please no giveaways or Etsy shops.
~And we'd love for you to check out a few other linkers to share the love!

If you have been featured, be sure to check out our Pinterest where we have pinned all your awesome creations!
Also as a reminder, if we can't save a photo or link to the URL we can't feature your awesome stuff.

So get to linking up!  We can't wait to see all the amazing stuff you all have to share!

Here is what we LOVED from last Round Up!

I know summer is almost to an end but my love of popsicles is pretty much endless!  The Sprouts House shared their recipe for these Stripy Fruit Lollies and now I need to make them.

I love these Home Made Tags for Baked Goods from Designs by Miss Mandee.  They're perfect for all your baked goods gifts (how cute would they be on red or green for Christmas time?!!).

If these Mini Monster Cookies from This Silly Girl's Life taste half as good as they look I'll be one happy girl and my kids will all be in heaven.

AND our most featured is!!!.....

Step Stool Makeover from The House Enthusiast.  She took this simple Ikea step stool and made it fabulous, it's really darling and I love it.
Thank everyone for linking up, we can't wait to see what you have for us this week!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Easy Breadsticks

 I got this recipe for these breadsticks from our friend Kristin.  A few days ago Jenn shared Kristin's awesome chicken pasta ceaser salad that you can find here . I thought these bread sticks would go perfectly with that salad for a quick and easy dinner. I think this would make a great summertime meal when it's hot outside and nothing sounds good.  My family loves these breadsticks and my kids get so excited when they find out I'm making them. We rarely have leftovers!  The best thing about these breadsticks  you can make them from start to finish in an about an hour! I love how easy they are to make!

Ingredients you will need:
1 T. yeast (1 package)
1 1/2 c. warm water
2 T. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3-4 c. flour
1 cube melted butter ( I never use this much)
seasonings for breadsticks (I use garlic salt, garlic powder, dill weed) I've also
used Parmesan cheese.

First mix yeast and water together, then add sugar, salt and 1 cup of flour until combined. Slowly add 2 more cups of flour ( or more until not sticky) after this you will knead for 3 minutes. Cover dough and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Melt some of the butter and pour onto the cookie sheet. Roll out your dough and stretch it to fit your cookie sheet and then pour melted butter on top. Sprinkle with seasonings and cut with a pizza cutter. Let rise 10 minutes. Cook on 375 for 20-30 minutes.

Just out of the oven!! YUM
Ok so this is the time when you sneak one of those hot breadsticks just to be sure they taste good! :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School $150 Amazon Giftcard Giveaway!

  Back to school is always a crazy and usually expensive time for everyone, so we're hoping to take a little sting out of it by giving away a $150 Amazon Giftcard!  So hurry and enter now!  
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Kid's Internet Safety Family Home Evening - FREE Printable!

I think almost every parent has the fear of allowing their kids to have access to the internet and then having them be exposed to something bad.  Whether it's viewing something that is inappropriate or being approached by someone pretending to be someone else.  One of the hardest jobs of a parent is addressing these situations before they arise so our kids have the tools and knowledge to hand them.  We decided that we would do a Internet Safety Family Home Evening to help our kids know what is right and wrong when it comes to the internet.  We also wanted them to be able to spot bad situations and not fall prey to those people out there who use the internet to harm others.

I was able to pull from a couple different resources to put together a fun and informative family night for us.  We started off with watching this cute, Phineas and Ferb Public Service Announcement...

Our kids LOVE Phineas and Ferb, so it was a great video to open with and short enough to not lose their attention.
After watching the video, we asked the kids what they though we were going to be learning about.  They all said "the internet".  It was really important to us to drive home the basics of internet safety and to not make our kids scared that everything and everyone on the internet is bad.
We used this list from Hello Literacy as a guide to make sure we were covering everything that we felt needed to be covered for the kids at their ages.

We made sure to discuss the WHY behind each of these items.  We wanted to let the kids know that the internet is NOT anonymous, and we need to keep who we are safe.
I saw this cute Internet Safety For Kids image (if it's yours please let me know so I can link!  All the images on pinterest don't go to a website or blog. :-() that I told the kids we'd be hanging right above the family computer to help remind them of our Internet rules.

We also went one by one through each of these rules and explained why these rules are so important.  Next we found this super fun Internet Safety Bingo game from Family Home  There are three different boards you can print out.  Our kids thought it was great and we were able to discuss why each of these things were important again.
Finally, I created this Internet Safety Permit (feel free to right click and safe the permit to use for your kids!).  We made sure to check off all the bullet points and then had each of the kids sign their names.  We let them know that we would keep these by the computer and if any of them were caught breaking any internet rules, they would lose their permits resulting in loss of using the internet.  We also let them know they would have to renew their permits every six months.  As I said before, I knew with my kids, driving home the basics through games, discussions, and repetition would help them remember our rules for internet safety.  Be sure that you cater your internet safety lesson to your family and the ages of your children. :-)


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