Saturday, August 23, 2014

Cashew Cabbage Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

I know I just shared a salad recipe last week but sometimes something is so good you just have to share it.  This salad my wonderful mother in law makes often for family dinners and every time we've made it we get rave reviews and everyone asks for the recipe.

The recipe couldn't be simpler...wanna see the ingredient list?
Here they are...

For a nice big salad to take to a group/family dinner I use 2-16ox bags of Cole Slaw cabbage, 1 container of cashews, and 1-12oz bottle of Birannas' Home Style Poppyseed dressing (it's my favorite).  
Mix it all together in a big bowl.  The salad (at these amounts) may seem dry when you first make it, as it sits it will become much more moist so I would make it a little early and check before you serve it.  I doubt you'll need more dressing, I usually start light with the dressing.

You can also half the ingredients and make a smaller salad for a single family.  This salad is good one day later without being soggy, I haven't tried storing it any longer than that (it doesn't usually last that long around here).

I hope you'll make it and let me know if you LOVE it like we do!

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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