Cheesy Cajun Sausage & Tator Casserole! Yummy!!

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OH MY LAWD!  You are going to LOVE this dish!

Many of you have asked for recipes using the Eckrich Sausage that we just scored super cheap at Publix.  I have a really tasty option that is really easy to make that the whole family will love!

Smoked Sausage and Kielbasa is delicious when cooked together with potatoes.  There is something about the mix of flavors that is wonderful on the taste buds!  My mother is from Louisiana, so I have a lot of cajun influences in my cooking and I love my food well seasoned.  The combination of ingredients and seasoning in this dish are just perfect to me, it is not spicy, but extremely flavorful.

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Prep time:  10 minutes max

Preparing this dish was really easy for me.  In all fairness though, I want to mention that I use a Vidalia Chop Wizard for my potatoes and onions.  If you haven’t ever seen one of these, you should really check it out.  I have used mine for YEARS and can’t imagine having to chop up potatoes or veggies for soup or stews by hand.  Basically, you peel the veggies that you are going to use, put on the chopper and press down.  It quickly cuts the veggie into perfect size pieces.   I am not sure if it is designed for potatoes since it is called a “Vidalia Chopper” but I have used it for years on potatoes and every other kind of veggie out there.  I also use it for eggs when making egg salad and cheese for bite size chunks.  You can pick these up on Amazon for $19.50 with free prime shipping.  It is worth it to buy the original, the copy cat doesn’t get great reviews.  This is what mine looks like, you will see it in one of my prep photos as well:

Ingredients

  • FIVE Medium Size Potatoes
  • One Package of Eckrich Smoked or Kielbasa Sausage
  • One Medium Onion
  • Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning ($.15 at Publix now)
  • Olive Oil (or vegetable oil if necessary)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel Potatoes and cut into bite size pieces (not too big)
  • Peel onion and cut into similar size pieces
  • Slice Sausage into small bite size pieces.  I have found that if the sausage is almost frozen it is easiest to slice into small pieces.
  • For easy cleanup it is best to line your pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable pan, spray or rub bottom of pan with olive or vegetable oil (I use olive oil personally but either will work).
  • Mix all ingredients together by hand in pan and sprinkle generously with Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning.  I personally like to see the seasoning throughout the mixture like this:

 

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  • Place in oven and cook for 75 minutes uncovered, I stirred it once at about 40 minutes to make sure that it was cooking evenly.  We like ours to be well cooked with the onions cooked down and the potatoes nice and soft with a little crispy edge on the sausage and potatoes which is why I go 75 minutes.

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  • After 75 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the oven on HIGH BROIL.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and place back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  You can use more cheese, but I find that about a half of a cup to one cup is more than enough for this dish.

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Let cool for just a few minutes before serving to allow the cheese to settle and ENJOY!

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Enjoy!

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Comfort Food: Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles

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Comfort Food: Easy Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles

Do you need a little comfort food on your plate? Then take a look at this tasty crock pot chicken and noodles recipe. You can whip up this meal in your crock pot in no time, just throw it all in and forget about it. Now THAT is my kind of cooking! Serve it up with a side of mashed potatoes and green beans and you have the makings of one comforting and hearty meal that your family will request time and time again. Here is how to get started making your own.

Crock Pot Chicken and Noodles

Ingredients:
4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts
2 cans of cream of chicken soup
1 stick of butter
42 ounces of chicken broth
1 large bag of egg noodles
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1. Begin by putting your chicken breasts on the bottom of your crock pot.
2. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper.
3. Pour the cream of chicken soup over the chicken.
4. Add in your broth. There is no need to mix the two soups together. Just pour and leave them as is.
5. Add in the stick of butter. You can cut it up into smaller pieces prior to adding if you wish.
6. Sprinkle with a little more salt and pepper to taste.
7. Cook on medium to high heat for 7-8 hours. On hour 7, remove the chicken and shred it. Add your egg noodles at this time and stir the entire pot of ingredients well. Return to heat for another hour.

See how easy this recipe is? Give this tasty crock pot chicken and noodles a try and see how easy it can be to get a savory and hearty dinner on the table with little effort! Add a vegetable side and some bread and you have a home style meal you are going to be crazy about.

So get cooking! This is one recipe you won’t want to miss.

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HUGE LIST of BIRTHDAY FREEBIES & DEALS!

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WOOHOO!  HUGE FREEBIE & DEAL LIST!
Party like it’s your birthday!

This is so exciting!  Many restaurants offer special discounts or FREEBIES for your birthday!

THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND:
  • You need to sign up for newsletters or join loyalty programs IN ADVANCE of your special day (at least two weeks) to score the birthday deals.
  • Many places also offer a sign up bonus!
  • Each offer has terms and conditions (purchase to receive freebie) and expiration date. Make sure to read the fine print carefully on the coupon.
  • All offers are subject to change and some are valid only at participating locations.
  • Most All of the birthday offers are for the week or month of your birthday and not just the day!

Please let me know any updates or additions to the list.

I wish you a Very Happy Birthday!

Note:  This is a national list, some locations are individually owned, so it is always best to call ahead of time and make sure that they are honoring the birthday freebie at your location.  Also, there are likely other places that I haven’t listed. If you have a favourite restaurant, give them a call and find out if they are offering a freebie too! I will update this list as often as I hear of other places, please email me if you know of one that I didn’t include!

 

Birthday Freebies and Deals

Applebee’s  – Free Dessert with entrée on your birthday + Free Appetizer with entrée Sign Up Bonus

Arby’s – Free Small Shake with sandwich purchase + Free Roast Beef Classic with drink purchase Sign Up Bonus

Baskin Robbins – Free Birthday Scoop or Soft Serve Swirl

Beef O’Bradys – Free Appetizer with entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Benihana – $30 Dinner Certificate with purchase of two entrées (13+ years old)

Bob Evans – Free Stack of Buttermilk or Multigrain Hotcakes (no purchase req)

Boston Market – Birthday Surprise + $3 Off $10 Sign Up Bonus

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – Free Birthday Cupcake with Candle and a Song (just tell them it’s your birthday)

Buffalo Wild Wings – Free Snack Size Wings

Captain D’s Seafood – Free 2-pc Fish or Grilled Tilapia Meal + Free Dessert for a Month with purchase Sign Up Bonus

Cheddar’s – Free Chips and Queso with entrée Sign Up Bonus

Church’s Chicken – Free Leg, Thigh or Tender Strip + same Sign Up Bonus

Cinnabon – Birthday Surprise + Free MINIBON Sign Up Bonus

Cody’s Original Roadhouse – $10 Off Two Entrée purchase + Free Appetizer with entrée Sign Up Bonus

Cold Stone Creamery – BOGO “Like It, Love It or Gotta Have It” Size Ice Cream Creation

Dairy Queen – BOGO Blizzard + BOGO Blizzard (six for the year) and $3 Off Cake Sign Up Bonus

Denny’s – Free Original Grand Slam Breakfast (just show ID on your birthday) + 20% Off Sign Up Bonus, if you choose to sign up

Earl of Sandwich – Free Birthday Brownie and double reward points for purchases the week of your birthday

Einstein Bros Bagels – Free Egg Sandwich with any drink purchase + Free Bagel and Shmear with any purchase Sign Up Bonus

Fire House Subs – Free Medium Sub

First Watch Cafe – BOGO Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch entrée Sign Up Bonus

Golden Corral  – BOGO Entrée + Welcome Surprise Sign Up Bonus

Honey Baked Ham – Free Ham Classic Sandwich Sign Up Bonus

Hooters – Ten Free Wings + $5 Off $25 Sign Up Bonus

IHOP – Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes + same Sign Up Bonus

Jason’s Deli – $5 Coupon on your birthday

Jersey Mike’s Subs – Free Regular Sub and 22 oz Fountain Drink (coupon valid for a year!)

Joe’s Crab Shack – Free Appetizer with entrée purchase + same Sign Up Bonus

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – $15 or $30 Off Entrée (value depends on day of week)

Krispy Kreme – Free Doughnut with any purchase Sign Up Bonus

Longhorn Steakhouse – Free Dessert with entrée + Free Appetizer with entrée Sign Up Bonus

Maggiano’s Little Italy – $10 Off $30 Sign Up Bonus

Maggie Moo’s – $5 Off Birthday Cake + Free Cup or Cone with unlimited mix-ins Sign Up Bonus

Melting Pot – Free Birthday Dessert with entrée + Surprise Sign Up Bonus

Mimi’s Cafe – Free Crepe Cake Slice or 2-Pack Muffins/Croissants

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free Burrito on your birthday (App ONLY sign up) + Free Cup of Queso Sign Up Bonus

Olive Garden – Free Dessert on your birthday with entrée

Panera Bread – Free Birthday Pastry + Free Pastry or Sweet Sign Up Bonus (added to reward card)

PDQ Fresh Tenders – Birthday Surprise in some areas + Three Free Tenders with Any Purchase Sign Up Bonus

PF Chang’s – BOGO Entrée

Planet Smoothie – Free Smoothie + Free Smoothie Size Upgrade Sign Up Bonus

Quaker Steak & Lube – Free Mid-Range O-Ring Ontenna Sign Up Bonus

Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Free Dessert + $5 Off Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Red Lobster – Birthday Surprise + Free Appetizer or Dessert with two entrée purchase Sign Up Bonus

Red Robin – Free Gourmet Burger

Ruby Tuesday’s – Free Birthday Burger or Garden Bar Entrée + Free Appetizer with entrée Sign Up Bonus

Sbarro – Free Pizza Slice with beverage purchase Sign Up Bonus

Shula’s Steak House – BOGO Entrée

Smokey Bones – Free Dessert + $5 Off $20 Sign Up Bonus

Sonny’s BBQ – Free Big Deal Combo for your Birthday + $5 Off $25 Sign Up Bonus

Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Check on your birthday + $5 Off Adult Meal Sign Up Bonus

Texas de Brazil – Birthday Surprise + $20 Off Dinner for Two Sign Up Bonus

Texas Roadhouse – Free Appetizer or Side Kick of Ribs with entrée purchase

TGI Fridays – Free Dessert on your birthday + Free Appetizer or Dessert (no purchase req) Sign Up Bonus

Ulta – Free Gift on your birthday plus double points on purchases in birthday month (must be member)

Waffle House – Free Waffle on your birthday + Free Hashbrowns with two toppings Sign Up Bonus

Wendy’s – Birthday Surprise + $1 Off Premium Combo Sign Up Bonus

Zaxby’s – Free Nibbler + Free Meal Sign Up Bonus (6-8 weeks for mailed postcard)

 

A very special THANK YOU to Starr for helping me update this list!

 

Well there you have it! You can party like a rock star on your birthday for sure with all of these freebies! REMEMBER, most of these DO require some sort of registration ahead of time.  Plus, make sure that your local restaurant is participating in this freebie!

Have fun and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

Make sure you check in on our facebook fan page or our facebook chat page to say hi and hang out with all of your coupon freak friends! We are having a blast over there!
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How I survived my Cabin Adventure with NO HOME INTERNET for a month!

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This post is sponsored by Wilson Electronics / WeBoost.  All comments and opinions are my own.
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Last year, my husband and I purchased a small “fixer upper” cabin in Kentucky!  This was a dream that we had worked towards for many many years.  It is a simple little place tucked on a mountainside on the Cumberland River.   It is livable but in need of a full renovation to make it work for our needs in the years to come.  I will be blogging on the experience and sharing all of the fun stories and adventures that we encounter along the way here
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One of the most important things on our “must have list” when looking for a place was internet service since we work from home and I am online at least 12 hours per day.  With an extremely limited budget and our desire to have our own piece of heaven in a very rural area, we found that to be a major issue.  After researching every option available, we were told that we would be able to have satellite internet and scheduled the installation for the day after we arrived at our property.  It was going to be pricey but it was our only choice so we bit the bullet, paid the fees and were ready to get it going.
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Our drive to Kentucky is 10+ loooooooooong hours from our home in Florida.  We timed our trip between work responsibilities and I gave myself a day or two just to get the installation done and me back online seamlessly. Unfortunately, as soon as the satellite internet guy got to our property and took one look around at the 200 ft trees in every direction and elevation on a mountain side he said there was NO WAY we would get service there.  I could not believe it.  I had called no less than 10 times to confirm that service would definitely be available prior to closing on the property and spoke to the technician before leaving Florida to confirm again.  He got out his gauges and walked around from every angle and no signal was strong enough to do an installation.

EEEK! WHAT THE HECK?!

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Rosco keeping an eye on the satellite guy from his porch swing
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I was in a complete state of panic.  Before leaving Florida, my backup plan was to use my cell phone service and “tether” to my laptop if absolutely necessary, but once we arrived I found that my cell service was only strong enough to send or receive VERY SLOW text messages outside (and down the hill a bit) but was not strong enough to make calls or connect to the internet.  For the next few days I would make multiple trips up the hill to the top of the mountain until I found a strong enough signal and would work from my car to get things done.  As you can imagine, this was not an ideal situation and was extremely stressful since as you guys know I am in the facebook chat group and on social media most of the day and night answering questions, getting excited about your haul photos or posting deals. 

WeBoost to the rescue!

I decided to start asking everyone that I came into contact with how they were able to access the internet to see if there were any options that I may have missed.   Most people laughed when I asked about internet in our area or just said good luck with that (how do you live without internet?!).

Fortunately, I ended up getting some AMAZING information from a lady that owns a campground in the area and provides free wifi for her visitors.  She told me about a company called Wilson Electronics and their product line called WeBoost!

Basically, what a WeBoost unit does is connect to a cell tower to access voice and data signals.  It then BOOSTS that signal 32x and sends it to an inside antenna, the INSIDE antenna then broadcasts the signal to all devices in your home.  Sounds amazing right?!  At this point I was DESPERATE so I sat in my car with my laptop connected at her campground and I literally ordered a WeBoost Home 3G unit right then and there with next day delivery.  We had to travel to the nearest UPS station to pick it up due to our location, but it arrived the following day.  It was seriously my ONLY hope and my fingers & toes were crossed while my husband installed it hoping that it would work.

IT DID! IT WORKED!

We went from NO PHONE or TEXT ABILITY inside our cabin to FULL Phone, Text and DATA!  I was able to connect to my laptop via my Verizon Mifi hotspot and was able to work just like normal with no issues!  I could not believe it!  Fortunately, I am on the Verizon unlimited data plan so it didn’t cost me anymore on my cell phone bill to work for the entire month!

I was SO EXCITED about it that when we got back home I decided to try out the unit at my house here in Florida and was able to cancel my home internet service which was costing me almost $100 per month!  At my home in Florida, I literally had to pay for internet service monthly THEN had to get what they called a MicroCell unit to boost my cell phone service on my phone just so that my cell phone would work, it was ridiculous.  If the internet went out for any reason I would also lose cell phone service.   Now with the WeBoost installed I ALWAYS have service since it is not dependent upon the internet at all, it is boosting straight from the cell tower!

The WeBoost unit is AWESOME and they have a BUNCH of other products too!

We will be heading back to Kentucky very soon to start our next round of repairs and improvements and I will be doing some live streaming from there and I feel confident that I will have no issues at all!  The customer service at WeBoost is AMAZING as well.  I have spoken with them a few times to see what all of my options are with the wide range of products they offer.  They have products for your car, RV, home, office, etc that will boost your service wherever you are! I seriously feel like this is the future of how we will connect to the internet.   Why should we have to pay for cell phone data AND home internet too right?!

CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT ALL OF THE WEBOOST PRODUCTS

I am super excited that the fine folks over at Wilson Electronics / WeBoost sent me the Whole House Connect 4G-X unit to bring with me on my next trip and to try it out! I am very thankful!  I was using the Home 3G unit and it met my needs so I can only imagine how fast and amazing the Connect 4G-X will be!  I will keep you all posted!!

Once we were able to get our internet situation resolved it allowed us to relax and enjoy the area and explore around a bit when we weren’t working.  We have a BIG JOB ahead of us working on the cabin but would LOVE to share our adventure with those of you that are interested in following along.  I have created a facebook page HERE for this and will be posting all of the things that we learn along the way!

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Rosco and Moozy enjoying an afternoon of hiking

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Finally able to relax and explore once I had my internet working!

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Make sure you check out our new  Simple Cabin Living Facebook page about our new cabin adventure!  We will be blogging on our DIY projects, renovations and all of the calamities we are sure to encounter!

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Easy Spring Upcycle: How to Repurpose an Old Chair

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Are you looking to spruce up your space for less? If so, give this easy spring upcycle project a try. You can repurpose an old chair in just a few ours, and create a look that is fresh and new. You don’t need a great deal of supplies, and you don’t even need a lot of time or crafty know how. In fact, the chair below we made for around $5 and in less than two hours. Want to try to repurpose an old chair yourself? Take a look at how to repurpose an old chair and get a fresh new look for less.

Supplies needed:
Old chair (ours was a curb find! FREE!)
Spray paint or brush on paint
Scrap fabric (about 1 yard)
Painting supplies (if needed)
Scissors
Staple gun

Use what you have on hand and really save. For our project we had a can of ivory spray paint on hand leftover from another project. It worked perfectly. We found the chevron fabric at Walmart for less than $3 a yard, making our total cost around just $3. Should we have needed a can of spray paint, our total cost still would have been about $5. Now that is a great deal!

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Directions:
1. Begin by cleaning your chair well with warm, soapy water. Wipe clean.
2. Remove the seat cover with a screw driver. This is so easy! It will just pop right off.
3. Cover the seat by wrapping it face down into the fabric and securing the sides tightly with a staple gun.
4. Give the chair a coat (or two) of paint. We distressed ours a tad with some sand paper for a natural look. You can do this if you wish or opt for a clean finish.
5. Return the seat cover to the chair. Replace the screws.

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Your chair is now ready for use. Can you believe this is even the same chair? I can’t! It went from curbside trash to something that looks like it would be in a Pottery Barn catalog.

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Give this easy spring project a try, then share your results with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page!

Happy crafting!

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Frugal Crafting Fun: Easy Spring Wreath

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Let’s bring some color into our spaces, shall we? There is no better way to do this than this easy peasy spring wreath. You can make your own wreath just like this using less than $5 in supplies and in just minutes. Yes, minutes! You don’t need to be super crafty, you don’t need a lot of time, you just need a few supplies and you can adorn your door, space, or even office area with a wreath that screams WARM WEATHER IS HERE! So are you ready to get crafty? Take a look below at how to get started!

Supplies needed:
Grapevine wreath
Spray paint (optional, only if needed)
Mini paper drink umbrellas
Hot glue, glue gun

Directions:
1. Begin by spraying your grapevine wreath the color of your choice. We found precolored wreaths at our local Hobby Lobby Store for under $4 that worked perfectly. If you can’t find something similar, find a grapevine wreath at your local dollar store and give it a coat or two of the color of your choice.
2. Once your wreath is dry, and you want to be sure it is totally dry, you are going to add your drink umbrellas. Open your umbrellas up so they are nice and full. Apply some hot glue to the stems of them and press them into your wreath. Hold them in place so the umbrellas attach and stay attached to the grapevine.
3. Don’t cover the entire wreath, just apply umbrellas to the corners of it in clusters and bunches.

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When you are done, you can add a ribbon for hanging or just display your wreath as is. As you can see, it is the perfect pop of color to a bland space or any space that needs the look and feel of spring.

So are you ready to craft your own? Go for it! Then, share your creation with us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page. We want to see how crafty you are!

Have a great day, friends!

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Easy Easter Craft: Eggcellent Easter Picture Frame

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If you are in the mood for some fun and frugal Easter crafting, this easy Easter picture frame is for you! How sweet will this little dandy look perched on your mantel or bookshelf? It can even add some instant Easter charm to your office. Take a peek below at how to make your own eggcellent (like that?) Easter picture frame in just minutes and for just pennies. Yep, pennies! Take a peek!

Easy Easter Picture Frame

Supplies needed:
Picture frame
Spray paint
Foam eggs
Knife
Craft glue

We found the eggs we used in this project at our local dollar store. The frame and paint were all leftovers we had around the house. So our total cost for this project was just $1. Before you go and buy, look around and see what you may have on hand that is usable.

Directions:
1. Begin by removing the glass of the frame. You will not be needing it.
2. Apply two coats of paint to the frame allowing drying time in between. You want to paint right over the insert and everything creating a matching canvas to your frame.
3. Take a knife and cut your foam eggs in half.
4. Apply some glue to the egg and press it to the inside of the frame. You can add as many eggs as you wish. We thought two were perfect for our frame, but you can decide what works for you.

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There you have it! Your picture frame is now complete. Display your frame wherever you need a pop of spring color.

When you are done, share your creations on the Facebook page or Community Chat page, won’t ya? We love seeing your unique spin you put on these projects, and so do your friends. So gather your supplies and get inspired, and inspire others while you are at it.

Happy crafting, and Happy spring!

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Spring Family Fun: Yarn Eggs Kid’s Craft

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It is time to start thinking about spring and how with Easter approaching, the sight of pastel eggs will be everywhere. Make your own colorful eggs perfect for displaying in a basket or centerpiece when you give this yarn eggs kid’s craft a try. Made from just a few simple supplies, these yarn eggs are the perfect craft for little hands. They only take minutes to make, and in no time you will have a fun little Easter accent. Take a peek at how to make your own. Your kiddos will love these!

Yarn Eggs Kid’s Craft

Supplies needed:
Plastic Easter eggs
Craft glue
Yarn
Scissors

We found all of these supplies in our own crafting scraps but if you need any of them, your local dollar store should have them. It doesn’t matter what color the plastic eggs are as they will be covered, but find yarn that is a hue you enjoy. We used some rainbow yarn for lots and lots of color.

Directions:
1. Begin by pouring some craft glue in a bowl.
2. Cut a long length of yarn and dip it in the bowl. Cover it with glue.
3. Take your fingers and squeeze off any additional glue.
4. Begin wrapping the yarn around your plastic egg. The glue will help it stick and adhere nicely.
5. Set the egg in a sunny window to dry and harden.

When your egg is dry, it will be nice and hard. These eggs are quite sturdy and durable and are sure to survive little hands. Display them in an Easter basket or on a mantel for some instant Easter charm.

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Kids will love getting their hands all sticky with this simple Easter craft. Gather your supplies and give it a try. When you are done, come see us on the Facebook page or Community Chat page and share your creativity. We love to see it!

Happy crafting!

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St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes! Super cute and tasty too!!

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Hey everyone!  FRIDAY, March 17th is St. Patrick’s Day so it is time to get ready with this tasty treat!

When I was growing up, my mom always did something special on every holiday and one of the things that I remember was her DELICIOUS Mint Chocolate Cupcakes on St Patty’s Day!  I am not a big mint eater, but there is something really good about a moist chocolate cupcake with a light and fluff frosting with a touch of mint.  If you haven’t tried it yet, you should!  It is a tasty combination!!

I have never been one to make frosting from scratch, but this recipe makes it super simple and fun to do with the kids!  Pick up some glittery clover decorations at the dollar tree like shown in my photo above and everyone will feel Lucky as a Leprechaun!

MINT CHOCOLATE CUPCAKES

(Makes up to 24 cupcakes)

Ingredients:

 

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1 box of chocolate cake mix (plus ingredients called for on the box, i.e. eggs, oil & water)

2 sticks unsalted butter, room temperature

4 cups powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

¼ teaspoon peppermint extract

¼ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 bag of Andes mints (found at dollar tree)

Green food coloring

 

Directions:

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  1. Make cake batter according to box instructions. Evenly divide into cupcake liners.
  2. Bake cupcakes according to box instructions. Allow to cool in pans 15 minutes before frosting.
  3. To make frosting, use an electric mixer to beat butter until light and fluffy.
  4. Slowly add powdered sugar, scraping down sides of bowl between additions.
  5. Add milk 1 tablespoon at a time, and then mix in both peppermint and vanilla extracts.
  6. For mint green color, add 6-8 drops of green food coloring into the frosting until you reach your desired shade of green.
  7. Frost cupcakes and garnish with an Andes mint
BAM!  That’s it and you look like an expert baker!!

Let me know if you decide to try this recipe!
It is super easy and super fun to help celebrate St. Patty’s Day!!

Be sure to share a recipe with us on our Facebook page or Chat page.  Get inspired to craft and cook frugally on our Pinterest page too!!

Enjoy!

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Cheesy Cajun Sausage & Tator Casserole! Yummy!!

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OH MY LAWD!  You are going to LOVE this dish!

Many of you have asked for recipes using the Eckrich Sausage that we just scored super cheap at Publix.  I have a really tasty option that is really easy to make that the whole family will love!

Smoked Sausage and Kielbasa is delicious when cooked together with potatoes.  There is something about the mix of flavors that is wonderful on the taste buds!  My mother is from Louisiana, so I have a lot of cajun influences in my cooking and I love my food well seasoned.  The combination of ingredients and seasoning in this dish are just perfect to me, it is not spicy, but extremely flavorful.

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Prep time:  10 minutes max

Preparing this dish was really easy for me.  In all fairness though, I want to mention that I use a Vidalia Chop Wizard for my potatoes and onions.  If you haven’t ever seen one of these, you should really check it out.  I have used mine for YEARS and can’t imagine having to chop up potatoes or veggies for soup or stews by hand.  Basically, you peel the veggies that you are going to use, put on the chopper and press down.  It quickly cuts the veggie into perfect size pieces.   I am not sure if it is designed for potatoes since it is called a “Vidalia Chopper” but I have used it for years on potatoes and every other kind of veggie out there.  I also use it for eggs when making egg salad and cheese for bite size chunks.  You can pick these up on Amazon for $19.50 with free prime shipping.  It is worth it to buy the original, the copy cat doesn’t get great reviews.  This is what mine looks like, you will see it in one of my prep photos as well:

Ingredients

  • FIVE Medium Size Potatoes
  • One Package of Eckrich Smoked or Kielbasa Sausage
  • One Medium Onion
  • Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning ($.15 at Publix now)
  • Olive Oil (or vegetable oil if necessary)
  • 1/2 Cup Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Peel Potatoes and cut into bite size pieces (not too big)
  • Peel onion and cut into similar size pieces
  • Slice Sausage into small bite size pieces.  I have found that if the sausage is almost frozen it is easiest to slice into small pieces.
  • For easy cleanup it is best to line your pan with aluminum foil or use a disposable pan, spray or rub bottom of pan with olive or vegetable oil (I use olive oil personally but either will work).
  • Mix all ingredients together by hand in pan and sprinkle generously with Weber N’Orleans Cajun Seasoning.  I personally like to see the seasoning throughout the mixture like this:

 

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  • Place in oven and cook for 75 minutes uncovered, I stirred it once at about 40 minutes to make sure that it was cooking evenly.  We like ours to be well cooked with the onions cooked down and the potatoes nice and soft with a little crispy edge on the sausage and potatoes which is why I go 75 minutes.

REMOVE FROM OVEN

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  • After 75 minutes, remove from the oven and turn the oven on HIGH BROIL.  Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese on top and place back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and bubbly.  You can use more cheese, but I find that about a half of a cup to one cup is more than enough for this dish.

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Let cool for just a few minutes before serving to allow the cheese to settle and ENJOY!

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