One Pan Squash and Sausage Skillet Dinner

I love meals that can be cooked using one pan.  Dishes are my very least favorite chore so anything I can do to lessen the dirty mess is appreciated!  And when the meal tastes as yummy as this dish then I know I have a winner.  It is one of my husband’s favorites and one we make on a regular basis.

Lots of yummy veggies and flavorful sausage come together in one pan to make this easy and tasty meal!I love that this meal is full of veggies, full of flavor, and comes together quickly.  I almost always make it with sweet Italian sausage but it is so easy to switch it up a little as well.  We have made it with spicy sausage and used taco seasonings on the veggies and added in some bell pepper.   It is delicious as well.

Lots of yummy veggies and flavorful sausage come together in one pan to make this easy and tasty meal!Lots of yummy veggies and flavorful sausage come together in one pan to make this easy and tasty meal! I hope you enjoy this meal and add it into your weekly dinner menu often! Here is how to make this yummy dish!  Download the PDF recipe.

Lots of yummy veggies and flavorful sausage come together in one pan to make this easy and tasty meal!Lots of yummy veggies and flavorful sausage come together in one pan to make this easy and tasty meal!

April 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout

I missed last month’s visiting teaching handout and I am grateful for the emails I received asking if I was going to get one out for April.  Thank you for keeping me accountable and helping me remember to get my own visiting teaching done!  And as always, thank you to all of you who are actually using the prints I put together.  You will never know how much it warms my heart to hear that the handouts are being used and shared with our sisters all over the world.

This month’s message is titled Daughters of Our Eternal Father, and the simple truth expressed right there in the title is one of my favorite things about the Gospel.  I think there is something very empowering, comforting, and humbling in knowing that we are literal daughters of our Father in Heaven.

April 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout- Free PrintableYou can download the handout to take to the sisters you visit teach, send it to them in a card, or even attach it to a quick email.  Download PDF.

April 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout- Free Printable

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

I see a one year old looking at me!

I cannot even believe it, but my sweet baby boy turned one year old a few days ago! It went by sooooo fast, and I am grateful that we had the chance to celebrate the joy he has brought to our family during this first year.  Milo is a very busy, active little guy and he doesn’t hold still very often.  Unless you are reading him the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear.  Ever since Milo was just a tiny baby that book has captivated him and he will sit still and let you read it over and over again.  So it was the perfect theme for his birthday party! (Sorry for the picture overload ahead.)

Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyI wish I had been able to capture a better picture of the whole set up but it ended up being pretty windy and the sun was super bright which didn’t make for great pictures.  But it turned out really cute!

Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyWe set up the table on our back porch and used plastic tablecloths to create the backdrop.  The two banners at the bottom and top I made using cupcake liners!  I came up with the idea while I was walking around the party store and I saw a whole set of cupcake liners in rainbow colors for a great price.  I knew I could use them to make a banner (or two) for way less than buying one at the store.

How to Make a Banner Using Cupcake LinersI threaded a large needle with some yarn and then poked it through each cupcake liner, switching it up between poking it through the top or bottom.  A thicker yarn is better to use than string because the roughness will keep the cupcake liners from just sliding down the thin string.  Hope that makes sense.   Anyway, it turned out really cute, added fun color, and they only took about 10 minutes to make.  With all the cute cupcake liners and adorable patterns out there I will definitely be using this at other parties.

How to Make a Banner Using Cupcake LinersPutting together the food was an easy task.  We simply followed the colors of the book and we ended up with a great mix of finger foods.  I created some tags to go with each food option to tie in the theme.

Brown Bear Brown Bear Birthday PartyHere is what we served:

Brown Bear: Chocolate Cupcakes

Red Bird: Strawberries, Cherry Tomatoes

Yellow Duck: Pineapple, Yellow Bell Pepper

Green Frog: Broccoli Florets, Sugar Snap Peas

Blue Horse: Blueberries, Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Purple Cat: Grapes

Black Sheep: Blackberries, Olives

White Dog: Fruit Dip, Ranch Dip

Goldfish: Goldfish Crackers

Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday Party Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyHere are just a few more details of the decor!

Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday Party Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday Party Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyBrown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyAnd just because he is so adorable, here are a few pictures of the big birthday boy.  Milo buddy, we love you!

Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday Party Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyBrown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday Party Brown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyBrown Bear Brown Bear 1st Birthday PartyOh they grow up so fast.  Too fast!  Just like I did with his older sister, I documented Milo’s month by month for his first year.  I am so happy I have these pictures and memories preserved.  It is amazing how much they change in such a short time during this first year and how quickly I forget the details.  These monthly pictures are a treasure for me!

Month by Month photos

Happy Birthday Milo, here’s to many more!

 

 

 

 

Loads of Love (and Laundry)

I recently went to a baby shower for one of my friends who was expecting her first baby.  He has since made his debut and is the cutest little thing.  I have never seen that much dark, thick hair on a new baby head before.  He is adorable and I’m so thrilled for her!

Her shower was really fun and I wanted to share the gift I took because I am so happy with how it turned out.  It got a great reaction from everyone at the shower and yet it was so easy to put together!  In anticipation of the laundry increase she and her husband are about to experience I put together a new baby laundry basket, complete with a little decorative wash line!

Laundry Gift IdeaThe laundry basket came from the Dollar Tree and was the perfect size to hold some laundry necessities.  Here are some items you could include if you make your own baby shower gift:

  • Baby Laundry Detergent
  • Hangers
  • Clothespins
  • Blanket
  • Clothes (I put in a cute Pajama set)
  • Socks
  • Towel or Washcloths

But what really pulls it all together is the miniature clothes line.  It was so easy too!  I used small wooden dowels and tied them to the side of the basket using ribbon.  Then I tied some baker’s twine between the dowels and hung up some socks with mini clothespins.

Mini Clothesline for baby shower gift_DSC0862Aren’t little baby socks the cutest thing?  I sometimes forgot how cute they are when I am searching for one of those missing socks in the couch cushions, but they really are adorable.  :)

_DSC0857I made the tag and then created three different colors to share with you so you can use the tag for a boy, girl, or when it is a surprise!

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Baby Shower Gift Idea with Printable Tag in 3 Different ColorsThe PDF download has all 3 colors included- blue, pink, and yellow.  If you put together a similar gift and use the tags please send me a picture!  I love to see your own creativity at work!

 

Pretty Pastel Easter Holiday Decor

Even though I think it is weird that Easter is in March (it seems like an April only holiday to me, I don’t know why) I was very excited to pull out my Easter decor.  I love the bright, fresh colors that are so cheery and pretty.  Every time I walk by my piano I smile a little bit because it just looks so happy.  Yay for spring!

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsI picked up most of my Easter decor last year at either Hobby Lobby or HomeGoods and then all the flowers are from the Dollar Tree.  I made the banner by cutting pennants out of cardstock and taping them onto baker’s twine.  Easy peasy.  And mixed in are the various white vases or stands that I reuse over and over in each of my displays.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsPretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsThis pretty pink plate is an exception to last year’s shopping trip.  I’ve actually had it since high school.  I worked in a little boutique and they had these in a set of four.  My 16 year old self loved them and I bought them right away.  I regret many decisions made in high school (that one blind date that spent four hours talking about himself) but these plates are not one of them.  I still love them.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsI had a few more pieces but I was out of room on the piano so I added them to the entry table for an extra little bit of color and cheer and created a print to place in the white frame.

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsOkay, I actually made two prints because I couldn’t decide on a design which means good news for you!  Two Easter prints for you to choose from!

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Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter PrintsOr if you’d like them in JPEG you can just click on the images below and save them to your computer!  I hope these help add some cheerful spring decor into your home!

Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints Pretty Pastel Easter Decor and Two Free Easter Prints

February 2016 Visiting Teaching Message

This month’s message is called Marriage is Ordained of God and there were several wonderful quotes to choose from.  Besides the one I picked for the handout I also loved this quote from Sister Bonnie L. Oscarson, “Everyone, no matter what their marital circumstance or number of children, can be defenders of the Lord’s plan described in the family proclamation. If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan!”  That last sentence stuck out to me especially.  “If it is the Lord’s plan, it should also be our plan.”  It couldn’t be any plainer or more simple to understand and can apply to every aspect of our lives.

Here is the handout for you to take to the ladies you visit teach or send it to them in the mail or through email.  I hope having a little handout helps you as you complete this inspired assignment!

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February 2016 Visiting Teaching Handout