Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Autumnal Happiness

2010-09 Fall Decor
Click on picture to see the album.

Between trying to update our living room with new flooring (done), paint, pick out new furniture and fixtures, and embarking on the homeschool adventure, my home has been a bit neglected. I live in a perpetual mess. Kinda makes it hard to decorate. But, I adore the fall; it is my favorite time to bring the outside in. So, on one of my mental health trips recently to my Amish farmer friend in PA, I stopped by several Amish farms and gathered a few signs of autumn to provide spots of beauty for my eyes to rest in my perpetually messy home. I took close ups so you couldn't see the mess surrounding all my little spots of beauty. At least now, when I can't take tripping over one more barbie doll or pushing old end tables out of the way one more time, I stop to gaze upon these little treasures. It does my heart good.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A couple recipes

Our caregroup met for dinner this past Saturday, and I was blessed to have hosted. I served 3 different kinds of calzones, all made with a whole wheat pizza dough inexpensively purchased at Shop Rite! *You can get dough balls 10 for $10 at Shop Rite when they run their sale. Otherwise, they're still only $1.79 which simply doesn't make it worthwhile to make my own!

I was asked for two of the calzone recipes along with the spices I use to make my own ground turkey sausage that goes into one of the calzones. So, I am posting it all here in case others may want to benefit.

First, I do take the time to make my own turkey sausage. It's really, really easy. Granted, I don't roll it into little links, but if you simply want ground up sausage, this is a great alternative to buying it in the store. I like it because I know exactly what's going into the sausage, and I can use ground turkey which typically has less fat than any sausage I could buy otherwise. So, here's the link to the recipe I use and have found to my liking.

*This recipe was found at recipezaar and the following is a note preceeding the recipe:
"A dry herb blend for giving any ground meat a "sausage" flavoring. Try this not only with ground pork, but also ground turkey, beef, or chicken. Adapted from a recipe that came with one of my pizza pans. Recipe can be doubled, tripled, etc as needed. Each batch is enough to season 1 pound of meat. Leave out the crushed red pepper flakes for milder sausage."

Yields: 3 Tbsp



  1. Blend all ingredients together in a spice grinder or mini-food processor (or you may also just stir together if you like some chunkier bits of fennel in your sausage).
  2. Store in an airtight container until ready to use.
  3. To use, mix with 1 pound ground meat.
  4. Chill seasoned meat 3 hours before using.
  5. Or you may also use this in any recipe calling for sausage seasoning.

Tex-Mex Calzones (a Cooking Light recipe)

Go Green Giant Calzone (a Rachael Ray recipe)