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Easy Sausage & Penne Dinner

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This is something I threw together for a simple quick dinner one night for my boyfriend and I. We were both craving sausage, but we didn’t want it in the same way we usually eat it. The great thing about this recipe is that even the most novice cook, could prepare this for their family.

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4 small servings  or 2 large servings • 5-10 minutes prep time • 30 minutes cook time

Ingredients

  • 1 sweet red pepper julienned
  • 1 c. cherry tomatoes sliced
  • 1 1/2 minced garlic cloves {i used large cloves)
  • 1/4 c. fresh spinach finely chopped
  • 1/2 c. mozzarella pearls or add desired amount
  • 2 Eckridge Beef sausage links – sliced
  • 1/2 box (8oz) Rojoni 100% Whole Grain Penne Pasta {can add more if desired}
  • Pinch of salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut the red pepper, garlic cloves, fresh spinach, sausage links, and cherry tomatoes. Set aside.
  2. Place pot of water on stove and bring to boil.
  3. While waiting for water to boil, cook sausage on a non-stick skillet until browned. Set aside in separate bowl.
  4. Add pasta to boiling water. About halfway through the pasta cook time. Add all the chopped ingredients and sausage to a clean non-stick skillet. Cook together on about low-medium to medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes {all depends on your stove top}. Do not cook food on skillet for too long you do not want it to become soggy.
  5. When pasta is done, drain pasta and pour back into pot. Add all the skillet ingredients. Add mozzarella pearls and stir.
  6. Add salt and pepper for taste.
  7. Stir, serve, and ENJOY!!!

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Lois’s Lemon Bars

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If you have never had a lemon bar, you need to make this recipe pronto! This recipe is very near and dear to my heart, because this is my grandmother Nana’s(Lois) recipe.  She has been using this recipe for the last 55 years! Can you believe that?? Now, I don’t know about y’all, but if someone has been using their recipe for that many years I would assume that it is amazing! Well let me be the first and definitely not the last to tell y’all that it is!

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Nana and I ❤

Spending time baking with Nana or watching her in the kitchen is a memory I am always going to cherish. She has so many recipes and she loves knowing that I now enjoy the kitchen just as much.  I remember the first time I tried her lemon bars, and I was instantly in a delicious food coma. I was about 11 years old, and I immediately asked her for the recipe so I could make them at home whenever I pleased!!

Fast forward 13 years, and I am still to this day making these wonderful treats for my friends, family, and coworkers. When I hear feedback saying how they were so “amazing” “to die for” and that people wanted more and more. It always makes me happy because I think of my Nana and all the wonderful times I had and still have with her.


 

Ingredients

  • 2 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c. powdered sugar
  • 2 sticks margarine, melted
  • Dash of salt

Mix together all of these ingredients and press the mixture into a 11″x 13″ pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

Mix together:

  • 1/3 c. lemon juice
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 c. flaked coconut (can be opt. out if allergic or for preference)

Mix well and pour on top of hot crust shell and bake 25-30 minutes longer. When finished let cool and cut into squares. ENJOY!

{Makes approx. 2 dozen}{Prep time 10 minutes: Total time about an hour}

 

 

Easy Crispy Oatmeal Cookies

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Hey y’all, so I LOVE me some good ol’ cookies, you give me any cookie I will devour it. Unless it’s made out of bugs, I will not touch it that. Now, this cookie recipe is loved by EVERY person that has had the lucky opportunity to eat one. What makes this cookie recipe even more fab, is the fact that it is easy peasy to make!

This recipe is from my families cook book. My great cousin Elizabeth actually made this recipe and entered it into a baking competition when she was just 10 years old! She received a purple ribbon for it, which honestly isn’t that surprising since it is delicious. The one thing that is so amazing about my family is that we all love to cook! Cooking/Baking has given me so many precious memories with my grandmother Grams and my aunt Angie. Many of the recipes I have learned from them I will be sharing on this blog.

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The one thing I love most about these cookies is the crispy edges but soft center. There is nothing better than a crunchy soft combination cookie, because you technically get the best of both worlds {in my opinion}. Though this recipe doesn’t call for much salt, it always has a nice sweet and salty taste to it!!

So without further ado, here is the recipe!!

Easy Crispy Oatmeal Cookies 

Serving Size: About 2 dozen


Ingredients 

  • 1 c all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 c shortening
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c quick cooking rolled oats (I use Quaker)
  • Extra sugar for topping

Instructions

  1. Stir together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set Aside.
  2. Stir egg, shortening, brown sugar and vanilla.
  3. Add dry ingredients and beat until smooth. Stir in oats.
  4. Form dough into small balls, and dip tops in a little additional sugar.
  5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake at 350-375 degrees (depends on oven) for 10 to 12 minutes.

*If unsure what temperature to set your oven at, start at whatever degrees you feel comfortable with, and monitor the cookies. When the edges are brown take out them babies out!

If you try out this recipe please leave a comment telling me your thoughts!!<3