Friday, February 22, 2013

Cheese Tortellini and Sausage with Red Pepper Sauce

This meal is soooo yummy, I just had to share! I found the recipe in a magazine, and I've shared the recipe with you at the end of this post. You're definitely going to want to try it.

Assemble your ingredients.

First we chop the half onion.

Brown the sausage and the onions together.

While the sausage is cooking, cook the tortellini according to the directions on the package.

Once the sausage is cooked and no longer pink, you'll need to drain it. I found a great tip for draining meat. I used to look for an empty can or jar, but its frustrating if you've just taken out the recyclables. So I learned a great place to put the hot grease as you wait for it to cool (because you definitely don't want to dump it down the drain no matter how many times the boy tries to do that) is to put some foil in a bowl. When the grease cools, you can just take out the foil and throw it in the trash.

Then you get to use the toy to puree the roasted red peppers to make a sauce. 
Any recipe that uses the food processor is good with me!

To add some more flavor and bulk to the sauce, add a can of pizza sauce.

Then mix the sauce and drained tortellini with the sausage and onions and heat to serving temperature.

Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and serve!

Doesn't that look delicious? My stomach is growling as I write this up. We just had it last week, but already I want it again! And the leftovers are just as good.

Here's the recipe:

1 pkg (20 oz) refrigerated cheese tortellini
1 lb. bulk Italian sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 jars (7 oz. ea) roasted sweet red peppers, drained
1 can (15 oz) pizza sauce
mozzarella cheese

Cook tortellini according to package directions.
Cook sausage and onion in a large skillet over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain.
Process red peppers in a food processor until smooth.
Add peppers, pizza sauce, and drained tortellini to the skillet; stir and heat through.
Sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Serves: 6
Total time: 25 min

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Friday Photo - Cemetery

Cemetery in New Orleans

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Book Lines

Not a very exciting week here. Bryan volunteered again at the library on Thursday, so I stopped by to return some books and pick up a couple more.

What's the best book you've read recently?

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Multicolored Looped Pendant Necklace

I mentioned how much I love this design. Here's the newest version. I couldn't settle on just one color, so I made it multi-colored. Maybe you'd like something a little colorful to get you through a gray winter?

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Multicolored Looped Dangles

New earrings have been added to the shop! My problem with making earrings is trying to get them the same. That's not always easy for me and why I do more pendants and necklaces. I think I did a decent job here, though. I really like the colors and I used a technique I learned making the tree of life.

Like them?

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Tree of Life

So these Tree of Life necklaces and other jewelry have become pretty popular lately. I've seen some selling for over $100! Thanks to a friend who sent me a tutorial, I was able to make one for much cheaper! I can imagine I'll be making more of these with different color combinations and whatnot. 

But if you like this one, it can be yours!

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Since I agreed to sell the first necklace in this style, I needed one for myself. Sorry folks, this one's all mine!

I also designed these earrings. Originally I was planning to sell them, but since I screwed up a couple things (not noticeable unless pointed out, I think), I decided to keep them for myself as well. I might get around to making another similar pair for sale purposes.

What do you think of these two pieces?

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Friday, February 8, 2013

Fountain in Portland

I really love the colors on this water fountain, the history you can see. I played with this in Photoshop Elements to mute the background colors a bit to enhance the fountain. Of course right after I took this photo, when I was hoping to do a nice little photo walk, it started raining. Good thing I was happy with this one!

What do you think?

Drinking fountain in downtown Portland, OR

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Book Review: Under the Dome

After reading my first Stephen King book, 11/22/63: A Novel (also awesome, highly recommend!), I've discovered he's not so scary and I wanted to read more. Under the Dome is the fourth book of his that I've read.

Under the Dome
My rating: 4 out of 5 bookmarks
Summary from Amazon page: On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

My review:
I really enjoyed this book. The first thing I thought after I started reading it was there better be a good explanation for this dome at the end of this book. It delivered that explanation. I won't give anything away here, but I will say I wasn't unsatisfied. Yes, that's a double-negative, I know. I liked parts of the explanation, but parts of it could have been better explained or done differently. So I could say I was satisfied, but that sounds a little too positive to me. I'm a Minnesotan at heart (see the end of Lesson Three).

What about the rest of the book? There was a lot happening throughout. I really liked all the characters, I thought they were well-written. I enjoyed Dale Barbara. Big Jim Rennie is one of those characters you love to hate. The scary thing is I could totally imagine a small town acting like this if it was cut off from the rest of the world. A big city would be different, but small towns have their own dynamics and King does a good job showing that. Lots of drama and twists and turns. At times I felt it was taking too long, but that could be attributed to my wanted to know what caused the dome in the first place. I knew it wouldn't be revealed until the end, but I'm not so good with patience.

I heard they're making a show based on this book. I'm seriously contemplating checking it out. I think there's a lot of potential.

I definitely recommend this read!

Blue Looped Pendant

So how much do I love this style? Enough that I'm likely to make several more in different shapes and colors!  What do you think about this lovely blue looped design?

Buy it here!

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Saturday, February 2, 2013

Pink Wire Looped Heart

One of the newest pieces in my shop, just in time for Valentine's Day!

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Pink and Black Wire Looped Pendant

So this is a pendant necklace that I made before my trip to San Diego. I love the way it turned out, and I'm planning on making several more in this style in different shapes and colors. 

Bryan tells me I shouldn't sell this one, that I should keep it for myself.

What do you think?

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Photo!

Historic Heart of San Diego

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