Sausage Breakfast Loaf

I recently tried a new recipe, and love it!

Sometimes you just gotta have a manly meal.  Ok, it's kinda manly, mostly it's just yummy!

It's a great way to start the day, you should give it a try.

  • 1 lb. breakfast sausage (or you may use smoked kielbasa or polish sausage)
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 oz) shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/2 tsp minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 tsp onion salt
  • 1/2 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tube (10 oz) refrigerated pizza dough
  • In a large skillet, saute the sausage; cool.  In a large bowl, combine the sausage, cheese, one egg, parsley, onion salt & garlic salt.
  • Unroll pizza dough; roll into a 12-in. x 8-in rectangle.  Spread sausage mixture down the center of dough.  Bring dough over filling; pinch seams to seal.
  • Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet; tuck ends under.
  • Beat remaining egg' brush over top.  Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. 
  • Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Makes 6 servings




Snow Sweet

There's no doubt, snow is beautiful.

It's captivating how something descending softly and gently can silence the world with its purity.

Some see snow as a symbol of something beyond us,
a magic that covered the earth while we slept.

It's alluring how much the bright glitter of snow lights up the day.

Very rarely do I get out in the snow.
I'm not fond of the cold or the messy muck that follows behind.

Being inside, cozy and warm and dry, the wind howling around the house, a warm fire,
and making hot chocolate with my family.

That's how I prefer to spend my snow days.

However, if I had stayed in today,
I would have missed all this.



More Than Words

Where have all the good manners gone?

I am constantly reminding my kids to use their manners.

"Do unto others as you would have done to you." 
Isn't this the Golden Rule? 

I didn't see this today as I held the door open for a young girl and her mother. 
Neither one said thank you...
didn't even look at me. 

"Please," "thank you," and "no thank you" are staples in our house.

So why do I feel like we're in the minority?

Simply saying thank you is a sign of courtesy that tells a lot about a person's character.

Anyone can say the words, but a truly grateful heart will not just utter, but show, genuine thankfulness.




T.G.I.F. my friends. It's a three day weekend!
I don't know why I'm so excited after having a long Christmas break.
But, Yay!

Big Daddy got himself a new comfy chair.
He gets pretty dreamy eyed just thinking about it.
We need to name it!

By his new chair is a pic of us long long ago.
Before marriage.
Before kids.
I set it out with my Valentine's decor.

I got a new phone.
I think I like it.
Not used to it yet.
I don't know if I'm comfortable taking what my daughter calls 'selfies."

My little Maisy got in trouble.
She wont look at the camera.
I Love her!
Even when she's naughty.
Which isn't very often.

I've been trying real hard to eat better.
With a little treat every now and then.

If you eat your cupcake like this...
It's totally worth it!

My kids are in the habit of taking my phone.

Well mostly my daughter.
The Queen of "selfies!"

Around town this week.

It was a good week.

Linking up today with these cool cats:

  life rearranged

friday favorite things </P>
<P>finding joy  


You should too!
Hope you enjoy the weekend!


Back to Reality

I enjoyed a good, long break with my family over the holidays. I've since started back to work and the kids are back to school as well. I love my job, and I love being in a routine, AND I love blogging about it. So why am I having a hard time putting my thoughts together? It's like my brain went into hibernation and now it just can't wake up.

It's weird.
Honestly, I think I put too much pressure on myself to keep up with the other bloggers. 

Be pretty.
Be fashionable.
Be crafty. 
Be organized. 
Blog EVERY Day. 

I'm exhausted just thinking about it. 

Go back to being me?



One Little Word: 2013

My one little word for 2013, as you can see, is STAND.

I have a history of allowing others to make decisions for me.  I have a history of letting others look past me.  I've learned over the years to just go with the flow in order to keep peace.

Not any more.

This year I will:
Stand Up for myself.
Stand Up for what I believe in.
Stand Up for what I want.
Stand Up for what I need.

I know this is short and sweet, but I just can't seem to put into words my story, my feelings, or my thoughts.  I know, right!?  This is a hard one for me.  But.  I am committed to making this work. 
I need to make this work.



You've come a long way baby!

"Don't look at how far you have to go,
look at how far you've already come!"

Joyce Meyer posted this on facebook this morning, and I thought it was perfect.
A perfect representation of my photograph, and a perfect quote to start the new year.
Give yourself credit for your accomplishments and efforts, you deserve it!
I think so many of us fall into the comparison trap, whether we compare ourselves to others or to the ideal person we've built up in our minds.

“Give yourself the credit you deserve to build confidence and continue to squash doubt. It’s time to stop minimizing your accomplishments, telling yourself that anyone could have done it or that it was no big deal. When you look at what you do, don’t make comparisons with your ideal or what you think is best; don’t compare yourself with what you think other people can do. It is important to give yourself credit for the effort and not the outcome…Giving yourself credit means recognizing your effort as well as your accomplishments.”
Book Source:  Think Confident, Be Confident

Try this:
Write down 5 things you can give yourself credit for each day.
Have your kids join in too and talk about every one's accomplishments over dinner.

What's one thing you can give yourself credit for today?

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