Hey Ya’ll!! Please excuse me while I yawn! I’m exhausted! What a busy, busy week and weekend it has been! So busy that I don’t even really remember what I’ve done! Haha… no, my work has been really crazy, plus my dad has needed me to do some work for him, plus I’ve been trying to drum up new business, plus we’ve had open houses, tail gates, vet appointments, shopping to do… I’ve just been crazy! I plan to do things and my plans are shattered five minutes later. Ah, the life of a real estate agent! Speaking of which, today marks the end of my first year as a REALTOR! I’m no longer a rookie! I feel very accomplished! In the past year I haven’t sold the volume of properties I necessarily wanted to; however, I’m sort of an over achiever. 🙂 I see my mom and how much volume she does and it makes me feel like I should be doing more. I have to continuously remind myself that she’s been in this business for 17 years and I’ve been in it for just one. It’s difficult. This business is difficult in and of itself. I face challenges every day… being more outgoing, telling everyone that I’m doing real estate, reminding my friends that I’m not only flipping houses but also selling them, pushing people to either buy or sell or use me if they do both. It’s a constant challenge, a constant battle with being lazy and being aggressive. It’s also super expensive and time consuming. But, I don’t think I would change it for anything in the world. I really enjoy it. Much more than I thought I would. But a lot of that is because I have awesome co-workers! They’ve helped me out so much and helped me meet new clients and given me clients that they couldn’t help or couldn’t meet with, they’ve let me sit at their open houses and given me great advice. I sure am a lucky girl!
Sooooo, since I’ve been so busy, I decided to tell ya’ll about some “lazy suppers.” I have some pictures but I’m having issues uploading them here so, feel free to send me your pictures and I’ll update this post with more pictures when I can! First, I’m going to tell ya’ll about these amazing and easy chicken and sausage sandwiches. I’ll also give you a recipe for a taco/burrito bar without using taco seasoning. Then, a wonderful recipe for pasta salad and a childhood favorite for boiled cookies. I know ya’ll will love all these recipes for their taste; however, ya’ll will also love them because they are cheap, easy, and fast. I’m also going to include a couple of links for some recipe’s I’ve already posted that are super easy and simple, but I’ll go into those later!
These chicken and sausage sandwiches are so delicious and versatile. I used thinly sliced boneless skinless chicken breasts and Country Pleasin’ Green Onion smoked sausage. You can use different regular chicken, organic, skin on, bone in. Whatever you want. I almost always use thinly sliced boneless skinless, simply because it’s cheaper. My nephew’s dad always used to us chicken quarters on the grill and they were absolutely fabulous, so every now and then I’ll do that; but, this is so easy. Also, I used this recipe for sandwiches; you don’t have to do that. It’s actually really good without the bread. Up to you!
Chicken and Sausage Sandwiches:
4 chicken breasts,
1 pkg. smoked sausage, sliced,
1/2 medium red onion,
1/2 medium red bell pepper,
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce,
1/4 cup Stubb’s chicken marinade,
Garlic salt, cayenne pepper, and lemon pepper to taste,
French bread or Hoagie buns.
Place the chicken breasts in a casserole dish, pour the Worcestershire and Stubb’s over the chicken and sprinkle the garlic salt, cayenne, and lemon pepper over the chicken. Now slice up the sausage, onion, and red bell pepper and add that to the casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes.
When it’s done, take it out of the oven and slice up the chicken breasts. Place on the bread and top with your choice of cheese. I used pepper jack and swiss. I sprinkled a little left over feta on a few of the sandwiches too. Then I put them back in the oven and allowed the cheese to melt and the bread to toast. About 10 minutes. I made these last Wednesday and my nephews are still talking about them! They even ate some of the peppers and onions and that’s difficult for them so it was definitely a winner! Sometimes, after a day at work, the last thing you want is to come home and baby sit a big, elaborate supper and clean for hours. This can be made in a skillet too, I just felt like relaxing. So, I prepped everything, threw it in a dish, and baked it. You could also do this with bacon instead of sausage and no onions or peppers. You could even do pork chops too. Sometimes, a sandwich is the best thing for supper. Sometimes, we feel guilty and lazy for serving our families sandwiches instead of putting a little more effort into a meal. This way, you get the best of both worlds!
Tacos/Burritos are one of the easiest, simplest, and most hearty meals you can have. It’s super fast and pretty much everyone likes it. You can really do a lot with something tacos and burritos. I like using the seasoning packets but for some reason I always forget that I can make tacos, so I forget to buy them. It’s like one of the meals that always seems to slip my mind. I don’t know why, I just let it slip my mind. I like to set up a “bar” for my family. Judd and Jeffery just want meat and cheese, my mom and I want lettuce, I want black olives, mom wants salsa, daddy wants beans. Everyone wants something different. So, I put out little bowls of lettuce, cheese, salsa, black olives, green olives, sour cream, onions, and tomatoes. I just make the meat and heat up the tortillas. To heat up soft tortillas, wet a paper towel or rag, wrap the tortillas in the wet towel and microwave for about 30 seconds. Now, sometimes, we want hard shell tacos. If this is the case you can buy hard tortillas or you can buy soft tortillas and bake them. You can do that by draping them over the racks in your oven, turning a muffin pan over and draping them over the humps, or just putting weights in the tortillas to shape them. As I said earlier, I always forget to buy the seasoning packets; but, I always have a LOT of seasoning in my spice rack! I love different seasonings and spices and I love to experiment. We have a Mexican lady that cleans our house once a week, the inventor of Olga Noodles, that mixes together this great seasoning. It’s sort of like the red seasoning that you put on your chips at Mexican restaurants. As I’m talking about this I’m silently giggling because the reason I know that she makes this seasoning is because she made it for me after I stole the shaker from a Mexican restaurant. Any who, she mixed it up for me and I used it all so I had to mix up my own. It wasn’t the same as hers, but I still like it. This makes a lot so you’ll want to keep it in a little baggie and just use it as you go.
1 tbsp. chili powder,
1 tsp. onion powder,
1 tsp. garlic powder,
1 tsp. Cayenne pepper,
1 tsp. salt,
1 tsp. paprika,
1 tsp. black pepper,
1 tsp. ground cumin.
Hold your breath and slowly mix it, or just add everything to a sandwich bag, close it up, and shake it up. When you’re making the taco meat for your tacos, just cook the meat with a teaspoon of this seasoning. After it’s done, add another teaspoon of the seasoning and stir well. Taste to make sure you don’t want more and serve it up. You can also use this for chicken or ground turkey.
For burritos, just fill a large soft tortilla with the fillings of your choice. You can use anything from rice, beans, and taco meat, to chicken and rice. If you use beans, black beans are really good with it. You can even have your kids help out with this one. Have them fill their tortilla and you can just put it in a casserole dish and bake it. It’s really easy and simple and the kids would love it. Kind of like letting them make their own pizzas. It would be a lot of fun for them and it would give you time to do something else, like clean up a little or take a call or just relax. Now, when you get your filling inside the shell, fold in one side close to the filling, then fold the bottom and the top inward, holding that tightly, roll up and stick a toothpick in it. Line up all the burritos in a casserole dish, sprinkle a little cheese on top and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
Pasta salad has always been a constant side dish in our household. Over the years the recipe has changed a little but it mostly stays to the same old thing. Not this year though. This year, Calah Hall had a stroke of genius. We always think, “what can we add to it to make it different?” and every time the answer is “Oh, I don’t know!” The other day, I was in the grocery store, craving pasta salad, and it hit me. I did a mad dash all the way back through the store gathering ingredients. I came home, made this beautiful, wonderful, delicious creation and put it in the refrigerator. The next day dawned bright and early and I ran out of the house like a chicken with my head cut off. Olga was here cleaning but I didn’t think much of it, I just left for work. I got back home kind of early that afternoon and went the fridge for a drink. There, I found a tragedy. I had placed the pasta front and center in the fridge for everyone to see and now it was nowhere to be found! I searched every nook and cranny, as if it had shrunk into the bottom of our crisper all on it’s on. I ran to our other refrigerator(yes, we have two refrigerators, I’ve already told you we have a billion people in our family we need two… heck we need three 🙂 hoping that she had just taken it and put it in a Tupperware container. But no, unfortunately, she had mistaken it for trash. It was gone and I wanted to cry. So, I got in my car and went back to the grocery store. This time, I came home and finished the pasta salad just in time for my mom to leave for Starkville. My mom, her friend Ms. Pam, and my sister ate about half the bowl. So I found myself in a dilemma. I was supposed to go over to a friends house with this pasta salad the next day. And that my friends is how I found myself making this pasta salad for the third time in as many days. Believe me, none of it went to waste. Well, except for the first bowl. I’m still so upset about that! It was so delicious… Ah well… no reason to cry over spilled milk. This is what ya’ll will need for the best pasta salad in the history of pasta salad!!