Friday, January 18, 2013

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

My new go to dish for parties, family gatherings, or anything else that I need to take food to is Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms. The recipe originally comes from a cookbook that I use often, Keep Your Fork. I've had the cookbook for years and when I had my gift shop I sold it there.

I snapped this photo quickly with my phone before a Christmas Party I hosted for our group of friends.

These mushrooms are super easy to make, quick, and delicious!

Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms
Keep Your Fork Cookbook

1 pound pork sausage
36 large fresh mushrooms
1 3 oz. package cream cheese, softened
1 cup shredded cheese
1 tsp crushed red pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook sausage in skillet until brown, stirring until crumbles. Drain well and return to skillet. While sausage is cooking, wash mushrooms and dry with paper towel. Remove stems. Place mushrooms on an untreated baking sheet, stem side up. Add cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and pepper to the cooked sausage and melt. Spoon evenly into mushroom caps and bake 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately.

Makes 36 servings.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Healthy Link Up

Well, I'm a day late, but better late than never!  I left home at 5:30 yesterday morning and didn't get back home until 10:00 last, blogging didn't happen yesterday. 
A few of my friends and I are back today with another Linky Party! 
Meg from Henning Love
Allison from Cupcake Diaries
This week it's a Healthy Linky Party.  Link up with healthy recipes, workouts, success stories, or ideas for staying on track this year.  When you link up with Harvest Home, your link will automatically show up on the other blogs as well. 
I plan on featuring some of my favorite link ups so stay tuned to see if you will be featured! 
Cant' wait to see what all great healthy ideas you have!


Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tide Pods

I hate doing laundry. I have never been good at doing it on a regular basis. When we got married doing a load of clothes was not on my daily agenda, although Matt thought it should be. When I lived by myself I would usually wash all my clothes over the weekend, but that didn't seem to work anymore.

Over the course of five years, my laundry habits have improved. One household product that I have liked using (would say 'loved' but I don't associate love and laundry) using is the Tide Pods. I didn't mind the liquid detergent, but when Matt would do a load of clothes, the bottle would seem to get messy with detergent all down the side. The Pods just made it so easy - throw in your clothes, throw in a pod, and turn the washer on.

After last week I don't like them as much. Why would I suddenly not like something that made laundry so much easier? Because of this.

If you know me well you know that I spend a lot of moolah at the Loft. The majority of my wardrobe comes from there and my favorite shirts lately are from their Lounge collection because they are so comfortable for the winter. You can understand my disappointment when I pull this shirt out of the washing machine to find plastic residue melted and stuck to the shirt and several (more like ten) blue dye stains on my shirt. It just so happens that the Tide Pod is BLUE. I had washed this particular load on cold, but according to Tide, the Pods work in any temperature. I called my mother frantic and she told me to let it soak for a while and run it again on a large load size. She had this happen to her before. I washed the shirt THREE more times and the stains lightened a little, but my shirt was ruined.

A few weeks ago I had some blue spots show up on some white towels I washed, but didn't seem to worry too much about it, thinking it was just a fluke. I don't think so anymore.

Tonight I went to the Tide website to send them my complaint. I started reading the customer reviews and there were 377 of them. I did not read all 300, but the majority of the first two pages I read had the same issue as I did. Tide has responded to one customer that extensive testing was done on the Pods.

I emailed Tide with my complaint, but I am sure they've heard these complaints before. I still use the Pods because I don't want to waste them, but I am sure to wash every load on a large size setting hoping that will help with dissolving the Pod. I think I will go back to using the liquid and will be happy with the drips down the side.

Sometimes using something that makes life easier does just the opposite. If you are considering using the new Tide Pods, you have been warned. I hope your clothes are luckier than mine and don't come out looking blue!

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Tuesday, January 1, 2013

a new year

With the start of a new year always comes New Years resolutions. I've never been big on making resolutions because honestly I'm not that great at following through. 
  • I mentioned in my previous post that I started Weight Watchers and would like to shed a few pounds.  I say it every year so we will see if this year is a repeat of prevoius years or I actually follow through. 
  • I feel like such a five year old to admit to the blog world (or the few people who read) that I have a problem with picking at my fingernails.  I have done it my whole life.  I don't do it in response to nervousness or for any particular reason - just a nasty habit - and my hands are not pretty because I have tiny fingernails.  So, this year I am changing that.  I already have a date with a few girlfriends for Saturday to go get pedicures and manicures and shellac will be going on these bad boys. 
  • Drink more water.   There's no explanation really needed.  I just need to do it.
  • Become a National Board Certified Teacher.  I'm in the process of working on my certification as we speak.  My portfolio is due March 31, computer assessments are due in June, and I will find out the week before Thanksgiving 2013 if I passed.  National Boards is a "rigorous professional certification process comparable to those found in other professions such as medicine, engineering, and law" (  I'm not doing it just for the bonus I will get for the next ten years, but that's definitely a perk!
My resolution list isn't long because that's just not realistic and I will be spending a lot of my time focusing on National Boards.  I honestly just want to live my life to the fullest this year.  I have a feeling 2013 will be a very good year! :)



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