Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Italian SOYsage Spaghetti Sauce

I recently stumbled upon this Organic Veggie Italian Sausage (or as I call it SOYsage), I decided to give it a go.  I love fooling my TH with fake meat, so I swooped it up and decided to make a "meaty" spaghetti sauce for dinner. 

Since the "meat" already came in it's own little pouch, I decided to use that as one serving for my recipe. I grabbed some tomato sauce and headed home to see what else I had to use.  

The ingredients I used were:

  • I serving (Helen's Kitchen) Organic Veggie Italian Sausage
  • 2 cans tomato sauce
  • 3 zucchini (chopped)
  • 1 large yellow onion (chopped)
  • 3 tbs. minced garlic
  • 1 tbs. dried basil (or more as needed, go by your taste)
  • 1 tbs dried oregano (or more as needed, go by your taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


With my veggies chopped, I sauteed them in medium heat with some olive oil and then set them aside. 

Next up, I threw in the "meat" with a bit more olive oil and got that cooking too.  The directions say to cook it for 5 minutes over medium/high heat; easy breezy!

With the "meat" nearly cooked, I added the garlic and cooked for another two minutes.  I then added the veggies and let everything "settle" together for another few minutes. 

Lastly, I added the two cans of tomato sauce, lowered the heat, covered and let it simmer for an hour while I finished up some things around the house.  You absolutely do not have to cook it this long, but just mix it all together and serve.  Or you can let it simmer longer if you is totally up to you.  I like my flavors a bit more pulled together, so I wanted to give it more time (since I wasn't in a rush to get it on the table).

Instead of spaghetti noodles, I went with some three cheese tortellinis I had lying around.  I put a hefty scoop of sauce on top of my torts, added a pinch of Parmesan and BOOM, I was ready to serve!  The sauce turned out great.  This SOYsage packed a major punch in flavor, had the same consistency of meat and even got the green light of approval from my carnivore TH...double boom!

What meatless recipes are your favorite?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Salvaged Piano Bench

During one of our trips to the Randomly Glorious Furniture Warehouse, Em and I were exiting the building when we spotted a tattered but lovely little piano bench. I began inspecting it closely and discovered a large crack in the back, as well as a broken "spring" for the lid, but it had SUCH potential so I kept looking it over. By this stage in our relationship, Em has a psychic ability to know when I really want something but won't speak up - and she is only too happy to step in. She began asking a nearby gentleman about the bench, who ended up saying we could have it for FREE! We didn't feel quite right about just taking it, so we donated $10 to their cause and threw that bad boy in my car.

Hi Sandy!
I had plans to change out that old dirty fabric (which had also been covered by some lovely yellowed plastic) and put the bench at the end of my bed. I was still pregnant when that bench came home with me, so it sat in our garage for quite a few months, until BK was a little older and I could muster some time and motivation for the project.

My Mama helped me pick out some lovely fabric that would go with my bedroom, and the next step was to start removing all the old fabric.

Definitely needs some new fabric!
We tried to repair the large crack, but since it was in the back we didn't worry too much about it.
After unscrewing the top portion, I started removing all the staples that held the old fabric on.

Once all the staples came out, I left the batting on and simply stapled the new fabric on top! Then I screwed the top back on, and we were good to go. So easy!

Ready for placement.
I love the sophistication and pop of color it adds to my bedroom! This is also my first real "trash to treasure" project - do you have any good ones you'd like to share?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Make Your Mondays - April 21st

Em had a busy weekend at "home" (Northern California) filled with a beautiful bridal shower for her friend Maria and got in lots of family time. Nic celebrated Easter on Saturday with her in-laws, including her sweet 4 month old nephew! Sunday was spent putting her house back in order after a recent massive re-piping project.

There are going to be a lot of things you are not going to want to do in life, but alas, you have to get it done.  So, why not approach it with a better attitude, something like, "While I don't really want to do_____, it is going to be such wonderful feeling when I am finished".  Try to not see what you don't want to do as a punishment, but rather an opportunity to feel more accomplished.  Feel enthusiasm for all that you do and be grateful you are able to do it!

Friday, April 18, 2014

EGG-cellent Ideas!

Easter is already this weekend, yikes!  Still looking for some ideas for your family gathering?  Well, we are too, how about these pin-worthy picks?

Can't go wrong with a Cheese Ball...especially when shaped like a carrot!

Need a fun treat to bring to an Easter party? Take this carrot-shaped cheese ball! It's sure to win the vote for cutest and tastiest snack!

We'll do anything with a Mason Jar, so why not "Easter" them up?

Easter Mason Jars

Chocolate bark gone Easter?! What a great way to welcome guests, DONE!

Easter Bark

Easter baskets for adults!
Easter Basket Ideas with Cost Plus World Market

Easy, cute and oh so tasty!

Enjoy your weekend and Happy Easter!

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