One Pan Italian Sausage and Veggies

Thoughts Before Cooking:

On my flipboard I follow a recipe section as I’m always looking for new things to try out. This recipe was from Teen Vogue‘s “13 High-Protein Meal Prep Recipes to Make This Sunday“. They had gotten the recipe from the blog Chelsea’s Messy ApronThis sounded like the perfect recipe for my guy and I. Meat and protein rich for him, healthy and veggie filled for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Large Carrots (About 2 Cups)
  • 2 Red Potatoes (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Medium Zucchini (About 2 1/3 Cups)
  • 2 Red Bell Peppers (About 2 Cups)
  • 1 Head of Broccoli (About 1.5 Cups)
  • 1 lb of Italian Turkey or Chicken Sausage
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Basil
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Oregano
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Dried Parsley
  • 1/2 Tablespoon of Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon of Dried Thyme
  • 1/8 Teaspoon of Red Pepper Flakes
  • 1/3 Cup of Parmesan Cheese, freshly grated
  • 4.5 Tablespoons of Olive Oil

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, for easy clean-up, and set aside.
  3. **Prep the veggies exactly stated to ensure they all cook at the same time.** Peel and very thinly slice the carrots.
  4. Wash (and if desired peel) the red potatoes. You want the pieces quite small.
  5. Halve the zucchini and then cut them into thick “coins”.
  6. Coarsely chop the broccoli.
  7. Remove the stems and seeds from the peppers and chop them into medium-sized pieces.
  8. Chop the sausage into thick coins.
  9. Pour all the veggies and sausage onto the pan.
  10. In a small bowl combine the seasonings, salt and pepper to taste, and the olive oil.
  11. Pour the seasonings and oil mixture on top of the veggies and sausage and toss to coat.
  12.  Place in the oven for 15 minutes. Remove and toss veggies and sausage. Return to the oven for another 10-15 mins or until veggies are crisp and tender.
  13. Remove from oven and add freshly grated parmesan cheese.

Thoughts After Cooking:

This was really good.

There was only one problem, THE POTATOES!

They took forever to cook. I don’t know why, so this actually took much longer than the 35 mins it said it would.

Next time I would cook the potatoes in the microwave first, even for a bit, so that it wouldn’t take so long.

For more healthy recipes, go to Cottage Cheese Toast

For more recipes, go to Chilaquiles

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The Mystery of Jessica Benson

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The Mystery of Jessica Benson by C.K. Laurence

Thoughts Before Reading:

I got this book free in exchange for an honest review.

Plot Synopsis:

Jessica Benson is a beautiful young woman who every guy wants and every girl wishes she could be.

At the moment she is the girlfriend of the Miami team quarterback, Kyle Sands. When he first met Jessica he fell for her hard.

But since then he realizes that she is not the person for him. There are too many differences and she treats him like crap. He’s done.

Jessica stats a big argument and makes a huge scene. Kyle leaves her at her house, feeling older and wiser.

The next day Detective Karen Brandt is viewing Jessica’s dead body and investigating the case. A case that leads her to her brother’s old pal and her old crush, Kyle Sands.

It’s up to Karen to solve this case. Kyle insists he is innocent but is he? Will she be able to keep her old feelings out of it? Will she discover the truth?

Hmm…

Thoughts After Reading:

I hated this book.

I thought that it was boring, the characters were hard to connect to, and after wasting my time reading the first few chapters I just quit and couldn’t continue.

I wish I had passed on this book instead of accepting it.wish I had passed on this book instead of accepting it. I don’t know how many times I can right that. PASS ON IT!

Don’t read it!

For more female police officers, go to Triple Six

For more not in a series mysteries, go to The Night Sister

For more Miami mysteries, go to Snagged

Chilaquiles

Thoughts Before Cooking:

This is a recipe my mom used to make whenever she had a surplus of tortillas and wanted something easy to cook. My grandma used to make it when my mom was growing up wjen they weren’t able to afford meat. My grandma and mom used to call it Mexican lasagna as the way you put it together is similar.

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb of Ground Beef or Turkey
  • About a Dozen Corn Tortillas
  • Red Chile Sauce ( Make your own or buy a can. I use Las Palmas brand)
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • Oil

Directions:

  1. Heat up a little oil in a small pan.
  2. Cut the tortillas into triangle shapes.
  3. Fry the tortillas lightly, just enough so they are firm but not so much as they become chips.
  4. In a separate pan cook the meat.
  5. When both are finished cooking, take out a 9×13 casserole dish. Spoon some sauce into the dish, just a thin amount to cover the pan.
  6. Lay the tortillas in the dish, covering the bottom.
  7. Add meat, sauce, and cheese.
  8. Continue to layer with tortillas, meat, sauce and cheese until dish is full.
  9. Cook at 350 degrees F, until cheese is melted.
  10. Serve.

Thoughts After Cooking:

I love this recipe and love making it!

It is cheap, easy, and delicious.

For more Mexican food recipes, go to Best Guacamole Ever! (Plus Make Your Own Tortilla Chips!)

For more mom recipes, go to Basic Hamburger

For more recipes, go to Simple Charoset

Death by Honeymoon

Death by Honeymoon (Caribbean Murder Mystery #1) by Jaden Skye

Thoughts Before Reading:

I received this book free from BookBub an amazing site that you can get free ebooks from. You know me and free things.

Plot Synopsis:

Cindy and Clint have just been married.

They decide to head out to Barbados for their honeymoon.

But instead of the high class side that are on the rougher, more rugged side as Clint prefers it for surfing. Things might not have gone well in the engagement, mainly his family hates her, but Cindy is so happy that this wedding marks the beginning of a new and long life.

But one morning, Cindy come down with food poisoning and stays in the room, planning on resting and meeting Clint on the beach in an hour. She accidentally oversleeps, and run down to the beach.

On the beach she finds Clint’s body. Death on their honeymoon.

Cindy returns to New York but can’t go back to her job investigating facts for a major newspaper. She can’t leave things alone as their turns out to be too many questions. First Clint’s family start accusing her of murder and threatening her and trying to control Clint’s stuff and his money.

Then it turns out that Clint was lying to her about some things. He said he went to a conference to talk on a paper, but went to a completely different city with a friend.

It turns out that he also has a child with an ex-girlfriend.

What?!

For Cindy the last straw is when her sister borrows her car and crashes due to cut brake lines, almost dying.

After that, Cindy heads back to the island to find out the answers to what really happened to her husband. But can Cindy navigate an island she knows little about and not only solve this case-but survive?

Thoughts After Reading:

I enjoyed this book.

At times Cindy seems a little plain and wooden but I thought it did well as a first novel in trying to capture your attention, develop characters, etc.

It is an interesting mystery and as the rest of the series was free, I’m interested to see if it stays good or goes downhill. I guess we will just have to wait and see.

For more BookBub book reviews, go to This Doesn’t Happen in the Movies

For more books that take place in the Caribbean, go to High Sea Adventure

For more island mysteries, go to Everbody Loved Roger Harlan

 

Basic Hamburger

Thoughts Before Cooking:

Almost everyone loves hamburgers. This recipe is just a basic one that my mom would do all the time she made burgers. This is the bones of it, you can dress it up any way you like.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Pound of Ground Beef or Turkey
  • 1/4 Cup of Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Large Egg

Directions:

  1. In  large bowl place the meat.
  2. Add the bread crumbs and egg.
  3. Work the bread crumbs and the egg into the meat.
  4. Form the meat into patties wide enough to match the bun and at the thickness you desire.
  5. Cook in pan or on grill.
  6. Add any extras or condiments you desire.

Thoughts After Reading:

I loved it, and I think you all will too.

For more recipes, go to Simple Charoset

In other news today is:

Have a great time and watch some scary films!

For more on Friday the 13th, go to C is for Chocolate Oat Crackles

Loose Screw

Loose Screw (Dusty Deals Mystery #1) by Rae Davies

Thoughts Before Reading:

I received this book free in return for an honest review. I love Westerns and mysteries, so when I read the description I was all for it.

Plot Synopsis:

Lucy Mathews was a reporter for the Helena, Montana newspaper, but left because her editor thought she was a “wuss”. Lucy isn’t a coward, she just doesn’t like confrontation.

After leaving the newspaper, Lucy went into the antique business, having a western specialty store Dusty Deals. She leaves alone with her Alaskan Malamute, Kiska.

Recently, famous Helena pioneer Denton’s Deere’s objects have come up for auction. Lucy heads over and manages to score a box of pottery with an antique stoneware item hidden in, and a box of books she can easily resell.

The big ticket item is a Medicine Man outfit, that ends up in a bidding war. It is finally sold to an out-of-town dealer, James Crandall, for $40,000.

The next day, Crandall comes into the shop trying to buy some books on the Deere family. Lucy sells him a book and he is seen later arguing with the other bidders from the auction- a local dealer in Native American objects, Bill; and Andrew and Melaine Malone, out-of-town- dealers who are starting a Native American museum in Washington D.C.

Later that evening, Lucy is heading home with Kiska when she discovers a dead body by the dumpster, and not just any body-James Crandall.

Lucy calls the police and the newspaper (hey, once a reporter always a reporter). And finds herself caught up in the middle of a murder mystery with the Medicine Man suit missing except for a dried weasel.

To further complicate things, her old editor has asked her to come back and write a series of stories on the murder. Lucy finds herself investigating friends and prominent people in the community.

To make things evem harder on her, she has to try to work with Detective Peter Blake. Blake hates Lucy and never aids her in anything, always having made her life as a reporter tough. Things have gotten even more strained as Blake flits between making things hard and making a move on Lucy.

So now Lucy has to balance Dusty Deals, reporting, investigating, a police detective, her dog, a jazz festival, and someone coming after her.

Thoughts After Reading:

I thought it was a good story. I liked the characters and the concept.

At times I did wish Lucy was a bit more assertive, such as when her editor who is paying her nothing yells at her. I would have told him, heck no, I am not being paid you deal with it.

And it was pretty obvious at times who the villains were.

Otherwise, it was good and fun.

For more antique shop mysteries, go to Larceny and Old Lace

For more mysteries featuring a reporter, go to For Whom the Bluebell Tolls

For more Western mysteries, go to Paper Roses

For more mysteries, go to The Night Sister

What to Do When You Run Out of Cupcake Liners

I was making Breakfast Puffin Muffins the other day, when I realized I ran out of cupcake liners!

I wasn’t sure what to do!

Then I scoured the internet until I found a hack I could do with what I had.

If you run out of cupcake liners you can do three things. 1) Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray.

2) Line the pan with parchment paper.

 

3) Get a paper towel and wet in melted butter or oil. Wipe the pan with it, making sure to heavily oil the molds.

The Night Sister

The Night Sister by Jennifer McMahon

So I went to the mall to buy a dress that I really wanted and had been thinking about for months afterwards.

But when I got there, the dress was no longer available. Since I couldn’t buy that I decided I would go somewhere that would make me very happy.

While I was walking around I found The Night Sister. I had read The Winter People and loved it, so I thought that I would enjoy this one too. Plus I was sad that I missed out on that dress and needed a pick-me-up.

Plot Synopsis:

This book takes place in three different times 1955, 1989, and 2013.

1955-1961

Sylvie and Rose are sisters who live at the 28 roomed Tower Motel in London, Vermont; designed after the Tower in London, England. Sylvie is blonde, beautiful, and obsessed with Alfred Hitchcock and the idea of becoming a movie star like Kim Novak.

Rose is dark, secretive, troubled, and jealous of her sister.

As the two grow up, Rose starts noticing odd behavior of Sylvie. As she becomes more and more determined to get to the bottom of it, Sylvie disappear one day without a trace and never to be seen again.

1989

Piper and Margot moved to London with their mom and befriended the coolest girl in town, Amy. Amy’s mother Rose left her with her Grandmother Charlotte, who lets her, Piper, and Margot run about the motel. The girls spend their time swimming, playing games, and avoiding Jason Hawke who is in love with Amy.

NERD!

Then one day they discovered something dark and sinister at the motel that ended their friendship with Amy forever.

2013

Years have past and the girls are now all adults. Amy had some wild years but married, had two kids, and runs the motel.

Margot married Officer Jason Hawke, and is about to start a family in between studying local history.

Piper moved to California and has her own video-production business.

Everything changes when Amy’s family is attacked and killed, the only survivor of the massacre being her daughter. Margot calls Piper and tells her what happened. But the horrible murders aren’t the only shocking news, at the crime scene a picture from Sylvie was left behind with the words “29 Rooms” written on it.

This brings those girls back to that summer of 1980s and the horrible secret of what lies in the Tower!

Thoughts After Reading:

The book had a good premise and build up but it all fell flat at the end of the book.

ugh

Everything was too easily resolved. And it was no surprise who the  night “mare” turned out to be.

For more by Jennifer McMahon, go to The Winter People

For more on sisters disappearing, go to B is for Burglar

 For more not in a series mysteries, go to The Wife

For more Alfred Hitchcock, go to Psycho

For more mystery reviews, go to The Last Suppers