Delicious Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes Recipe

(Editor’s Note: Like I mentioned yesterday, this is a re-post.)

This simple and delicious recipe is a re-working of the recipe that that my mother-in-law gave me when Michael and I were married. It is so good, and so simple to make.

Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes

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(Not the greatest picture, I know, but it gives you the idea of what it looks like.)

Ingredients:

Approx. 2 lbs Italian sausage, cut into medium sized pieces

2 green bell peppers, sliced (I often substitute red or orange bell peppers for added color/taste.)

2 onions, sliced

3-4 potatoes, peeled and quartered

2-3 granny-smith apples, peeled, cored and cut in chunks (optional)

garlic powder, oregano and basil to taste

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Toss the sausage, peppers, onions and potatoes in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Drizzle with some olive oil and sprinkle to taste with the seasonings. Bake for 1 – 1 1/2 hours, turning occasionally so sausage browns on all sides.

If desired, toss in the cut-up apples 20-30 minutes prior to the end of the cooking time. (The apples add a bit of sweetness to the dish, so I almost always add them.) ***You want the apples to be heated through and soft, but have some texture, so don’t put them in too early or they will disintegrate. (Trust me, I learned this the hard way!)

My family loves this recipe! With some crusty bread and/or salad, you have a complete and filling meal. My son devours this whenever I make and, as a matter of fact, will request it if I don’t make it for a while!

(Linked to WFMW, Recipe Roundtable and Recipe Swap)

(P.S. Because there are only three of us, I usually cut the recipe in half, unless I want leftovers. The picture shows the halved recipe.)

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corn pone

The Discipline Jar

For a long while we were having some major discipline problems with Andrew. He wanted what he wanted when he wanted it (don’t we all!) which would result in some terrible fits and tantrums. We tried everything: time-outs, taking away privileges and or toys, even yelling. It was making all of us miserable and we were at our wit’s end.

I know a lot of people do reward charts, but I didn’t think that would work with Andrew. He is very physical and visual and I didn’t think it would be an incentive enough, even with the possibility of an award. As I was thinking and praying about this, I decided to try doing an “rewards jar” or “discipline jar.” I talked to Michael about it and we both figured it couldn’t hurt to give it a try.

First, we went to the dollar store and picked up a jar (actually, all we could find was a plastic vase) and some decorative stones (Andrew loves rocks, so we went with the stones but you could use marbles or anything small).

stones

We let Andrew decorate the jar. He wanted to be able to see the stones so he only used a few stickers, and a picture of himself when he was a baby. Then we used a crayon to write his name.

Andrew Jar

Also, I typed up some house rules, a chore chart and a behavior chart. On the chore chart and behavior charts, I assigned a points system. I printed out the charts and taped them to the wall at Andrew’s eye level.

This is how it works: Each time Andrew cheerfully does his chores or behaves appropriately, he would earn stones that he can put in his jar. When he accumulated a certain amount of stones he can exchange them for a special treat. For example, every time he brushes his teeth he gets two stones or every time he does his school work or obeys mama and daddy the first time he gets 5 stones. The stone value depends on the difficulty and/or “unpleasantness” of the task. We also throw in a few extra stones in here or there when he’s been exceptionally good which is helping him stay motivated. ๐Ÿ˜‰

It has been three weeks now and we are so happy how well this is working! He often looks for ways to be good and earn stones. We have been heaping on tons of excitement and praise when he earns stones, which has been making him want to earn more!

Of course he still “has his moments” and there have been days whenย  his behavior was so naughty he lost most or all his stones, but overall, he is like a new little boy! ๐Ÿ™‚ And believe me, a happy, well-behaved child (for the most part!) works for me!

For the record, we make it very easy to earn a lot of stones quickly and we make it very easy to earn rewards. This way he can visually see his stones build up and he gets a special reward a couple days a week. As a matter of fact, I would say that on an average day, with minimal misbehavior, he can earn about 20 stones just for doing his daily tasks. On his exceptionally good days he has earned up to 40 or more! To balance that out, he needs at least 35 stones before he can start trading them in for points.

Now it’s your turn. What tricks or tips do you have for getting your kids to do their chores or behave as they should?!

WFMW: Recipe Edition (Corn Pone!)

What is corn pone, you ask? It is a delicious hybrid of corn bread and corn pudding! I was given this recipe several years ago in Ohio by my friend Rita, who was staying with us while going to graduate school.

This tastes just as good at room temperature as it does straight out of the oven, so it is perfect for taking to picnics or barbecues. The corn pone is usually a big hit when I serve it, so I think you’ll really like it!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Here’s a picture of this tasty dish:

corn pone

Recipe: Corn Pone

Ingredients

  • 1 Can whole kernel corn (with juice)
  • 1 Can creamed corn
  • 2 Eggs
  • 8oz Sour cream
  • 1 Stick melted butter
  • 1 Box corn muffin mix (Jiffy brand size)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spray 9×13 pan with non-stick spray.
  3. In medium bowl, combine together first 5 ingredients.
  4. Mix in the corn muffin mix.
  5. Pour mixture into pan and bake about 30 minutes or until center stops shaking.

Quick Notes

You don’t want the corn pone to be too “done” like corn bread or too “wet” like corn pudding; so, check after 25 minutes or so. The center should be gently solid and the top golden.

Variations

According to Rita, you can use fresh corn for this recipe if you want. Just cut the corn off four large ears of corn and omit the creamed corn. Follow the rest of the recipe as is. (I’ve actually never tried it with the fresh corn myself, though.)

Enjoy!

(BTW: Did you can get a free recipe book from Jiffy here. You can get the corn muffin mix – and many of their other mixes – for under a dollar and the recipes I’ve tried so far have been easy to make and rather tasty.)

This post is linked at WFMW, Recipe Swap and Recipe Roundtable.

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