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I had a relatively boring day, which was incredibly lovely. No one yelled at me, no one made unreasonable demands, I was able to resolve some issues for folks, I had a wonderful lunch that was last night’s left-over dinner (recipe below), and I made a lovely little sketch at lunch. AND, (pardon me for the TMI here) I had normal potty happenings. It’s been grand. Perhaps the best part of all is that today is Tuesday, and Tuesday is a school day.

praise jesusSo I have already washed the detestable undergarments, filled both of Evie’s water glasses, selected tomorrow’s outfit, and dealt with my lunch dishes. And now… Now we relax.

2014-07-04 00.36.50little flower dividerWanna see my pictures? They’re kind of cool.

2014-07-29 08.12.56This is a peacock I drew, and a little poem he inspired. The drawing was based on this necklace I have.

2014-07-29 17.17.39Not quite identical, but I think he’s nifty. He’s actually the reason I went and got my very own set of colored pencils. I felt like he deserved LOTS of shades of blue.

2014-07-29 11.54.58This little guy was today’s attempt. The silver squirrel was my inspiration. I did this at lunch, while talking to Josh, and it took about 10 minutes. I think he’s a fairly realistic representation of the original and I’m quite proud of him. I’m not sure if I’ll add the color tonight or wait until later. For now I’m still trying to stick with recreating things I can look at. Pulling images entirely out of my imagination still feels entirely too uncomfortable. And no, I still haven’t gotten to my CCC entry for this week. I’m sure y’all have figured out it’ll be a pic of Evie Cat. I just need to select the perfect picture to draw from.

little flower dividerOk, on to the recipe! I used to share recipes on this blog on a sort of regular basis, and then for some reason I stopped. Anyway, this is totally easy and turns out entirely lovely.

Mama’s Sausage and Potato Bake

  • 6 sausages – the ones that are like slightly fat hot dogs but made of real meat, I usually go with the Smoked Brat flavor of Johnsonville sausages but any nice sausage will do
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 5 medium white potatoes
  • 1 stick of butter, melted
  • Lawry’s Season Salt, or any seasoning of your choosing

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. (this can also be done on a grill over medium-ish heat) I usually do this in a disposable aluminum pan because I don’t like to wash pans. Cut the sausages into 1/2″ or so thick slices, cut the onion into slivers, cut the pepper into smallish chunks, cut the potatoes into 1/2″ or so chunks – throw all of that into the pan. Put the seasoning into the butter and then dump it into the pan. Stir it all well to coat. Toss it into the oven, stirring now and again, about 45 minutes or until the potatoes are as tender as you prefer.

2014-07-29 13.13.40That was what was left for my lunch today, so I’d say it serves about 4 people. And, it reheats in the microwave beautifully.

little flower dividerIn case you were wondering, the Coolest Aunt Ever made an appearance again this weekend.2014-07-27 15.09.59

2014-07-27 17.57.46It’s the finger nails you’re supposed to be looking at. That’s what happens when you let a 6 year old dolly talk you into a manicure. PS – that beautiful peacock green does not come off well.

little flower dividerI’ll leave you with the mandatory “Mama Feels Better, Look, There’s a Kitty” picture.

2014-07-26 21.21.32“What? I don’t have thumbs to pick this fucking thing up with! How about instead of taking a picture you go get me some that’s cold, eh?”