10/28/2012

Quick Halloween Snacks

It's Halloween madness over here!  We have all kinds of parties going on this week!  I wanted to have a few fun and easy snacks for classes and get-togethers and loved the ideas I saw on Pinterest of Cheese Balls in baggies labeled "Pumpkin Poop" and also Candy Corn in baggies labeled "Count's Teeth".  Unfortunately there are no cute free printable labels available.  So, I made up our own and wanted to share them with you.  They're great for quick classroom or party snacks.  Enjoy!
 
Pumpkin Poop Snacks
(put Cheese Ball snacks into baggies, print and attach labels)
 
Count's Teeth Snacks
(Put Candy Corn into baggies, print and attach labels)
 

10/10/2012

Sausage & Lemon Carbonara

With school back in session, I'm always looking for quick and easy family dinners.  I made this a couple months ago for my family and it was an instant hit and a new favorite, even with the spinach included. :)  Do you have any easy and healthy go-to family favorites?
 
Sausage & Lemon Pepper Carbonara
Serves 6
Ingredients:
1 package Chicken Italian Sausage links (such as Johnsonville), 12 oz.
1 pound whole grain spaghetti (we also like Barilla Plus)
4 cups baby spinach
2 large eggs
1 cup grated parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic
juice from one lemon
olive oil
pepper
 
Directions:
In a large pot, cook pasta according to package directions.  While pasta is cooking, place sausage links in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until browned and cooked throughout.  Remove sausage from skillet.  In skillet (do not clean out any sausage remains, they add flavor!:)) add 3 Tablespoons of olive oil and chopped clove of garlic.  Saute for about 2 minutes over medium heat. 
In a small bown, whisk together eggs, lemon juice and parmesan.  Drain spaghetti and toss into skillet while still hot.  Remove from heat and add egg/parmesan mixture, stirring well as the hot pasta cooks the eggs.  Stir in spinach until wilted.  Slice sausage and add to pasta.  Add freshly ground pepper to taste.