Easy Roasted Veggies with Smoked Sausage

You guys. Raising six kids is no joke. I feel like I’m drowning most days, and there is so very much that just isn’t getting done around here (blog? I have a blog?!) but even in The Busy, and even with the Mom Fog that comes with trying to keep up with all.the.things. in the midst of night after night of 5 hours of broken sleep, we still have to eat.

Always hungry, these people of mine!

I’ve used all my best “cook once, eat twice” and other freezer cooking, simplifying, and all manner of Surviving the Crazy techniques these last nine months. I’ve also embraced convenience and compromise. One of my favorite convenience meats is Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage. It’s so flavorful that I can slice one package and stretch it to feed the whole pack of wolves family. Also, it takes just minutes to prepare with no mess.

One of our new favorite meals is a thrown together Easy Roasted Veggies with Smoked Sausage. So good! I cheated on this one. Dillon’s had their containers of fresh, chopped veggies on Manager’s Special for cheaper than I could buy them (and wash them and chop them) separately, so I happily grabbed the shortcut. (Lovity LOVE Dillon’s Manager’s Specials!)

Easy Roasted Veggies with Smoked Sausage

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My kids are usually more the “raw veggies with ranch” type, so I wasn’t sure how this meal was going to go over the first time I made it. My tween liked it so much that she “gave me permission” to fix it over and over again! I think their favorite thing was that there were so many different veggies in the pan that they were able to pick and choose. My favorite thing is that the sausage gives it so much flavor and makes it a super fast one-dish full meal deal. The roasting takes a while, but if you start with pre-cut veggies or prep them ahead of time, then tossing this together is a breeze.

Saucy Summer Squash Skillet is another favorite dish around here using smoked sausage, and I definitely want to try Lynn’s special Grilled Cheese with smoked sausage! Convenience and flavor is where it’s at!

 

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I’m Alive, and Life is Full

Well, hello there. There is NO excuse for my absence, and I do apologize. I’m alive! Yes, this is my space, but it’s rude to just up and be silent like that. Silence. What is that again? I haven’t heard it in nearly 12 years and the memory is vague…

Between life and oils (it’s become A Thing for me that is connecting me in so many ways to some of you and to my local community, and providing a much-needed second vehicle fund for us, that I’m just loving it and willing to put in some time and effort with it!) I can’t seem to muster the energy to get over here. But I miss it, and maybe, just maybe, our family is coming out of the fog that adding a sixth child blew our way. (It’s a beautiful fog, but I could barely see my own hand in front of my face there for a while!)

Here’s what we’ve been up to.
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Winter nearly forgot Kansas this year, but my children were desperate to sled in our last snow. It melted so fast that this is what was left by the time we gathered all the snow gear.

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Morning smiles. My bigs have a choice. Make breakfast or deal with Baby J. This one is dealing nicely.

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I’ve been fixing some yummy food and have a few recipes to share. And I’ve also rolled my eyes multiple times when the food is gone and THEN I think to snap a photo.

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I can’t even with this baby! It was nap time, and she was owning it. Going in for my nose!

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Baby fingernails are the Devil! Give me diapers any day.

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Reading is an adventure at our house!

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Someone found the dress I wore to both my eighth grade and high school graduation. “Mom! Why??? Whyyyy would you wear this?!” She had issues with the shoulder pads and the big bow in the back. Whatever, man.  (My mom is NOT a saver, but I’m so thrilled that spared just a few special dresses so my girls can make fun of me properly.) life11

These two are the best of buds.

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Nap time is rough around here. I usually end up with a finger or four in my mouth or up my nose.

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A red bird house. Doesn’t every family need one?

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I can’t win. (Or maybe I’ve just hit the Mommy Lottery.) No matter the mapping out of my schedule (that’s funny. I don’t do that) or the follow through of all my good intentions, mostly I just join ‘em.

Life is full.

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