Monthly Archives: December 2012

Out with the old, in with the new…RECIPE!

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I love the holidays, I REALLY do.  And I decorate my house like Santa Claus himself takes up residence here.  I’m always outdone, however, by our neighbors in the cul de sac.  We call them the Griswolds.  They don’t know that, but I feel like they wouldn’t mind, plus we mean it to be a compliment.  We love Christmas Vacation and them.  They are the best kind of neighbors.  They are big sports fans, give us DIY advice, stay out of our business, and offer up gasp-worthy information on our other neighbors from time to time.  Don’t even act like you wouldn’t like that! In comparison to their holiday spread… I’ve got nothing to complain about.  But after all the color scheme planning, the strategic placement of accessories and decorations, and the flood of family and friends in and out of the house for celebrations…this girl is ready to pack that shit up and return to life as normal.  My mother takes the tree down in her house on Christmas night!  We’ve compared her to the Grinch when he packs up a Christmas tree like an umbrella in the classic cartoon.  After all these years I finally understand why she did that, but what a pain.  And now here I am pretending that my Christmas decorations are gonna pack themselves and mosey on up the attic stairs without any effort from me.  This post is nothing more than a diversion attempt because I just don’t want to clean or pack right now.

After the Christmas decorations come down, people start looking to the New Year and declaring their resolutions.  I do that too, but not before I think about the Super Bowl Party.  I believe it should be a holiday too; I know I’ll need a three day weekend to really recover.  I ain’t as young as I once was!  I may not know where I will celebrate or if I will be the host, but there are a couple of things I DO know.  1)  I will not be caught dead in anything other than a Carolina Panthers jersey (even if we haven’t seen Super Bowl action since Janet Jackson’s ill-fated ‘wardrobe malfunction’) and 2)  I will be making Sausage Rolls.

They are so simple, and every single one gets eaten, every time.  Then the next time I have or host a party, I get requests and sometimes, shameless begging, to make them again.  HAHA.  And you know you wanna be the wife or excellent guest that whipped up something so delicious that people fell all over themselves.  Well maybe that doesn’t happen, but people do love them!  I got the recipe from a former coworker.  She was so sweet, and told me this recipe would never fail me.  Word, sounds like a winner.  And just so you know, you can make these ahead of time and reheat in the micro or oven and nobody will know the difference, they make a great appetizer or breakfast dish, you can substitute low-fat and low-cal ingredients without detection, and it only requires three ingredients.  I swear a trained monkey could do this!

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You’ll need:

1 pkg Sausage ( I prefer mild, but you choose your favorite)

8 oz softened cream cheese

2 cans of Crescent rolls

Directions:

Brown sausage and drain excess grease.  Add softened cream cheese to sausage and mix thoroughly.  Open cans of crescent rolls and spread out onto a greased cookie sheet.  Use a pizza cutter and cut each crescent in half, so instead of yielding 16 large rolls you will have 32 bite-sized crescents.  Put a heaping teaspoon full of the sausage mixture into the center of each halved crescent and fold the corners up until you have a “roll.”  Bake at 350 for 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Serve warm…and GO PANTHERS!  Let me know how ya love it!?

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“I wanna start a blawg!”

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I’ve been saying for over a year now, “I wanna start a blawg!!!” If you say that title out loud to yourself, I’m sure you know I’m from the South and that’s certainly how we say it.  And by we, I mean me, because my husband thinks I sound ridiculous.  Ridiculously awesome.

Here we go, feet first.  I guess I could have gotten a real diary, but where’s the fun in that?  I am admittedly nosy, and I enjoy reading the blogs other people create. Seeing pictures of their day to day and reading details of successful and failed ventures into decorating, baking, working and parenting.  Reading a blog is like being nosy with permission, and maybe learning something by default.  So here I am, giving anyone who wants it, permission to see what goes on with me and my little family.  I’m an obsessed crafter, a thrift store shopper, a culinary novice, a habitual DIYer, and a wannabe fashionista.  I love interior design, hosting parties, socializing, shopping and all the other fun things a girl my age loves…but on a budget.  Do notice this is a free blog, I ain’t no Rockefeller over here!  As you can probably tell though, I’m no English major.  As long as you don’t expect lots of enlightening words and impeccable grammar we should do just fine.

But you can expect:
-Bangin’ recipes every now and then
-Crafts of all kinds.  I scrapbook a lot; I give D a scrapbook every year on our anniversary and I have done that since our first year of dating.  I will spraypaint anything and I’ve got enough cans of spraypaint to convince you that I’m a huffer.  I’m not though.  I thrift shop a lot too, so I love to give things a new purpose in my home.
-Decoration adventures.  Sometimes I help my friends revamp their spaces, and my home is always evolving.
-Ramblings of my professional life.  I try to find ways to be creative at work, when my job might not necessarily require it.
-Guest appearances from my highly talented friends if they’re willing to play along!
-A blog that improves along the way, heaven help.

But why “The Double Life Housewife?  I bet you wish it was something all too revealing and juicy.  Simmer down, because I promise it ain’t!  Here in my home, I am the stereotypical housewife (I think).  I do the laundry, the cleaning, the cooking, and the grocery shopping for example.  I just don’t do it looking like the 50’s housewife with sensible shoes, a bow in my hair and an apron around my waist.  Most days I do it looking a hot mess, with wild hair, no makeup, and an attitude problem after fighting my way around  Wal-Mart trying to save a buck.  For all the things I dream to be as a wife and homemaker, I desire as much success out in the workforce.  I’ve been a nurse since my early 20’s, and I’m incredibly lucky that I got the job of my dreams right out of college.  I work as an Oncology nurse at a local hospital and I take a lot of pride in my job.  And for all the myths and perceptions you may have about that particular line of work, I can’t even begin to explain the reward it gives me.  So that’s it, I’m attempting to balance it all.  And maybe you’re doing the same and we can help each other.  This blog will capture bits and pieces of life along the way, hope its good for ya!