I am working on transferring Realistically Domestic to another host today. It may take a couple days to get everything back to normal, so please don’t mind the dust while this construction is going on. This move will bring a LOT of new and fun things and I cannot wait to share it all with you!
I am not sure what started it, but I have been on a crazy sausage kick lately. I probably went years without mixing sausage into the normal meal routine, but we have been having it weekly for the past three or four months now. The Polish side of my family is from a place “Up North” as we Michiganders call it, near a town called Rogers City. In this adorable little lakeside town, there is a place called Rygwelski’s IGA. It is a typical small town grocery, but this place has the most amazing fresh polish keilbasa that you will ever have. I am not kidding. I literally crave this stuff and often beg family to bring some down if they are visiting, or plan a stop if I am anywhere near the area. It is that good.
When I don’t have any of that on hand, I have to settle for whatever my local store has in stock. During my last shopping trip, they had a decent sale on some Johnsonville smoked sausage, so I picked up a package and tried a new recipe. My husband is not a fan of potatoes, so I wanted to try something a little different and I know how much he loves cheese. I have the perfect cheese sauce, which I will detail out below, and I just tossed my fried potato slices and sausage pieces in and mixed it all up.
Sausage and Potato Au Gratin
- One package of smoked sausage
- 4 medium potatoes (I used yellow)
- 5 tbsp butter
- 2 tbsp flour
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- 2 cups of cheese (I had a hodgepodge of leftover shredded cheese that I just mixed together. Use whatever you have on hand or really enjoy.)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Fry up some potatoes, sliced thin.
- Once those are booked, add in the smoked sausage and cook until done
- While that cooks, make the cheese sauce. (Picture below!)
- Melt butter in the bottom of a sauce pan
- Once melted, add flour and whisk thoroughly until smooth and thick
- Add milk slowly while whisking
- Once well blended and thickened, add cheese and mustard and stir until combined
- After everything is finished, pour the cheese sauce over the potato and sausage mixture and combine well.
I literally use this cheese sauce for everything from Macaroni and Cheese to a dip for soft pretzels. It is delicious, easy to customize, and can be used on anything. Try it and let me know what you did with it! If you pin this recipe or any other post, please share that you did! I get all sorts of giddy when I see one of my posts as a pin. 🙂
When I was trying to get myself into a greener routine, I found a recipe for a honey and cinnamon mask that was amazing. I vowed at that moment that I would try to work as much honey into my life as I possibly can. I wanted to put honey on and in everything. I may have overshot that whole thing, due to my excitement about smooth skin, but I really do love the sweet stuff.
Here is my favorite go to mask for those times when B is in bed and I feel like a little quick pampering. It is EASY and smells fantastic. The honey is great for moisturizing, protecting and for healing. Cinnamon is ideal for cleaning and bringing blood and oxygen to the skin, which helps acne and also scarring. Baking soda heals inflammation and soaks up excess oil in the skin. This trifecta works wonders to leave your skin feeling fresh, glowing, soft and refreshed.
Oh Honey! Mask
- Open up your pores with either a steamy shower or by hanging your head over a sink of hot water with a towel over it
- Pour honey into the cup of your hand
- Add in a tsp of cinnamon and baking soda
- Rub hands together to mix the ingredients
- Spread all over face
- Be careful because it is very sticky. Keep away from your hair, including eye brows. Ouch!
- Keep on for 10-15 minutes, while you give yourself a mani or watch some cheesy TV, and rinse away with warm water.
- Splash face with cool water, dry, and admire your soft skin.
You may ask yourself, “Why is this in the 31 days project?”. The answer my friends, is simply this… A happy mama, keeps the home free of drama. 😉
I am hoping to find some sort of Christmas gifts that I can DIY for friends and family that uses honey. I literally have a huge 36 ounce mason jar filled with raw honey. I have amazing friends who have a bee farm on their property and they were kind enough to bring it to me this past weekend. I cannot wait to try it out!
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