Sausage Pastry

Sausage Pastry

We’ve been making Jonathan’s Sausage Pinwheels for years around the Hill Hangout. They are one of our go-to breakfasts. We probably make them about once a week, and for whatever reason, that job has always fallen to Jonathan. He’s more patient about spreading the filling on the dough than I am, and he’s a better roller-upper than me. A few weeks ago, however, one of our friends brought a similar dish to Sunday school but it was baked in a pan. I’m not sure why I never thought about how much easier that would be, but it was my first introduction to Sausage Pastry.

To make Sausage Pastry, you’ll need:

1 roll of breakfast sausage, browned and drained
2 cans of crescent rolls (You can use the new non-perforated sheets, but my grocery didn’t have them.)
1 8-oz block of cream cheese, softened
1 8-oz block of cheddar cheese, grated

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, and roll out one can of crescent rolls to form the bottom crust.

Sausage Pastry

Brown, crumble, and drain the sausage. Return it to the warm pan. Mix with cream cheese to make the filling. Spread the filling over the crust dough.

Sausage Pastry

Cover filling with the grated cheddar.

Sausage Pastry

Make a top crust out of the remaining can of crescent rolls.

Sausage Pastry

Bake on 350 degrees until top is slightly golden, usually about 15 minutes.

Sausage Pastry

Slice into squares to serve.

Sausage Pastry

This one is a crowd-pleaser, so you can feel good about taking it to church, school breakfasts, or even as an appetizer.

Sausage Pastry
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Ingredients
  1. 1 roll of breakfast sausage, browned and drained
  2. 2 cans of crescent rolls (You can use the new non-perforated sheets, but my grocery didn't have them.)
  3. 1 8-oz block of cream cheese, softened
  4. 1 8-oz block of cheddar cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray, and roll out one can of crescent rolls to form the bottom crust.
  2. Brown, crumble, and drain the sausage. Return it to the warm pan. Mix with cream cheese to make the filling. Spread the filling over the crust dough.
  3. Cover filling with the grated cheddar.
  4. Make a top crust out of the remaining can of crescent rolls.
  5. Bake on 350 degrees until top is slightly golden, usually about 15 minutes.
  6. Slice into squares to serve.
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Chicken Piccata

Chicken PIccata

Chicken Piccata has always been one of my husband’s favorite dishes. The tart lemon, salty capers, butter, and white wine are the perfect combination of flavors. We typically serve it over pasta, but you can also serve it with homemade mashed potatoes or roasted potatoes.

One thing to remember about Chicken Piccata is that it cooks quickly. It really helps to have all of your ingredients laid out, and even have it measured out if you can.

Chicken PIccata

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup flour
Salt and Pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 box pasta
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon dried chopped parsley

Boil water for noodles.

Melt butter and olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together and dredge chicken in flour mixture.

Chicken PIccata

When butter is melted and sizzling, reduce heat to medium and fry chicken for about 5 minutes on each side. (Frying time for chicken will vary depending on thickness. Be sure to cook chicken thoroughly.)
One thing to remember about Chicken Piccata is that it cooks quickly. It really helps to have all of your ingredients laid out, and even have it measured out if you can.

Chicken PIccata

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup flour
Salt and Pepper
3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
Juice of 3 lemons
1/2 cup white wine
1/2 box pasta
2 tablespoons capers
1 tablespoon dried chopped parsley

Boil water for noodles.

Melt butter and olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together and dredge chicken in flour mixture.

Chicken PIccata

When butter is melted and sizzling, reduce heat to medium and fry chicken for about 5 minutes on each side. (Frying time for chicken will vary depending on thickness. Be sure to cook chicken thoroughly.)

Chicken PIccata

When chicken is cooked through, remove from pan and put on plate.

Boil noodles.

Deglaze pan with white wine. Add lemon juice and capers.

Chicken Piccata

Return chicken to pan and simmer for about 5 more minutes.

Drain and plate pasta.

Place chicken over pasta and spoon extra sauce over the top. Sprinkle parsley as garnish.

Chicken PIccata

This is one of those dishes that will make your family want to gather around your dinner table and hang out a while. Make it for them often. Talk about life with them. Dream big dreams with them. Enjoy your time with them.

Chicken Piccata
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Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  2. 1 cup flour
  3. Salt and Pepper
  4. 3 tablespoons butter
  5. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  6. Juice of 3 lemons
  7. 1/2 cup white wine
  8. 1/2 box pasta
  9. 2 tablespoons capers
  10. 1 tablespoon dried chopped parsley
Instructions
  1. Boil water for noodles.
  2. Melt butter and olive oil over medium high heat in a skillet. Mix flour, salt, and pepper together and dredge chicken in flour mixture.
  3. When butter is melted and sizzling, reduce heat to medium and fry chicken for about 5 minutes on each side. (Frying time for chicken will vary depending on thickness. Be sure to cook chicken thoroughly.)
  4. When chicken is cooked through, remove from pan and put on plate.
  5. Boil noodles.
  6. Deglaze pan with white wine. Add lemon juice and capers.
  7. Return chicken to pan and simmer for about 5 more minutes.
  8. Drain and plate pasta.
  9. Place chicken over pasta and spoon extra sauce over the top. Sprinkle parsley as garnish.
Notes
  1. One thing to remember about Chicken Piccata is that it cooks quickly. It really helps to have all of your ingredients laid out, and even have it measured out if you can.
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Hummus

Hummus

We have local Mediterranean restaurant in Birmingham called Nabeel’s, and they serve the most delicious hummus in the world. In fact, since it was the first place I ever tried hummus, every hummus since then has been held up to the standard of Nabeel’s.

One of my dear darling children who doesn’t eat very many things, loves hummus. And since it’s made with chickpeas, we go with it and call it her vegetable for the day. Since it is one of the few “healthy” things she will eat, we buy a LOT of hummus. I have tried to make it several times in the past, but the recipe just wasn’t right. However, the other day I came across a recipe that tasted just like Nabeel’s!!! Score!

It was really simple to make, and it makes a ton of hummus. Here’s what you’ll need:

Hummus

2 cans of chickpeas, drain and reserve liquid
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup tahini
Juice of 3 lemons (about 1/3 cup)
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 tablespoons (or more) of reserved liquid from chickpeas

2 Tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon paprika
Kalamata olives to garnish

Put all ingredients (except remaining olive oil, paprika, and kalamata olives) into a blender and blend. (Super complicated recipe, right?) Thin to desired consistency by adding more of the reserved liquid and continuing to blend.

Pour into serving bowl. Sprinkle with paprika. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Top with kalamata olives. Serve with pita chips.

Hummus

Hummus
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cans of chickpeas, drain and reserve liquid
  2. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  3. 1/3 cup tahini
  4. Juice of 3 lemons (about 1/3 cup)
  5. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  7. 3 tablespoons (or more) of reserved liquid from chickpeas
  8. 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  9. 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  10. Kalamata olives to garnish
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients (except remaining olive oil, paprika, and kalamata olives) into a blender and blend. Thin to desired consistency by adding more of the reserved liquid and continuing to blend.
  2. Pour into serving bowl. Sprinkle with paprika. Drizzle with remaining olive oil. Top with kalamata olives. Serve with pita chips.
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Chocolate Peanut Clusters

Chocolate Peanut Clusters Chocolate Peanut Clusters were a new addition to our holiday celebrations this year. While I love spending time in the kitchen, quick and easy was the name of the game this year. I wanted a few sweet treats that were decadent, but didn’t require hours of cooking time. Chocolate Peanut Clusters were a big hit at our holiday parties, family dinners, and even our New Year’s Eve get-together. You only need three ingredients for Chocolate Peanut Clusters: a jar of dry roasted peanuts, a package of chocolate almond bark, and a sheet of wax paper. I use a double boiler to melt the chocolate almond bark, but you can also melt it in a glass bowl in the microwave. Just melt the chocolate, pour in the jar of peanuts, and mix well to coat all of the peanuts in chocolate. Drop by spoonfuls onto the wax paper. I use my well-loved small cookie scoop for this part. Chocolate Peanut Clusters Let them cool for about 15 minutes or until set. Peel off wax paper and store in an air-tight container until ready to serve. Chocolate Peanut Clusters I told you they were simple to make! And yet they taste like you spend your whole afternoon working on them. Your people will feel loved and adored and fussed over. My kind of sweet treat!

Chocolate Peanut Clusters
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Ingredients
  1. One package of chocolate almond bark
  2. One jar of dry roasted peanuts
  3. One sheet of wax paper
Instructions
  1. I use a double boiler to melt the chocolate almond bark, but you can also melt it in a glass bowl in the microwave. Just melt the chocolate, pour in the jar of peanuts, and mix well to coat all of the peanuts in chocolate.
  2. Drop by spoonfuls onto the wax paper.
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Most Popular Posts of 2014

Best of 2014 collage

2014 has been a terrific year around the Hill Hangout! We have had more readers this year than in any other previous year since 2007, when we started posting a few pictures for our out-of-town family to see. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for hanging out with us. I feel that I have found MY people – the ones who love the Lord, love their families, love good food, love to fix things that are broken down, and love to explore new places. My top ten posts from 2014 reflect just that! I hope you’ll stick around for 2015.

10. Yum Yum Sauce

Yum Yum Sauce

9. The Best Homemade And Killer

Ant Killer

8. The Magic of Chalk Paint

Green Caneback Chairs

7. Mudslide Pie

Mudslide Pie

6. Summer Art Projects

Art

5. Back to School Prayers

Back to school

4. Greek Seasoning

Greek Seasoning

3. Creamy Sriracha Dipping Sauce

Sriracha

2. Loaded Cornbread

Loaded Cornbread

1. Miracle Treatment for Eczema

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Feta Pull Apart Bread

Feta Pull Apart Bread

A few years ago, when we were visiting my parents in Orange Beach, my mom tried out a new recipe on us that she knew we’d love. She was right! She picked up a recipe for Feta Pull Apart Bread from a friend who had served it at a Sunday school party, and she knew it would be right up our alley. Feta Pull Apart Bread is so simple, but it is one of those dishes that taste like you spent hours on it. And it only requires a few ingredients, all of which are easily found in your local grocery store. We happen to like it with feta, but we also love to make it with bleu cheese – any type of crumbly cheese with a strong flavor will do.

Feta Pull Apart Bread

Start with a can of refrigerated biscuits. I use Grands jumbo biscuits, which come with 10 biscuits in the can. Cut each biscuit into quarters.

Feta Pull Apart Bread

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Put a stick of butter in the dish and put in the microwave long enough to meet the butter – mine takes around one minute. When butter is melted, toss biscuit quarters in butter to coat.

Feta Pull Apart Bread

Sprinkle about a teaspoon of Greek seasoning over the buttered biscuits. Top with a 4 oz container of feta cheese.

Feta Pull Apart Bread

Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until bread in center of dish is baked.

Feta Pull Apart Bread

Pull apart and enjoy! We love Feta Pull Apart Bread with just about everything, but it is especially delicious with a good soup like my Spicy Tomato Soup or Lasagna Soup.

Feta Pull Apart Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can Grands refrigerated biscuits, 10 count
  2. 1 stick butter
  3. 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
  4. 4 oz container of Feta Cheese
Instructions
  1. Start with a can of refrigerated biscuits. I use Grands jumbo biscuits, which come with 10 biscuits in the can. Cut each biscuit into quarters.
  2. Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Put a stick of butter in the dish and put in the microwave long enough to meet the butter - mine takes around one minute. When butter is melted, toss biscuit quarters in butter to coat.
  3. Sprinkle about a teaspoon of Greek seasoning over the buttered biscuits. Top with a 4oz container of feta cheese.
  4. Bake at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes or until bread in center of dish is baked.
  5. Pull apart and enjoy!
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Spicy Tomato Soup

Spicy Tomato Soup

One of the best things about cold weather is that there are so many occasions to eat soup. I love soup of almost any variety, but I’m pretty partial to a good bowl of Spicy Tomato Soup. I first tried my hand at Spicy Tomato Soup when I came across Edie’s recipe at LifeInGrace. Edie is one of those people you wish lived next door to you because you’d really like the chance to discuss with her the important things of life like homeschooling, liturgy, the perfect recipe for pizza dough, and Loretta Lynn songs. And she makes a mean pot of soup.

While Edie’s was the first spicy tomato soup recipe I made from scratch, I have honed it over the years to the degree that it has become my own. Isn’t that the hallmark of any good recipe? I make this recipe for my gang at least once a month, and I always make extra so that I can have a couple of bags in the freezer. It is delightful with a grilled cheese sandwich, a pan of Homemade Loaded Cornbread, or as pictured with my Feta Pull Apart Bread. If you aren’t as keen on spiciness as we are, feel free to adjust the level of sriracha or leave it out entirely. But since I almost always have a hankering for sriracha in all its glory, I add in a couple of extra squirts.

*Note: For this recipe, you’ll need a submersion blender. If you don’t have a submersion blender, you can blend it in a regular blender, but DO NOT fill the blender more than half full. Don’t ask. Just trust me on this.

To make a big pot of Spicy Tomato Soup, here’s what you’ll need:

3 14-0z cans of diced tomatoes
1 can chicken broth
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 of a medium onion, diced
A 6-oz can of tomato paste
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon leftover coffee
1 tablespoon dried basil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion until soft.

Add the canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, coffee, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add in the can of tomato paste and stir until blended. Heat for about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat and stir in buttermilk.

Blend with submersion blender until smooth.

Spicy Tomato Soup can be served immediately, but it is also good after being refrigerated. It freezes beautifully.

Spicy Tomato Soup
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Cook Time
45 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 14-0z cans of diced tomatoes
  2. 1 can chicken broth
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 1/2 of a medium onion, diced
  5. A 6-oz can of tomato paste
  6. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  7. 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  8. 1 tablespoon leftover coffee
  9. 1 tablespoon dried basil
  10. Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. In a large dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium heat and saute the onion until soft.
  2. Add the canned tomatoes, chicken broth, garlic powder, coffee, basil, salt, and pepper. Simmer for about 30 minutes.
  3. Add in the can of tomato paste and stir until blended. Heat for about 5 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in buttermilk.
  5. Blend with submersion blender until smooth.
  6. Spicy Tomato Soup can be served immediately, but it is also good after being refrigerated. It freezes beautifully.
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100 Best Gifts for Homeschooling Families

Christmas Gifts for Homeschooling Families

Do you have a homeschooling family on your Christmas shopping list? While most homeschooling families enjoy the same things most other families enjoy, there are a few gifts ideas that would be especially thoughtful to provide for the homeschoolers you love. Here are a few ideas:

For the Whole Family:

Membership to the local zoo
Kindle Fire or other reader
Subscription to Netflix
Subscription to Amazon Prime
Target Gift Cards
Season passes to children’s theater
Season passes to the symphony
Movie tickets
Globe
Wall Map
A Subscription to Discovery Ed
A Membership to BrainPOP
Chess Set
Professor Noggin’s Trivia Games
Binoculars
Logic games like Qwirkle or Blokus
Carcassonne Basic Game
Any game by SET Enterprises
Classic, hardback children’s storybooks
Blink Card Game
Dominoes
Badminton Set
Ukulele Starter Set
Home Karaoke System
Sled
Tickets to a sporting event
Disc Swing
Brain Quest cards
Scripture CDs and Patriotic Songs CDs
Slackline Set
Fort Building Kit
Perplexus Puzzle
Katamino Game
IMAX Movie Tickets
Jim Weiss Recordings
A Subscription to Boomerang
Theme Park Tickets

For the Kids:

Minecraft – Xbox 360
Legos
Snap Circuits
Subscription to National Geographic Kids
Trampoline
Swing Set
Wooden Blocks Set
Hula Hoop
Jump rope
Board games
Floor Puzzle
Good Art Set
Dress-Up Outfits
Microscope
Telescope
Insect Lore Live Butterfly Garden
Chemistry Set
Make Your Own Chewing Gum Kit
Make Your Own Chocolate Kit
Mr. Root Beer Home Brewing Root Beer Kit
Create Your Own Pop-Up Books Kit
Klutz Craft Kits
Classes at a local museum
Art lessons
Mondo Bloxx Set
Schleich Animals
Groovy Lab in a Box
Art Easel
Plastic Pattern Blocks
Play-Doh
Punch Balloons
GeoTrax Railway
Hop Ball
Juggling Balls
PlasmaCar
Headphones
Rory’s Story Cubes
Spiral Art Book
Curious Chef Foundation Set
Lacing Cards
Wooden Food Sets
Magic Set
Skateboards or Roller Blades
Tetherball

For the Parents:

Gift cards to Starbucks
Gift certificate to local Parent/Teacher store
Gift cards to grocery store
Gift certificate for mani/pedi or spa visit
Offer to babysit for date night
Offer to be the maid for a day or send a maid service
Magazine subscriptions
Frozen homemade dinners to fill the freezer
Pretty Tote Bags for Mom
Cute Storage Boxes
Gift cards to book stores
Laminator
Dry Erase Board
Calendar and Weather Pocket Chart

Yellowhammer Supply Company

Yellowhammer Multimedia CEO Cliff Sims announced on Monday that the company is launching a branded product and clothing line called Yellowhammer Supply Co. I checked it out, and they have some fabulous gifts for the MEN in your lives – just in time for Christmas!

Yellowhammer Supply Company

Sims says, “Yellowhammer is about all things Alabama… We believe that (our) relationship (with readers of Yellowhammer News) will translate into a lot of excitement about Yellowhammer branded products, which we’re pleased to offer in time for the Christmas season. This is an authentic Alabama brand that represents the pride Alabamians have in our state and the way we present ourselves.”

Yellowhammer Supply Company

Yellowhammer Supply Co. officially launched on Monday with an initial product line that includes a variety of high-end polos, soft-shell vests, t-shirts, hats and iPhone cases.

Yellowhammer Supply Company

Yellowhammer Supply Co. products are currently available on YellowhammerSupply.com and are guaranteed to ship and arrive ahead of Christmas.

You can follow Yellowhammer Supply Company on Facebook.

This is a sponsored post for Yellowhammer Supply Company. All opinions are my own.

A Prayer for Advent

Today is the first Sunday in Advent, the season of preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ child. I love this prayer from the Lutheran Book of Prayer:

O Lord Jesus Christ, King of glory, King of kings and Lord of lords, the Son of the Living God and Son of David, come. Come now to Your Church that You have purchased with Your blood. Come with Your gracious presence, that we may rejoice in You. Come and rule over us, that we may serve and follow You. Come with Your love, humility, and perfect obedience, and let Your lowliness become our glory. Come in the midst of Your people and bless us, for we are Your heritage. Forgive us our sins, and do not angrily cast away Your servants, for You are meek and gracious. Clothe us with the garment of Your righteousness, for You are the only righteous one and our helper. Satisfy us with the abundance of Your mercy, for You did become poor for our sakes, that by Your poverty we might be made rich. Hear us, Lord Jesus, for the sake of Your holy name. Amen.

Come, Lord Jesus.