Friday, Fun Friday – F2 and Candid Carrie’s Photo Friday

My first post at In the Real World: Venus vs Mars! is today.  So please go over there and check it out! 
Ever since blogger started this whole scheduled posting stuff, I’ve been on a posting tear.  Like four or five days a week posting streak.  Have something to say?  Schedule it!  Thought of something funny?  Schedule it!  I’ll hit 400 posts sometime around May.
I think that easily tells me I’m avoiding all the other stuff that I really should be doing.  Like housework (but that’s always been easy to avoid, just don’t look at the house!), spending proper time with the kids (are you supposed to do more than toss food at them?) and avoiding making any progress on other ventures.  I can easily blame it on lots of things like the rainy weather, lack of desire to move out from behind the computer (hence why I’ve jumped on the exercise bandwagon), easy access to the Mac in the living room that we never turn off, only put to sleep every now and then, the fact that I love Germany and am not counting down the days till we go Auf Wiedersehen and tschuss! (340 days just in case you wanted to know) 

I’m posting too much because no one wants to play.  It’s like being picked last for gym because your short, small and not particularly athletic.  I’m not saying I am those things necessarily because I have a wicked tennis serve (so long as we aren’t staying in the lines or anything), backhand that ball with the less than the best and I’m really good at my son’s obstacle course in our backyard. Mm, hmm.  And swings, I can swing really high. 
Anyway.  I did have a point this Friday.  I’m following a new Friday event this week at Ca-Joh. Friday’s Feast or F2.  Food.  What is better than food?  Nothing.  Break out your favorite recipes and head over and link up!  Last week was the first F2 and I made Ca-Joh’s recipe for artichoke spaghetti for dinner.  It was so good.  In case you don’t believe me here’s a picture.
So I’m going to post one of my favorite recipes (even my picky 7 year old eats this!)  
Blogging Mama’s Sausage Jambalaya
1 pd ham (preferably smoked), cubed
1 pd kielbasa sausage, sliced (here we use cabanossi sausage since I can’t find kielbasa I like)
1 clove garlic, minced
2 large celery stalks, diced
1 green or red bell pepper, diced
1 large onion, diced
1 1/2 cups long grain rice (uncooked)
1 16 ounce can diced tomatoes
4 cups chicken broth
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
In a large stockpot add the ham and sausage and cook, stirring frequently, until both are well browned, about 15 minutes.  Reduce heat to medium and add garlic, celery, bell pepper and onion.  Cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 10 minutes.  Stir in the rice, tomatoes, broth, salt and cayenne pepper.  Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 minutes until all the liquid is absorbed (depending on your stove this may take longer).  
Serve with crusty bread, a glass of cabernet and enjoy!
It’s not hard to make I promise.  People see the ingredients and get all “I can’t do that!”  Yes, I am here to say you can.  All it really takes is chopping and stirring and waiting.  I always bring this to potlucks and it’s gone faster than you can spell Sausage Jambalaya.
Candid Carrie, whom I love to visit on Friday’s is of course having Photo Friday Fiesta today!  A great way to celebrate the end of the week with a picture.  So leave me a comment, then go to Carrie’s and see who else is playing today!
If you need me, I’ll be in here today.  I’ve got migraine-o-polis.   Shh, no yelling.
Okay okay, so it’s not actually my bedroom.  It belongs to, lucky girl.  I wish it was though, does that count? 
With lots of this:

I’ll be leaving that place long enough to toss on another round of Blues Clues or Curious George to occupy the little one.  But that’s about it.
Please link up over at Candid Carries and also stop by Ca-Joh for F2!  You might also want to check out this new little blog thing myself and Shelle created called In the Real World: Venus vs Mars.  Everyone’s doing it!
Tomorrow; my entry for’s Spring Fever contest.  It’s gonna be good, so come back now you hear?

21 thoughts on “Friday, Fun Friday – F2 and Candid Carrie’s Photo Friday

  1. Yes, blogging is becoming my journal entry of the day and my actual paper journal is neglected. I can relate to what you’re saying a lot! But in a way blogging helps me to sharpen my writing skills and think of my audience whereas sometimes my journal doesn’t inspire me as much. It’s my manuscripts that I need to make sure I devote enough time to! I’m off to check out your post on your new blog!


  2. Thanks for the shout-out and for linking up. I almost wanted to abandon the whole project after getting one hit on my site the Sunday after, but I may just wait and let it mature like a good wine.


  3. Those recipes look yummy! And seriously, if that was my bedroom set, I’d never get out of bed in the morning! Especially if said coffee was involved. So comfy/cozy!Happy Friday, Andrea!


  4. Kimberly – My blog is my journal these days! (that and the running commentary in my head).Natasha, Ann & Robin – Please, I wish! If that was my bedroom I'd never elave it. Nope stole that from Should have probably tagged the picture as such huh? My bedroom conatins a nice cherrywood bed and whole lot of hodge podge! Not even a throw rug to be found.CaJoh – It took awhile for my Tuesday thing to catcht and it still struggles. But I like F2 so keep it going!Sassy – LOL!Naperville- It's for dinner tonight in fact, next week I'll post a picture.


  5. Great post heading into the weekend. Your Mars and Venus piece was interesting (I left a Mars-like comment there). You share a nice recipe. You admit to being quite the swinger. (Oh, that’s for tennis. Sorry.) Look forward to your spring fever post when it’s up!


  6. Crazy Coxes – Yeah, I wish that wasn’t a dream room. You have no idea.Jen721 – They were both excellent!Dadshouse – Yes, I heard you Mars and left you a reciprocal comment 😉 Is that a court challenge? I did actually play in school you know…Blonde Duck – Pasta, ha! Every time I visit you I want pie afterward so we’re a bit even now 😉 (Really everyone she puts PIES on her site!)Harriet – Thanks for stopping by!


  7. I woke up with what I thought was gonna be a migraine, but I took my miracle pills and it went away… Thankfully! I hate migraines. My husband, who has never had one, doesn’t understand the pain of such things!


  8. If that is truly your bedroom, I would go in there and never leave. What a wonderful place!I need to get with the pre-scheduled post program. You must be able to whip a post out in no time! Lucky you!


  9. Those recipes look yummy! And seriously, if that was my bedroom set, I'd never get out of bed in the morning! Especially if said coffee was involved. So comfy/cozy!Happy Friday, Andrea!


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