13.1.14

Chicken Sausage Fusilli with Spinach and Fire Roasted Tomatoes

I was searching the Weight Watcher's site for an easy and hearty lunch I could make today and have leftovers for our busy nights as well.  I didn't have too look too far because right on the front page of the lunch site, I saw something that looked quite delish.  This dish totally fit the bill.  It had a good serving of veggies, some protein, healthy carbs and it was quick to make.  YES!  It had the perfect amount of "fire" from the crushed red peppers, but I do suggest if you can't handle that much spice, to use about half of what the recipe calls for, I found this to be perfect for myself, but I know that it would be too "hot" for the kids.  



Adapted from Weight Watchers.

Ingredients:

6 oz (about 3 cups) of uncooked whole wheat pasta, I used an organic brown rice and quinoa fusilli
a dash of salt for cooking pasta
1 tsp of grapeseed or olive oil
2 chicken sausage links, casings removed
1 small red onion, diced
4 cloves of garlic
2 cups of baby spinach
3/4 cup chicken broth
14.5 ounce can of fire roasted diced tomatoes (drained of some of the water)
1 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup of grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Cook your pasta according to the package.  Return to pot and set aside.  Meanwhile, add grapeseed oil, chicken sausage and onion and cook until the onion is tender and the sausage is browned, about 5 minutes.  Add the garlic, spinach and the chicken broth, cook until the spinach is tender, about 3-5 minutes.  Add the tomatoes and crushed red pepper and cook for another minute or 2.  Pour sauce over your pasta and combine.  Top with the parmesan cheese and serve immediately.  

Serving size: 1 1/2 cups
Calories: 300
Carbs: 49 grams
Fat: 6 grams
Protein: 13 grams
Weight Watchers Points Plus: 6

Enjoy, serve with a small salad and you have a delicious and healthy meal!


6.1.14

Lemondroppers take over the world!

Guys, today is the first ever Lemondropper Appreciation Day.  A day where we educate future droppers on the oils, giveaway a ton of stuff and just have fun knowing we are changing the world one drop at a time.  


Now, I really think you need to join us over there, it's gonna be fun and educational all at the same time.  Check out the Blog (be patient if you get an error, our servers are overwhelmed from all the love) for information on all the giveaways!  We are giving away single oils, diffusers and FULL KITS!  Yep, you read that right!  It's awesome. 

If you need an add into the private Lemondrop Lounge on FB shoot me a message to michelle.sauer@gmail.com and I'll get ya in.  This is not to be missed!

2.1.14

Homemade Lotion Bars

It's no secret I LOVE my essential oils, but one of my favorite uses for them is to make homemade personal products.  I make a killer lip balm which led way to making a super decadent hand cream for these brutal winter months.  But, I've been seeing lotion bars all over the place and I knew I needed to come up with a recipe of my own so I could throw it in my purse and bring out and about.  I basically grab a bar, warm it in my hands and rub it on like a bar of soap leaving a small amount of moisture all over.  Super easy, so little mess, it's brilliant!

With the knowledge I had from making lip balm and hand cream, I perfected a lotion bar this very afternoon and lucky for you, I'm in the sharing mood.  It was super easy and they are great to throw in a small tin in your bag when you are on the go.  


Grab your ingredients:

1/8th cup of Organic Coconut Oil
1/4 cup of Organic Beeswax Pastilles (I bought these)
Essential Oils of your choice, I used Frankincense and Lavender for their super amazing skin healing properties
Organic Vitamin E Oil (optional)
Some sort of mold for your bars, I used a cheap candy mold.  You could also use silicon baking cups or a small metal tin.
While preparing your ingredients, begin boiling a pot of water.  Add your coconut oil and beeswax to a glass mason jar, add a small amount of vitamin e oil if you choose.

Once the water is boiling, put your mason jar in the water and let it melt.  Once everything is melted together nicely, add 12 drops of Frankincense and 12 drops of Lavender.  


Mix everything together and quickly and carefully pour into your molds and let them cool completely.

Pop them out and put them in a storage tin, I picked a gift card holder up on clearance and they fit perfectly in there!

Easy as pie.  In case you don't believe me about the super duper healing properties of lavender and frankincense, here is some more information for you.  Wanna grab yourself some of your very own oils?  You can grab them here or email directly with any questions: michelle.sauer@gmail.com



31.12.13

The best of 2013: Sauer Style

I enjoy looking back at pictures, what a great way to celebrate 2013 by highlighting my favorite parts.  Enjoy!  Be warned it is very photo heavy!

January

My sweet Bianca turned 6 years old.


February 

Our family trip to Fort Meyers.  



Our first surrey ride, and we even saw a gator!
 

Bennett lost his first tooth, quite literally, he could not find it!


My sweet nephew Maverick was born, a red head just like Annika!
 

March

My baby boy turned 5!  WHAT?!?!?


 We brought "Big Pimpin'" home. 
I dove head first into the world of Young Living Essential Oils and have never looked back!
 
 
April

We bought a boat!
 

I helped plan a very successful fundraising gala for the PTA.
 

Celebrated this guy's big 3-4!  Brian, not Sarge :)


Bianca FINALLY lost her first tooth!
 

Our other newest nephew, Bretton, came into the world!  He's been such a joy to our family!



May

I took this sweet guy's pictures.  Such a good baby!



Celebrated my 7.5 years as a mama!
 

 We decided to sell our house and buy some land.


My sweet nephew Maverick was baptized and Brian and myself are his godparents.



Bennett graduated preschool!


 We moved to the cabin to put our house on the market!


Our inaugural boat ride!  


 June

The girls took the dingy out on the lake, got stuck and daddy had to rescue them.  It was really quite comical!  


Annika had her last day of 2nd grade, and Bianca had her last day of kindergarten.  Sniff, sniff.


 Bianca performed in the kindergarten circus as a tap dancer.  


We put our house on the market!
 

Sold it the next day!
 

 Brian and went to Park City Utah for a long and wonderful weekend.  What a gorgeous city!



We built a swingset.


And hung a tire swing.

The girls tubed for the first time ever on the 4th of July.


I took a much needed long weekend in Madeline Island with my college girlfriends.  Good food, drinks and relaxation!  


We bought a 2.6 acre homesite!  So excited to spread out.
 

The kids did a golf camp during one of the hottest weeks of July.  They had fun though!


My sweet Annika turned 8!!!


 The girls chopped their hair and donated it.  What a proud moment for all of us!




August

The kids went to camp again!  Such a favorite of the summer!


Our annual High Class White Trash party.  Fun times had by all!



Ki Chi Saga days and the parade, the little fair in our small cabin town.  


We got our first set of house plans back!  Let the real fun begin!


And of course, more boat rides!

September

The kids had their first day of school at their new school!


Annika is in 3rd grade, Bianca is in 1st and my baby Bennett started kindergarten!
 

Bianca had some teeth pulled.



We went to the apple orchard with sweet cousin Bretton on a beautiful fall day!
 

October 

Went to Oktoberfest



Bianca, her class and I went on a field trip to the fire station.


I won a chili cook off!


And I turned the big 3-4 :(
 

The lot was surveyed and staked!  


We finalized our house plans.
 

Channy turned 2!


Halloween with the cousins.
 

November

Bennett started hockey!  He is so darn cute.



The hole was dug!


And the foundation was poured!
 

Bianca and I went on a lovely date.


Thanksgiving!


Lake Skating


We put our Christmas tree up.


 The framing stage started!  Now that was exciting!



December


St. Nick's Day 2013.  Jammies and books!


Annika played in her first basketball game!
 

The girls had their Holiday gymnastics meet!  They both scored so well and Bianca won the award for best executed routine!
 

Christmas Eve and Christmas day spent with family galore!  
 

The house has had some major progress.  Windows went in, plumbing, electrical and HVAC rough in started.  


We saw A Christmas Story in the theater.
 

Phew, what a year.  Both Brian and I truly believe this was one of our busiest years yet.  Tonight we are celebrating quietly at home and ringing in 2014 in our cozy cabin.  We are so excited about what the next year will bring to our incredibly fortunate family.  Happy New Year to you and yours!