Yellow Rice with Johnsonville’s Sausage

26 Feb 2014 In: Recipes

I’m always thinking of quick and easy recipes to make at home for dinner. Especially with a newborn now and the kids’ busy schedule life can get pretty hectic. When I was asked to create a recipe for Mardi Gras, using Johnsonville Kitchen’s new fully cooked sausage, I knew I wanted to make a rice dish that was easy, simple and very delicious. I mean who doesn’t like rice? But I didn’t want just any regular rice, I wanted to make yellow rice and incorporate it in my recipe with the Johnsonville’s fully cooked sausage. I mean who doesn’t think of some kind of jazzed up rice dish for Mardi Gras… I know I do. Especially if its packed with lots of flavor, which this one is. 🙂

I used the Johnsonville’s New Orleans Brand, Andouille Smoked Sausage of course, it went perfectly with my Mardi Gras-inspired recipe. These split rope sausages have such great flavor and they have NO Fillers, which is HUGE! Did you know that Johnsonville Sausages are proudly made using only premium cuts of pork to pack in the real flavor and is also available in other unique flavors. I also like these split rope sausages because it allows portion control and if a recipe doesn’t call for using all of the sausages then I can save them for another day, another recipe.

I also added a few touches of my own, such as chopped garlic, onions. green pepper, chicken stock for the rice to cook in, and a can of diced tomatoes. This is a perfect 30 minute meal for any day of the week, especially during a busy week.

Now I know that Mardi Gras isn’t for a few days but early planning is always the key to a great celebration. If your like me and you wont be finding yourself celebrating Mardi Gras in New Orleans, but still want to celebrate the planning ahead is exactly what you need to do. Invite some friends and neighbors over make a big pot of this delicious Yellow Rice dish and enjoy!

Just make sure you have some King Cake to end the night with!!!!! 😀

Johnsonville Split Rope Sausage is packed with flavor to make your dinners easier and more delicious. Get ready for Mardi Gras with Johnsonville! Visit for great recipes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. The opinions and text are all mine.

Yellow Rice with Sausage

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings

Yellow Rice with Sausage

This yellow rice dish is packed with lots of flavor and delicious sliced Andouille sausages.


  • 2 cups Long-Grain Rice
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup Green Pepper, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 packet Yellow Food Coloring, (I used Vigo)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • For Sausage Mixture:
  • 1 tablespoon Extra-Virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon Butter
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 Onion, chopped
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes, drained
  • 1 package Split Rope Sausages, Andouille Sausage, cut in 1/2 inch slices diagonally
  • Salt and black pepper to taste


  1. In a medium pot combine all rice ingredients and bring to a boil on high heat. Once it is boiling lower the heat to a simmer and cover for 15-20 minutes or until rice is completely cooked.
  2. For Sausage Mixture:
  3. While the rice is cooking in a large sauté pan add olive oil and butter and heat on medium heat. Once that is melted and heated add the garlic and onions. Sauté for 5 minutes or until onions become translucent.
  4. Next, drain and then add the can of tomatoes. Cook for another 5 minutes. Add salt and black pepper. White that is cooking chop up the split ope sausages in 1/2 inch slices diagonally.
  5. Cook for 12 minutes. Once the rice is finished cooking add the yellow rice to the sausage mixture and cook together for another 5-10 minutes just to combine all the flavors. Add more salt and black pepper if you choose.


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and then there was 5…

1 Feb 2014 In: Thoughts

“Dad, how much do babies sleep, because Jacob sleeps a lot…”  This is what our first born asked my husband just yesterday.  My husband replied they sleep a lot because that’s how they grow, and also remember your brother came 5 weeks early too.  So all the sleep he is doing he would be doing inside your mom’s tummy if he was still there, like he was suppose to be.

Do you guys remember me telling you all that I was feeling ready for Jacob to come.  I mean I was 35 weeks and I was prepared for him to come two weeks early because that’s how early Julian and Kayla came.  what I was not prepared for was for Jacob to make his appearance 5 weeks early.

At 1:15am on January 19th I was awoken from my bed with my water breaking.  I mean I actually heard it POP!  It was crazy, because I know what it felt like when you water breaks, due it breaking with my daughter but that was 8 years ago, so I was a little rusty.  I rolled my husband over and said, “Uhhh I think my water just broke.”  Next thing I know we are waking the kids up getting ready and driving to the hospital at 3:30am.



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Easy Homemade Chicken Soup

17 Jan 2014 In: Recipes

Brrrr….. Is all I can say right now!

You see I live in Florida and technically we are not supposed to be cold to the point that its 30 degrees outside, it’s just not normal.  Last week we had a day that fell into the 20’s… can you believe that? the 20’s… I thought I was in the twilight zone, because two days after that it went all the way up to the 80’s.

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I know this weather is CRAZY!

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Monkey Bread Muffins

9 Jan 2014 In: Recipes

Monkey bread muffins

Monkey Bread made individually makes life so easy sometimes.  I mean we all have at one time tried and eaten the re-known delicious sweet and sticky treat.  To have the ability to make everyone their own, you see when it comes to desserts, or anything sweet we don’t like to share… LOL!

These babies use so little ingredients and are so kid-friendly to make.  30 minutes and you will have mini cinnamon sugary monkey breads for all to enjoy!

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So the next time your little monkeys are wanting something sweet and tasty make them some of these… YUMMY!


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Baked Chicken Tenders

7 Jan 2014 In: Recipes

baked chicken tenders

Being at home with kids for any duration of time I always try and think of different things we can make for lunch time.  I mean you can only have sandwiches so many times a day during the week.  Coming off of holiday break I made these delicious Baked Chicken Tenders that were coated in Panko.  Yes… Panko… YUM!

These tenders are so simple and easy and they take no time at all to bake.  Plus, you can make them ahead of time and freeze them before the baking process or eat them right out the oven when you do bake them.  Last but not least they are healthier for you too, see there baked not fried.

Baked Chicken Tenders v2

Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce… you can never go wrong with barbecue, ketchup or some raw honey.

Let’s just say that after I made them they were gobbled up in 5 minutes FLAT!

I think that might be a new record for us Kennedys! HAH!

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Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars




















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After every meal I’m asked “What’s for dessert?”

We love cookies… chocolate chip cookies of course, especially when there soft and chewy and right out of the oven.

Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars












I saw this recipe that included not only soft chocolate chip cookies but a creamy cheesecake filling that was sandwiched between the cookie layers.  All you do is press half of the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan, then pour the cheesecake mixture over the top and then the remaining cookie dough is shaped into discs and placed over the cheesecake.

When the cookie bars are baked they rise and spread and become a delicious mixture of cookies and cheesecake.

Chill them and then serve….

Let’s just say Delicious!

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Wishing You All A Happy New Year!

1 Jan 2014 In: Thoughts

Happy New Year 2014

Holidays are done and 2014 is here.  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous New Year!  I am so excited for 2014 this year especially with the soon to be arrival of our third little one Jacob.  I know that 2014 will be a year filled with many blessings, health, and prosperity.

Happy New Year All!


Can you believe Christmas is in just two days… Crazy right! I mean I feel like the year had just began and now its over. With Thanksgiving being so close to Christmas I feel like the holidays have been one after the other. To top it off life itself, has been crazy lately. I mean with the kids schedule and me and this pregnancy I feel like I have had no time to do anything anymore. I like to tell people my body has been taken over by the body snatchers. But, we in the ending stretch and coming down the wire, so I am pretty excited.

This year we decided to stay home for the holidays and that means just trying to plan dinners and getting of the gifts for the kiddies and family. One of my favorite places to shop is Target of course, that’s why whenever there is a way to save some money I’ll take it. I’m always looking for easy recipes I can make for a crowd and this holiday I wanted to make a baked artichoke dip… So yummy!

Kraft is excited to hear what you guys are up to for the holidays, and they’ve graciously provided you with up to $20 in coupons when you shop their products at Target. Check out some of the coupons here!

Look how easy it is…

Mix all the ingredients together except the artichoke hearts.

Chop up the artichoke hearts and then add to mixture.

Mix it all together and spread into a greased dish and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browned.

Serve warm and with pita chips.


From shopping for gifts to planning family dinners, it’s hard to keep up with all your holiday to-do’s. This year, Kraft is helping out with great weeknight meals and entertaining ideas to make the season a little bit easier. Plus, Kraft is offering up to $20 in coupons, redeemable exclusively at Target, to make food shopping easier and to help you have a happy holiday season.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Kraft. The opinions and text are all mine.

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