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Saturday, July 2, 2022

Smoked Sausage

Searching smoked sausage?  We have a two ingredient dinner with smoked sausage to share with you today.  

plated Smoke sausage with baked beans on scalloped stoneware dish

Isn't it the simple things in life that make us most happy?  So why is it those are the first things we forget?  When life becomes a bit more than we are bargaining for, it is during those times we seem to appreciate those simple things even more.

Getting a bit heavy for a two ingredient dinner?  Maybe.  

Throughout my life, I always try to remember the simple things in life, even when life is smooth sailing, and things are going well because those simple things end up being the big things.

Mr. VS mentioned a few weeks ago a dinner his mother made for him growing up.  He said she would cut up smoked sausage, and add it to baked beans.  I thought hmm... my mother would cut up smoked sausage and pair it with Mac & Cheese.  Do you see how these two dinners came about recently?

I made the Mac & Cheese last week for dinner, and then this week I decided to give his mother's dinner a try.  My husband spoke fondly of his dinners with his parents, they always sat down and had a meal together.  My mother, sister, and I always had dinner together as well which I think is important for families to do.    

In my Leave it to Beaver mindset, I knew we would do the same if we had children.  Sharing a meal allows family members to connect.  Put away the technology, and just enjoy a meal together.  If you set your devices down for a few minutes while sharing a meal, you may be surprised what you will learn about each others days.  

As an adult, I left work at work, and hubby does the same.  Even if I had the worse day, I did not want it to taint my time with family in the evenings.  For some, this is difficult, but for me, I never gave it a second thought.  

Cut up smoked sausage

That is not to say if something came up that was intense in my day, I would not mention it, but I wouldn’t allow it to consume me.  I did that in the past with another position, and it is not good to let a job consume your every thought.

So what is all of this talk about dinners, family, and jobs?  It was just something that was on my mind today and I thought I would share with you a few thoughts.  This dinner is one of those simple things, so simple it only needs those two ingredients allowing for more family time, and isn’t that what’s most important at the end of the day? 

What you will need:
  1. 1 can of Bush's Country Style Baked Beans
  2. 1 package of Smoked Sausage

Yes, that is really all, nothing extra is needed.

What you will need to do:
  • Cut smoked sausage in disc like pieces, place in skillet over medium heat
  • Once it begins to slightly brown, add in the baked beans
  • That's it, cannot get any easier than that

Smoked sausage and baked beans cooking in stainless steel skillet on stovetop

I had never had this meal before.  It was simple, easy, and pretty good too.  Mr. VS said it tasted like his mom's which made me happy.  Like I said, it is the small things in life, those moments that end up being the big things, the memories that you carry with you through life, and pass down and share with new members of your family.  

Do you have a meal that you recall from childhood?  Share it with us, we enjoy hearing your stories.  

Baked beans and smoked sausage on white scalloped stoneware plate

I have so many fond memories of meal time that makes me giggle when I think back.  A family member who decided meals should be served and eaten from the floor with our pup instead of at the table, tablespoons of butter consumed... yes, straight butter, how gross... races to finish dinner first, and those evenings when I just really did not care for what was made.  On those evenings, I would wait until our mom would leave the table and feed our pup my dinner.  I laugh when I think about these moments in my life.  Memories will last a lifetime, so make new ones, and share them with your loved ones.

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