Happy 13th Birthday Faith!

I’m not sure what I can’t get over the most.  The fact that Faith is that old (13) or that we’re that old!  Yes, I’m saying it again, I can’t believe we have a teenager in the house!  It’s been 13 years since that night in the hospital when I realized…I’d never sleep through a night again!  It’s been that long since my first near death experience, yes there have been more than one.  :)  How the coming of that little baby all those years ago has changed our lives.  Gone is the baby.  Gone is the little girl.  I’m so proud of the sweet young lady she is becoming.  

Happy 13th birthday Faith

Daddy brought home flowers for the birthday girl.  As you know, our tradition for birthdays is a family dinner at home, when possible.  The birthday child gets to pick the menu.  For the first time in a long time Faith deviated from the traditional Sopa meal.  She asked for Potato Soup.  I suppose with it being summer I haven’t made it as often.  I don’t know, but it’s one of her favorite dishes. 

Birthday meal Faith 13To go along with the soup she requested fresh strawberries with Cool Whip, Jalapeno Popper Dip, Potato Chips with lime juice and cayenne pepper, and Mexican bottled Sangria Senorial!  She also chose a French Vanilla Cake mix with Cream Cheese frosting.  Another tradition is for everyone to go around the table and share something they appreciate about the birthday girl.  The kids appreciate how much she helps and spends time with them.  I love that too! 

Happy 13 Birthday cake FaithThirteen candles and she awed her siblings by blowing them all out in one breath!  Whew!  One thing Faith and I share is our love of food.  She’s a foodie!  We dream about taking a cruise together, just the two of us, to read books and enjoy great food.  How fun that would be! 

Gift for Faith 13th BirthdayLittle Jason was SO proud to pick this out at the store and spend his own money to give it to Faith on her birthday.  It was so sweet to watch.  Her gift from us?  Nerf guns!  She’s loving those!  Happy 13th birthday to my girl, may we celebrate many, many more! 

Sausage and Potato Skillet

Sausage and Potato Skillet DinnerA sausage and potato skillet is one of my favorite meals.  I’ve been making various versions since I was in junior high.  For a while I only made it with summer sausage.  Then I went through a period when I made it with hot dogs.  Use chorizo and make it tacos.  Every way I’ve ever tried it is always good! 

Potato Sausage Skillet main ingredientsIngredients:
  5 medium potatoes, about 2 pounds peeled and diced
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 package sausage (13-16 oz) sliced
1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon paprika

Chop onions and sausage add olive oilWhat can be a little time consuming is peeling the potatoes and chopping the potatoes, onions, and sausage.  I chop the onions and slice the sausage first.  Then add them to a medium skillet with 1-2 tablespoons olive oil.

Fry onions and sausageFry the onions and sausage until the onions are tender and the sausage is beginning to brown.  When the sausage and onions are cooking, I peel and chop the potatoes.  Add the potatoes to the skillet.  Gently stir.  Reduce heat to medium low.  Cover and cook for about 20 minutes or until potatoes are done, stirring often (about 3 or four times) to prevent burning.  When potatoes are done sprinkle with the salt, pepper, and paprika. 

Sausage and Potatdo Skillet DinnerAdd a chopped salad and it’s a yummy homemade meal that takes about an hour to make.  I love to eat the potatoes and sausage with Ketchup and green salsa.  Yum!  There are rarely any left overs when I make this, and if there is a helping left over I have to fight my husband for it. 

Family movie night just got more fun! #PerfectPop #sponsored

This post is sponsored by Pop Secret, but my opinions are all my own.

family movie night #PerfectPop app #sponsoredEver put a bag of popcorn in the microwave and forget about it?  If you’ve done it, you’d remember.  It’s the worst!  Not only do y0u have to throw away the bag, but the entire house reeks.  Pop Secret has the answer with their #PerfectPop app.  You guys, we are having so much fun with this.  You can download the Perfect Popcorn app for FREE! 

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Here is my daughter using the app for the first time.  Reactions are completely genuine.  She did  not know I was video taping.  :)

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