Hello, Hello! How are you?! It’s been way too long, my friend! But, I’m back and I thought I’d kick off the new year with a little update and the ultimate Sausage and Peppers recipe for you to make for dinner.
Let me start by saying, I’m sorry for the months without posts!
While 2020 came with so many new challenges, it also came with HUGE blessings for my little stationery business. With the increased number of people shopping online, I was so busy filling orders that I had my family members, my neighbor and one of my daughter’s friends helping me out for the first time ever.
It was a CRAZY second half of the year for the business and somewhere around the end of July, I had to take a step back from other responsibilities in order to have time to fill all those orders. Unfortunately, things like housework, making dinner, sleeping and writing here on the blog had to sit on the back burner for a few months.
But, in the midst of all that craziness and requiring the help of 5 additional people, I realized it’s all become more than I can handle on my own and so this year, for the first time ever…I took an entire month off from my business and everything work related.
Yup, that’s right – I haven’t worked since December 21st.
After filling almost 1200 orders in less than 30 days, I really needed a break.
I needed to take some time to think about my business – everything that it’s become and everything I want it to be in the future.
And the first thing that I realized was, I can’t go on like I have been in the past.
We’re Growing Up…
VLHamlinDesign has gotten a little too big for her britches, if you know what I mean.
And so, from here on out…I’m outsourcing the production of my stationery products.
I feel like I’m saying a bad word.
But, it has to be done.
I can’t go on wearing ALL of the hats of the business if I want it to grow.
It’s impossible for me to successfully run each department of the business by myself, while still hand-making each and every product.
And so, I have found a lovely, family run printing company that will be in charge of production of my products from here on out.
This will allow me so much more time to design, market and sell my products without the hours upon hours it takes to create them.
I’m scared to death to hand this off to someone else.
My control-freak ego is off the charts, but I’m also excited and relieved to have found a reputable company that will do my little doodles justice.
So, here’s to a new chapter! May it work out exactly as I hope 🙂
The Ultimate Sausage and Peppers Recipe
And now, onto the sausage and peppers recipe, because that’s why you’re really here, isn’t it?
I call this the Ultimate Sausage and Peppers recipe, because, well…it is.
It’s packed full of sweet and spicy sausage, healthy veggies and covered in a tangy tomato sauce that will rock your taste buds.
Make it a sandwich if you serve it on some nice, soft sub rolls or turn it into a hearty dinner meal and pour it over rice, mashed potatoes or pasta.
I generally make this recipe in my cast iron dutch oven, but, you could easily do it in your slow cooker if you’re not going to be home to watch the stove. Sometimes, I even prepare the sausage and peppers over the standard kitchen stove, then move the dutch oven to the wood stove and let it simmer all afternoon.
My husband loves the “all day long” cooked flavor and I love that it makes me feel like an old-fashioned woman cooking on my wood fired stove.
But, no matter how you decide to cook it, just know that your family will beg for it over and over again.
Here’s the recipe:
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 to 4 bell peppers (variety of colors), sliced
- 2 onions, large, sliced
- 3 teaspoons garlic, chopped or minced
- Salt and pepper, as desired
- 2 lbs. sweet Italian sausage links
- 2 lbs spicy Italian sausage links
- 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
- Pour olive oil into a large dutch oven or stock pot. Heat on medium-high temperature.
- Add sliced peppers, onions and chopped garlic to the oil. Saute for 2 to 3 minutes or until the onions and peppers are soft and lightly golden.
- Add the sausage and continue to cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until the sausage is golden brown.
- Pour crushed tomatoes over the sauage and vegetables.
- Bring the mixture to a boil. Cover and turn heat to low.
- Simmer for 2 to 3 hours (or more).
- Serve hot on club rolls or over mashed potatoes, pasta or rice.
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Vanessa Hamlin is the owner and founder of Food Life Design and VLHamlinDesign. With her passion for frugal living and homesteading, Vanessa loves to write about easy recipes, making money, gardening, home remedies and everything else that a good life entails! When she’s not writing for Food Life Design or creating products for VLHamlinDesign, you’ll find Vanessa reading, drawing, gardening, cooking or spending time with her family.