Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Guest Post: Kari from Newlyweds on a Budget

I remember when I first discovered Kari's blog and thinking that she is a lot like me...5 years ago.  But craftier.  And cuter.  Take it away, Kari!

Good Morning Fellow Gin Stalkers! Oh wait, I'm the only one that does that? Awkward. 

Well, I'm Kari stopping by from Newlyweds on a Budget and I write a little blog about-you guessed it-living as Newlyweds on a tiny budget. Gin and I have been friends since the beginning of my blogging days (you know a whole three months ago) and she is AH-mazing! Which I know you all know because you're here. I was SO excited when Gin asked me to guest post today that I may or may not have done a little happy dance-in public.

I blog about trying to make ends meet and my new obsession with crafting and cooking! I try to find ways to up-do things I already have lying around the house apartment cardboard box. The hubbs and I also enjoy finding recipes that use inexpensive ingredients with a fantastic outcome-and that's what I have for you today! 

If you love reading Gin's fun posts as much as I do then you know how much she loves pizza, and I love anything that includes any type of pasta, so I combined our two favorites and come up with this. (Tried and approved by the hubbs and two of my best friends)

What you'll need:
 1 lb sausage (we only had 1/2 lb so that's what I used)
12 oz bag of Macaroni (or any other fun shape you have around)
1 package of pepporonni
1 lb of any cheese you can find (we used a blend of mozzarella, Parmesan, and Mexican blend)
Spaghetti Sauce (as much as you care to throw in_

Things we didn't use but you could if you wanted:
Green Peppers
Red Peppers

Really anything you like on your pizza and just add as much as you like.

You'll also need a casserole dish (I used a 9x9) and aluminum foil

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees then cook your sausage and Maccaroni on your easy bake stove regular full sized stove. 

Make sure the sausage is brown all through and chop it up into little pieces. I used my Pampered Chef chopper but you could just break the sausage apart in the pan while you're cooking it. 

Drain the Maccaroni then add it along with the sausage, pepporini, and pasta sauce in a bowl (this is also where you could add that other stuff you might want) 

Add 1 cup of cheese (really any kind works) and mix it in with the pasta then move the mixture to your casserole dish.

Add the rest of your cheese on top and cover with foil.

Cook in the oven with foil on for twenty minutes or until bubbling-remove the foil and let cook for another 10-15 minutes until the cheese on top is browned and adds a nice crunch.

And if you're smarter then I am you'll cleaned up while your cooking-instead of leaving the mess till the end...

And just like the Food Channel I magically have a baked casserole already baked to present to you-doesn't it look delicious??

This was a HUGE success in my house. The hubbs thoroughly enjoyed it as did my two hobo friends who stopped by for a free meal.

I hope Ginny and her family (as well as yours) love this as much as we did! 

Thanks so much for having me stop by Gin! I hope to see you all over at my little space of the blog-o-sphere and check out some of the fun projects I've been working on!

Seriously, y'all need to click over and check Kari's blog.  She hosts a craft linky every Tuesday and never ceases to amaze me with her craftiness.
Thanks, Kari!


Anonymous said...

This looks so delish! I'm a new follower from Wandering Wednesday.

Angie said...

Kari, I want to try the recipe! Love your stove..LOL!

About Mrs. G said...

new follower from wandering wednesday :)
Looks yummy!!

About A Mom said...

Looks so good! I am a new follower from Wonder Wednesday Blog Hop. Please check out my new blog! :)

Kristy said...

Mmm, love comfort food and that looks like some yummy comfort food!

Lesli said...

Hello from a new follower on the Blog Hop! I can't cook, or else I might attempt this.

I hope you will stop by: Put A Little Umbrella In Your Drink

Lesli :D

Kirsten @ Mushki Loves said...

Hi! I'm a new follower! I found you through Paisley Passions blog hop! I would love it if you followed me back! Thanks!

Rach (DonutsMama) said...

That looks yummy--and easy!

Eve said...

That looks awesome Kari, great job. I'm always looking for ways to stretch my budget. I've been married almost 5 years and I can tell you that budgeting and meal planning never goes out of style, even after you're not a newlywed anymore!