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Saturday, September 29, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {57} ~ Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage

G'Day my dear friends! Thanks so much for dropping by and visiting me in my little corner of the world Down Under!  Welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky Party.



This week I am sharing a delicious recipe for Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage from the September 2010 issue of  +Better Homes and Gardens

Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage


Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage

This Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage looked so delicious I knew I had to make it.

Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage



The recipe for the Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage is still available on line at the Better Homes and Gardens site and I really recommend this dish if you are trying to cut down on your carbs but still crave pasta! It also makes an easy and delicious #SundaySupper

Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage

Here is the original BHG recipe for Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage:

Ingredients

6 lasagna noodles
1 cup dried tomato halves (not oil packed), coarsely chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound fully cooked chicken sausage links, cut in half and then into large pieces
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 5-ounce bag baby spinach
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Shaved Parmesan to garnish

Directions

Prepare the lasagna noodles according to package directions, drain (reserving 1 cup of the cooking liquid, and set aside.

Put the chopped sundried tomatoes and the garlic into a bowl and add the reserved cooking liquid.
Place the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and then add the sausage. Cook the sausage, turning frequently, until heated through and then stir in the garlic mixture and cook for 2 minutes.
Add the spinach and a few pinches of salt and pepper, stir to combine and then remove the pan form the heat.
Layer the lasagna noodles and the sausage mixture into a stack and then garnish with some shaved Parmesan. Serve immediately.

I changed a few things around though, as you do! We used Gluten Free pasta sheets, I cut the sausage into quarters, I added some spinach leaves to some cooked tomatoes and onions and I also used baby bocconcini cheese rather than parmesan. 
I also served the dish with an Italian side salad made with tomatoes, basil and bocconcini cheese drizzled with aged balsamic vinegar and EVOO.

Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage #recipe

Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage

All in all this was a delicious and light meal that our whole family enjoyed...a very successful copycat recipe if I do say so myself!

Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage

Now onto this week's Say G'Day party!

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party

If you have been crafting, baking, planning, gardening or organising a party this week I would love it if you could share your favourite post of the week with me at this weekend's Linky Party.

You can link up a post about your favourite recipe, craft, idea, tutorial, Instagram pics, DIY projects or even your own linky parties. Just add the url of your particular blog post that you would like us to visit to the Linky tool below.
Feel free to grab the code for the Say G'day Saturday button which is over there on the sidebar and add that to your post so that your readers might be able to find other bloggers who would like to Say G'Day!

Please note: by linking up to the Say G'day Party, you are giving me permission to use any part of your post, including pictures, in feature posts on Natasha in Oz. I may also feature your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest with all credit being given to the original source.



Thank you so much for linking up and for joining in with my weekly Say G'day Saturday Linky Party this week. I truly appreciate your support! If you missed checking out my Friday Photo Dump and the fabulous features from last week's party just click here.


Thanks so much for stopping by-your visits mean so much to me!

Best wishes for a fabulous weekend,
Natasha In Oz 
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Friday, September 28, 2012

Friday Favorites, Friday Features & Photos on Instagram

Welcome sweet friends and Happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by to say g'day today-it's great to see you for another Friday Favorites post.

Friday Favorites, Friday Features & Photos on Instagram


This week I have been relaxing, playing, having fun, relaxing a bit more, drinking tea, shopping and this weekend we are going to the beach! Woo Hoo!

Friday Photo Dump, Say G'Day Party Features, Instagram, Mooloolaba image

I should have been cleaning and organising a lot more but aren't the school holidays about chilling and enjoying life without worrying about rushing around, deadlines and routines?

Here's my Friday Photo Dump via instagram!

This week's #newpurchase Betty Crocker #candles The #gingerbread one smells like #christmas
Photos on Instagram, Betty Crocker Christmas Candles


I should be folding that #laundry but I think I'll sip tea on my deck instead!
Friday Favorites, Friday Features & Photos on Instagram


#interiorsphotomonth, #rug
Friday Favorites, Friday Features & Photos on Instagram


Sunday, September 23, 2012

Say G'day Saturday Linky Party {56} ~ Come Link up your Favourite Blog Post of the Week!

G'day dear friends! Welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky party!


I'm just doing a quick post to say a very quick G'day and to get this week's linky party started. I hope you don't mind if I post and run today but I am very sad as I am saying Bon Voyage to my sweet Maddy! Today she is off on an exciting trip to Europe!

We only just finished packing her bag about an hour ago!


If you would like to read more about her exciting trip please click here. She will be away for two weeks so I just want to make sure I spend as much time as possible with her today.

Thank you so much for your understanding!

So, onto this week's party...

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Trip of a Lifetime

Today I'm sharing some details about a trip that my daughter's string ensemble will be going on. They are having a musical school tour to Europe. Maddy leaves on Saturday for Austria, Hungary and the Czech Republic! Here are just some of the amazing places she will be visiting and some of the venues she will be performing at:

Her choir will be performing at the Salzburg Cathedral!


File:Salzburg Cathedral in context.jpg

That very afternoon her string ensemble will be performing at the Mirabell Gardens. The Mirabell Palace and gardens is famous for many because several scenes from The Sound of Music were recorded there. 

© Tourismus Salzburg

Maria and the children sing 'Do-Re-Mi' while dancing around the horse fountain and using the steps as a musical scale! Make sure you get a photo just like this Maddy!

Julie Andrews

They will then travel to Prague...


And will be performing at the St Nicholas Cathedral.
St Nicholas Church and the Lesser Quarter

They then travel to Budapest and attend workshops at the Kodaly Institute and perform at St Michael’s Church in Budapest. The historical baroque church is the home of baroque music in Budapest, named one of the most beautiful baroque buildings in Budapest, Hungary.

St Michael's Church Budapest

They then travel to Vienna...just typing this is making me so excited for them!

In Vienna they will be going to the famous Spanish Riding School;


Attending a performance of Madam Butterfly at the Vienna Opera House;

Wiener Staatsoper

and performing at the Schonbrun Palace!

File:Schonbrunn Palace.jpg

This is going to be the trip of a lifetime!

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit me in my little corner of the world today. I hope you have a wonderful week!

Best wishes,
Natasha In Oz 
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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {55} ~ Delicious and Healthy Zucchini, Banana and Carrot Muffins

Welcome dear friends to Natasha in Oz and welcome to this week's Say G'day Saturday Linky party! I'm so thrilled that you have visited today!

Say G'Day, Say G'day Saturday, Natasha in Oz

This week has been another crazy one at our place. Mr Attorney has been sick and I'm sure we all know how bad men are as patients! I've been joking about him having the "man flu" but it then turned in bronchitis and so he has been very miserable indeed! Luckily I don't have too many classes so I have had a bit time to look after after my patient in between marking papers and looking after Maddy and Big Al!

I did find time to make some healthy muffins for our lunch boxes (you can read about my quest to make healthy snacks for my family's lunches here) and they really turned out well. They are healthy and delicious and my family loved them. They are also full of veges! That's right these muffins have a couple of secret ingredients in them that make them a very clandestine way to get your kids (and husband's!) to eat their vegetables!

Zucchini, Banana and Carrot Muffins

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Friday, September 14, 2012

Friday Favorites, Fashion Friday and Friday Features

Welcome sweet friends and Happy Friday! Thanks so much for stopping by to say g'day today-it's great to see you!

I have had another busy week at home and at my school and we are all counting down to the school holidays. Next Friday at 3pm we are all officially on Spring Break and I can't wait!



Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tuesday Tune: I Will Wait by Mumford & Sons.

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune post sweet friends! I hope you have a minute to sit back and listen to my favourite song of the week.

#TuesdayTune, I Will Wait, Mumford and Sons, Tuesday Tune, Tuesday Tune Linky Party, Natasha in Oz

Today I'm sharing another song from Mumford and Sons.

Mumford & Sons


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {54} ~ Delicious Pumpkin Spice Muffin Recipe

G'day sweet friends! Welcome to this week's Say G'Day Linky Party.

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party, Natasha in Oz


I hope you are ready for a delicious muffin recipe! This week I made Pumpkin Spice Muffins and they were divine! More about that in a minute though because first I need to apologize for being MIA for the last few weeks.  I've been unbelievably busy with school commitments ( for me and for my kids!) and I knew that I needed to take some time to focus on my family and to step away from the blog or I would get way too distracted! I've been quietly lurking keeping up to date with you all on twitter, facebook, google+ and instagram so I don't feel like I'm completely out of the loop!

Along with the mothering, wifeing (is that a word?), teaching, marking, marking, marking.....you get the picture...I've also been trying to stop cheating when it came to my kid's lunch boxes. I try to make sure they always have a healthy sandwich made with wholemeal bread and I always add a serving or two of  fruit but recently it was getting way too easy for me to grab a store bought granola bar for them to snack on. With some of them containing more than 20% sugar and delivering more saturated fat than a packet of chips, I figured I should try to make my own lunch box treats.

So to say goodbye to Winter here in Australia I made a batch of  Pumpkin Spice Muffins! 

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ Home is...

“What is home? My favorite definition is "a safe place," a place where one is free from attack, a place where one experiences secure relationships and affirmation. It's a place where people share and understand each other. Its relationships are nurturing. The people in it do not need to be perfect; instead, they need to be honest, loving, supportive, recognizing a common humanity that makes all of us vulnerable.” 
 Gladys Hunt 

#WordlessWednesday,  home, French chair


#WordlessWednesday, home


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tuesday Tune ~ Regina Spektor Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)

Welcome to this week's Tuesday Tune post sweet friends! I hope you have a minute to sit back and listen to my favourite song of the week.

Tuesday Tune, Regina Spektor Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas), Natasha in Oz


This week I have been thinking about the changing seasons and am getting very excited about the arrival of Spring in September. However, I am also getting very excited about experiencing winter all over again in Paris in December! I'll be even happier if there is a little bit of snow like there was on our last trip there!

Tuesday Tune, Regina Spektor Don't Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas), Paris, Natasha in Oz


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party {53} ~ Seasonal Decorating Ideas using Nature.

Welcome friends to this week's Say G'Day Saturday Linky party. I'm so glad you could stop by and join in the fun!

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party, Natasha in Oz


I have also been enjoying the gorgeous weather we've been having here in Brisbane. I'm so excited to think that Spring is only a couple of weeks away for all of us Down Under!  I'm sure that many of my Northern Hemisphere bloggy friends are just as excited about the arrival of Fall!

Are you ready for a new season?

I have been scouring the internet for lots of seasonal inspiration and can't wait to show you some of my favourite ideas for Spring and Fall. Yep, I'm celebrating two seasons at once here at Natasha in Oz! Here are some great ways of decorating that will only take a few minutes to change out from one season to another but will definitely look fantastic whatever the season!

Say G'Day Saturday Linky Party ~ Seasonal Decorating Ideas using Nature.


Friday, August 17, 2012

Friday Favorites, Fashion Friday and Say G'day Features ~ Summer & Starfish!

Welcome sweet friends and Happy Friday!

Friday Favorites, Fashion Friday and Say G'day Features ~ Summer & Starfish, #lifeinoz, Natasha in Oz


 Have you had a good week? It's been simply glorious here in Brisbane these last few days. Today was particularly gorgeous reaching about 28°C (or 83°F) during the day with a sky that was as blue as the ocean!

Look at the view from my kitchen window today!

Fashion Friday and Say G'day Features ~ Summer & Starfish, Natasha in Oz

On days like this I am so grateful to be living in Australia. I'm also grateful that Spring break is only a few weeks away and there will be less of this....

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Wordless Wednesday ~ My week in Instagram

Hello sweet friends. Thanks so much for stopping by to visit me in my little corner of the world Down Under. I hope your week has been great so far! I have had a very relaxing day with my family today as it was a public holiday for our annual state fair. We slept in, had a late breakfast, had a long lunch at my parent's house and I had lots of fun on Instagram, PinterestTwitter and Facebook!  I've had a great day!

Here is a snapshot of my week in so far Instagram pictures!

Hubby is loving this midweek holiday! He can watch American #baseball live on #ESPN
Wordless Wednesday ~ My week in Instagram


#Sweet dragon fruit
Wordless Wednesday ~ My week in Instagram

Messy

Wordless Wednesday ~ My week in Instagram


Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tuesday Tune ~ Gossling, Wild Love.

Welcome friends to this week's Tuesday Tune post! I'm so glad you stopped by to hear my favourite song of the week.

Tuesday Tune ~ Gossling, Wild Love.


This week I am actually sharing two songs from one of my new favourite artists. The first song I'm going to share this week will probably be just a little bit annoying for many of my Aussie friends but I still want to include it because I love it!

Monday, Tuesday Wednesday.....




Sunday, August 12, 2012

Say G'Day Linky Party {52} ~ My Daughter Maddy is #DeterminedtoCure Cancer!

Welcome to another Say G'day Saturday Party sweet friends!

Say G'Day Saturday, Say G'day

I'm so happy that you found time out of your busy day to spend time with me today-thank you so much!

I have had another crazy week at home and at work but I have not been the only busy bee in our household!  Big Al sang in the choir and performed the Double Bass at his school's concert last night. It was such a wonderful concert-I'm very proud of him!

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Maddy has also been busy rehearsing for her school's annual showcase concert tonight. She will be singing in two choirs and performing in the string ensemble. It is always a wonderful evening and this year I am part of the school's Music Support Group so I have been heavily involved in the organisation of this event.

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Maddy has also been busy with her school work and she has also been busy setting up a new website! This girl is so focussed and driven!

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