Friday, April 2, 2010

Sausage Casserole and A Sock Dryer Pattern

Happy Friday, friends!!
My daughter, Kory, who has Down Syndrome, is in an Independent Living Skills program at school.  The kids learn how to plan a lunch menu for the week.  They each get a turn picking what they want for lunch one day and then make a list of the items they need.  They then go shopping  for the ingredients and learn money skills in the process.  Each of them is assigned a task to complete each day in preparing the food and setting the table.  After lunch, they wash, dry and put away the dishes and wipe the tables and chairs.
To show their families the skills that they’ve been learning, they invited us for a Spring “Break”fast.  It was held last Friday to celebrate spring and the start of their Spring Break.  They had prepared all week for the festivities by planning the meal, shopping for the food and other items they needed, making and sending invitations, wrapping the silverware and tying them with ribbons, making paper flowers for a centerpiece, typing up the menu,  preparing the food and setting the table.
They were the perfect hosts and hostesses!  They took turns greeting the guests and taking their coats, introducing everyone and offering them something to drink.  We were each handed a menu that they made cut out with crinkled scissors and embossed with stamps and stickers.  We enjoyed homemade blueberry muffins, homemade cinnamon streusel coffeecake, fruit kabobs and sausage casserole.  It was such a great time!!
I’d like to share the recipe for the Sausage Casserole.  It was very delicious and looks easy to make.

Sausage Casserole

8 slices white bread, crust off & cubed
1 lb. sausage
3/4 lb. cheddar cheese, grated
4 eggs, beaten
2 1/4 c. milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
Brown sausage and drain well.  Place bread in bottom of a 9x13 baking pan sprayed with a nonstick cooking spray.  Place sausage and cheese over bread cubes.  Mix eggs and milk together and pour over bread cub mixture.  Spread soup over top.  Refrigerate overnight.  Take out of refrigerator 1 hour before baking.  Bake at 350° for 40 minutes or until browned.


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I’ve been working on a few things to decorate my Family Room/Laundry area and thought I'd share a pattern for a sock dryer with you.
I cut the sock dryer out of 1/4” birch plywood and used 2 different sizes of drill bits – 2 1/8” and 1 3/4”.
I googled images of antique sock dryers and was fortunate to find an antique dealer selling one for $48.  He gave the dimensions and the thickness of the dryer (his was 3/16”), so I used them as a reference in drawing my pattern.  You should be able to right-click and save each pattern piece and then print them out.  Tape them together at the lines and then trace the pattern onto your piece of plywood.
Sock Dryer Sock Dryer 001

Sock Dryer 002


Have a very Happy Easter!!
Until Next Time . . . . Kris


  1. What a great idea for the kids and the breakfast; thanks for sharing that. I'm sure they were all proud to have done this.

    Happy Easter to you and your family.

  2. Kris, Thanks for sharing the sock dryer pattern. I bet Kory was proud of their accomplishments in class. Happy Easter ~Ann

  3. Wow, Kris, I loved reading about what the kids were doing. I teared up.... that is wonderful for them to do all of these projects to get to share them with their families!!!! I think everyone here would love to try that casserole-- thanks so much!!

  4. It sounds like you had a great breakfast and I know the kids were very proud to be serving their parents. Thanks for the pattern. I have been wanting one for my laundry room, Valerie

  5. The sock dryer pattern is very interesting, thanks for sharing!

  6. Kris, I am a very active member of APPand proud of it. I love your blog and I joined it, Thank you very much for the pattern, I have been wanting to do one like this for a long time.
    I also have a blog i hope you can come by and join it and check it out. I would love that!!!
    I will be back!!! I am so happy that you are part of the staff at APP.

    Hugs, Tricia
    Hillcrest Home Prims(just google it)

  7. Thanks for sharing the sock dryer pattern, i was actually just thinking about making me one to hang on a peg rack the other day!!


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