Roasted Bratwurst Potatoes and Peppers + A Door for a Desk
One of our favorite weeknight meals, Roasted Bratwurst Potatoes and Peppers, with little prep, and dinner on the table in 50 minutes!
Friends, moving to a smaller house has had its challenges, but it’s also been a freeing experience.
I’m loving the simple message of Shauna Niequist’s new book. We were already a few steps ahead, so much of her book I can really resonate with. Coming here with 5 cars, we’re down to 3 (we are sort of empty-nesters, 3 kids in their 20s, 2 at home this summer), I downsized my closet by half (yes, half), and we found several consignment places in town–a tool place, clothing, and outdoor stuff, and then of course we’ve made about a dozen stops at Goodwill. In fact, I love Melissa’s post, Having Less Will Make You Happier.
We’ve done a great job thinning out our stuff, and we’re reusing and repurposing as much as possible. We still have a ways to go, but what we’ve accomplished so far has been great. A reader asked about all my table settings, and before we moved here I gave a lot away, took some to Good Will, and then I saved my favorites, because we will still be entertaining in our new house! For example, our every day flatware I sold at our yard sale, and I’m using my “company” flatware now for every day. One large set–Easy!
Every day is a new day …
“How we live matters, and what you choose to own will shape your life, whether you choose to admit it or not. Let’s live lightly, freely, courageously, surrounded only by what brings joy, simplicity, and beauty.”—Shauna Niequist, Present over Perfect
Repurposing a door for a desk
Our new desk is in our bedroom, using the extra door that we removed. (To remodel our kitchen, we removed the giant monolith in the center of the room, which means we lost that barn pantry door, to the left of the tall beam.)
Making a beautiful barn door desk, setting it on top of 2 IKEA saw horses.
A simple burlap drop cloth to cover the top, creates the most awesome space for my hubby to work! (We may eventually get glass to cover it.)
A door for a desk. Simple, and the style is perfect for this home.
Soon I’ll be sharing more of our bedroom, as we’re trying to save money on light fixtures in the house, and repurpose some of the existing ones. Can that be done? (1984 – one with country ducks!) :)
I, too, agree that I’m finding life to be a bit more stripped down, easier to make decisions, when I have less “stuff,” not having to keep up with all of those decisions when you have SO MUCH to manage. It sounds exhausting. It is exhausting!
What’s important is freedom, simplicity, silence, my marriage, friendships, neighbors (which we plan to dive into this fall and winter), inviting people to dinner – experiences in the outdoors, with nature – time with our kids!
Roasted Bratwurst Potatoes and Peppers
Sunday night it was just our family. Eating together (thanks to my friend, Aggie, and her delicious Italian Roasted Sausage inspiration), talking around the table, trying to stay cool, enjoying the Olympics.
Just being, and eating. So much of our conversation with our kids is centered on the now, our world, their experiences, being brave, finding and living your passion, and then the “falling.” The disappointments, the “no’s”, the hard work, the exhaustion, the worries, anxiety about the future.
LOVE this one-pot meal that we savored! Super easy, little prep, and delicious served with a big salad!
We’ve found you can pretty much change up this recipe with your favorite flavor of sausage, or veggies, or spices!
Roasted Bratwurst Potatoes and Peppers
- 1.5 lbs Bratwurst cut into thirds
- 8-10 small baby red potatoes cut in half
- 1 large onion cut in large chunks
- 2 large bell peppers cut in large chunks
- 1 Tbsp. dried oregano or favorite seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp. olive oil
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
- Cut each sausage link into 3 pieces and place in a large baking dish. Add potatoes, onion, peppers. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano, or favorite seasoning, and salt and pepper. Gently toss to coat. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes.
- Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil. Place baking dish in oven and cook for 30 minutes.
- Remove foil and cook uncovered for additional 10 minutes.