About Kelly

A happily married twenty-something wife blogging about life in New Jersey, marriage, personal finance, cooking, home decor, and more!

Spicy Sausage and Shrimp Alfredo

My husband and I are guilty of being lovers of a good cheese sauce covering pasta or vegetables… Particularly when it is alfredo sauce! Alfredo is easy to make homemade once you understand how to make a rue – once you have the technique down… Fattening cheese sauce can be on your menu far more than it should ūüėČ

Spicy Sausage and Shrimp Alfredo


  • Spicy sausage links (we used 3 Johnsonville Hot Links)
  • Frozen cooked large shrimp (ours happened to be from ALDI…cleaned, deveined, with tails on)
  • 2/3 box of Pasta (bow ties this time)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups Freshly grated Parmesan (we also used some Gouda we had on hand – not necessary!)
  • 2 -3 cups Fresh broccoli florets (chopped into bite size pieces)
  • 1.5 – 2 cups Half and half
  • 2 tbsp Butter (salted)
  • 2 tbsp Flour
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Salt 
  • Pepper


  • Grill sausage on a cast iron pan or in a skillet. We used our large skillet that makes grill marks. Once cooked through, transfer the sausage to a cutting board and cook defrosted shrimp in the same pan, sprinkling with Cajun seasoning on both sides until browned. The shrimp is already cooked… We are just getting nice color and spice. Transfer to a dish. Slice sausage into small slices on a diagonal. 
  • Boil water for your favorite pasta. We almost always make a pound to have leftover pasta for other meals during the week. 
  • Steam broccoli  – we do so using our large pot with steamer insert. Broccoli should be slightly tender but not mushy. 
  • Begin cooking your pasta. 
  • Start the sauce… In a pot, melt butter (about 2 tablespoons) over medium heat  to begin your rue. To that, add about 2 tablespoons of flour and whisk until you get a nice brown color. Add in about 1.5 cups of half and half but keep whisking. You should not be able to see bits of flour. Add in 1.5 to 2 cups of cheese once the mixture is warm. Season with salt and pepper to taste after the cheese melts. Remove from heat or simmer on low heat… Stir to prevent sticking. 
  • Combine everything with your sauce (steamed broccoli, cooked pasta, cooked shrimp, cooked sausage). Taste and season as you like! 

I like diced sundried tomatoes in mine… This dish helps me have one of my favorite meals at home instead of spending a fortune out… And we had 2 huge dinner servings plus about 3 lunch sized portions too. Enjoy!

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Happy Mommy

It is about time I get around to adding our new addition to my online site!  I intend to keep adding personal recipes and favorite things to this blog.. just need to get myself together!

Giving birth was the most difficult things I have done.  But amazing and so worth it!  Meet George Luke, who was born on September 5th <3

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Guys. ¬†He is so amazing. I can’t wait to share some of my experiences here <3

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Bad Blogger (and a late announcement!)

It is incredibly safe to say that I have been a VERY bad blogger! ¬†Sorry about that. ¬†I hope to use this space to write new posts and share a lot of the recipes and projects that I’ve been slacking on. ¬†I really miss having a way to catalog the cool things that I create (food and crafts) and other nice life stuff!

Many of you who follow me on my personal Facebook page know that we are expecting our first baby: a son! ¬†We can’t be more thrilled and I have been feeling really, really good. Baby Boy is set to arrive in September!

HappyWifey.net Baby!

My darling guy has been working diligently on converting our guest bedroom into a nursery which included making the closet bigger, repairing at least 2 walls of drywall, and installing two new windows.  Up next, he is going to put up the new drywall, tape, spackle, sand, paint, and install some lovely closet stuff for us.  I look forward to sharing project photos here!

I have a few food posts that I should be able to have up here soon, but not too many! ¬†Sometimes, housework tackles me and I forget all about how I love to take photos of what we make. ¬†I want to be able to post during maternity leave (which should begin in September, if this babe cooperates) with food ideas, my experiences, and so much more <3 ¬†I’ve been loving finding all sorts of parenting information on Pinterest (but taking EVERYTHING with a grain of salt of course!) and would love to help contribute there.

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Dark Chocolate Buckeyes

Christmas ‘baking’ has begun… with a no bake candy recipe ūüėČ ¬†I have made these buckeyes before, but opted this year to go to with a dark chocolate¬†dip to see how it would come out! ¬†The result is delicious, and I cannot wait to serve them to my friends.

Buckeyes @ All Recipes (I halved this recipe)

Dark Chocolate Buckeyes @ HappyWifey.net

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Pecan Baklava

This is a keeper recipe, folks! ¬†I decided to make baklava for Thanksgiving and I am so glad I did. ¬†I decided to use the following Pioneer Woman recipe… I am convinced everything that comes out of her kitchen is just perfect! ¬†This baklava came out sweet, nicely browned, and delicious! ¬†Ree suggests walnuts or pecans but I definitely went with the chopped pecan variety. ¬†Delish!

Baklava @ Pioneer Woman

Pecan Baklava @ HappyWifey.net

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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

I find making meat of any kind very daunting! However, today I stepped up to the plate and made my first pork tenderloin (that didn’t end up as pulled pork!). It came out good! Here we go… Thanks for stopping by!


Marinated Pork Tenderloin


  • 1 pack pork tenderloin (my package contained 2 pot tenderloins)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • canola oil


Combine all ingredients (except oil) and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When marinating, we use our Food Saver marinating bowl and suck the air out if it. It works great!

Heat oil in a heavy pan when you are ready to cook. Place the tenderloins in the hot pan and cook 3-5 minutes on each side. I started with high heat and had to put it in medium while turning. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

Cook the pork for 15 more minutes in the oven (I used a glass Pyrex dish) until juices run clear.

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