Thursday, October 20, 2016

How I'm Organizing Gift Supplies

I've never been the most "with it" mom when it comes to gift wrap organization.  I have a big box of all of my paper, ribbon, etc., so at least it's all in one place in our home...but that's about it.  I swoon over all of the pretty gift wrap organization on Pinterest and would love to have a section of our house dedicated to organizing all of it in the new house!

I know we're going to have a wall in our office that should be mostly blank...I already have a few plans for that wall.

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I love this idea for organizing all of the bags that seem to accumulate.  Mail organizers are so easy to find (I'm thinking something like this one) and take up next to no space!

I would absolutely love to have a peg board on this wall...I think it would be so functional for storing lots of different things!  I'm dreaming of having a few horizontal bars to store wrapping paper rolls.

Something like this is exactly what I'm thinking for wrapping paper!

I have an absolute ton of ribbon (including the tulle I use for this gift wrap method) that is currently stuffed in the drawer of one of my storage drawers.  I'd love to organize it sort of how Abby has.

And I feel like this would be an incredibly easy, inexpensive way to organize the rest of my supplies!

I took a little step towards being organized in the gift wrap department this weekend.  Too many times, I've been guilty of not having a gift tag as we're rushing out the door to a birthday party.  I might or might not have quickly cut a piece of scrapbook paper as a tag for a few presents.  But, I had a few minutes to actually make some tags before a birthday party this past weekend, so I went on and printed a few tags to keep in our gift wrap box.  I thought I'd share the printable with you guys!

The printable tags I've linked here don't have Emmie on them...I thought a few more people could get use out of the printable if I took that out. :) But if you happen to have an Emmie, email me and I'll be glad to send you that version!

You can click here to download the free printable version, or click the image below!

Happy organizing, friends! :)

Monday, October 17, 2016

5 Ways to Simplify a Sick Day

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TempTraq for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

One of the hardest parts of parenting is dealing with sickness in your children.  We are very lucky that neither of our children have ever been sick for an extended period of time, but we've dealt with our fair share of viruses and stomach bugs.  And I think all of the parents out there can agree that those just flat out stink.

One of the big issues with sickness in my kids is the fact that they are super light sleepers.  I've found that the easiest way to let my kids recuperate from illness is to let them get their rest.  But, of course, there is always a little bit of monitoring and medicine administration that needs to happen when kids are asleep.  When you have light sleepers, that becomes a little bit of an issue.

We've found ways to simplify a sick day to make it as easy as possible for my light sleepers.  Hopefully these tips will help out around your home, too!

Keep a sound machine to drown out background noise.

My kids have always slept so much better when they have a sound machine.  Not only does it provide a little bit of white noise that helps them sleep, but it can drown out the sounds of parents coming in their room for monitoring when a child is sick.

Make sure the child is in their element.

I've tried to let Emmie sleep on the couch when she's sick, and it just never seems to work for us.  She rests so much better when she's in her element: in her room, with her stuffed animals and pillows, and a chilly (not cold) temperature on the thermostat.  We usually leave her fan off while she's sick so we don't encourage a stuffy nose.

If you need to constantly monitor your child, I've found that taking things out of their room that make them comfortable goes a long way!  At minimum, have the pillow from their room on the couch.

Use tools that allow your child to sleep through the monitoring.

When it comes to monitoring your child through a fever/virus, the less invasive, the better.  It's great if you can monitor a fever without waking your child; it's even better if you can monitor it without disturbing the child at all.

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Schedule medicine administration around your child.

If you kind of know your child's normal routine, you can schedule their medicine administration times for those hours when you know she/he will be awake.  I have a standing rule: never wake a sleeping child unless it is absolutely necessary.  Through a little bit of planning, it's not at all necessary to wake your child to take medicine.

The Temptraq app makes that easy too!  Through the notes section of the app, you can quickly jot down what medicine your child took at what time.  I'm guilty of kind of going into a fog when we're home for sick days; different medicine doses and temperature readings kind of start blending together.  With this app, you can easily track what and when your child was taking.

Another great way to ensure your child takes all of their medicine is by tracking it right on the bottle. I love the method of making a quick graph on the pill/syrup bottle and scribbling in a quick "X" when a dose is taken!  This also makes scheduling so much easier.

Get lenient on the rules.

I'm a stickler for a routine.  But sickness is a time that rules absolutely go out the window for us.  I don't typically limit screen time during a sick day.  And, as much as I believe in keeping my children on a pretty consistent sleep schedule, I throw that out when there's sickness in our home.  I let them sleep when they want to, where they want to, for how long they want to.  They actually typically sleep a lot more when sick, so this isn't really a big issue!

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Jackson at 8 Months


Here we are at 8 months!  I cannot believe we're closing in on a year.  You're becoming a little person before our eyes.

Here's what's going on at 8 months old!


You are now at 23.3 pounds, just up a little bit from last month. That puts you in the 97th percentile.


From what I can tell (which wasn't much), you're around 29" right now. You're in the 91st percentile for height this month!

Clothing Size:

Perfectly in 12 month clothes now.  I packed up the last of the 9 month clothes just about a week ago.  I'm hoping you stay in those through at least Christmas, but not sure we'll be able to make it!


Very much in size 3 diapers!  Overnights are a must since you're sleeping in longer stretches now.  During the day, you probably go through about 5.


You are still a huge sweets eater!  I have to mix some kind of sweet fruit into your food pretty much every time you eat now.  You will force your mouth shut if I try to feed you something without fruit in it.

So far, you've had...

Fruits: bananas, plums, pears, cantaloupe, and apples.

Veggies: green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, avocados, zucchini, and carrots.

And we tried chicken once, but you gagged like I was feeding you mud when we did that. So not a meat eater yet.

Still nursing the majority of your feedings.  We've started introducing a formula bottle for your dream feed each night (around 10-11) stay asleep much longer at night if we do that rather than nurse! But, depending on the night, sometimes I just nurse you at that one too.


Still got those pretty big brown eyes!

And absolutely no progress in the hair department...I think you might be losing some still.  You've got a teeny tiny bit of brown hair, but nothing at all to really report.


Considering we're still in the middle of teething, not too bad!  You're finally (FINALLY.) starting to sleep in longer stretches at night.  You probably average 5-6 hours of continuous sleep at night (from around 10-11 to around 4-5).  Some nights you're still waking up around 2 for a feeding, but those are not nearly as common now.

You still take 2 solid naps a day (one in the morning and one in the early afternoon).  Most days I can get a little cat nap in around dinnertime too.

Fun Stuff:

You have 4 teeth!  Two on bottom and two on top.  And there are 2 more top teeth that should be in any day now!  After that, I'm hoping we both get a little break from teething for awhile.

You love to show off those little teeth!  You've got the cutest little toothy/gummy grin right now.

You're getting close to crawling.  You're great at pushing up on your hands, but can't quite get those knees under you yet.  But you're awesome at scooting and pulling yourself towards something if you want it. (You just hate being on your belly for more than a couple of minutes).

You're doing a great job sitting on your own!  I usually sit behind you because I'm paranoid, but you could do a few minutes on your own at a time if I wasn't there.

If there is something in front of you, you're going to grab it and put it in your mouth.  Your favorite things are remotes, Mommy's phone, and cords.

We might have an early talker!  You say "Mama" when somebody says it to you (not 100% convinced you know that's me yet though), and you've said "Bye Bye" a few times.

You can wave your hand at someone when they wave to you, and you try to hit your hands together when somebody tells you to "Pat a Cake."

You're getting kind of rough!  You love for someone to flip you upside down, and if somebody tickles you you'll just laugh and laugh.

(On that note...) Somehow (parents of the year: we have no clue how), you got a huge bruise on your head this weekend.  We know you didn't have it when you came home from church, but sometime between laying you down for your nap after church and getting you out of your bed, you got it.  We didn't hear you cry at all!

When you get excited, you're hands start shaking and grabbing!  You know when it's time to eat or somebody's about to pick you up.

You still love to be held.  You've started a little bit of fussing when I put you down (pretty much every time), but if I ignore it you'll stop after a few seconds.

We're getting closer and closer to a year, buddy!  We can't imagine life without you.  You're just the sweetest guy!

Here's a little progression picture...

You can see Jackson's past posts here.

And here's the comparison shot with Emmie (and her 8 month post).

Friday, October 7, 2016

The Basics of Blog Monetization: Selling Your Own Product(s)

This is an incredibly detailed post on how you can sell your own digital products from your blog!  This blogger includes resources she uses to market and how she processes payments.  Awesome resource!

Today, I'm (finally) wrapping up the last of my Basics of Blog Monetization Series!  Over the past few posts about monetization, I've gone into detail on the various ways I make money with my blog.  I'm sharing years of trial and error in this's taken over 7 years to learn the trips and tricks I'm sharing with this series!

Check out the other posts in this series here:
The Basics of Blog Monetization: An Introduction
The Basics of Blog Monetization: How to (Frugally) Start a Money-Making Blog
The Basics of Blog Monetization: Using Ads on Your Blog
The Basics of Blog Monetization: Using Affiliate Links on Your Blog 
The Basics of Blog Monetization: Creating Sponsored Content

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Before last June, I did have just a little bit of experience in selling a product in conjunction with my blog.  When I first started blogging in April of 2009, I almost immediately started offering custom blog designs.  I designed my own blog, and when a few friends noticed and asked me to design their blogs as well, a little side business was born.  This business absolutely took off...I designed hundreds of blogs in the 6 years I offered this service.  But, when I was pregnant with Jackson, I decided to hang up my designing hat.  I had gotten to the point where there just weren't enough hours in the day, and designing had become incredibly time-consuming.

So, for quite awhile, the first three areas of blog monetization (ads, affiliate links, and sponsored content) were my money-makers.  I was doing great with those, but I saw so much more potential in this little blog of mine.  In late 2015, I finally found an opportunity to expand my blog monetization that has been a game changer.

Step 1: Pinpoint what you'd like to sell.

Many of you know I started this blog in April of 2009 to share our personal story.  It has since evolved into a place where I discuss everything related to home: productivity, food, family, and decor.  In June of last year, one of my homemaking posts absolutely took off.  I published a cleaning schedule that addresses every single area of the home.  Within a month or two, I could see a significant boost in my pageviews because of this one post!  It ranked really high in Pinterest search results for "cleaning schedule" (and still does), thanks to a few Pinterest SEO and promotion methods.  Late last year, I got the idea to take the pageviews from this one post and turn them into something a little more substantial for the growth and profitability of my blog.

I knew that there was a market for an ebook that would go into detail about how my cleaning schedule can be integrated into a daily routine.  Just having the cleaning schedule is great; having a collection of printables that break the cleaning schedule down by the day is even better. I didn't know of another ebook on the market that broke home cleaning down into daily parts, and this segmentation is something I did anyway as I used the cleaning schedule in my home, so I knew others that used this printable could benefit from it too.

Thus, Journey to Clean was born.  After months of marketing, tech prep, and writing, it was launched in June of 2016.  I have been beyond impressed with the engagement it's offered with my readers and the residual income it's provided to my blog.  If given the chance, I wouldn't hesitate to publish it again (which is exactly what I'm doing in a couple of months...more on that below!).

If you take one sentence away from this post, this is the one:

The two steps to selling your own content are 1) finding something to sell that benefits an audience and 2) finding that audience. (Tweet this.) 

Once I found my item that could benefit an audience, the next step was identifying that audience and marketing to them in an authentic, beneficial way.

Step 2: Find and grow your customer base.

The next thing I honed in on was growing my email list.  I wanted to convert the readers that might have only visited my blog once for a printable into engaged, interested participants in my blog.  I've read from many, many bloggers that one of the best ways to grow your reader base is by growing your email list.  I saw this post as the absolute perfect way to grow this list.  Readers were visiting my blog to download this printable...why not offer a preview of the printable when the readers visit and offering the printable version as a "thank you" for joining an email list?

In early 2016, I put this plan into action.  I added sign-up boxes and links to join my Mailchimp email list to many of my popular printable posts.  If you visit those posts now, you are able to see the printables (so it's still offering visitors some kind of value...they aren't just getting hit up with a sales pitch as soon as they arrive).  But, if they need the full-resolution version, they're asked to join my list.  Once they subscribe, they're given access to the Printable Collection on my blog (which houses many other popular printables from Lamberts Lately as well).

This method has been beyond valuable to a) growing my reader base and b) converting one-time visitors into engaged customers for my product.  As of the end of August 2016, I had almost 10,000 subscribers on this email list!  The majority of those subscribers that might have never visited my blog again, much less have bought a product from me.

Most of the emails I send from this email list are Lamberts Lately newsletters.  They offer a little insight into what I'm publishing on the blog for the past couple of weeks, a summary of recent blog posts, and a few archive favorites I wanted to share.  This keeps one-time readers engaged in my content.  I also offer a "printable of the month" that's exclusive to email subscribers.  This feature has been incredibly popular and gives the subscribers a little extra incentive to stay on my list!  (If you'd like to join my email list to get an idea of what I do, click here.)

I usually get a few hundred clicks over to the blog each time I publish a newsletter...that's nice.  But, where the email list is especially beneficial is around the time I'm launching a new product.  I use this list to send out a few reminders (and even a product preview) to subscribers in the weeks leading up to launch.  On launch day, readers are sent a direct link to purchase the product, in addition to a discount that is exclusive to my email list.

This graph is the best demonstrator of the power of my email list in Journey to Clean's launch.  It shows sales from launch day to the end of June 2016.  Obviously the first day sales are always going to be the best...that's due to marketing on both my email list, social media, and blog.  But, the next couple of peaks show the power of email marketing.

I gave email newsletter subscribers an exclusive coupon code that was valid until Friday, June 17...the first peak you see in sales.  So that peak in sales is totally attributed to my email list.  The next peak you see is the last day of introductory pricing on June 28th.  Now, there was marketing from all ends advertising that date as the day the price was going up, but I saw a significant spike in sales coming in for the hours following the reminder email going out to subscribers.  I really believe that peak is largely due to email marketing.

I don't regret working so hard to grow my email list for a second.  Social media comes and goes; you can put a lot of effort into growing your presence on another platform, and they can very easily change algorithms to completely cancel out that hard work.  I've seen that lately, in particular, on Facebook.  But your email list is the only marketing tool (besides your blog, of course) that you 100% control.  You get to say how often those subscribers see your can't say that for a social platform that you don't own!

So, how long does it take to grow a customer base?  It doesn't have to take long at all!  I grew my email list for about 6 months before launching my first product.  If you have a very targeted, interested audience, it could take even less.  It really just depends on how quickly people are signing up and how eager they are to get their hands on your product.  Having the large number of subscribers is nice, but it's totally possible to have a successful launch with a much smaller, more targeted audience.  Obviously, the more interested customers you can attain before launching, the better, but you have to be the judge of whether it's worth the out the time needed to grow a customer base.

Step 3: Make a launch plan.

So, you've got your product idea, you've got your what?  About 2 months before I launch a product, I sit down with a calendar and make a launch schedule.  In this, I work backwards: the first date I put on the calendar is my launch date.  Then, I pencil in 3-4 blog posts where I'll mention the product (including the day-of-launch post), 3-4 targeted emails I'll send, and a handful of social media promos I'll post.  I also put in goals and deadlines for myself within the launch schedule (when I'll finish sections of the book, when I'll have it proofed, when I'll have websites up and going, etc.).  It makes it a hundred times easier to know your deadlines and goals in advance, rather than making them up on the fly.

Now, is that launch schedule going to change? Absolutely.  Mine got rearranged a few times throughout the process, and that's something you might need to account for when you're making your plan.  But the one thing that couldn't change for me is my launch date.  I actually wrote about my launch date on the blog on purpose early on, so I couldn't change it later. :) By having it out there for everyone to see, I felt like I was more accountable to staying on schedule.

Step 4: Produce the content.

What might initially seem like the most important piece of selling your own content is really just a small part of this process.  Is it important you focus on producing a beneficial product that is worth the price you're asking of your readers?  Absolutely.  Is it the only part of selling your own product?  Not even close.

It probably took me about a month of Starbucks trips to get Journey to Clean ready to sell.  All said and told, I'd estimate I spent 30-40 hours working on the actual content of the book.  That included...

-making the printables
-writing the copy
-checking consistency of the printed content
-setting up links within the pdf file
-checking actual print quality
-checking compatibility on different computer systems
-shooting images and designing covers/dividers

Noah and I were the only two editors on the book...that's one thing I'm thinking about changing in my upcoming launch.  I'd like to have a set of proofers next time that can help fine-tune the smaller details of the book.  I haven't really found any flat-out errors in the book, but I feel like having more eyes on the initial draft could have given it a better flow and helped with overall reader experience.

As far as the tech side...don't feel like you can't produce your own product because you don't have the right software!  Want to know what I use to write an ebook that has now sold hundreds of copies?  Open Office.

As in free, didn't-pay-a-dime-for-it Open Office.

This program is quite possibly my favorite free software on the internet.  It's an open-source program that emulates Microsoft Office.  Does Microsoft Office have more functionality?  Absolutely.  But in my opinion, it's not worth hundreds of dollars to have the few extra features that Microsoft Office provides.

I wrote the whole book in Open Office and made my printables in Photoshop Elements.  Those were copied and pasted into the document where needed and I saved the file as one big .pdf.  Easy peasy!  I did have to test printing and download functionality on several different operating systems to make sure everything was a go in that department...we had one issue with the document not opening on Windows systems, but that was easily fixed by exporting the file into a reader for saving.

Step 5: Produce quality marketing materials.

I have found that it is so, so important to have the right marketing materials for your product.  Whether you're selling an ebook, a physical item, or even a set of printables, you have to make the customer want what you're selling.  That means you need to use images that not only give the customer details on what they're buying, but really help the customer want to use that product.

I probably could have slapped up a few sample file images of my ebook, but I'm not sure that would have stood out from the crowd.  In my opinion, styled pictures of the ebook pages were much more effective in letting the customer imagine they are using the product.  I tried to include details about the printables in my marketing images that gave a sneak peek without "giving the cow away for free," if you will.

I also made sure we had a solid landing page that really answered any questions about the ebook before the customer purchased.  This is kind of the homepage of your product.  I filled mine with lots of background info about the book, colorful, detailed images of the content, and a Q&A section that made sure the reader knew what they were buying.  I would rather have happy, informed customers than feel the need to "trick" someone into buying something that might not be helpful for them.  (More info on the technical side of setting up a landing page below.)

Step 5: Make sure all systems are in place

The behind the scenes part of selling your own product is pretty overshadowed but so incredibly important in the product selling process.  If you set up your systems correctly, you really can make this process a very passive stream of income that requires almost no upkeep.

(I am not a lawyer or tax expert, so please consult a professional if you need advice in this department.)

The first step in this for us was forming an LLC.  It's something I needed to do for my blog for a really long time, but the need to collect sales tax is what really put a spur in our sides to do it.  In Mississippi, forming an LLC was as easy as filling out a couple of forms online and mailing in a check.  From there, we were able to file for a sales tax number that legally allowed us to collect sales tax on the ebooks. (Which, coincidentally, was almost pointless as of right now.  I think we've remitted 70 cents of sales tax to the state so far.)

From there, we had to figure out the online systems we'd use to inform customers, collect payment, and deliver the product.  Because my product was digital, there are numerous systems and websites available that make the process an absolute breeze.  After a lot of research into what payment processor we could use, we chose to go with Gumroad.  So far we have been incredibly impressed with the site.

Once you sign up for Gumroad, you upload the files you'll be selling, specify a price (or select a "Pay What You Want" pricing model), write a small blurb about your product, and upload an image for it...and boom, you're done.  No need to invoice each individual customer and deliver the product, Gumroad does it all for you!  Of course they do charge a small fee for payment processing and their service, but it is well worth it in my opinion.  I pay $10 a month for Gumroad's premium plan, and typically pay about 6.5% on each $10 ebook for their payment processing.

Gumroad makes it so easy to bookkeep too...each month, I'm about to download a .csv file that goes into detail about each customer and the numbers I need to keep up with for accounting purposes.  If I choose to make an email list for my customers, their information is provided to me in this file.  This makes for easy product updates and marketing of future editions.  They also offer an option to make affiliate programs for your products...this is something I haven't done yet, but am seriously considering for the next launch.  That process seems easy as well.

Long story short, I would definitely recommend Gumroad if you're selling any kind of digital product.  I've been very pleased with it.

You'll also need to think about how you'll make your landing page.  This is the face of your product, so it's one that really needs to be polished and professional.  You can take a peek at mine here.  I do have a good bit of experience in coding, but even I chose to go with Instapage for my landing page needs.  You literally drag and drop things to where you need them...even someone who has no experience coding could design with this service.  They also allow individual formatting for mobile sites and have tons of customization options.  The price per month is a little high, and I'd love to find another option at some point that doesn't cost quite as much, but I'm happy with it for now.

I recommend going with an easy-to-find URL for your landing page.  I tied mine into the CNAME file for my site (which is a whole 'nother post), but you could always purchase an inexpensive domain name for your product to make the landing site easy to find.  You want one that a customer could type in without having to remember a long string of text...making it as easy to find your content as possible is so important!

Step 6: Promote the heck out of it.

You've got your landing page and payment processing set up, you've got your product, you've got your audience...launch day is here!  From here, I recommend really marketing your product for the next few weeks.  After about a month, I kind of let it ride out...but the first few weeks after launch are a crucial time for getting your product out there.

Obviously your blog and social media will all get a few posts about it.  I scheduled several pins through Tailwind that have been great advertising for the book.  I also used some paid Facebook and Pinterest advertising in the weeks after the launch date.  I had some limited success with both (mostly Facebook), but I'm not sure I'd sink a ton of money into either one.  With the next launch, I'm planning on focusing advertising money on the Facebook side.

If you've taken the time to grow and email list, like I mentioned, that's been my most effective marketing tool for a digital product.  I offered a coupon code for a day or two to my email subscribers that brought in a lot of interest.  I also let my email subscribers know when there is going to be a price change and if there are any future sales on the product.

And, if you have any popular posts that are at all related to the product, don't be afraid to drop a few images/links in those posts!  I definitely market my product on that original cleaning schedule post.  I also have an image of my book in my sidebar and a link to it in my top nav bar...both have given me a moderate amount of interest.

And, I found it was really beneficial to have a few targeted blog posts launch on the day of the product release and in the weeks afterwards that promote your product, whether directly or indirectly.  You don't want to post a straight up commercial, but give the reader something beneficial that integrates your product.  Here are the promo posts I did...

A Tour of Journey to Clean (with my favorite notebook supplies)
How to Involve Kids in Journey to Clean
Coordinated Phone Wallpapers for Journey to Clean

And, my friends, that's how I went from dreaming about selling my own product to actually doing it.  This is a lot of info.  I'm not going to sit here and tell you that successfully selling a product or service through your blog is easy.  It's a ton of work, but if you put in the right effort on the front end, it can become an almost effortless source of residual income for your blog.  I never thought I'd still be making the kind of money I am off of an ebook I launched months ago.  And I'm just crazy enough to want to do the whole thing over again! :)

I'll be launching the 2017 version of Journey to Clean on December 1, 2016!  In it, I will have updated calendars for 2017, an updated cleaning schedule and deep cleaning calendar, and new tips and tricks to keep your home in tip top shape.  (Yes, I'm just nuts enough to launch a new product while building a house and taking care of 2 kids.  Pray for me.)

I can't wait to share more with you guys in the coming months!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Create It Thursday - October

Hey friends!  Ready to discover another month's worth of creations?

You guys shared hundreds of incredible ideas at last month's party.  Here are a few of my favorites!  These are also found on on the Lamberts Lately Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages.

...and this month's fan favorite...

A huge thanks to everyone who shared their ideas from us last month!  Grab a button if you're featured:

Time for October's party!

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Best Sausage Cornbread Dressing

So you know how it seems like every great cook has one or two recipes that are just kind of their signature?  For the longest time, I've been thinking about what my signature will be.  And I think I might have finally found it.

I've been working on the recipe for this Sausage Cornbread Dressing for quite awhile.  It's one of those recipes I've tweaked here and there until I got it right where I want it.  I'm pretty proud of where it is, so I thought I'd share it with y'all today...just in time to save for Thanksgiving and Christmas meals!

If you're from the north, you might know this recipe as stuffing.  This is very similar Southern version, it's just baked in a casserole dish instead of a bird.  It has the perfect combination of creaminess and heartiness and goes wonderfully with turkey or ham (I've had it with both).  It makes a whole lot of food, so I recommend either halving this recipe or freezing some of it (it freezes beautifully...just make sure you wrap it well).

This recipe for The Best Sausage Cornbread Dressing looks amazing!  Awesome Southern dish that I have to save for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  Really easy too!

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The Best Sausage Cornbread Dressing
This holiday staple will quickly become a family favorite!
  • 2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread, prepared and cooled
  • 7 slices oven-dried white bread, cooled and crumbled
  • 1 sleeve saltines, crushed
  • 16oz hot sausage
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 can Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp ground sage
  • 5 eggs, beaten
Cook sausage until browned and crumbly. Add in butter and melt; add celery and onion and cook until veggies are translucent.In a large (really big) bowl, mix together cornbread, white bread, and saltines. Once sausage mixture is cooked, add into cornbread mixture and mix well. Add soups and eggs.One cup at a time, add chicken broth until mixture is stirrable but not watery. Add seasonings.Bake mixture (you'll need 2 pans) at 350° for 45-50 minutes, until top is browned and center is no longer jiggly.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16-20 servings