Soup to Warm you up!

Monday, December 30, 2013

Pasta Soup 

After a few months away from this little blog, I'm back with a great soup recipe.
Found this recipe in Cooking Light Magazine and it is perfect for cool weather.  I served it with Rosemary bread (found and Costco) and it was a hit.

  • 3/4 cup uncooked small shell pasta
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • (4-ounce) link hot turkey Italian sausage, casing removed
  • 1 cup diced onion 
  • 1 cup diced carrot 
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • garlic cloves, chopped
  • (15-ounce) can unsalted chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • (15-ounce) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 cups unsalted chicken stock (such as Swanson)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  1. 1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
  2. 2. While pasta cooks, heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add sausage; cook 3 minutes or until lightly browned, stirring to crumble. Add onion and next 6 ingredients (through garlic); cook 10 minutes. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, and stock; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in pasta, salt, and black pepper; cook 1 minute.

    Hope you enjoy it !

Ready for Fall

Sunday, September 15, 2013

I am ready for Fall!

I love summer and the beach 
but I'm ready for a new season;
cool weather, hot cocoa, pumpkin anything,
sweaters, hoodies, and fall baking  

all pics via pinterest

Life Lately

Saturday, July 27, 2013

I haven't blogged in a month
and probably a month before that
Instagram is so much easier
But for my journal purpose 
I like to blog and print :)

Here's a peek into our summer

Beach with sweet friends. 

Lunch dates with friends.
We love the Oxford Exchange

This was a beautiful bridesmaid luncheon
Oxford Exchange
All the girls wore black dresses and pearl
the Tiffany Cake and accessories were all 
the Tiffany blue colors
we totally stalked them :)

Lunch at Danny's All American with my sister
Guy would be happy! 
He made Danny one rich man!

Yogurt date for one
Happy Cow - love this place!

Grown up lunch dates

More Oxford Exchange

Painting pottery!

Treats for my friends coming to my Pampered Chef Party
At which I got $240 dollars FREE - score!

Obsessed with these gift tags 
Monogrammed just for me
From my new IG friend Rachel 
Going to meet here soon
Maybe even her sweet sister

Saw this cute chalkboard 
If you know me you know I'm kinda obsessed with them
And I LOVE this saying
Will have to copy it on one of my own boards

Morning walk and talk in my back yard with God!

Love my little desk!  and the color turquoise 

and my bulletin board..... and starfish 

Taco Tuesday with the Golden Girls
Fish Tacos - YUM

Love fresh flowers around the house.

And rainbow waffles!

And my honey - miss him - he will be home today from the Florida Keys
With lots of fish and lobster

And Trader Joes Art Work
Well greeting cards framed :)

Sleepovers making blankets
with Pop Corn and M&M's 

Speaking of the Florida Keys
Lobster and Fish Pics
of Steve and Robert 
I see a seafood feast coming on soon

Sav and my sweet niece Kacie heading to CT
to visit my other sweet niece Kris

Sav's instagram with my great nephew

Sav and Kris
yes the weather was 55 in CT last night

And - wahhhh 
a few proofs
Sav's Senior pics

That's a wrap!


An engagement and sweet friends

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Last night we had a special celebration
An engagement party for special friends
Karen and Scott
Karen is part of our girls night group
(16 years and going strong)
One of the sweetest friends I have

The text messages started going around about a week ago
Who was going to bring what
What should we do as a gift

About 50 text messages later
the menu was planned
a gift certificate was chosen
the party was set!

I have to admit I started setting up the dining room a week ago
deciding on flowers
color scheme
details :)

Decided on white and silver
classy -vs-  cute
I purchased very nice silver and white paper plates
nice "plastic" silver ware
Adorable "We're Engaged" napkins

Well Friday night, I decided we should not do paper
After texting Barb and Amy about another 50 times
we decided to use my depression glass
Amy's nice silver
And no paper

At midnight, I pulled out the dishes and washed them all
set the tables 
everything was set

Saturday morning I had just a few errands
A photo from Costco that HAD to be framed
more fresh flowers
and  gift certificate from Berns in Tampa
well, after purchasing everything I needed
I headed to Tampa to get the gift certificate
arrived at 1:50  p.m.
they do not sell gift cards until 2:00 p.m. 
are you kidding me?????
I call Mel, and Amy frantic and MAD
Amy sends a text message out to the group
Just by luck Carole is  Tampa
what are the odds?  She lives in Apollo Beach
She was doing a cupcake tasting with her future daughter-in-law
whew... she saved the day
Carole picked up the gift certificate and I headed home

The evening was perfect
everyone brought amazing appetizers to share
Barb brought the photo booth props
Karen and Scott had a great time

There is something about a close group of girls
that just touches my heart
I love them to pieces 
We are so blessed by our small group
At the end of the evening the guys end up outside talking
and you would know every friend at the party 
ends up in the kitchen washing dishes
putting food away
to where it didn't even looked like a party took place
I love that we are so comfortable in each others home

Today the summer cold has gotten the best of me
I am on the couch feet propped up 
with two furry friends on top of me
I just might not get up until tomorrow

Blessings on your day sweet blogger friends.


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