Quick Soup

September 16, 2010

I will be posting soon about the treasures I got this summer- but I realized this is Thursday and I have some stuff to get done before Saturday morning (I visit my Grama).  And, the eBay 10 cent insertion fee deal ends TODAY- I need to get off my duff and list some stuff!

Here is a quick recipe for this busy day- super yum and kid friendly- AND I think it was from Cooking Light!

Italian Sausage Soup


8 ounces hot or sweet turkey Italian sausage

2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth

1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes with basil, garlic, and oregano

1/2 cup uncooked small shell pasta

2 cups bagged baby spinach leaves

2 tablespoons grated fresh Parmesan or Romano cheese

2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil



Heat a large saucepan over medium heat. Remove casings from sausage. Add sausage to pan, and cook about 5 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Drain; return to pan.

Add broth, tomatoes, and pasta to pan, and bring to a boil over high heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until pasta is done. Remove from heat; stir in spinach until wilted. Sprinkle each serving with cheese and basil.


It’s May

May 15, 2009

Goodness time flies!

No new soups recently.  I’ve been busy, and the weather has been crazy- hot, cold, rain.  I’ve also been subbing in our school district.  Quite the shock to my system!  As one girl said, I need to “get mean.”  I usually have to get another teacher to give the class the evil eye to make them quiet down.  I did high school ONCE- they scared me!  The middle school wasn’t too bad- still were loud.  My favorite so far is subbing in the preK special education class.  I was an aide to one student yesterday-that was good too.

My doll bed?  Still not painted, but more hexies have been made.  I haven’t tried to assemble them yet- guess I better get started.

I have to go sub soon, but I wanted to post about a MAY GIVEAWAY over at Sew, Mama, Sew !!!!!

I might even pull myself together and participate!!!! (Beyond going to EVERY blog and entering their drawing)

Ok- off I go.  Lots to do.  (Strawberries ame in early this year- for you too?  I have jam to make…….. tomorrow though!)


Another Recipe

April 22, 2009

Daughter asked yesterday if we could have tomato soup for dinner tonight.  So I made Amy’s recipe– I think we have a hit!  I added a  bit of paprika (not noticeable), some sugar (my honey is crystallized) and a chunk of light cream cheese to the blender.  It tastes so creamy and rich!  I also used plum tomato strips with basil for my canned tomatoes.

Say it Ain’t So!!

April 21, 2009


Hallmark Magazine, which I really like, is no more.  This sucks.  Too many good magazine are folding.  And WHY don’t they keep their websites up?!?!  Mary Englebreit, and now Hallmark- all the templates and recipes and stuff are gone.  They are big companies- can’t they just stay there, static??

Moving on……… I’m glad Easter is over. I mean I love Easter, but all the hoop-la of the past month is done, and I’m glad.  We had a quilt raffle at church (no I DON’T know how much we made yet, thank you for asking- we are counting this week!) and it is over.

Right now I’m working on a project- very cute.  I’m going to the UFDC convention in Atlanta this summer (my 1st time), and one thing they ask for is donation for their “helper room”- technically NOT a raffle.  You can buy chances and put your name in the hat for whatever you like. Well, I saw a doll bed at the Salvation Army and decided I’m going to fix it up and take it.  This is what it looks like now:

doll bed- before

Why did everyone paint everything that yucky brownish- yellow color anyway?  I’m going to repaint it, sew a mattress and pillow and linens.

And on top of that- (literally)- will be what I’m currently working on- a bed spread or quilt of some sort.  I sound so wishy-washy bec. I have a few irons in the oven at once- I’m not sure which will get done first!  I have daughter working on a yo-yo coverlet- she’s really taken to it and can make them from knotting the thread to the end. (I love to see kids sew!) 

I myself and doing what I said I’d never do, unless I was incarcerated for life- English paper piecing, or Grandma’s Flower Garden.  It’s all by hand. Yup.  And for a doll bed, the pieces have to be pretty small.

little hexies

I have more than just these made- this is just an illustration of what it will look like.  I’ve estimated that I will need over 200 of those buggers- HA HA HA!!!  And not just basted, as shown, but actually sewn TOGETHER.  And going full circle, this is why I say I have a couple irons in the oven for the doll bed covering.  But it’s fun.

I need to get some things done today, but I did make this soup last night- Spinach Lentil soup.  As always I kinda followed the recipe.  More lentils (about 1/2 lb.), more sausage, added garlic, cumin, garam masala, more broth than water, etc.   Mine turned out very thick- less a soup than just a dish.  Daughter amazingly liked it and asked for it in her lunch tomorrow!

Till next time!


I’m back!

March 24, 2009

Here I am!  Miss me?

It’s been a crazy couple months- lots of stuff going on week after week.  I’m going to try to chill until Easter- as best I can……

We had a craft bazaar at church this past weekend.  They had all kinds of soup for sale- I had the taco soup- it was SO GOOD!  I learned a new evil trick- probably nothing new to you.  Besides the sour cream and cheese available, they also had Fritos!!!  I never thought of putting Fritos on soup- I guess because I try to resist buying such snacks.

I’ve been making a quick chicken noodle soup for the kidlets- It was even reported by my hubby to be “good”- like Campbell’s!!!  Ah yes, the ultimate compliment- ha! (He actually likes my homemade chicken noodle soup- this way IS reminiscent of Campbell’s…….)


I use Better Than Bouillon chicken base (I get it at Wal-Mart- much cheaper than there on Amazon!), water, some grated carrot, maybe some actual chicken, noodles, some seasoning salt and Nature’s Selection Vegetable Sea Salt (very cheap, again at Wal-Mart).  Voila- almost instant chicken noodle soup.

Tonight I made roasted vegetable soup- similar to Martha’s recipe.   But, instead of half a dozen beefsteak tomatoes and carrots, I did my regular roasted veggies we have for dinner (sweet potato, onion, zucchini) tossed with olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, s&p.  I also roasted a handful of grape tomatoes that had shriveled beyond what looked nice in a salad.

After taking them out of the oven I comboed the veggies with some chicken broth (BtB base) in a large pan, brought to a boil, simmered for about 7 minutes.  Then I pureed and added some half-and-half.  SO GOOD!  Thick and sweet.

That’s all the soup news I have for now- see ya!

Soup Monday- Double

February 2, 2009

Well, considering last Monday just zipped on by, I’ll have to talk about last week’s and this week’s soup.

Last Sunday was the Soup Swap- fun, successful as always.  We even had a few drop-ins, which made for about 11 swappers!  So on Monday I HAD to have one for dinner- I chose the Chicken Salsa Soup my friend Ann made.  It was SO GOOD!  I wish I had a recipe for you- I’ll work on it.  I decided to be double decadent and served it over rice…. I think.  That was a week ago, mind you………

At the swap I also picked black-eyed pea soup, a Greek chili (which we ate last week too), another chili, corn chowder, and another i can’t remember.

Toinght I am making a classic beef stew in the crock pot.  I even followed the directions- imagine that!  Well, I dind’t measure anything except the broth.  Even though it’s supposed to be about 60* today (CRAZY!!)  I thought the kids would like it.

Ok- gotta go make my lunch. (tuna salad sandwich)

Quick tip- when making tuna salad, add lots of veggies- it will add those veggies we need to eat every day, bulk up one can of tuna for many people, and it tastes awesome too.  I add chopped onion and green pepper, shredded carrot and of course chopped sweet pickle (along with the regular mayo, s&p, dash of seasoning salt- and tuna!).

Soup Monday- Split Pea

January 19, 2009

Even though it was a day off for the kids, I had a meeting at church.  And after additionally working on the computer this cold day, I opted for the easy and simple Split Pea Soup.   This isn’t the exact recipe I used, but it’s a basic one if you need it. 

As long as you have the peas, onion, garlic, celery, a bay leaf, some stock ,water, etc. you are good to go.  Best with a ham bone too!

I’m going to serve it with garlic or cheesy garlic toast.

I’m holding a soup swap again at my church this Sunday.  I’ve been looking and looking for a new soup to make, and I found some candidates!  Number 1 choice is Vegetable Tagine– it sounded good and nutritious, a little different.  The other two in the running are Spinach Lentil with kielbasa and rice, and Sweet Potato, Carrot, Apple and Red Lentil Soup with cumin and ginger and chili powder- mmmm!!!  So hard to decide……………