Recipe: Italian sausage and potatoe soup

This can be a one pot meal and oh soo good. It’s also gluten free , and just plain fast and easy. Since making this for the first time it’s been a weekly meal, probably because I like potatoes and my husband loves sausage.

Ingredients;

1 tablespoon olive oil

1pound spicy Italian sausage, casing removed (I like to use the city market brand)

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 onion diced

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

Salt and black pepper

5 cups chicken broth

1 pound red potatoes, diced

3 cups baby spinach

1/4 cup heavy cream

( I know fat free half and half isn’t heavy cream, but it’s all I had in the house 🙂

Put the olive oil in a large pot and add the crumbled sausage to fry, I put it on pretty high heat to cook it all through. 

Then while the sausage was frying I put my chicken bouillon cubes in a separate sauce pan with 5 cups of water (I like to do this instead of using the broth) and put that on high to boil. Chop up an onion and put this in with the sausage so it fries and becomes translucent. Now I put all the other spices it the ‘broth’ and poured that over the sausage and onions. Then cube your potatoes and throw them in too. 

Cover and let boil for ten minutes or until the potatoes are soft. Then throw in the spinach and mix it all up. In about a minute when the spinach is nice and wilty, pour in the cream and it’s ready to serve. Yum yum.

DIY Outdoor Lighted Christmas Trees

Tomato CagesIts the best time of year, Christmas is just around the corner and every one is bustling and hustling to get gifts for everyone on their lists. Its that time when we can’t get enough of the lights that are shining and lighting up the dark nights in patterns so bright. Its the time of year when hope and joy are evident all around us if we keep in mind the joy of the Great Light of the World who came to save us from the darkness.

Well, I wanted to decorate outside our house with lights too and especially wanted the little trees covered with lights. We looked at the local hardware store to see what they cost, and it was too much for my liking. So I got an idea, (HGTV is amazing) and decided to turn my tomato planters into lighted trees 🙂 Following are the photos of the transformation.

First turn the cages upside down and bend the ends to the center and tape the tops together.

Just wrap the cages with lights.

And Voila! Its pretty!

Wrapped Lightslights

Picture Frames DIY

When Dominic and I first moved into our house we didn’t have much since we had both moved from a long ways away. I wasn’t able to move the things I did own, til just recently because we had to import them from Canada. So in the meantime I really wanted to get some pictures on the walls, without breaking the bank, and here’s what I came up with.

Below see the frames I picked up at second hand stores for about $.99 each.

After taking the glass and backing out, I laid them flat, and using high gloss black spray paint from Home Depot, painted them in the back yard.

The end result was exactly what I had been imagining. I still haven’t put pictures in all of them yet. Also I would like to paint or have painted a large tree behind them on the wall as a sort of back drop. It would be from the floor to about shoulder height and just be painted in black hanging the pictures over it so it would look like the frames were hanging on it. But for now I’m really pleased with how these turned out. Also about a week after these were finished I found this Mirror at a second hand shop. The frame was bright red, but after an easy paint job, it looked brand new.

Happy Valentine’s Day Felicia!

Good morning and Happy Valentine’s Day. This is your new vlog (video blog) all about knitting. Each week I’ll help you film and edit a new video post where you discuss the ins and outs of your love, KNITTING. I know what you’re thinking, what kind of present involves the recipient having to do something, let alone having to do something that takes lots of thought and time over and over again? Kinda sounds like that $10,000 we won for our wedding huh? All we needed to do was first spend $2,000 and then the prize was ours, plus payments for the next 5 years on a bunch of stuff we never wanted in the first place right? Well ya I guess it is kinda like that, except instead of just one day of pictures that you pay for for the rest of your life, this will help you work on one of your favorite activities while sharing your talent with your friends and followers in a fun and unique way. You can give lessons to your sister a country away, or simply share your thoughts on the latest purling craze. And don’t worry, I will help you every step of the way with whatever you need. Let’s have fun with it. I love you very much honey and can’t wait to see you down here again.

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