February 2010

Since it is still winter in this lovely part of the country (and we have at least another month and half to go before Spring starts showing up regularly), I wanted to get another big pot of homemade soup made. I found a Vegetable and Spicy Sausage Soup in the March issue of Cooking Light and it looked like a winner. I can honestly say that of all the recipes I have made from Cooking Light they have all turned out! That is a pretty good feat. 

 

 

I am rockin’ my new apron from TJ Maxx, I wanted something a little more stylish than the plain style I had before.

 

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Ingredients

 

  • 4 ounces 50% less fat pork sausage
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups finely chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, divided
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 3 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 (15.5-ounce) can low-sodium canellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 cup half and half
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary (I used dried)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

 

Directions

Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage to pan, and cook for 4 minutes or until browned, stirring to crumble. Remove from pan; keep warm.

 

Return pan to medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery, zucchini, garlic, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and garlic; cook stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tablespoons tomato paste and red pepper; cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly. Place 1 cup vegetable mixture, 1/2 cup of broth, and 1 can of beans in a food processor, and process until smooth.

 

Return pureed bean mixture to pan. Add remaining 2 1/2 cups of broth and 1 can of beams; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes until thoroughly cooked. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, half-and-half, rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.

 

Ladle soup into each bowl and top with sausage.

 

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This soup had great flavor and the red pepper flakes give it a nice kick. The next time we make this I would probably add a little more pork or maybe even turkey sausage to give it a bit more protein.  We served our soup with some quick sandwiches to make it a bit more filling.

 

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Trio of Goodness

February 28, 2010

This afternoon I met up with my blog friends Erika and Kate for some Red Mango. They were troopers and drove all the way out to the ‘burbs for some delicious frozen yogurt. We each got our own unique flavor combo, mine was the Cocoa Yogurt with Blueberries, Mochi (the little gummy rice things that I am addicted to) and Coco Pebbles. This was delicious, but what looks even better is the trio of goodness when you see all of ours together.

 

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Erika was super nice and brought each of us a bag of goodies, I love surprises :) We each got a luna bar, some Pom Wonderful juice and her homemade trail mix. Yum!

 

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Cheers to two of my favorite blogging ladies!

 

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Rollin’ with my Peeps

February 28, 2010

It has been a very productive morning, we got the pantry cleaned out and organized, the spice cabinet organized and all old/expired spices thrown away, a great workout at the gym, a grocery store trip, some laundry, breakfast and blogging. It is nice to wake up at 7 and get going right away! Breakfast involved my new nut butter friend- Vanilla and Cinnamon Sunflower Butter that I ordered from Kath’s Open Sky Shop. This stuff is amazing :) It will be making lots of appearances over the next few weeks. 2 pieces of toast were a great mid morning breakfast.

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These cute yellow birds somehow flew right into my cart this morning ;) I am letting them get stale because that is how I roll with my Peeps.

 

 

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Are you a fan of Peeps?

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Rollin’ with my Peeps

February 28, 2010

It has been a very productive morning, we got the pantry cleaned out and organized, the spice cabinet organized and all old/expired spices thrown away, a great workout at the gym, a grocery store trip, some laundry, breakfast and blogging. It is nice to wake up at 7 and get going right away! Breakfast involved my new nut butter friend- Vanilla and Cinnamon Sunflower Butter that I ordered from Kath’s Open Sky Shop. This stuff is amazing :) It will be making lots of appearances over the next few weeks. 2 pieces of toast were a great mid morning breakfast.

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These cute yellow birds somehow flew right into my cart this morning ;) I am letting them get stale because that is how I roll with my Peeps.

 

 

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Are you a fan of Peeps?

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Santorini

February 28, 2010

Last night was our monthly dinner for the Couples Group that we run, we choose Santorini’s because they are great for groups and a lot of the people in the group had never had Greek food before. We had 8 couples in attendance with 4 couples at each table. It was a good way to […]

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Doggy Wine Connoisseur

February 27, 2010

Last night at the Home and Garden show we spotted a Wine Crate Dog Bowl. Being the discerning dog that Clifford is we knew he would LOVE this bowl. since we loved it, we thought he would too I love the looks of it! Very stylish.       While Clifford was checking out and […]

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Reader Meet-Up

February 27, 2010

The lovely Jen of Prior Fat Girl hosted a Prior Fat Girl Get Together this morning at The Beat coffee house in Minneapolis. There were 40 amazing Minneapolis area bloggers and readers. It was so much fun getting to know all of these women!   We mingled and got to know each other while enjoying […]

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Moto-I Sake Brew Pub

February 27, 2010

Last night we went to the Minneapolis Home and Garden Show at the Convention Center and checked out some gardening, decorating and outdoor living ideas for the new house. We got a couple of good contacts for patios/decks, outdoor furniture, a future wine cellar and some closet organizing ideas as well. I had won the […]

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Hello Sun!

February 26, 2010

Even though it is chilly this morning (7 when I left the gym) the sun is shining brightly. Puts me in such a great mood for a Friday! I contemplated not going to the gym this morning but  I was motivated and got up an went. I did 4 miles in 30 minutes on the […]

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Sneak Peek

February 25, 2010

I am so bad at keeping news so I wanted to give a sneak peak of our new kitchen. Since I think of the kitchen area as the most important room in the house, I figured that would make a good sneak peek. As of right now everything is looking good for our closing I […]

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