Confession Thursday

  1. Confession There’s been a dead snake behind my car for several days now. It scared the crap out of me the first day, but then I should have known better. Each morning I head out to my car and think, “Don’t forget – that snake is back there.” And each morning I round the back end of my car and jump. Smooth, right?
  2. I’ve been wrestling with a major decision – one that both excites me, and scares me. One that makes me emotional in a happy way, and in a sad way. I’m waiting on that beam of clarity…
  3. I’m officially old. You know how I know? Live music in a restaurant drives me batty. It’s distracting and makes it hard to have a conversation with the people you’re eating with. I guess it’s time to take me out to the back 40…
  4. In my opinion, connecting with someone right off the bat is a truly beautiful thing and completely out of your control. It’s amazing how you think you’ll hit it off with someone and it falls flat, but then the absolute opposite happens and reminds you how randoms this can seem. People can be great!
  5. Whenever I’m watching The Walking Dead and I can tell that something super gnarly is about to take place, I’ll pause it and do something else for a bit until I’m really ready to face what’s about to happen. And yet, I still watch this show. What the hell is that all about!?

Kale & Sausage Soup

Last night was the first time it really felt like fall to me. As I was walking in the house, all of my senses were alive. The air was crisp and smelled like burning wood, the leaves were crunching under my feet, and I could see the frost forming on the blades of grass. It was amazing! I went inside and heated up a bowl of this yummy soup, which gets better each day it sits and all the flavors mingle.

Screen Shot 2014-10-28 at 12.37.16 PMKale & Sausage Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 yellow onion – diced
  • Garlic – diced (however much you like – I use a lot of garlic)
  • 1 pound spicy Italian chicken sausage
  • 1 head of kale – washed, ribbed, and roughly chopped
  • 3-4 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 2 TBS fresh rosemary – either finely chopped up or ground up in a mortar and pestle
  • White cooking wine
  • 1 28 oz can of diced tomatoes
  • Low sodium chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

  1. Saute the onion and garlic in olive oil in a soup pot
  2. Add in the sausage and cook until the sausage is cooked through
  3. Throw in the tomatoes – sauce and all
  4. Add in the chicken broth (just eyeball this – the more you add, the soupier it is, the less you add the more it becomes like a stew)
  5. Add in the white cooking wine (I do about a 1/2 a cup, you could do more or less or ditch it entirely)
  6. Add in the rosemary and the whole sprigs of thyme
  7. Add salt and pepper to taste (keep in mind that cooking wine, if you use it, is pretty salty)
  8. Incorporate the kale and let it cook down
  9. Simmer all of this until all of the ingredients are hot
  10. Serve!

I’ve been known to throw in some cooked rice or Parmesan after serving myself a bowl¬† just to change it up a bit.

5 things I’m loving right now

  1. Love-FireOpen-minded people who are able to perceive genuine passion and caring and then make a leap to better themselves based on that perception.
  2. Standing up for myself.
  3. When church services have a parental warning because they don’t sugar coat things or pull punches. I appreciate direct, authentic, difficult conversations that put people, myself included, to task.
  4. The excitement my niece and nephew have when I show up to spend time with them. Hanging out with my sister and her family fills me up.
  5. The impressive cheeks and rolls my littlest niece is working up. I’ve convinced myself she’s doing this all for my benefit so I’ll have something substantial to chew on when she comes to visit for Christmas.

Confession Thursday

  1. Confession This past weekend, I spent Sunday not eating all that well. Honestly, I didn’t really eat and what I did eat, well, let’s say I didn’t make great choices. Holy moly, the effect that had on my energy and mood was huge. I’ll not make that mistake again anytime soon.
  2. I was in a crap, crap, crap mood on Monday. Perhaps left over from my bad choices on Sunday? Likely. My inclination was to hibernate, withdraw from people, and pretend that I was fine. I didn’t to that. And, low and behold, reaching out, getting support, getting a few things off my chest, opening up – all of that helped me to feel so much better. Ah, there are lessons everywhere, huh?
  3. I can’t wait to cut my hair shorter! It’ll never get super short. Been there, done that. Not a good option for me. But another inch or so ought to do it!
  4. I don’t jump on the whole “everything must be pumpkin flavored this time of year” bandwagon. I do, however, jump on the “eggnog is the greatest thing ever and should be in the fridge at all times for the next two months” bandwagon. I guess we all have our things! (Speaking of, this eggnog is the absolute best stuff around. No joke.)
  5. Right now, finding huge honeycrisp apples on sale makes me very happy. Sometimes I’m very easy to please!

5 things I’m loving right now

  1. Love-FireA great conversation with my dad at dinner the other night. I really enjoyed his company and insights.
  2. Reconnecting with my old friend Teresa. There’s been so much that’s happened in both our lives since we last saw each other, so it was really nice to catch up.
  3. When food is really well done like a great Caesar salad or really good fried chicken. Both were enjoyed this weekend.
  4. Floating weightless for 60 minutes at the Cloud Nine Float Center in Boulder. If you ever have the chance to do something like this, go for it!
  5. Clean sheets. I really do love slipping into bed when there are clean sheets in the mix.
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