5 things I’m loving right now

  1. Love-FireCurved shower curtain rods. Seriously, why doesn’t EVERYONE use these? You don’t end up fighting the shower curtain as it clings to you all shower long and it instantly makes your shower feel quite a bit bigger. Genius.
  2. Having my new place professionally painted before I even moved in. Such a good call. I knew the mint green everywhere needed to go. I also knew it would take me the better part of my life if I tackled it all on my own. Now it’s done and over with and I love it!
  3. My grandmother’s orange holiday cookies. Word is that she couldn’t cook to save her life, so these cookies were her one culinary accomplishment.
  4. Upcoming baking plans for this week. I love to bake and haven’t done it for three years because my kitchen was teeny tiny. Now, I have a much larger kitchen and I’m ready to get to it!
  5. Tenderness in all forms from all people.

5 things I’m loving right now

  1. Love-FireFinding a balance between assertive and polite.
  2. Having a friend who so completely understands you and is able to put that to words and actions is a beautiful thing.
  3. Regularly meeting new people who are passionate, positive, excited, and motivated. We all need as many of those folks in our lives as we can get!
  4. Knowing your limits and knowing when to burst through them and when to back off a bit. It’s a heavily nuanced situation.
  5. This recipe using Cappello’s grain-free pasta. Such an amazing meal!

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

lovehandI’ve been a little socially maxed out over the past several weekends, so I decided to lay low and recharge a bit this past weekend. My whole plan was to do as little as possible, other than what I had to do. It was wonderful.

  1. Getting my hair done. By the time I get in there, I’m usually so annoyed with my hair that I’m about ready to shave my head. This time was no exception. But I always walk out of there happy as can be. My stylist must have the best job – making people that happy all day long!
  2. Lying down for what I thought would be a 30 minute nap and waking up two hours later feeling warm, content, and fully rested. I love having the time for that indulgence.
  3. Having plenty of good books around to read.
  4. Protein pancakes! I’m not very good at cooking pancakes, but these suckers taste good regardless!
  5. Gorging myself on the final season of Breaking Bad.

5 things I’m loving right now

  1. lovehandWhen you meet people that you connect with instantly. The flip side, I’m learning, is how quickly that can burn out versus cultivating something more solid over time. Nevertheless, that instant rush can be fun sometimes.
  2. Not having to set an alarm. Waking up when my body is ready is so, so nice!
  3. That feeling you get on a Saturday knowing that you still have two more days off in front of you. Three-day weekends are just so luxuriant and restful.
  4. That my mom knows I love the brownies in the corner of the pan and so she saves them for me. It’s nice when people know you well and do little things to make you smile.
  5. This recipe for pancakes. Who doesn’t love guilt-free, protein packed pancakes?
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