Saturday, December 3, 2011


normalcy is so boring...
except when you don't have it!!!

we gypsies found find ourselves in dallas this weekend. thanks to your sweet friends, the haneys, we spent the day in total normalcy & oh, was it so luxurious!! i shall never take for granted the simple pleasures of easy washer, dryer, dishwasher access. a simple day all together, catching up on laundry, grocery shopping, washing all our water bottles... a grocery shop... normal nap times. ahhhhhhhhhhh.

i insisted on making dinner - so tired of take out. our dear children even blessed us with eating it without toooo much fuss. which was nice, considering they basically spent the last 2 weeks eating pizza & scrambled eggs. i wasn't sure they'd remember how to eat proper food :)

the magic recipe? sure, i'll share it with you.

Lasagna Soup (via the fabulous Jen Haney)

1lb ground italian sausage (I like hot, but sweet is good for kiddies)
1.5 lg yellow onion, chopped
1 c carrot, diced
2 c button mushrooms , sliced (optional)
3 cloves garlic, minced
4-6 c chicken broth
1 28 oz can italian style, fire roasted diced tomatoes (stewed works, too)
1.5 c whole wheat pasta (penne, bow tie...)
2 c (+) chopped spinach
1 c parmesan, finely shredded
4 t fresh basil, thinly sliced

brown sausage in large saucepan. add onion & carrot & sauté for 3-5 mins. add mushrooms & garlic & sauté for another few mins until all are soft.
add broth & tomatoes. bring to a boil & add pasta. boil according to pig directions (usually 8-10 mins). add spinach & cook about 1 min longer.

to serve: place a few mozzarella cubes @ bottom of bowl. ladle hot soup over cheese to melt. garnish with parm & basil.

disclaimer: i did bribe hudson with a ratio of 3 bites soup to 1 bite of butter rolled. A mom has to do what a mom has to do.

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