Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Zuppa Toscana

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Welcome to Taste This Thursday once again! This week I wanted to share my favorite soup in the whole world ..I got introduced to this Soup by my sister about 4 years ago at The Olive Garden. Since then I have been trying to recreate and look for copycat recipes. I finally got a recipe that satisfies my taste buds. The name of the soup is called....
Zuppa Toscana

  • 1 lb Italian sausage (I like mild sausage)
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes , sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large onion , chopped
  • ¼ cup bacon bit (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 cups kale (1 bunch for me)
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  1. Chop or slice uncooked sausage into small pieces.
  2. Brown sausage in your soup pot.
  3. Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir.
  4. Place onions, potatoes, and garlic in pot.
  5. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
  6. Add bacon.
  7. Salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Simmer for another 10 minutes.
  9. Turn to low heat.
  10. Add kale and cream.
  11. Heat through and serve.

Monday, February 27, 2012

When you love my kids and Giveaway Announcement

When you love on my kids you love me . It has been a year and 3 months since we moved closer to both of our families. I have been feeling the love so much. I realize that it is in part due to how much our families love on our kids.

It teaches me that I can love on others more by showing love and attention to their kids.

I am so thankful for my family and friends who love on my kids with their time, attention, and most of all their kids are 2 and almost 1! It means a lot when my family and friends can see the best in my kids. They could choose to  focus on their melt downs, whinnying, loudness, fussiness, non-sharing moments, and of course JJ's terrific 2's!

Here are some moments I have treasured in my heart:

The winner of my 1st Giveaway is.....

I had my husband randomly write down a number ranging from 1-23. There were 23 entries. He wrote 10 on the iPad. Congratulations Reneeluvs31!

please email me at to claim your prize!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Partying in White...

and my Best Friend in Red!!! Last weekend my BFF celebrated God bringing her into her 30's with friends and style....white style! My best friend looked stunning and stood out in her red! I thought it was perfect!

What exactly is a white party? A white party is a party that you are invited to attend with one guideline...wear white!!! It makes it fun, uniformed, and looks great in pictures.

 Can you tell that one of my favorite things to take is pictures!? Especially with my new camera(canon rebel t3i). When my husband gave me this camera for Christmas I wanted to enjoy taking pictures of my family and also bless others. I was very excited when I got this text from my BFF the morning of her party:

"looking forward to seeing you. Is that camera all charged up. I want to be sure my party makes it to the blog. :)"

I took over 250 pics at the party! I will share 30 of my favorites in honor of LaDonna's 30th All White Party! Enjoy!

Celebrating having 100 followers on this blog with my 1st Giveaway( erincondren gift card) check it out here!

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Taste This Thursday #5

Before this party business starts again, I wanted to take some time out and say thanks  for partying with me every week and for being my blog friends. I recently made 100 followers!!! To Celebrate I am having my 1st Giveaway( ERINCONDREN Giftcard)! I don't  want any of you to miss out... so check it out! Back to party business,  in recognition of party #5  I will be featuring the top 5 viewed recipes!!! 
#1 Sassy Water by Our Delightful Home

#2 Chocolate Cherry Napoleons by Gallery Kitchen

#3 Red Beans by Sweet Nothings

#4 Gumbo with Habanero Chicken Sausage & Shrimp by They Call Me Hypo

#5 Lemon Berry Friendship Bread by Stone Cottage Adventures

Here are some ways to not commit any party fouls at Taste This Thursday:

1. Follow me, it's just a nice incentive to keep hosting every week!

2. link to your specific blog post, not
your blog’s main page.
3. please link back here to me (having problems with my buttons at this time) so all this TTT stuff makes sense to your readers. and its just nice to do ;)
4. check out as many links as possible! i am looking forward to being inspired by many recipes! I will also feature some of the recipes each week. Your recipe could be the one! Of course you will also definitely find some new blogs that you’ve never stumbled upon before – so fun!