Thursday, September 29, 2011

Wednesday Soup Suppers

I love getting back into our Wednesday night soup suppers when autumn arrives.  Last evening we had Tomato-Cabbage Soup with this delicious Pumpkin Cornbread.  Mmmm-mm, comforting and good.  I used the last of our ripened garden fresh tomatoes.  With the chilly weather, it's doubtful we'll get anymore.  But I'm fine with that.  We certainly enjoy everything that's in season to the fullest.

Tomato-Cabbage Soup
Serving up the Harvest

2-3 Tbls olive oil
1 lb sweet or hot italian sausage, removed from casings and crumbled (or I just buy it bulk; I used sweet)
1 small head cabbage, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes or 3 1/2 - 4 cups diced tomatoes (I used fresh tomatoes)
6 cups chicken broth
1 tsp ground cumin

Heat 2 Tbsp of the oil over medium heat in a large stockpot.  Add the sausage and saute until completely browned, about 10 min, breaking up the sausage as it cooks.  Remove from pot with slotted spoon and set on a plate lined with paper towels.
If the soup pot is mostly dry, add the remaining 1 Tbsp oil.  Add the cabbage and onion and saute until golden, 8-10 minutes.  Add the tomatoes, broth and cumin.  Return the sausage to the pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for about 1 hour, until the cabbage is completely tender and the flavors are well blended.
Taste and season with salt & pepper.  Serve hot.
Remember those goals I told you about. Well, I've been going slow with them and trying to embrace them fully.  But turns out, they are beginning to embrace me and it feels like a giant, friendly hug.  I'm just being super careful...and prayerful.  I've had goals and things laid on my heart before and failed miserably at keeping up with them.  I don't want to do that again.  Life is too short.  But the time we do have is full of opportunities to serve and love.
I want to do my part.

Autumn views around our yard,

Blazing Horse Chestnut tree,

We are suppose to have high winds this afternoon, so I'm glad I got a photo of this beautiful tree.  There will be a whole new beauty to it after the leaves all get blown off.
How do you survive the storms?
I want to have that inner beauty that only increases with each storm.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

With Sympathy,

Time for some more sympathy cards.  Thankful for lives that have finished their course in this life and have left a wonderful example behind.  Sometimes we don't always know the person so well, yet they can still leave a wonderful testimony behind.  This man always had a smile and a twinkle in his eye.

I have a few more sympathy cards to make.
Some "thinking of you" cards.
Some autumn cards.

Yea for cozy, rainy days to get some creative work done.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Autumn breezes

Here I am.  
Thoroughly enoying the new season that is upon us.  
which means
Cold toes (goodbye flip-flops, hello socks and slippers).
Apple & Spice scented tart warmers.
Pumpkins & Mums.
Fleece vests and blankets.
Cups of coffee and tea.
Cozy evenings.

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

Here is my favorite Pumpkin Pecan Bread,
(The org. recipe has a glaze but I never make that, saves on calories 
when one is ingesting the whole loaf)

3 1/3 cup flour
3 cups sugar
2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 can (15 oz) solid-pack pumkin
1 cup vegetable oil
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2/3 cup water
1 cup chopped pecans

In a bowl, combine the first six ingredients.  Combine the pumpkin, oil, eggs and water; mix well.  Stir into dry ingredients just until combined; fold in pecans.  Spoon into two greased 9"x5"x3" loaf pans.  Bake at 350* for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

And just so you know,
I've been a little quiet because:
I have some new goals.  
I need to get comfortable with them. 
I need to embrace them.
Overall, they are different than the goals I thought I was going to have for this fall/winter.
But that's OK.  I'm thankful for the change I've felt within over this past summer.
I can't quite put those into words yet either.
 I'm not used to all the deep thinking I've been doing lately.
It's new to me and part of the change I speak of.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Coffee break anyone?

For some reason I'm craving donuts now!!  I made this card for my MIL.  I bought the Dunkin' Donuts gift card when we were up there this summer.  I had to have her mail me some pictures that I accidentally had sent to her Walmart store (b/c that's where I sent a bunch so I could get them when we went up there, but I forgot to change the pick-up location when we got home).  This is her "pay" for postage and should be fun treat for her.  Who doesn't like a coffee break with a donut now and then??

I used a new-to-me set from Hero Arts "Have a Donut" and some new felt I just got from Papertrey Ink.  I couldn't resist making a homemade sleeve for the cup.  I want to make some real ones this winter.

Inspiration for the card colors,

And the three little brads were inspired by Misti's cards!  She always has some placed perfectly and it adds so much to her cards!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.
One last hurrah to summer eh?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Typewriter fun

 I made this card for my dear aunt and uncle.  We spent a night with them this summer on our way through their state.  I mentioned wanting to find an old typewriter, and all of the sudden there were three of them on the dining room table coming from different parts of the house!!  We had so much fun and some great laughter therapy as we listened to them click and clack away.  My aunt was reciting the familiar typing phrase 

"Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country..."  

My kids were getting the biggest kick out of her.  So this card was a thank you for our stay with them!!  I finally had a reason to buy this fun set from Hero Arts.

My kiddos headed back to school today.  That got me up at 5:30 so I could have my quiet time before all the excitement of waking up to the first day came upon our household.  I hope to keep this kind of routine up so I can be ready to head out the door for a run or bike ride when the kids head off to school.  I'm looking forward to longer rides and runs and then a whole day of possibilities ahead of me!!

Fall is my favorite time of year.  I had one of my kids take some photos of me to update my blog profile pic and other forum avatars for the new season.  I can't wait to get my fleece vests out and enjoy the beauty, color and festivities that fall brings.

Happy days my friends!