SAUSAGE MINESTRONE

July 18, 2019

MINESTRONE. It’s such a pleasant little soup. Lots of vegetables which always make a dish pretty. It’s not an expensive meal to make, and yet it doesn’t feel cheap. This is what I want in a weeknight dinner, friends.

And it’s in the slow cooker, so it’s easy. Slow cookers aren’t good for everything; we all know this. BUT soups are one of my top picks for the trusty slow cooker.

You can put your sliced sausage right in at the beginning, or I sometimes brown them in a little olive oil for some crispness and add at the end! I used sausage from Kiolbassa, a family owned smoked meats company in San Antonio.

Sausage Minestrone
Serves eight

13 ounces sausage (I use Kiolbassa’s Roasted Garlic)
4 carrots, diced
3 celery stalks, diced
1 onion, minced
24 ounces canned diced tomatoes (with juice!)
8 cloves garlic, minced
1 parmesan rind
15 ounces white beans
15 ounces kidney beans
6 cups broth
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon parsley
1 teaspoon pepper
A dash of red pepper flake
1/2 pound small pasta (I use orecchiette)
2 zucchini, diced
2 cups spinach
Fresh basil
Grated parmesan

Place sausage, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, garlic, parmesan rind, white beans, kidney beans, broth, oregano, parsley, pepper, and red pepper flake into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.

When 30 minutes of cook time remains, add pasta and zucchini.

Stir in spinach. Serve topped with basil and grated parmesan.

SAUSAGE MINESTRONE
 
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Ingredients
  • 13 ounces sausage (I use Kiolbassa's Roasted Garlic)
  • 4 carrots, diced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 24 ounces canned diced tomatoes (with juice!)
  • 8 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 parmesan rind
  • 15 ounces white beans
  • 15 ounces kidney beans
  • 6 cups broth
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • A dash of red pepper flake
  • ½ pound small pasta (I use orecchiette)
  • 2 zucchini, diced
  • 2 cups spinach
  • Fresh basil
  • Grated parmesan
Instructions
  1. Place sausage, carrots, celery, onion, tomatoes, garlic, parmesan rind, white beans, kidney beans, broth, oregano, parsley, pepper, and red pepper flake into a slow cooker. Cook on low for 6 hours.
  2. When 30 minutes of cook time remains, add pasta and zucchini.
  3. Stir in spinach. Serve topped with basil and grated parmesan.

 

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LASAGNA GRILLED CHEESE

July 8, 2019

I always make my paninis or grilled cheeses in our panini maker which I like a lot better than the old school grilled cheese method. It just feels easier to me! The main allure of this concept is NO MORE WAITING AN HOUR FOR LASAGNA.

Now it is here in sandwich form.

For children or a group, this concept feels more portable and less messy, should the occasion call for it!

LASAGNA GRILLED CHEESE
Serves six

1 pound ground beef
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
A dash of red pepper flake (optional)
6 cloves garlic, minced
24 ounces tomato pasta sauce
Butter
12 bread slices
1 cup ricotta
Fresh mozzarella slices

Season ground beef with basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flake (optional). Cook beef and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains, about 7-9 minutes. Stir tomato pasta sauce into meat.

Butter one side of bread slices. Spread ricotta on half of slices. Layer in meat sauce and fresh mozzarella.

Grill sandwiches over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes on each side, or use a panini maker.

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LASAGNA GRILLED CHEESE
 
Author:
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon basil
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • A dash of red pepper flake (optional)
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 24 ounces tomato pasta sauce
  • Butter
  • 12 bread slices
  • 1 cup ricotta
  • Fresh mozzarella slices
Instructions
  1. Season ground beef with basil, oregano, salt, pepper, and red pepper flake (optional). Cook beef and garlic in a skillet over medium heat until no pink remains, about 7-9 minutes. Stir tomato pasta sauce into meat.
  2. Butter one side of bread slices. Spread ricotta on half of slices. Layer in meat sauce and fresh mozzarella.
  3. Grill sandwiches over medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes on each side, or using a panini maker.

 

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USING DYE TO MAKE UNIQUE COLORS FOR BEDDING

July 2, 2019

I love color theory stuff and understanding undertones and how they affect the looks and feel of decor. I always take notice of and appreciate when the mainstream home decor stores have offerings of unique, complex, subtle colors. But it can be hard to find! I wanted something with a warm subtle color in our master bedroom and finding something just right was not readily available for a low cost while I was shopping.

The blanket I wanted to add to our bed wasn’t for a huge functional need, but just to create more comfy layers and add a color I wanted.

I started hunting for a simple cotton blanket I could diy dye to make a cool, unique color.

I found an inexpensive 100% cotton king blanket for only $15 at bed, bath, and beyond. I’m not seeing it online anymore or I would link! White of course, perfect for dye-ing.

Then I purchased just some regular fabric dye and a big $10 plastic storage tub at target to do my dye-ing in. You can dye things in your washing machine, but mine is a front loader so that’s a little more complicated. It’s totally fine, especially if you have a top loader.

People have been dye-ing stuff in washing machines for decades, but I just didn’t want to mess with it. It was only $10 to do it in my yard and had a fun summer tie-dye in the grass feel.

tasseled rug | green glass lamp | gold fan lampshade | three drawer nightstand | striped duvet | floral pillowcases | olive throw pillow

PROCESS

  1. Fill tub with 12 gallons of water, and then boil some of it until all the water when combined reaches 140 degrees.
  2. I added 1 bottle “lemon yellow”, 1 bottle “golden yellow”, and 2/3 cup “dark brown” rit brand dye to create my color. Test color on a folded piece of paper towel to confirm you like it!
  3. Wet the blanket down and add to the bath. Stir continually for the first 10 minutes (I used a thin piece of scrap wood), then let it sit for 50 more minutes.
  4. Rinse blanket with cool water until the water runs clear.
  5. Wash in washing machine with warm water and a mild detergent. Dry like normal!

Getting more experienced with diy dye-ing has opened me up mentally to modifying or creating decor whenever I can’t find just the thing I want.

Always be careful to check the material of what you want to dye! Certain fabrics do not take dye well. Cotton is easy and works wonderfully!

I continue to make a few more moves on our master bedroom. I’ve learned I most like to decorate in a way that’s gradual and trying different ideas out (without hopefully spending too much money experimenting!). I may try painting the nightstands soon, not loving them as medium blue. Things take time, and when we look back we’ve come so far!

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