Pasta E Fagioli

Do you ever make something so good, you can’t help but feel proud of yourself? I did last night.

I tried to make Pasta E Fagioli soup once before, a few years ago. It was a disaster! It came out tasting more like tomato soup with hamburger tossed in. Needless to say, I didn’t eat it. And I haven’t made it since then.

So, yesterday, I had no plans for dinner. With baby #3 on the way, I’ve been pretty tired and haven’t put much effort into cooking. I was out with my husband helping to bring in some wood for our wood stove and I told him I really wanted soup! We had none but man, I sure was craving it! I was going to make my favorite potato soup, but we didn’t have any bacon Gouda cheese, my special ingredient. 😉 I decided to once again, try to make Pasta E Fagioli soup. I was nervous, but I’ve really come pretty far in my cooking so I thought I could do it. It turned out amazing! If I could give y’all a taste, I would! It’s really the best soup I’ve ever made. I felt so darn proud that I accomplished something that seemed so impossible to me. 😄

Recipe as follows: (I uses sausage and hamburger, and used elbow macaroni) Via Cooking Classy

Ingredients

  • 1 lb lean ground beef or mild Italian sausage
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots (about 2 medium)
  • 1 cup diced celery (about 3 stalks)
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 Tbsp)
  • 3 (8 oz) cans tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans low sodium chicken broth or beef broth
  • 1/2 cup water, then more as desired
  • 1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
  • 2 tsp granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 3/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried marjoram
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 scant cup dry ditalini pasta
  • 1 (15 oz) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can great northern beans, drained and rinsed
  • Finely shredded Romano or Parmesan cheese, for serving

Directions

  • Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large non-stick saucepan over medium high heat, crumble in ground beef or sausage and cook, stirring occasionally until cooked through. Drain fat from beef then transfer beef to a plate, set aside. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in same large saucepan, onions, carrots, and celery over medium-high heat until tender about 6 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. Reduce heat to a low, add tomato sauce, beef broth, water, canned tomatoes, sugar, basil, oregano, thyme, marjoram and cooked beef then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover with lid and allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until veggies are soft, about 20 minutes. Meanwhile prepare ditalini pasta according to directions on package, cooking to al dente.
  • Add cooked and drained pasta to soup* along with kidney beans and great northern beans. Thin with a little more water if desired. Allow to cook 2 minutes longer. Serve warm with grated Romano or Parmesan cheese.
  • *If you don’t plan on eating all of the soup right away I recommend adding the pasta to individual servings. Then whatever is left over you can add the pasta to that the next day. Otherwise the pasta get’s really soggy and soup doesn’t have enough liquid.
  • Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

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A lost hat

So, I couldn’t find my son a hat this morning. I looked everywhere, but God only know where this kids hat went to! So, my sweet son goes “You can just sew me a new one!” I thought “yeah, like I’m just going to sew a hat all willy-nilly.” And then I thought about it, “I CAN just sew him a new hat!” I love sewing. I love creating new things. I know the basic shape of a hat, so I knew it couldn’t be too hard. I grabbed two different fleeces, one for the base, and one for the fringe top. And I just cut out a pattern and sewed him a hat! Thanks Logan, for the encouragement. ❤

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Chickens & Kids

I love my chickens and I love my kids.

Having chickens was never something I thought would be for me. They’re messy, they can be smelly, and they bite! I’ve never been much of a farm girl, so when my husband said “Let’s get chickens!” I was a little apprehensive. I would have rather just gotten eggs at the store! But once we did our research, and educated ourselves, we realized chickens were a very wise investment. The price of eggs went up tremendously last summer, up to $5/dozen! That was crazy! We didn’t eat a lot of eggs, but really, that was just highway robbery! We did the math and realized we could just raise our own chicken for less. The cost of feed and supplies was cheaper than to buy eggs at the store. So, we jumped in! We bought 8 hens, red sex links. We fell in love with them. My son, Logan, really look to the girls. He’s been a huge help. From collecting the eggs, to feeding the girls, he’s there. I could not be more proud of him.

Little know fact, eggs that you buy in the store can be up to one year old. Think about that. I don’t want to eat a year old egg! But, the FDA allows that. I love the fact that I can go out to the coop, and grab an egg. I know where it came from, how long it’s been there, and what the hens have eaten. I know the living conditions of my hens. I know they aren’t stuffed in a cage their whole life. They get to run around and eat grass. They’re happy chickens.

We’ve since added to our flock and now have a total of 30 hens. It cam be a bit overwhelming at times, but the reward is so great, I wouldn’t change a thing.

I recommend everyone gets chickens!

Apple pie

I am in love with this time of year! The leaves are falling, the weather is cooling down, and apples and pumpkins are everywhere! It’s perfect!

This time of year is apple pie time around my house. We eat a ton of apple pies! It’s our comfort food for sure.

My recipe is simple, passed down from my mother in law. Apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar, & butter. Adjusted to your taste. The crust is simple, 2 cups flour, 2 sticks butter, 1/4 cup water. Cut the butter with the flour & mix the water in to combine. I’ve made a few pies in my day, but nothing is a tasty as this recipe.

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Seventh Generation Party!

I’m hosting a Seventh Generation Healthy Baby Home Party next month! I’m so excited to be part of this team. Seventh Generation is a wonderful company and I’m delighted to share their products, free samples, and free coupons with my friends and family. I can’t wait for this party!