Monthly Archives: June 2010

Kathy’s Spicy Sausage Soup

Most of the time I cook like a grandmother, I never measure anything except by using the palm of my hand or my best guess so please excuse the lack of measurements.

I have made this soup twice and it has turned out great both times, although I had slightly different ingredients on hand both times.

Please add and subtract things however you like. It would also be wonderful with potato and mushrooms; I just did not have any.


Red pepper (feel free to use any color you like or a mix)

Onion (any kind)

Garlic (fresh)

Spicy Italian sausage

Pasta stars

Bouillon or stock

Olive oil

Stewed tomatoes


Dry Basil


Garlic and wine seasoning


In a large soup pot heat a few table spoons of olive oil.

Add in all your vegetables chopped.

Add a few sausage links broken up into small pieces

Add one can of stewed tomatoes with garlic and olive oil. (any flavor but chili style is fine)

When the veggies begin to look transparent and the meat is cooked through add stock (You can make this soup as think or as thin as you like, I usually add 3 cups)

Add spices to taste. I like a dash of crushed red pepper, garlic and wine seasoning, oregano, and basil.

When the soup comes to a boil add in pasta. I prefer pasta stars but use whatever you have on hand.

Let it cook long enough for the carrots to soften and the pasta to cook, then serve with a squeeze of lime.


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Posted by on June 28, 2010 in cooking, food


Kindle, here i come!

I spent awhile debating whether to get the Nook or the Kindle and i finally decided to get the Kindle. i’ve been saving my amazon points from my credit card and i now have $150.00 saved! but i was sad because i was not going to have enough points to get it before my business trip in July and then something amazing happend…

They lowered the price to $189.00!!!!!!!!!

So i just cashed in all my points and when they come in the mail next week i’m going to order my Kindle and it’s only going to cost me like $30 some dollars cause i already have some points from last time.

I am sooooooooo excited. can you tell?

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Posted by on June 26, 2010 in books, travel


Veggie Pizza?

It’s not what you think, or maybe it is.

I went to an after hours office party the other day and someone made Veggie Pizza. It was awesome, and the best part is it can be made really healthy if you use low-fat cream cheese, cheddar cheese, crescent rolls, and sour cream.

 There are a lot of recipes for this, the one listed below is an amalgamation of several I found.


  • 2 cans (8 oz each) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls or Pillsbury® Crescent Recipe Creations® refrigerated seamless dough sheet
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 pkg dry ranch mix
  • 1/2 cup small fresh broccoli florets
  • 1/3 cup quartered cucumber slices
  • 1 plum (Roma) tomato, seeded, chopped
  • 1/4 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Other veggie options: red, green, yellow pepper, red onion, cauliflower, radishes, tomatoes, olives, dill pickle, carrots, zucchini, broccoli, mushrooms…..


Heat oven to 375°F.

If using crescent rolls: Unroll both cans of dough; separate dough into 4 long rectangles. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, place dough; press in bottom and up sides to form crust. If using dough sheets: Unroll both cans of dough. In ungreased 15x10x1-inch pan, place dough; press in bottom and up sides to form crust.

Bake 13 to 17 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

In small bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, dill and garlic powder until smooth. Spread over crust. Top with vegetables. Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving. Cut into 8 rows by 4 rows.


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Posted by on June 25, 2010 in cooking, food



Welcome to my new blog home.

I hope you like the new look.

I have my fingers crossed that the weird spam i was having has not followed me here.

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Posted by on June 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


What Gives?

For the last month I have been going to the gym regularly 2-3 times per week and trying my best to eat right and small portions and taking alli.

I lost the 3 lb’s I had gained over what I usually weigh and now I’m stuck. The scale is the same every morning.

I’m totally frustrated now.

I only want to lose 10lb’s in the next 4 months. I think it’s a reasonable goal. But nothing seems to be working.
I know that muscle weighs more than fat so that could be the case and I know it’s really about how I feel, and I have definitely been feeling better, but at some point I want to be able to loose the weight and I want to know that when that time comes it’s not going to be insanely difficult.

I blame some of the weight on my birth control, but that’s not something I plan to stop any time soon.
And I’m not sure that I can handle the no carbs thing.

So anyone have any good ideas?
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Posted by on June 24, 2010 in Uncategorized


A wedding and a funeral?

The other day I was in the car with my mom on the way to do some shopping and she said “what if we have to cancel the wedding?”

i’m thinking is she kidding? and then she says…
“What if we have to cancel the wedding because your grandfather dies?”

First of all my grandfather has been in the hospital because of surgery and physical therapy and a bit of dementia but currently it’s not serious.

Because of this I am already planning on not having my grandparents at the wedding. It makes me terribly sad but there is nothing I can do to fix it.

Second of all if he dies on the same weekend as the wedding I think that sad as it may be the show must go on. I could get wedding insurance but if it’s that weekend half the people will already have nonrefundable tickets to fly into town and hotel rooms reserved and there is no insurance I know of that will cover that. If people have to go through all that trouble will they come when we reschedule? I’m thinking not. and on top of all that i don’t think he would want me to cancel.

So what do I do? Do I get wedding insurance? What if he dies the weekend before? Why does she think this is even a possibility?

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Posted by on June 15, 2010 in Family, Wedding



My last post was my 200th for this blog. very exciting.

I am still receiving Japanese spam comments so for now the comment moderation will remain.

I’m starting to think that my blog needs a purpose or i should stop blogging. but i have no idea what i would focus on. what do you all think?

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Posted by on June 14, 2010 in Uncategorized