Category Archives: food

For the love of Money

It is Day 3 of the Summer Spending Challenge. I have been joined in my challenge by the lovely Kate at So far in 3 days I have not spent one dime. I have been craving Starbucks, bagels, and frozen yogurt but I have not given in to the pressure yet. Actually I have not even had a chance to go pull my cash for the challenge out of the bank. I did try to be good and put library books on hold (which if you knew me you would know i am not a library kinda girl) but they said i had an outstanding balance for over a year which is only like $.80 but when i tried to pay it last time the machines were down and now i can’t check anything out. ugh!

As of tomorrow we will have 96 days left in the challenge, which for me is the hardest part. I am grateful that my vacation is almost in the middle of the challenge and i have a business trip to break up each half of the challenge which is great cause i can eat out on the company dime!  My challenge spread sheet is working great and i’m even keeping track of what i am eating on it. Perhaps this summer i will get skinnier and my wallet will get fatter.

All my shows are starting to wind down which is bad because that means my evenings will be wide open so i am hoping to find some good summer shows. My new favorite show is The Best Thing I Ever Ate on the Food Chanel. I am patiently waiting for True Blood and Dexter to come back, but until then what are all of you watching this summer?





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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in food, money


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


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


Dallas, DC, NYC, and stuff

Last week I was out of town for 4 days attending the PCMA (professional convention management association) annual meeting in Dallas. It was a great conference and I have plenty of experiences I will share with you later.

But just to give you a taste of how nerdy meeting planners can be please watch the Face to Face Meetings song. Cracks me up.

After Dallas I was home for two days before driving to NYC for the weekend. We got detoured off the turnpike to 295 after an hour in traffic and finally made it to NYC after 1am on sat morning.

We pretty much ate our way through NYC. We had pizza, bagels, Mac and cheese at Pinch and S’mac and had Ethiopian for dinner at Queen of Sheba.

Since Monday was a holiday I slept in and then caught up on my blog reading.

Let’s Entertain had posted about a chicken tortilla soup (she got it from Food Network) that looked great, so I decided I would make it that night. I spent the rest of the day reading at Barns & Noble (definitely my favorite way to spend a day off) and that evening I went to the store and got everything I needed to make the soup. The recipe was super easy and tasted great. I highly recommend it. I paired it with a side salad; I added fresh cilantro and avocado to it. What a great dinner.

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Posted by on January 21, 2010 in food, travel, Work