Monday, January 18, 2016

Italian Sausage Soup

1 lb. ground Italian Sausage
2 cups onions, chopped
1 cup carrots
2 tablespoons garlic, minced
4 cups chicken broth
1 (14 1/2) Italian style diced tomatoes
2 small cans tomato sauce
1 cup mafalda, campenelle or any small pasta
2 cups fresh spinach. chopped
1 can dark kidney beans, drained

Cook pasta according to instructions. Drain and set aside. 
Brown sausage in large saucepan over medium heat. Remove from heat leaving drippings. Add onions and carrots to hot drippings, saute until translucent (do not brown) Stir in garlic and saute three-four minutes.

Add broth, tomatoes and tomato sauce and bring to a boil.
Drop in pre-cooked pasta and continue to cook over medium simmer for about 10 minutes.
Stir in spinach and kidney beans and heat through.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Earning Ungrounding

Saw a friend post this on Facebook and thought it was genius.  I love the idea of having extra chores (besides usual chores) as punishment.  Helps mom out!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Crib Sheet Tutorial

So this tutorial is from But for some reason, when I click on my pin, Pinterest thinks it's a fishy website. And Since I've had 3 viruses on my computer in the last 2 years, I'm paranoid they're right. So I'm copying it here to my blog so I can view it without being scared. :)

You’ll need:
* 2 yards of fabric
* 80 inches (204 cm) of skinny 1/4 inch elastic
* Cut out a rectangle that’s: 45 x 67 inches (114.5 x 171 cm)
* Fold that into fourths (fold it in half and in half) and cut an 8 x 8 in (20.5 x 20.5 cm) square out of the corners, so that your fabric looks like this:
Another way to do this (if you’re making multiple sheets), is to cut out a pattern piece that’s 1/4 the size of your sheet. It looks like this (or the state of Utah):
Then before cutting anything out, you can fold your fabric into fourths, lay that on top, and easily cut it out.
Okay, with your fabric cut, let’s start sewing.
* Take the two sides of one corner and bring right sides together. Pin them and sew down the side. This is creating a “pocket” of sorts, to go around the corners of the mattress. Do this to all four corners of the sheet:
* Serge the seams, zigzag or leave the seams raw.
* Serge around the entire outside of the sheet. This makes is easy to create a casing for the elastic. If you don’t have a serger, just iron your fabric over 1/4 inch all the way around and then continue to the next step….
* Iron under the entire edge of the sheet. You are creating a casing, to string very skinny elastic through.
* Sew down the casing. You don’t need to pin around the entire sheet before you sew (that takes too long) but DO pin a start and stop point so that you leave an opening to get the elastic In and Out. Start sewing from the START point, all the way around the STOP point:
* Insert the elastic. Taking your 1/4 inch wide elastic, attach a safety pin to one end, and pin the other end to the sheet. Start stringing it through the casing, all the way around till it comes out the other side:
* Overlap the ends and sew them together a few times with a zigzag stitch:
* Then sew your casing closed.
And you’re done!

Again, this is not my tutorial. It's from But pinterest thinks it's a fishy website so I'm not going there anymore. :)