Thursday, July 26, 2012

Just another perfect day!!

This picture is the perfect description of my life!  Crazy but productive!

I do in home child care and crafting.  the adorable little boy in front is my son Wyatt who is almost two, the little gils peeking out from the upside down child is my daughter Mary-jane who is 4.  The other three are my favorite little people I watch during the day.  We have fun playing and doing art projects, but as you can see I am a mulitasker!  hahaha I love my crazy little life :)

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Spicy Sausage Soup

This Spicy Sausage Soup was inspired by Olive Gardens sausage and potato soup

1lb of spicy sausage
About 1 ½ cup carrots chopped
About 1 cup chopped greens (broccoli, Kale, Charred greens, ect.)
About 1 cup chopped red onion or about 6 chives
4 garlic cloves (or powder)
3 medium potatoes, halved long ways and then thinly sliced
About 1 shot tequila or ¼ cup white wine
2-3 cups stock
2 cups milk (12 oz condensed milk makes the soup thicker and creamier, just add a little extra stock to get enough liquid)
1 12oz can diced tomatoes
A pinch of salt
A pinch of pepper (red flakes if you want it very spicy)
1 bay leaf
A pinch of Italian seasoning
Additional seasoning can be added upon preference

Brown sausage in a large pan over med heat.  

Add chopped Garlic, carrots, onions, and greens to the pan, add seasonings and allow to sweat for about five-eight min.   
What I like to use but be careful it has salt in it.

Add tequila or wine and stir to deglaze the bottom of the pan.  Put the meat mixture into a crock pot set on low.  Add milk and stock, tomatoes and gently stir in chopped potatoes. 
I chop mine in half long ways and then thinly width ways

Allow to cook in crock pot for 4-5 hours or until potatoes and veggies are all tender enough to eat. 
I love to top mine with cheese