Friday, July 8, 2011

One of my fav. soups

this recipe is from:
Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana
This is a much requested recipe on the site given its name! Someone who used to work at the Olive
Garden sent in the original recipe and I've adapted it to serve just 6-8. Try it since it is really yummy!
To be honest, this recipe isn't very "Tuscan". It is a very good soup and hits the spot on cold winter
days. I've included this and a few other Olive Garden-inspired recipes on the site for all of our visitors
that enjoy eating at the restaurant chain. In my opinion, making these recipes at home makes them even
better than the ones you eat at the restaurant! :)
Makes: 6-8 servings
· 1 lb ground Italian sausage
· 1½ tsp crushed red peppers
· 1 large diced white onion
· 4 Tbsp bacon pieces
· 2 tsp garlic puree
· 10 cups water
· 5 cubes of chicken bouillon
· 1 cup heavy cream
· 1 lb sliced Russet potatoes, or about 3 large potatoes
· ¼ of a bunch of kale
1. Sauté Italian sausage and crushed red pepper in a large pot. Drain excess fat, refrigerate while
you prepare other ingredients.
2. In the same pan, sauté bacon, onions and garlic for approxiamtly 15 mins. or until the onions are
3. Mix together the chicken bouillon and water, then add it to the onions, bacon and garlic. Cook
until boiling.
4. Add potatoes and cook until soft, about half an hour.
5. Add heavy cream and cook until thoroughly heated.
6. Stir in the sausage.
7. Add kale just before serving. Delicious!
Buon appetito!

Friday, April 29, 2011

new family photo

we decided to take a new family photo when we went home to alabama for Easter. More on Easter later. so here is new photo.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Kid demonstration on how big the new washer is

So a month or two ago, we before we got our taxes back, we were discussing what to do with it. Then a sweet couple decided to repay what they had borrowed from us. We got the money to lend them from the gift they gave us last year to help us get a washer that we never bought. follow, yeah me neither.
Toby and I had talked about getting a new washer since our xl capacity died last yr. and the only thing we could find under $100 was a washer with sm./med loads. Needless to say that caused an even larger back load in laundry than we normally had. So since that sweet couple gave us some money, then Toby decided that since we would get a larger washer that we needed a larger dryer to handle the washer load. I was ecstatic just to get a washer. I needed a place to put the set on layaway until our taxes came in and that was Sears. I needed a top loading washer so that I could soak clothes. I did a bunch of research and decided to not get a matching set, but they are the same brand and just as big if not bigger than current front load washers. I love them.
Kenmore elite 5.0 cu. ft. washer
Kenmore Elite 7.5 cu. Ft. dryer

The kids decided to see how big the washer was compared to them. So here are our two oldest testing it out with a comparison shot of how tall wayne is next to Toby. We can even shut the lid on wayne. lol

Because nail polish is better than lipstick

Monday, April 4, 2011

Atlanta Temple open to PUBLIC

If you ever wondered what the inside of a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS/Mormon) Temple looks like, here is your opportunity. The Atlanta, Ga Temple is open to the general public for viewing from April 9-23rd. It is FREE,

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Testing of the ditz...uh, I mean for dizziness

well i went and got tests done this past Thurs. They checked my hearing, my audio nerves, & my optical nerves. they put headphones on me and checked if i heard the beeps at diff. decibels and in which ear. Then they put these electrical cords that make clicking noises in my ears and turned off the lights and i had to shut my eyes until they turned back on the lights. After that they put these massive special goggles on me that check my optical nerves as I chased a ball of light up and down a bar with my eyes. Then they closed the goggles and blew cold air into each ear and later warm air into each ear. finally they laid my head off the edge of the "bed", turned my head to the left then the right and then sit up (this is the adjustment they always tell me to do).
All of that checks to make sure that my audio nerves work the same on both sides, that my optical nerves both work the same, that there are not any tumors on either set of nerves, that I do not have Meniere's disease. Frankly they don't know what's wrong with me since everything came back clear. The ENT just told me to do the adjustment off the edge of my bed every other day and if I still have probs. over the next several weeks then I could give him a call.
I thought that things were clearing up because things were a little better by Fri. and almost completely gone on Sat. then Sun. I woke up and couldn't walk straight or anything for the first 2 hrs. I was up. so that's where I am, still no one has a clue and I still get dizzy with my chin to chest, head all the way back, looking back and over left shoulder, and when i bend down to pick up stuff. still going to chiropractor for adjustments to spine. oh well, on to a new dr. and maybe more test.

Saturday, September 25, 2010


Grace's surgery went well. Head patched, now has a small plate in it! There's a small chance of seizures but she will probably go home tomorrow. THANK YOU for the many prayers and well wishes!! =]