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December 2008

Minestrone Recipe

Yesterday I searched on the internet for a new soup recipe.  There are tons of versions of Minestrone.  I gathered the ingredients from each one that I liked and came up with this recipe.  It was really good!


1 lb Italian sausage

1 red bell pepper

1 onion

2 stalks of celery

1/2 a bag of shredded carrots

1 32 oz container of beef broth (you may use vegetable broth also)

1 zucchini

2 cans diced tomatoes with basil and oregano

bow tie pasta

Parmesan cheese

Brown your sausage, chop your veggies, combine all ingredients in a large pot on the stove.  I let it simmer covered for an hour then add the pasta.  Season with salt, pepper and I added a tsp of sugar and some extra Italian seasonings.  Top with Parmesan cheese in your bowl and serve with crackers or French bread.

Add Some Sparkle to Your Holiday Table

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving, now its on to Christmas!  I can't believe its already December! 

One thing I am loving this year is the use of birds everywhere.  They've always been used around the holidays but it seems like there are so many more this year to choose from and different ways to use them.  When I saw these glittered birds on, I thought they were perfect for a table centerpiece.  Shimmer adds a festive glow to anything.


Look for a branch in your backyard (or buy a faux one at a crafts store).

Tools and Materials
Small craft brush
Plastic birds
White glue
Glitter in various textures and hues
Thin lametta tinsel

Centerpiece How-To
1. Using brush, coat a bird's tail with glue; sprinkle spoonfuls of glitter on top. Let glue dry; shake off excess glitter. Repeat with wings, then body and head.

2. Secure tinsel to one end of the branch with glue, then wrap branch, tucking in a new piece of tinsel when necessary. Tuck end of last piece under to secure. Fasten birds to branch with the wires on their feet.