November Wrap Up

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November’s been a mild month but slowly the play has turned indoors. Soup experimentation is in full swing. My favorite new soup is from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, except I changed it up a bit like this:

Lasagna Soup

 INGREDIENTS:

    • 1 pound Italian sausage

    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped

    • 4 cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed through a garlic press

    • 2 teaspoons dried oregano

    • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

    • One small can of tomato paste

    • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes, or in my case a quart of pureed tomatoes

    • 2 bay leaves

    • 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth

    • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil or 2 tablespoons dried basil

    • Salt and pepper to taste

    • 1/2 to 3/4 pound fusilli noodles, cooked and drained

    • Mozarella cheese for sprinkling on top

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a large 4-quart pot, add the Italian sausage and cook over medium heat, breaking the pieces up with a wooden spoon or spatula while it cooks. After about 3-4 minutes, add the onion. Cook the sausage and onion together, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is cooked through and the onions are soft,a bout 5-7 minutes. Stir in the garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes and tomato paste. Cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add the diced tomatoes with their juices, bay leaves and chicken broth. Add the basil, if using dried (if using fresh basil, add it in the next step).

  2. Bring the soup to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 20-30 minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper to taste and the fresh basil, if using. Add more liquid if you think it looks too thick.

  3. To serve the soup, add a scoop of cooked pasta noodles to a bowl. (I like to mix the cooked noodles into the soup and serve it all together). Top with a ladle or two of soup and dollop with a generous spoonful of the mozzarella cheese. Serve immediately.

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Cooler weather means additional fashion accessories- hats!

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These girls are so fun together!

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Dylan couldn’t wait for snow to go sledding so he made it happen Dylan-style. Megan is in the background looking intrigued….

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Megan looks like she might be regretting her decision to go dry-sledding.

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Success!

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Dylan had such a fun time!

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November brought my first Primary Program as the chorister. The Saturday before the program we had a practice- Dylan came upstairs looking as if he couldn’t decide whether he should go casual or formal so he went with a mix. The “mix” didn’t make it out of the door but it sure made us laugh! Ashlyn was celebrating that it was her last time to do this. She is SO ready for Young Women’s. The program went really well and the kids sang great! What more could you ask for?!

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To finish off the post, here is Alison is her most favorite pajamas doing one of her most favorite things- building giant Lego cakes!

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