I created a new icon for the 5 as well...I'm open to suggestions or if anyone just wants to create a really cool image for me...that would be super swell. I will, of course, give you credit for it.
Here we go, The Friday Five for 2 November 2012:
Thanks to Cassie over at Back To Her Roots and my brand new Trader Joe's I was inspired to make my own version of Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana. I love their Zuppa, but I don't need to eat out to enjoy it, and with Cassie's inspiration I was able to tweak the recipe a bit to make it my own.
I browned some seasoned pork sausage in a big stockpot. I removed that from the pan and saved just enough of the grease to saute an onion and a big scoop of minced garlic in. Once that was nice and soft and aromatic, I took about 5 cups or so of previously homemade chicken broth and added it to the pan with the onions, along with the previously cooked sausage. I half moon sliced up some potatoes and added those to the mix as well. Then I just let it simmer for quite a long time to let the potatoes "overcook" a bit so they would break down and create a creamier consistency of soup. I added a bit of salt and pepper toward the end, along with about a half a teaspoon of fennel seed. Just before serving I tossed in about 3/4 of a bag of pre-washed chopped kale and let it wilt.
That's it! No butter or cream but a nice creamy consistency.
How good was it?
We ate the entire pot for dinner. Uhm...yah...Olive Garden ain't got nothin' on me! This recipe is easy, quick to prepare, and deeeelicious!
I saw this sign at HomeGoods when I was in Portland last week...I almost bought it!
Madden Girl Women's Piinup Boot. Zappo's had these for about $70, but I found them on Amazon for $46! I paid $3.99 for overnight shipping and less than 24 hours after clicking "check out" I had these beauties in my possession. Oh...I am in looooove!
Well, Words With Friends to be more precise. Basically, I suck.
This screen shot showing a score of 457 to 231 is typical of the SHARKS I play against on WWF. Look at that game board! All those really cool words and multi-layer words are not mine.
I am having fun with it, but I have lost pretty much every game I have played!
I am almost done with my last FULL class-load term. I can't tell you how excited I am about this! We are wrapping up week 6, which means only four weeks left! Crazy! Next term I will take ONE class, and it is on the satellite campus here in Medford, rather than Ashland (20 ish minutes down the freeway) and it is only ONE day a week! At night! Wooohooo! Seriously, I am so close. I am scared and nervous and excited about what my future will hold. I am so so so hopeful that I find a job that really utilizes my talents and helps fulfill me in some way.
What is your five this week?