My Favorite Things Revisited

Good Morning! 

Today’s post is a revisit of My Favorite Things from last year. Coming up on Thursday, I’ll be posting My Favorite Things 2014.  



Today, I’m joining in with other bloggers for Melissa’s annual Favorite Things Link up Party  @ 320 Sycamore.  This party that she hosts is one of my favorites that I look forward to every year.  This year, I’m sharing some products that are favorites I discovered this year and some that I’ve enjoyed for many years.

1. Pacific Organic Soup: This soup line is delicious.  I just discovered it.  I haven’t tried all of them but the butternut squash and the tomato are yummy.

Organic Creamy Butternut Squash

2. Bookmarks magazine is a wonderful way to find new books and read reviews.  I particularly like the “Have You Read” section where readers send in their lists.

Bookmarks Magazine

3. Musee Bath Balls:  They’re made local and are all natural ingredients.  I particularly love “Man of Constant Sorrow”.  I have arthritis and it’s great for sore muscles and joints.

4. Paddywax Library Candles: This line carries candles named after several famous authors each with their own unique scent.  I like the tobacco flower and vanilla mix found in the Mark Twain candle.  The scent smells like what I would expect his library to smell like.

5. Wet N Wild  Fergie Nail Polish in Going Platinum: All bright and shiny and perfect for the holidays {and later}.

Wet n Wild Fergie Nail Color Going Platinum6. The Good Home Co. Beach Days Hand Soap smells wonderful –just like the beach. A little pricey but on cold winter days –lifts your spirits of warmer days to come.

7. A Lighted Seam Ripper with a magnifier is an awesome thing when you make the number of mistakes I do sewing and have difficulty seeing those tiny stitches clearly.

Mighty Bright - LED Lighted Seam Ripper with Magnifier8. Yoga Mat Sanuk Flip Flops: The bed of the flip flop is made from yoga mats so they’re super cushy.

Yoga Mat9. Popcorn Indiana’s Black and White Kettlecorn: I hesitate to suggest this popcorn treat.  You’ll love it and it’s not calorie free.  I buy mine at Sam’s but I’ve seen it at other locations even Dollar Tree.

Popcorn, Indiana Drizzled Black & White Kettlecorn10. Solar Shield Sunglasses: These glasses wrap around your regular glasses without being wobbly.

What are some of your favorite products?

Click on the favorite things image and you can visit Melissa’s site and the others who are participating.

favorite things 2013Blessings,


“Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name…who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”  Psalm 103:1,5  NIV Bible


From Disaster to Delicious


If you’re just joining in, my mom usually blogs on this site but I’m guest posting for her for a few weeks.  I’ve been chronicling my adventures in perfecting my art of cooking.  You can find the first post of my challenge here, if you’d like to start at the beginning.

Since the last crock pot recipe went so well, I decided to try my hand at more slow cooker recipes. I just can’t help myself.  They are just far too convenient.

I ventured out and tried a different cookbook this time, Fix-it and Forget-It Cookbook: Feasting with your Slow Cooker by Dawn J. Ranck and Phyllis Pellman Good. It’s a cookbook that my mom found at a second-hand store. The recipe I used was for a southwest soup.

The recipe was…strange. The soup could only best be described as a kind of salsa soup with potatoes…weird, right??

So in order to salvage it, mom came to the rescue. She’s pure genius.  Thank you, Supermom!  I’m incredibly blessed to have you as my guide.

We cooked some ground meat in fajita seasoning and added it to the soup along with a can of rinsed dark red kidney beans. (The problem with the recipe before was the soup was only potatoes and crushed tomatoes. — Just too thin. ) Then, we added some sour cream, avocado, and shredded cheddar cheese on the top.  The soup turned out to be one of the best taco soups I have ever had!


Until next time,


Italian Sausage Soup Recipe


When does a recipe become your own? Is it the moment that you tweak one ingredient or two?  Or, is it when you totally create it from scratch on your own?  I’m not certain what magazine the original recipe for “Chunky Italian Soup” came from, but, I’ve made at least four changes to the original ingredient list for this recipe.  The original recipe used beef and I used sausage so I’ve renamed it as Italian Sausage Soup.

We’ve had chilly weather the last few days and this robust soup was the answer to warm the insides.  Thick. Chunky. Hearty. Filling.

pot of italian sausage soup

Overladen with veggies, I didn’t feel the need to serve a salad with the soup.  Crackers were the addition for one meal and bread and butter, the next.

bowl of italian sausage soup

Italian Sausage Soup

1-16oz. package sausage — {I used Tennessee Pride mild}
1 small onion, chopped
2- 14.5oz. cans diced tomatoes
1-32oz carton of Pacific Tomato and Red Pepper Soup
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 can of dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1-12oz package of frozen cut green beans, use only half of the bag.
1 carrot, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
8 ounces of tri-color rotini noodles, cooked

Cook the sausage and onions together in a large pot or Dutch oven until the sausage is cooked thoroughly and crumbly and the onions are translucent.  Drain.  Return to the pot.

Add the tomatoes, soup, garlic, basil, oregano, salt, and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  If the soup seems too thick, add water or chicken broth, a half a cup at a time.  This soup is not meant to be thin.

Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally.  After 30 minutes, stir in kidney beans, green beans, the carrot, and zucchini and simmer for another 15 minutes.  Lastly, stir in pasta.   Use Parmesan cheese to garnish.  Serves 8-10.

bowl of italian sausage soup2

What’s cooking at your house?



“Do not love sleep or you will grow poor; stay awake and you will have food to spare.”  Proverbs 20:13 NIV Bible