Zuppa Toscana

I know today is the first day of Summer and preparing a hot soup may not be what you had in mind for todays menu. But this soup is so easy to make and so delicious I could honestly eat it any day of the year despite the temperature outside.

This is a hardy Italian soup my Mom makes in huge batches for our entire family. She doesn’t have a recipe written down so I had to play with it a little bit to get the right quantities for a smaller serving, this recipe will serve about four people.

Ingredients:

 3 Spicy Sausage Links. (Pork)

1 Bundle of Kale.

Rustic Potatoes. (Medium Size)

2 Cans of Chicken Broth. (14oz.)

1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream.

1 tsp of Red Pepper Chili Flakes.

1/4 tsp of Salt.

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The only prep involved for this recipe is to chop both your potatoes (peel on) and kale into bite size pieces.

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Next brown your sausage in a medium skillet. Once browned, combined all ingredients minus the kale into a large pot.

Note: My family likes this soup pretty spicy so if this is not suitable to your taste feel free to lessen the amount of chili flakes.

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Cook combined ingredients on high until the potatoes are soft which will take about 3o minutes. Lastly, your going to stir in the kale and cook for another 5-7 minutes.

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Doesn’t that look yummy!

Once the kale has cooked down, let the soup cool for a good 15 minutes before serving. I know it looks delicious but control the urge to dig right in, the soup will be extremely hot!

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And here is the final product, I hope your family loves this recipe as much as mine. Bon appetit!

-Brandie

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Scrabble Coasters

For my first post I chose a fairly simple craft, but one I’ve been wanting to try for a while now. It’s been sitting in my DIY Pinterest board for quite some time.

Drink coasters aren’t as popular as they used to be, people tend to think they are for a more conservative household where one must always practice perfect etiquette like keeping your elbows off the dinner table.

But these coasters are much more casual and perfect for a backyard BBQ, they are a little humorous and hopefully conversation stater.

Here are the materials you are going to need:

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1. 100 count scrabble pieces. (I got mine on Amazon)

2. A roll of cork board.

3. Clear acrylic coating. (I used Krylon)

4. A hot glue gun.

5. Scissors.

After you’ve got all your materials together you’ll need to decide what your words your going to use. Obviously they need to be four letter or less. I went with a, well lets just say an adult beverage theme.

1. BEER, ALES, HOPS & BREWS.

2. MINT, LIME, SALT & STIR.

3. VINO, AGED, WINE & CORK.

4. POUR, DRY, TART & NEAT.

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Now the easiest way to start your coaster is to begin glueing your scrabble pieces in the top left hand corner of your poster board, using its natural straight edges. Make sure to cover as much of the scrabble pieces as possible with the glue gun, this will make the coasters a little more sturdy.

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Once you’ve completed all four rows of your coaster cut along the edges with your scissors as close the scrabble pieces as possible.

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Once all four coasters are glued and cut out your going to want to coat them with the clear acrylic to make them moisture resistant. They are for your drinks after all! Make sure you complete this step outside and on newspaper or cardboard.

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Follow the instructions on your spray can before completing this step. I had to shake my can for about two minutes. And sprayed each coaster from about ten inches away. I coated each one three times waiting about a minute in between each coat. Let them dry for an hour before serving those drinks!

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Well I hope you enjoyed my first post. I really enjoyed creating these and I’m sure you will too!

-Brandie

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