Spicy Tortellini And Sausage Soup


spicy tortellini and sausage soup

This recipe is not mine.  I completely and totally am taking it from a friend of mine.  Actually, I did change the recipe for Spicy Tortellini and Sausage Soup a little, because I wanted to have a shot at my husband liking it.

But more on that later.

My dear friend, Sarah, made this soup for us while we were having a garage sale at her house a couple of weeks ago.  She was kind enough to open her prime location house on the town wide garage sale day then she made us soup as well.  Gotta love friendships. 😉

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Minecraft Creeper Cake

Minecraft Creeper Cake

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Minecraft creeper cake by Sweetwater Cakes would be a popular cake at any party!  My children enjoy Minecraft and would enjoy this for their birthday.

This Minecraft Creeper cake is a vanilla cake with vanilla buttercream frosting and fondant accents.

Have you seen our collection of cakes? You can check them out here.  Be sure to check out Jessica’s amazing collection of cakes on her Facebook page.

Have you ever wanted to make a cake yourself but didn’t know where to start? Be sure to check out these tips I put together. It isn’t as scary as you may think!

I have a couple of circle pans from Wilton that I think are great for making birthday cakes.  You can find ones like it here.

Blueberry Applesauce

blueberry applesauce

This blueberry applesauce is rather easy.  I’m almost embarrassed to even post about it.  I mean, it’s applesauce with blueberries thrown it.

I gave away the recipe in the first sentence.

Then I thought maybe, just maybe, I wasn’t the only one who had never done this before.  I know if that is the case, all of you would appreciate this recipe.  Blueberry applesauce is a great twist on a classic side dish.

Are you like we are?  I have the hardest time coming up with a different side dish to feed my family at mealtime. I can make a great main course.  My dessert options are unlimited.  Bread?  No problem.  But for me to whip up a great, unique side dish, not really going to happen.  Unless, of course, I really, really make a point to try like these cauliflower tots or cauliflower breadsticks.

{I am always looking for side dish ideas! Send them into me if you have a great one!}

One day, while pondering my typical side dish decisions (applesauce, green beans, corn, carrots or potatoes), I thought about combining a few favorites.  We always have blueberries in the house and applesauce is a favorite around here.  Why not combine the two?

We would rather have homemade applesauce than store bought, but apples weren’t really abundant last year so no homemade applesauce for us. :-( However, store bought tastes fine.  Especially when we added the blueberries. 😉

The only problem we encountered with this dish is the fact I only had a little bit of applesauce left.  I didn’t really think of how much it would be enjoyed and there wasn’t enough for seconds.  Oh, well.  I made more the next time.

Blueberry Applesauce
Recipe type: Side Dish
This blueberry applesauce is a twist on a old favorite.
  • 1 jar (any size depending on your size of family) *applesauce
  • 1 cup blueberries (washed)
  • *Use no sugar added appesauce
  1. Put applesauce in saucepan
  2. Add blueberries
  3. Cook on low-medium heat, stirring occasionally
  4. Cook until blueberries soften/cook down and mixture is warm about 15 minutes



Chilled Strawberry Soup

Chilled Strawberry Soup

This chilled strawberry soup was a much anticipated event at my house.  I had told the children I was going to try making it and they asked me almost every night if “tonight was the night”.

Of course, our daughter insisted we not make it while she was at basketball camp. She was afraid all her brothers would eat it all and leave her none.  I did make it while she was at basketball camp, though we did save her some.

I’m kind that way. 😉

I had heard of chilled strawberry soup before and being 100% transparent, I did not think I would like it.  I mean, cold soup?  Strawberry and soup in the same sentence?  Really?

After looking around at some different recipes, I realized it may not be that bad.  Anything with Ginger Ale in the recipe, must be pretty tasty.  Of course you also have strawberries so there is another winner.  The only problem was the sour cream in most recipes.

Not a fan.

I like sour cream on tacos or nachos, but I just couldn’t put it in my strawberry soup.  {Hmm.  I also thought I would like it in cheesecakes either then I tried it and liked it.  Maybe I should re-think this no sour cream idea.} Oh, well.  The recipe I put together works, tastes wonderful and is healthier because it doesn’t have sour cream in it.

The verdict for this soup was thumps up all around.  Everybody raved about it.  I was told I must make it again and we may make this for an upcoming birthday party.

Chilled Strawberry Soup
Recipe type: Appetizer
This chilled strawberry soup is a flavorful appetizer with ginger ale, milk and a secret ingredient!
  • 1 qt washed strawberries stems removed
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¾ cup ginger ale
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 6 oz container Key Lime Yogurt
  1. Blend strawberries in a food processor until smooth
  2. Add milk, ginger ale, sugar and vanilla and pulse 5-6 times
  3. Pour strawberry mixture into a bowl and whisk in yogurt
  4. Chill for 1-2 hours before serving


Charm Is Deceitful

Charm is deceitful

This series has turned into my favorite series I have written. When I started the 31 Days adventure back in October, I had no idea the series would be as popular as it is.

Due to the popularity of 31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman, I am putting the series into an eBook.  We will have the eBook completed soon. In the book, there will be longer chapters, more information, helpful daily tips and access to free printables.  In the meantime, feel free to check out the series on the blog.  You can read 31 Days To Becoming A Proverbs 31 Woman here.

Apple Ice Cream Bread

apple ice cream bread

I had heard a strange thing a little while ago.  I had heard you can make bread out of ice cream.  Oh, come on.  Really?  Is it possible to make a bread with so few ingredients and one of them is ice cream?

Oh, yes, it is possible.

I made this apple ice cream bread on a whim one night when I found out we actually had a little bit of ice cream left in the freezer.

Such a shocker.

Ice cream is usually something that doesn’t last long at our house.  I don’t know about your family, but 1.5 quarts doesn’t last us a long time.  Maybe 1 1/2 days is all.  To have a little bit of ice cream left (two cups to be exact) is something of a rarity.

This apple ice cream bread is very easy to make.  It only takes a few ingredients.  Actually, if you have self rising flour, it takes two less ingredients than what I had used.  I don’t have self rising flour sitting around my house.  I would use it so little, I wouldn’t want to have it go to waste.  To make up for that, I used baking powder and a little bit of salt. Worked well.

I also know this ice cream bread recipe would be great with blueberries or even cherries.  I can’t wait to try different varieties.  Serve this bread with supper.  It has a sweet flavor and is a great, quick addition to your meal.

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Apple Ice Cream Bread
Recipe type: Dinner
This apple ice cream bread takes only a few ingredients to make and can be a quick addition to your meal.
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream
  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ apple, chopped and peeled
  1. Mix ice cream, flour, baking powder and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Fold in apples.
  3. Spray a loaf pan with cooking spray.
  4. Pour batter in loaf pan and sprinkle with a cinnamon/sugar mixture.
  5. Bake in a 350* oven for 20-25 minutes or until done.