Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana

As soon as the leaves show even the slightest hint of orange and red, I dust off my slow cooker and start making any number of delicious soups, stews, and chilies. This year I found a new recipe that will definitely be added to my regular fall rotation.

What You Need: img_3327

  • 1 lb ground turkey sausage
  • 4 medium to large potatoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 32 oz chicken stock
  • 1/2 bunch kale, torn into pieces and de-stemmed
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes


What You Do:

  1. Dice potatoes, onion, and garlic.
  2. De-stem and rip kale.
  3. Brown sausage over medium heart in sauce pan.
  4. Add minced garlic and onion and stir.
  5. Drain the grease and add sausage, onion, and garlic to the bottom of slow cooker. This works out nicely if you spray just a little cooking spray into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  6. Add potatoes and cover with chicken stock. If potatoes and sausage aren’t completely covered, add water.
  7. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  8. Whisk cream and flour until blended and add kale. Pour mixture into slow cooker and stir to combine.
  9. Cover and cook on high for 30 minutes to thicken.
  10. Add salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes to taste.

Serve with a crispy Parmesan bread. (We loved this with a Rosemary Olive Oil Italian loaf.)


Chicken Tetrazzini

As my grandmother would say, “It’s good for all that ails you!”

When someone is sick, has a baby, or is otherwise in need of a good, hearty meal, I have great recipe for chicken tetrazzini that is a total yum and is super easy to make. The best part is, no measurements necessary! (Be wild. Be daring. Throw the rules out the window.) Really, who has the time? #amiright

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Ignorance is Bliss

I knowingly left the house with snot on my shirt this morning, so that’s kinda where I am in life. 

When you notice your clothes are dirty once your car is already running in the driveway, what other choice do you have? 


Saturday Morning

This morning was different. My Sweet Pea slept late so I was able to shower. (Pretty luxurious!) 

Then I discovered she spit up a little in her crib. Bummer. Instead of rushing downstairs to let the dogs out, I ran a bath for the poor dear. Bath time is fun. The sounds of laughter and splashing filled the upstairs of our home. 

Bear woke up and helped. A change of sheets and a towel-dry later and our regular morning routine  began. I put away Pea’s laundry, and headed downstairs for breakfast. 

After I took care of the dogs, Pea snacked on toast and bananas. (She doesn’t always have toast, but always bananas. Always.) she patiently ate and sang in her high chair while I put away dishes, made coffee (finally!) and tidied the kitchen. 

When we came into the playroom I sipped my cinnamon coffee, soft daylight poured in through the blinds, and while she busied herself with rocking horses and books, I realized 500 Days of Summer was on. We listened (one of the greatest soundtracks I’ve ever heard) and read books about shapes and colors. 

And just like that, the out-of-the-ordinary morning became yet another of our glorious, perfectly imperfect, run-of-the-mill Saturdays. Ah. 

Slow Cooker Stuffed Peppers

New Year’s Resolution One (Cook more often) plus New Year’s Resolution Two (Have more sit-down family dinners) divided by New Year’s Resolution Three (Do little pieces of house work each night so a whole Saturday doesn’t get wasted with chores) equals SLOW COOKER MEALS FOR DAYS! With a solid arsenal of slow-cooker recipes, my time in the evening isn’t spent fumbling around in the kitchen with a toddler pulling on my pants. Instead we’re in the master bedroom. Folding clothes. Makes a world of difference!





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