Friday, July 25, 2014

Sausage Kale Garden Soup

Sausage Kale Garden Soup

This soup is so good.  

I planted 2 types of Kale this year - regular and Russian (which is really peppery)

All I do is take a scissors and cut off the tops.  Hopefully it will grow again like lettuce.  

Brown a pound of pork sausage - ours home raised.

Add garlic and onions

Saute onions and garlic with sausage.  Add 2 cups diced celery and 2 cups diced carrots with meat mixture.

Add 5 cups chicken broth and 5 cups of water

Add 2 cups peas

Add 2 cups cooked rice

Wash kale and pull the leaves through your hand to remove the stem.  I tore the leaves into smaller pieces.  Add 3 cups of kale.

The soup was hot, so once I added the kale I turned it off and just put the lid on to wilt the kale.  

This makes a huge kettle of soup - I'm feeding some extra girls tonight.  You can adjust the amount or freeze it.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

Willy Nilly Friday Five

Willy-Nilly Friday Five is a new blog hop for me, that I'm joining in on today.  I believe you post about things that happened during your week.  Here goes.

1.  My favorite hen, Martha,  hatched out 10 chicks in my flower bed under the hosta plants.  

2.  My daughter's bridal shower - we made all kinds of food in cups and tiny sandwiches.  It was vintage themed - Recipe for Love.

3.  I helped at our pre-fair cake review.  These girls are in my club - I'm so proud of them - they are so talented!

4.  I saw a tweet and instagram post from our State Representative asking people to send this little boy a birthday card.  As a mother of a child cancer survivor - this really touched me.  It was something so simple to do.  Feel free to send him a birthday card as well.  

5.  I was on a vendor waiting list for a new antique, vintage shop.  The owner is renovating the upstairs and asked me to be a part of it.  I'm so happy.  I will be moving in in September.  

So, this has been my willy-nilly week.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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Baked Omelet

Baked Omelet

This idea was actually my daughter Anna's.  She makes the best broccoli and cheese baked eggs!  This is so easy.  Would be good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.  

Pick the ingredients you want in your omelet.  Break up some bread - any bread - put in a well buttered casserole dish.  

Put your extras right on top of the bread.  Beat your eggs with a splash of milk, pour right on top of the bread and "extras" and put cheese on top.  Cover and cook at 350 until the sides are slightly pulled away from the dish.  

So yummy!  Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

My New Vendor Booth - In The Works

Most of you know that I have been searching for a new place to sell.  Sadly, Grand Repeats, will no longer have vendor spaces available upstairs.  A few weeks ago, I went on a road trip to look at possible selling spaces.  I have decided that I am going to set up a booth at Water Street Vintage, LLC:  Water Street Vintage, LLC  In New London, WI, which is over an hour drive from my farm. 

When I went to see the shop, I really liked it.  Actually, it reminded me of the Junk Bonanza that I love going to in MN.  I was put on a waiting list, as they are opening the upstairs.  (I know, I always seem to end up with booths that need me climb stairs...).  I guess, I got is a picture of my booth in progress.  

My booth will be right at the top of the steps.  I will have 3 open sides - which I like - I can put up screens, shutters, towers, etc. and make 3D vignettes.  I'm pretty excited.  

I love that I am starting in September.  I hope to take full advantage of the holiday selling season.  I know my "freaky" art will fit in here.

I have been sorting items for another few sales at the farm - I have been saving items for this booth as well.  

Check out the page link above and "like" it.  She does a good job posting pictures - you just might see my booth in the fall.  Thanks.

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

Martha and Her Chicks - A Video

Here is Martha and her chicks - they are still in the hostas.  She has been clucking trying to get them to "hop" out of the raised sides - I might have to "help" her.   

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Rubbish Tuesday - Diggin for Wedding Decorations

Rubbish or wedding decorations?  You will have to wait to see after August 22 - Anna and Jon's big day.  I have a few ideas for these things...

One good thing about being a hoarder - you can go shopping in your own barn and outbuildings.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

"Recipe for Love" Anna's Vintage Bridal Shower

This past Saturday, was our daughter Anna's bridal shower.  Her theme was "A Recipe for Love."   

We asked each guest to bring at least one of their favorite recipes.  We added this to a photo album with enough space to write a note to her next to your recipe.  It was really nice.  

We played a measurement/equivalent game, 1950's housewife game, guess the spices, guess the ingredient and a  how well do you know the bride and groom. 

Each guest's spot had a recipe card that had a problem or suggestion written on it.  Things like:  5 date night ideas, how to resolve a fight, thrifty ideas, ways to show your love, etc.  These cards were drawn for the door prices.  The prices were a cookbook with most of the ingredients for a recipe from it in a basket.  We also did a Mad Lib game and Anna picked the best one from each table.  

To follow the theme, we made strawberry, lemonade mix in a pint Mason jar.  We used some of my "new" vintage quilting fabric for the tops.  These were really cute.  

For food we made little things in cups.  Veggies and dip in plastic shot glasses, taco dip, strawberry and spinach salad, fruit salad, cocktail bread size ham, beef and cheese sandwiches, olive spread and turkey rollups.  For the sweets, we had daisy sugar cookies, lemon cup cakes, and lime and pineapple parfait also in a cup.  Lemonade for drinks.

The tables had antique and vintage kitchen items.  We made little fun facts about different spices and kitchen poems on little stands.  We used lemons, limes and oranges down the middle as well.  We used neat kitchen appliances to put flowers and plants in.  It just turned out so nice.   All the bridesmaids and Anna wore vintage aprons.  Here are some pictures.  The fresh flowers were from my mom's and my gardens.  The plants, my sister Lynn potted up for us. 

The ultimate compliments - "did you do all of this?  Was this catered?"  And my favorite from Janette "you outdid Pinterest by far" - not that I'm bragging - but, it was a lot of work.  Thanks to all who helped us pull it together.  

Blessings from Ringle, Wisconsin.  

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