Friday, December 10, 2010

Foodie Friday, Blog Candy and Bows

I don't know about you but I need longer days!  So much to do and so little time.  This week's Foodie Friday recipe is perfect for the blustery cold busy day we had today.  Simple, fast and packed with flavor no one will believe how little time it takes for so much yummy goodness.  Add a simple Caesar salad and you've got an elegant meal in less than an hour.

Sausage Minestra

1 lb. link Italian sausage, skin removed and cut into 1 inch pieces (I use a mixture of sweet and hot)
2 c. onion, diced
1 T. garlic, minced
2 t. dried Italian seasoning
1/2 t. kosher salt
1/2 c. dry white wine
6 c. chicken broth
2 c. tomatoes, seeded and diced or you can used canned diced tomatoes
1/2 c. dry orzo pasta or other small pasta shape
3 c. fresh spinach, chopped
4 T. olive oil, divided
Parmesan cheese

For the croutons:
Toss the croutons with 2 T. olive oil.  Heat oil in a skillet over med. heat.  Toast croutons until crisp.  Set aside.

Saute the sausage in 2 T. olive oil over med. high heat until browned.  Add the onion, garlic and seasonings; cook 3-4 minutes or until the onion is soft.

Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce until almost evaporated.  Add broth, tomatoes and orzo.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer about 10 minutes or until pasta is cooked.

Stir in spinach until wilted.  Serve with croutons and Parmesan cheese. 

(Serve the rest of that wine, add some candlelight and you've got dinner to rival that fancy Italian restaurant down the street) ;-)

Now for the bows...The CAS challenge on SCS this week is bows...I needed a fast card for the project I did earlier this week. 

Our color theme was pink/silver/green.  I chose silver mirror card from Marco's Paper, a glossy pink cs I got on clearance at Big Lots and the Spellbinder's ornament die.  A hot pink bow, a little pink bling and done.

And now the Blog Candy......

 3 Making Memories Mat Stacks containing 48 sheets each
4 pkg. of Bazzill Basics and Accents bling
Hero Arts Watercolor flower stamp set
Glassine bags
Manila Tags
Elegant paper doilies
Swivel mini album
Copic marker
brads and an assortment of yummy May Arts ribbon (not shown) I will add a yard of every ribbon and a few more from my Etsy shop
I will draw a winner on New Year's Day.  All you need to do to win is place a picture of the blog candy on your blog with a link back to this post, then leave me a comment to let me know you did.    That's it!

  Thanks so much for your visits...we blog because we love to know what you think.

 Merry Christmas,

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~amy~ said...

Mmmm...the recipe sound delish! I adore your ornament card!!!

Lillian Child said...

What delightful blog candy - thank you for a chance at winning your generous prize! I've posted your blog candy on my blog here:

Have a fabulous holiday season ahead!

Lorrinda said...

Charlene, that soup sounds amazing, I am so going to make it this's snowing and blowing here and a hot bowl of spicy soup will really hit the spot! And I'm drinking the rest of the bottle of wine with it, no such thing as an open bottle of wine at my house :)

Amazing blog candy! I posted about it on my blog, and I got you linked up in my sidebar under "Candyland" too. I see that I am the first to comment...hope that doesn't hurt my chances to win, those random generators never pick number 1. Crossing my fingers! Would be such a great way to start the New Year!


Kelly said...

Your recipe sound so good...I can almost smell it now. Love the ornament card, simplicity at it's finest!

Sue said...

Charlene, thanks for sharing this soup recipe. It's so cold and snowy today, I'm going to make a pot of it for supper. With a loaf of crusty bread we'll all be warm and cozy.
I have yet to try the mirror card stock, but I've seen a lot of it lately and really like it. Your card is so bright and festive. I know a lady who would just love it, so I'll be getting some of that card stock.
I'm putting your picture on my blog ( Just think it is wonderful that you are offering a wonderful blog candy package. Thanks so much for sharing your talent and generosity. Happy Holidays.

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Joan Ervin said...

Ooooh, your recipe sounds yummy....the perfect soup for a cold winter's day!!! Love your pretty CAS design, too...the ornament is beautiful and I love the awesome color combo!!!

gocanucksgo said...

This is a gorgeous looking card! I love the ornament and your recipe sounds sooo yummy =) Thanks for doing such a great giveaway. Keep up the fantastic work!!

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Kim. said...

Oooh that soup looks so good. The card is beautiful, I really love simple designs that give the wow factor and this one sure does. I have linked your candy on my sidebar and thank you for the chance to win.
Kim xXx

Create With Joy said...

Hi Charlene

THanks for the chance to win - your candy is on my sidebar at Create With Joy!


Tanya said...

Merry Christmas Charlene!!!
Happy New Year!!!!
I can't cook for your recipe (I vegitarians) but believe that it is tasty :)
Thanks for the chance to win this awesome candy!!!!
Linked it on my blog and I'm your follower :)

Edel said...

Fantastic candy, dear!! Thanks a lot for a chance to win!

I wish you great holidays!

Unknown said...

That soup looks fantastic! Must try it.

Annelies said...

Happy Holidays! I've put a link in my sidebar . Thanks for a chance to win great candy! Greetings from Belgium, Annelies

Nikki said...

Looking at all your cookies everything looks yummy except I'll pass on the bacon lol not my cup of tea for sure thanks for the chance I've linked you all up
hugs Nikki C

Anna Zaprzelska said...

What a great candy! Thanks for the chance to win!
Happy New Year!
Greetings from Poland!

agutek_b said...

Wow, what lovely candy:) We'll take part in it.
Info about it

Regina said...

your card with the metalic ornamant is fantastic!

That's an awesome collection of goodies you're giving away. I have my fingers crossed.
I have added your candy in my sidebar.
Thanks for the chance to join.

I wish you and your family all the best for the New Year!


Tanya Dudkina said...

I like the recipe, thank you!
And blog candy is simply amazing, I can't pass by
So I spread a word about your candy in my blog

S.Bayles said...

I am now a follower and posted your candy on my blog...

Cintia Tavares said...

Perfect Candy!!

Cintia Tavares

Charlotte said...

Love the candy!!!

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