Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

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I love soup.  On a cold winter day there is nothing better than hearty soup to warm you up.  At least once a week we'll have tomato soup {with goldfish} and grilled cheese.  The girls love it and it reminds me of my childhood.

Since we can't eat tomato soup every night for dinner, I've been trying new soup recipes this winter.  Thanks to Pinterest, I came across a recipe for Lasagna Soup and gave it a try.

I love lasagna but I find it to be a little labor intensive.  Plus Jesse always complains that it is too runny.  So why not make the ultimate runny lasagna. 

I've made this recipe a few times, but made a few changes and turned it into a crockpot recipe.  Now the complicated lasagna is easy peasy. 

Lasagna Soup 
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound ground turkey
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1-32 ounces beef broth
1-15 ounces can tomato sauce
1-14.5 ounces can petite diced tomatoes
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
8 broken lasagna noodles
½ cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
½ cup shredded mozzarella cheese` 


Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet.  Add the turkey, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the turkey browned, 8 – 10 minutes. 

Add  turkey, broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper to the crock pot.  Cook on high for four hours or on low for six to eight hours.  The last 45 minutes add the noodles.  Before serving, stir in mozzarella, basil, and the Parmesan. 


Monday, February 18, 2013

Hello Monday

Hello yogurt face. The girls newest breakfast obsession is greek yogurt with honey and sprinkles. They would eat an entire tub if I let them. 

Hello sickness. Olivia woke up with croup Wednesday night. After 20 minutes in a steamy bathroom we were able to get her back to sleep. Her breathing was a little scary so I spent the night on her trundle. Since Olivia was sick we canceled all of our Valentine’s Day plans and spent the day snuggling on the couch, watching movies and sipping warm honey tea.

Hello new workspace. I've taken over a section of the playroom and I’m slowing transforming it into a work/sewing/crafting space.

Hello Mornings. Lately I've been struggling with our morning routine. I usually don’t go to bed until 11 pm- 12 am and I’m woken up at 6 am by someone staring at me. So while the girls are running circles around me and talking a mile minute, I’m sucking down coffee with one eye open. I’m a grumpy mama that relies on the TV to entertain my kids while I wake up.  

A perfect morning would be having at least an hour of quiet to get dressed, drink a cup of coffee and wake up. I want to be a happy mom. I want to be happy to see my girls in the morning rather than grunting and growling at them.

Then it hit me; my perfect morning isn't going to happen unless I make it happen. No matter how much I wish it, my girls are not going to sleep later than 6 am. So starting today my new wake up time is 5 am.  Wish me luck. Just typing 5 am make me cringe. 

*Update: I got up at 5 am and Olivia was up at 5:10. Sigh. I'll try again tomorrow. 

Do you get up before your kids in the morning? 

Linking with Hello Monday and Miscellany Monday

Saturday, February 16, 2013

40 bags in 40 days {week one}

I've had a productive and easy first three days of 40 bags in 40 days. I cleaned out the pantry, baking cabinet and silverware/utensil drawers. The saddest thing is I found a container of bread crumbs that expired June 2011. Fail.
Pretty labeled jars look much better than opened bags.
Some how we've collected five sets of everyday silverware. These are being donated. 
Today I'm tackling a section of the basement. I'm not looking forward to the work, but I'm hoping to clean out at least three (maybe five) bags of stuff. Want to follow along? You can find me on Instagram @angeeoctobermorning 

What areas did you clean this week? 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

40 bags in 40 days

I've decided to start off the Lenten season with the 40 bags in 40 days challenge. Each day (except for Sundays) I'm going to declutter a section of our house. At the end of the challenge I'm hoping to rid our house of 40+ bags of things we don't need/use/want. I'm a "whatifer" and have a difficult letting things go, so I know this will be a challenging project.

Each Saturday I plan to spend some time in our basement. Right now it is one giant area filled with stuff (toys and clothes). We're hoping to finish a section of the basement this year but first it needs to be cleaned. Wish me luck!

Are you doing a 40 bags in 40 days challenge?

Monday, February 11, 2013

Hello Monday

Hello fun filled week! Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday and Fastnacht Day! Here is what we did last year.  I'm also excited that Valentine's day is this week. It is such a fun holiday with little girls. Our entire week will be filled with heart-shaped fun.

Hello new product. I added some cute fabric Bloom Bracelets to the shop on Friday. Olivia adores hers. The only time she will take it off, is for bath time.

Last weekend our town had its annual IceFest. Emily hugged and tried to kiss every ice sculpture we passed. It was a perfect winter day.

I'm almost finished creating my 40 bags in 40 days list. I really struggle with clutter so I'm looking forward to purging a lot of excess over the next few months. I'm also going to do some deep/spring cleaning, since the groundhog promised an early spring.

I saw this ecard on Facebook yesterday and I think it's hilarious, because I do it all the time. Once I get to the last 1/4 of a book I can't put it down.

What are you saying hello to this week?

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Ten on Ten {February 2013}

Ten on Ten: Take one photo, every hour, for ten hours on the tenth of the month. 
 We had a lovely 10th and I hope you did too.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

a month in photos {January 2013}

I can't believe January is over. It feels like Christmas was just a last week. January was a month of change for Emily. She said goodbye to her crib and is now sleeping all night in a big girl bed. Emily was also a potty training champ and gave up her diapers. Out of the blue Olivia got the hives and they covered her body for a week. Thankfully they didn't bother her and she liked having spots.

January was a good month and we can't wait to see what's in store for us in February.