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Spinach Tortellini soup

Tortellini Soup Ingredients2- 14.5 oz cans of chicken broth2- 14.5 oz cans of stewed or diced tomatoes ( I use fire roasted)1 clove of garlic1 pkg of knorr vegetable mix10 oz pkg of frozen chopped spinach9 oz pkg of fresh tortellini or 4 servings of dried tortellini1 cup italian sausage- brownedFresh grated parmesan cheese4 cups of water Instructions In a large soup pot, combine broth, tomatoes, water, garlic, and vegetable mix (or if freezing, add these ingredients to a gallon freezer bag and freeze). Bring to a boil. Add tortellini and cook according to package instructions. When tortellini is almost done, add spinach and sausage. Do not add it before to avoid it becoming more "stew" like. Add salt and pepper to your desired taste. Garnish with Parmesan and serve with salad and bread.

Also makes a great crockpot meal. Let soup mixture cook on low and then add tortellini, spinach and sausage according to instructions above.


Hawaiian Chicken freezer meal

Some local friends and I started a freezer meal exchange earlier this year. Once a month we each have an epic cooking day at home, making multiple of the same recipe, and then come together later and swap meals with each other. It's quicker, more cost effective (buying in bulk, using the same spices for several meals, etc) and it's fun to try new foods. And we have meals in the freezer for busy nights! Score!

So, I'm going to be sharing a few of the recipes here, just as a reference point. This is not, nor will it ever become a food blog. I'm definitely not a foodie.

Hawaiian Chicken  Ingredients2 lbs of chicken thighs1/2 cup brown sugar3 cloves of garlic-minced2 Tbs soy sauce1 can of chunked pineapple- drainedPineapple juice from can of pineapple 1 green and 1 red pepper- cut into 1 inch piences1 Tbs. grated ginger (dried also works)2 Tbs vinegar Instructions Place chicken thighs in a baking dish. Mix vinegar, pineapple juice, ginger, soy sauce, garlic and brown sugar …

From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler Book Celebration

Whew! That blog title is a mouth full! Funny story, when I tried to introduce this book to our book club, I couldn't spit the title out. A fellow mom came to my rescue and introduced the book. I don't know why it was so tricky, but I just couldn't say it!

Anyway...We took a few months off from book club because of the holidays and came back together in February to celebrate the reading of From the Mixed up Files of Mrs. Basil E Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg. If you are not familiar with this book, the Metropolitan Museum of Art serves as the background for a mystery surrounding a work thought to possibly be Michelangelo's. A brother and sister spend the book looking for clues while living at the museum. It was a fun read.

As an appropriate celebration, we decided to host our book club at the local Art Museum. They have a great wing with classrooms that we were able to meet in and then we went for a short guided walk through part of the gallery!

Our craft this time was …

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Book Celebration!

Last week I shared about our September book club party for Alice in Wonderland. This week I'm going to show you our November book party for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe! I think this one was even more fun than the last!

Since it was a wee bit colder around here in November, we opted to have this book club at our local library. They have a great story hour room that you can reserve for community events, and it works perfectly for our group. The younger siblings can wander back and forth between our event and the children's area of the library! Brilliant!

As the children arrived, they got to go through a wardrobe! Ok...so maybe it wasn't a wardrobe so much as a clothes rack with long coats hanging on it, but that didn't stop the kids from going through it over and over and over!


When they stepped through they were greeted by this loveliness! I had several trees situated throughout the room to create the feeling of Narnia! The white fabric at the base was supposed…

Alice in Wonderland Book Celebration Club!

This past year, inspired by the BraveWriter idea of  "Party School"  I started a Book Celebration group with a few local homeschool families. Every other month we read a book and come together to celebrate it! It's a book club with a festive flair, and so far, the kids are having a blast!

So, I thought I would blog our parties for anyone who would like to read, you know, like the grandparents.

Our first Book Celebration was in September for Alice in Wonderland. We met at a local park to have our very own Mad Hatter's Tea Party! 


We started with a introductions and an icebreaker. Make the Cheshire Cat Smile was a winner!

One person was the Queen of Hearts and tried to get anyone at the party to smile, proving that they were, in fact, the Cheshire Cat! The Queen could do anything to make them smile EXCEPT touch them!

When the Queen revealed the Cheshire Cat, we crowned a new Queen and began again!

This was a fun way to get everyone laughing and comfortable with each ot…