Tuscan Zuppa Toscana

I made some Tuscan Zuppa Toscana and I have to say it is easy to make and very good.

Zuppa Toscana means Tuscan Soup and this is an Italian soup that is is full of flavors.

This soup is a creamy tomato consistency.

Tuscan Zuppa Toscana

Ingredients:

2 tbsp butter

1 small onion chopped

2 cloves garlic or 2 tablespoons of minced garlic

4 cups chicken broth

8 oz cream cheese

1 lb Italian sausage (mild or hot)

2- 14 oz can diced tomatoes I left one chunky and mixed one in the bullet for  2-3  seconds.

1 zucchini medium-sized chopped small

4 cups chopped spinach

2 tsp dried basil

2 tsp dried oregano

3 bay leafs

parmesan cheese

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)

Instructions

Melt the butter over medium-high heat and add the onion, garlic, and Italian sausage to cook for 4-5 minutes or until onion is soft and meat browned.

 

Pour in three cups of the chicken broth then add the zucchini, basil, oregano, bay leaf, cayenne pepper (if using), and diced tomatoes.
Bring to a boil then lower the heat to simmer.
Place the remaining cup of bone broth and cream cheese in a blender and blend until smooth.  I used my bullet for this. Pour into the rest of the soup and stir.
Mix in the chopped spinach and once wilted serve the soup or allow to simmer for another half hour or more for the flavors to combine.
Serve topped with shredded parmesan cheese.

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Medical Insurance vs Cash Pay

I needed to get an MRI and I have not met the deductible of my new insurance.

My cost was going to be $3300.00 needless to say I canceled the appointment.

Our daughter Jeanelle told me to call back and get the cash price.

It will be $394.00 for the MRI and Approx: $95.00 for the radiologist to read it. Less than $500.00 this is so crazy.

I called back and made a new appointment and it is one day before the other one was.      I will be paying cash and smiling that I saved a bunch of money in the process.

MRIs and I do not get along so this time we are trying Diazepam 30 minutes before and another at the time of the test if I need it, nighttime sleep mask, and earplugs. Hopefully, I can get through it.

I am normally not claustrophobic but there is something about the MRI that really bothers me. I think it is the combination of the tunnel and the noise.

 

 

 

Big Feet

I have been trying to figure out how to show the size of Miss. Crickets feet.

At the vet last week she weighed in at a whopping 67.8#s and even the vet said she had some HUGE feet. Cricket is only 4 months and 3 weeks old.

While the twin granddaughters were here spending the night I had an idea.  A Foot comparison is the only true way to show off Cricket’s feet size.

This is Karina’s foot and Cricket’s foot side by side. Karina is 6 years old and wears a size 1 in kid’s shoes.

Cricket’s nickname is Stompy Stomp and I think this picture lets you see why she is called that. I wish I could add sound and then you all would really get the meaning of her nickname.

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The beauty of natural light

I love the early morning when the sun is rising and a new day is beginning.

The grass is still wet from the dew, the fog is lightly covering the pastures and the blooms of the morning glory bush on the fence line are glistening with the light shining through the purple petals.

There sits a wicker chair under the ash tree with the morning light cascading through her branches & across the grass.

The wire on the fence takes on a golden glow and the fence post is highlighted.

The birds are chirping because it is a new day and there is an occasional moo from the cows in the pasture.

I really love the simplicity of country life.

Morning light

 

 

 

Family Drama & Greed

I grew up with family drama all around as the years went on it seem to get worse.

On my mom’s side of the family, she had two brothers but she was the oldest. They all quit talking to each other many years ago after my grandparents had died.

My mom even held up the sale of my grandparent’s house to irritate one of them knowing they just wanted the money to gamble with. She talked to me about this several times. My parents spent years and years working and saving money so money was not an issue for them and neither one would have gambled away large sums of money.

The last time the 3 siblings saw each other in person before my mom’s death was 20 years before at my great aunt’s funeral. This was only because they all had to be there at the same time. My mom told me the tension was pretty bad at the time and things would never be the same again this was in 1999.

They all 3 lived 300 miles apart close enough they should have visited each other at least a few times a year. The 3 of them never even really knew each other as middle-aged adults much less during retirement.

They never talked on the phone or kept in touch until my dad was diagnosed with cancer in August 2014 then she and Brother B spoke a few times a week. She never spoke to the youngest Brother D until my dad passed away and they were never as close as she was with brother B.

Most of the time family issues boil down to two words JEALOUSY or GREED and sometimes both.

Sometimes people get so jealous of the relationships of others they have to try and destroy those relationships.

Every family has its issues and I honestly thought my mom’s and her brother’s drama was bad enough but that was until my mom died.

My parents only had two children my sister and myself.

I can tell you this much this drama was neither one of us because we would have never done such a thing.

I have family members involved in this greed.

My dad warned my mom about this he said: ” Watch Your Back”.

I knew who he meant and those I am closest to know who would take advantage of my mom.

I am ashamed of some members of my own family and I have to wonder how you can justify your actions.

How do you sleep at night knowing what you have done?

The others involved with you are just as guilty as you are as of right now I know of 4 of you.

Bribery is a whole different issue but bribing with money that is not yours REALLY! 

Accepting a bribe is another issue for my other family member that is involved in this greed.

I hope you get the feeling you are being watched by big brother because you are.

Your time will come and all your lies will not help you this time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heifers at the fence

These heifers next door to our house seem to think that when I am outside they will get a treat sometimes they do but sometimes I am just taking pictures.

The good thing is, either way, they pose for me. If they are across the pasture they come running when they see me.

Country life is great but I love cows.

Happy Fathers Day

Happy Fathers Day to all you dads out there including my oldest son and my husband.

My dad had a very big impact on my life but most of all he truly believed in me.

The wildlife in my yard reminds me of my dad because we both loved wildlife and nature. We loved feeding the wildlife in our yards.

He is always near and dear to my heart and will never be forgotten. I love you Dad.

 

 

Purple and Orange

I thought this orange butterfly looked quite striking on the Golden Dewdrop Duranta blooms.

We have a lot of things that bloom in our yard and it has made a huge difference in the number of butterflies we see. Somedays we see at least a dozen or more different kinds.

Natures beauty putting on a show for all to see.

OrangeandPurple

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