Pasta e Fagioli and a Favorite Blog

I fell in love this weekend with a new recipe.  Yep, you read right.  If overdramatization is not your thing, this is not the site for you.  I’ve been known to post about toothpaste, tennis shoes, and Dumdums.  But back to my recipe story. 
There is a blog that I frequent.  And when I say frequent, I mean I check it daily.  Me and Jeanette, yeah I call her Jeanette, we will either end up east coat-west coast besties or she will block me from her site and consider a restraining order.  Time will tell. Her site, Life Rearranged is amazing.  She is funny, creative and to top it all off, she does fund raising for various charities via guest-blogging by people who’s lives have not gone as they expected.  Sometimes when I’m reading I am also shouting at my screen “You took the words right out of my mouth!!”  Cuz me and Jeanette, we think alike, but she just says it funnier.
Again, back to the point.  A few weeks ago she posted a recipe that looked delish.  I finally got around to trying it this weekend and it was just as she said. Totally delectable.  I swapped a few things out, because I have the spiciness capacity of a two year old.  But it was still awesome.  So here is the link to her recipe Pasta e Fagioli if you want to do it the original way, or if you are like me here is alterations below.

*Instead of the Italian sausage she sliced up, I used 1 pound of ground, mild, Italian sausage.
*I used 2 big carrots
*Realized I was out of thyme
*Omitted the cayenne (aforementioned reasons)
*Use a BIG pot!  I have been eating it {happily} for 3 days straight because it makes a ton!

Stay tuned for a recipe from me tomorrow.  I’m getting back into my cooking groove, I’ve been making delicious stuffed shells, broccoli soup and its about time I post my recipe for Caramel Apple Cake don’t you think?  I’ll re post this on my recipe blog Real Recipes for Real Families.  Why did I make them separate?  I don’t even remember.
Happy October!

Hidden Treasure

Hidden Treasure can be found many places other than a deserted island in a cavern under a giant X.  I found hidden treasure in Ohio: Alex. Which led to many beautiful children.  {Can I please have some more Babe??? One more of my own and one I want to adopt??  6 Ain’t no thang.  Really.}

Hidden Treasure can be found under a pile of Autumn leaves.  {Why don’t more people say Autumn instead of Fall, its so much fancier?}

But especially, Hidden Treasure can be found on the internet! Yep, I’ll cop to it.  And for crafty-inept people like me, when you find you treasure, you share it. So guess what??  The very talented Lori of Jewlori has created some new wonders.  That I am fully going to order, because I love me a good hat.  My sister says I look good in them.  So this Autumn I am embracing a new style.  Hats and scarves.  You HAVE to check out her new shop here:  Melon and Pebble

The Curious Fox Beanie - Newborn - 10 years   See.  I wasn’t kidding.  Awesome stuff.  I will be ordering this for a certain baby of a certain friend that isn’t quite born yet.  Are you wondering if it’s you???

Sticky love, Healing Love, Rescue Love

I’m overcome.  There are things going on with people I love.  LOVE deeply. I’m so overwhelmed.  At the same time in my life that there is pain, I’m also becoming reminded, and learning about great acts of love happening elsewhere.  And it is only by focusing my thoughts there that I will make it through.  Because let’s face it. There are times in life when things just don’t go as you expect.  Expectations aren’t met.  Hearts get broken.  People get sick and hurt.  Injustices happen close to home and far away.  But there are some constant loves that I’m trying to focus on.  Until I see the sunshine peak through the clouds. 

1.  Healing Love- By the creator of love himself.  The God who has the power to heal sickness and hearts alike.  Who willingly died to save us from EVERY horrible thing we do.  The God who is like a parent, sitting by the phone waiting for our call (and picking it up every once in a while to check the dial tone).  Because He knows he has the answer, but He can’t give it to us until we make the phone call ourselves. 

2. Sticky Love- My children.  No matter how badly I am hurting for the lives of those I love, I can turn to my innocent, carefree children.  I am beyond blessed with healthy, happy children.  Who don’t yearn for someone to love them, because they already have it.  They don’t sit alone, hungry, longing for touch of a mommy and daddy.  They have hugs and kisses and tickles in abundance.  Hugs and kisses that I can’t resist even when they may be chocolaty, sticky, boogery, or slobbery.  I’ll take it.

3. Rescue Love- this is actually a double parter

My husband is daily rescuing me. Alex has been to hell and back in his life. But he rescues me.  He kept me from sinking when our first son died years ago and for the last few days when even breathing hurts, I feel his hand in mine. And he rescues me. I can’t put into words who he is to me. But turn on your computer’s volume and you will hear a song that says clearly what our love is. “Love Like Crazy” by Lee Brice.

 Rescue Love #2-  A helpless, hopeless, sick, doomed little girl is about to be rescued in the Ukraine. Her tale is one of wonder and miracle. She is being rescued from a certain death sentence by leaving an orphange to a mental instituition. Read about it here. Like today. I mean it. And now, mercifully she is no longer unloved, helpless, hopeless or doomed!  She will finally know the love in a mom’s embrace.
About Yulia and her Rescue.