Portuguese Sausage Soup


Portuguese Sausage Soup
This is an old Rachel Ray recipe. When I first saw the ingredients, It didn't appeal to me, but I tried it, and now it's my favorite. The spices in the sausage give it the wonderful flavor!

ingredients:
1 lb. ground sweet sausage, browned and drained
1 med. onion chopped
chopped garlic to taste
3 medium white potatoes, peeled and diced
1-15 oz. can garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
1 large can diced tomatoes
2 quarts chicken broth
1-16 oz. bag frozen (or fresh) chopped spinach

Add all ingredients in large soup pot and bring to a boil, then turn to simmer until potatoes are tender. Serve and enjoy!

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Felting Creations

Have you ever met someone with an extraordinary talent and wish you were gifted like they are? I've often told hubby that I wish I could just once...step behind a mike and belt out a song or sit down at a piano and play a difficult piece perfectly. Just once, and I'd be happy. Seems like no matter how much we achieve it's never enough. We need to learn to be content and enjoy and the gifts God has given us...

Recently, I saw these felted animals on Pinterest and I think they are amazing!
So much talent here!
Just look at the detail in these!
 What is felting?
It's done with wool, special needles, and a mat. Pushing the needles through a small wool ball causes the wool to attach to itself and you can begin to form a shape. There's more to it than this but you get the idea.



I like Mr. Mouse in his knitted sweater!
and a duck in a hunting hat!
Isn't she sweet?
Have any of you tried your hand at needle felting?

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Mackinac Island, Michigan

I've always wanted to visit Mackinac Island at the very top of Michigan,
 and last summer we finally made it!
An island that's only accessible by ferry boat and there are no vehicles on the island.
The well-mantained old homes are everywhere...


The flowers were out of this world! I guess it's all the horse manure lol


The building of the Grand Hotel is an amazing story in itself...

Have you ever been to Mackinac Island?

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Fancy Walnut Brownies

With Valentine's Day coming soon, I'd like to share one of my favorite recipes for brownies...rich, decadent brownies! ( And no one will ever guess they are made with a brownie mix.) A little extra work but the payoff is worth it...fancy enough to be boxed and given as a gift for that special someone.
 Fancy Walnut Brownies
 Makes 24 
Ingredients:
1 pkg. Duncan Hines brownie mix
1 egg
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup oil

Preheat oven to 350°. Place 24 (2 inch) foil liners on a baking sheet.

For brownies, combine brownie mix, egg, water, and oil in a large bowl.
Stir with a spoon until well blended, about 50 strokes.
Stir in contents of the walnut packet from mix.
Fill foil liners with 2 generous tablespoons of batter.
Bake @ 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool completely. Remove liners. Turn upside down on cooling rack.

Glaze:
4½ cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup milk or water
24 walnut halves, for garnish

For glaze, combine sugar and milk in a medium bowl. Blend until smooth.
Spoon glaze over the first brownie to completely cover. Top immediately with a walnut half. Repeat with remaining brownies.Allow glaze to set.

Chocolate drizzle:
1/3 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon shortening

For drizzle, Place chocolate chips and shortening in a resealable plastic bag; seal. Place bag in a bowl of hot water for several minutes. Dry bag with a paper towel.
Knead in your hand until blended and chocolate is smooth. Snip a pinpoint in the corner of the bag and drizzle the chocolate over the brownies. Store in a single layer in airtight containers.
Note:
If you are a candy maker, you could just melt some chocolate wafers in the micro, add them to a plastic bag, clip corner, and drizzle.
 Tip: Place wax paper under the cooling rack to catch excess glaze.

This recipe was very easy to make. Try it, your taste buds will thank you.

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