What a wild and crazy weekend!
I came home Thursday to this:
Friday I took a water color painting class, it was a blast, my painting:
Then we did this on Saturday:
Yep! We finished removing the old linoleum in our kitchen and uncovered the original wood floors. Now we have to figure out what comes next.
Saturday night I judged a fashion/sewing show featuring kids 18 and under. I love to see the art of sewing passed along to kids and the excitement level was up there.
Sunday I made a huge mess in my kitchen, making 3 pizzas, bread, cinnamon rolls, jalapeno cheese rolls and cookies. I bought a 25 pound bag of flour and it didn't fit in my usual storage jars. I don't usually buy so much but I was at the Natural Pantry and it was a great deal, so I bought it. Kneadless (ha!) to say we are set for a week of good eats.
Sunday also brought listening to/feeling the Crow Creek Pipes and Drums band at the library, cleaning the chicken coop, and tomato spinach soup on the fly. Even with careful planning dinner time can still sneak up on me. Thankfully crushed tomatoes came to my rescue and we had a simple lovely dinner in about 30 minutes flat.
Tomato Spinach Soup
5 cups crushed tomatoes, I used canned not fresh because well, yeah because
4 cups water or vegetable stock, more as needed
1 tsp thyme
3 sage leaves
1 tablespoon chopped garlic, less if desired
1 tsp sugar
6 ounces bow tie pasta
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups fresh spinach leaves, washed
in a dutch oven over medium high heat bring the tomatoes, water/stock, bay leaf, thyme to a simmer reduce heat and keep at a low simmer
crush the sage leaves and sprinkle them in
add the chopped garlic, I used a spice ball which is like a tea ball only bigger, I wanted the flavor of the garlic but not the chunks, you could sub in garlic powder too just don't use as much
add the sugar
let it simmer for 10 minutes
halfway through check for water, if you need a bit more liquid to cook the pasta add it now
return to simmer
then add pasta simmer gently for another 10 minutes
taste for salt and pepper and add as needed
snip the fresh spinach into the soup and continue cooking until the pasta is done
taste again for salt and pepper
cool briefly before serving
We had this with fresh bread, red anjou pears, and asparagus roasted with garlic. Rather simple but the perfect end to a long weekend.
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Peace and Love,