Shoes: DSW (and they’re new!)
Even though it was 80 degrees today, I’ve been wanting to try this lasagna soup for months now. I LOVE lasagna. And this soup doesn’t disappoint. The fresh basil adds so much flavor and the crushed red pepper gives it a little kick. It definitely doesn’t replace lasagna in my mind, but it could be considered a healthier alternative.
The Recipe (from Deen Bros Recipes)
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 pound Italian turkey sausage, casings removed
1 onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 (32-ounce) container chicken broth
1 (15-ounce) can tomato sauce
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can petite diced tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 ounces broken whole-wheat lasagna noodles (about 4 noodles)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
1/2 cup reduced-fat shredded mozzarella cheese
8 Whole-wheat breadsticks or grissini (optional)
Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a large nonstick saucepot or Dutch oven. Add the sausage, onion, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is crumbled and browned, 8 – 10 minutes.
Add the broth, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, salt, and crushed red pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the flavors are blended, about 20 minutes. Add the noodles; bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the soup thickens slightly and the noodles are tender, 10 – 12 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in mozzarella, basil, and the Parmesan. Serve with the breadsticks.
Happy first day of Spring! The weather is gorgeous and I had to wear an outfit today that expressed that. I broke out my hot pink skirt and paired it with a light lilac short sleeved button-up. The color combo may have been a bit…Eastery, but it was bright, cheery and made me feel pretty!
I can’t wait for the weekend either. It’s my first off since… well it seems forever. I think I’ll try taking Brooklyn out with my roller blades. Also, I’m planning on doing some closet organization and menu planning. Hopefully I’ll have lots of tips to talk about.
The weather here has been positively spring like this past week and a half and it is suppose to continue through the weekend! Just in time too! I just finished dancing in The Dance Company’s production of Snow White, so now I will be able to enjoy all of my weekends! To celebrate, Bob and I grilled out personal pizzas last night and I broke out my favorite spring item – skirts!
The pizzas were so easy and OMG so delicious! All that this recipe involves is buying flatbread ( I bought extra for sandwiches during the week), pizza sauce (I found some at Festival for 97 cents), cheese and what ever toppings you like. Bob and I picked pepperoni, bell peppers and mushrooms. We put our pizzas together on a piece of tin foil and then put them straight on the grill. Since the flatbread is already baked, we didn’t have to worry about grilling both sides. So once the cheese was melted they were done! Bob decided it was a beer night and since I don’t like beer, I bought the next closest thing – Woodchuck Hard Cider. I love the original and raspberry, so I tried the pear flavor. It’s just as good and it makes me think of summer!
The second great thing about the beautiful weather is breaking out my fun colored and floral skirts. And I love pairing a flirty, flouncy skirt with a structured blazer and a belt. This particular jacket is pretty special. I bought it in Paris during my junior year of high school, and I hope it never wears out! If you look past my pasty white legs, it’s a pretty outfit.
OH… one more thing about the weather that makes me happy is that it makes my baby Brooklyn so happy too!
So remember that comment about me not wearing jeans very often even though I can? Well, I take it back! Now that I’ve found a fit I like, the trouser jean, I love the way I can dress them up or make them casual. I recently bought a pair of super dark wash bootcut jeans that I can’t wait to wear with a new lace blazer I also got. I’m waiting for those jeans to be hemmed! But here is an example of a still very office appropriate outfit using a pair of trouser jeans from Loft.
Last night Bob and I ate like royalty. It was nice actually being able to enjoy a meal together since we don’t get to see a lot of each other during the week with our opposite work schedules. We had a delicious steak dinner with sautéed mushrooms and bell peppers, fried rice and pistachio pudding for dessert.
With the oh-so-nice weather, we were able to grill the steak. I asked Bob what he used as seasoning, but he said it’s his secret special blend. I think he at least uses some of the McCormick’s steak seasoning and season salt. I may not know what he used, but I do know that it was delicious!
Bob’s grill also has a side burner, so while he was tending the steaks he sautéed the mushrooms and bell peppers (they were actually left overs from the fajitas). Again, Bob would not share his spices, but there was soy sauce involved and I think a little cayenne pepper to give them a little kick. The veggies tasted good on top of the steak, but also by themselves.
For dessert? Well it’s just boxed pistachio pudding. BUT, the whipped cream is homemade. Take a cup of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of powdered sugar, beat until firm and you have delicious whipped cream! I put them in wine glasses to make the simple dessert a little fancier.
On an unrelated note, I want to show-off my new favorite jeans!
Can you guess where they’re from…. GOODWILL. I bought them for $7 and they fit beautifully. I’ve realized that skinny jeans may not be the appropriate shape for me. I can never find a pair that fits comfortably around my thighs and butt, but also fit my waist. I know I could get them tailored, but finding some that fit nice to begin with is even better. So basically, I’ve decided to NOT purchase anymore skinny jeans in the near future and stick with wider-legged silhouettes. I’m going to have stop by Goodwill every once in a while!
Even though my new office has a casual dress code, I have a closet full of “fancier” clothes, so I doubt I will be wearing jeans more than once a week. However, the more laid back dress code does give me a more wiggle room to be a little trendier I feel.
I decided to post one of the bad pictures I got yesterday of my first day outfit just because I liked it so much. Don’t judge the outfit by the way I look in this picture! The blazer is from H&M, the pants and shoes are from Target!
My second day of work outfit is more traditional work wear, but in a playful way. I played with print and color in this outfit. The overall tones of the outfit are shades of blue – navy and lighter shades. My first twist included pairing the blue-toned outfit with a coral cardigan. One of my fashion pet peeves is being too matchy-matchy. Navy is a neutral, so it can be paired with any color you want. So don’t be afraid to pick an unexpected accent color and add it in with a cardigan, your shoes or a belt. The second twist – putting a louder print on a more traditional shaped skirt. The pieces themselves make the outfit appropriate for a more conservative office environment, but the color combo and the print make it office chic! The cardigan is from Target and the blouse and skirt are from Kohls.