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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, January 23, 2012

Monday - You are beautiful -

Good Morning!

This is something we all need to tell ourselves every day. We are beautiful - because God doesn't make any junk!


ITALIAN SAUSAGE TORTELLINI SOUP -(from my dear friend Jean)

1 pound sweet Italian ground sausage (I used about 3/4 pound, but you can add more....am saving 1/4 # for egg casserole:)
1 c. chopped yellow onion
2 cloves garlic or 2 tsp. chopped fresh garlic that you can buy in the jar
5 small cans of chicken broth (low fat)
1 c. water with dissolved chicken boullion cube
1/2 c. red wine ( optional...I didn't have any)
1/2 - 3/4 bag torn in half fresh spinach (but can use 1/2 pkg. defrosted spinach)
1/2 tsp. dried basil
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
2 cans stewed tomatoes
1 c. thinly sliced carrots (I like to do them on the diagonal)
8 oz. cheese tortellini (comes frozen)
1/2 green bell pepper (you can use the whole one if you'd like...John isn't a big fan of green peppers, but he loved this soup with just 1/2 of one)
Grated fresh parmesan for topping (optional, but nice touch:)

1. Place sausage in large pot over med heat and saute til well browned Drain and pat off grease really well. Keep a little grease in pan. Saute onions, green pepper and garlic for about 5 minutes in a little grease left in pan.

2. Add beef stock, chicken boullion dissolved in water, wine, tomatoes, carrots, spinach, basil, and oregano. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 min, skimming any fat that my surface.

3. Add tortellini and simmer for 10 min. or til tortellini is fully cooked. Pour into indiv. bowls and garnish with the cheese or serve cheese on side.

Nice accompaniments are garlic bread and salad....Enjoy! :)

P.S. In case you don't like spinach you can substitute chopped zucchini. I love spinach and liked the nice deep green color, as well. Personal choice there.:)

I am going to go buy the ingredients this week - her recipes never fail me.

THOUGH FOR THE DAY!


Now for me - I truly believe this with all my heart. And I am going to do one random act of kindness today - want to join me?

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46 comments:

Jill said...

YOU are beautiful!

Yes, I will join you in a RAK. I haven't done any since Christmas and I need to get back to it.

Thisisme. said...

Hi Sandie. What a great post to start the week off with. Love your new header, and that thought for the day is awesome. Random kindness is what the world certainly needs, and something that I very much try to practice as I go through life. You're telling us we're beautiful, and have thrown in a good recipe for good measure. What more could we want in a post??!!

TexWisGirl said...

sweet!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Sandie you are such a good person and beautiful inside and out. hugs on this rainy Georgia day. Linda

Lynn said...

Yum - I like the sound of that soup. I've been in a big cooking mood lately.

Yes - I will make sure I do a random act of kindness today. (I try to do that without thinking, but will make sure I do it.)

Aarthi said...

They look delicious..Thanks for posting it dear..

Aarthi
http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

Jane said...

Going to join you in that random act of kindness today,And yes you are a very beautiful person ! Love your post's ! Blessings Jane

Jane said...

Going to join you in that random act of kindness today,And yes you are a very beautiful person ! Love your post's ! Blessings Jane

Stacy said...

Love that thought. I don't know about turning my life around, but I've definitely had days when an unexpected touch or hug or kind word made all the difference. I'm definitely with you on committing an act of kindness. :)

Nezzy said...

Oh how I repeat this quote often to my Sunday School and Kid's Church group.

I usually follow it with, "you are royalty...a child of the King!!!"

Have a blessed week my friend!!! :o)

Nezzy said...

BTW: You ARE beautiful!

'Just sayin'...........

Ginny said...

Yes I'll join, it's easier than you think!!! A friendly smile even, or an encouraging word when a store clerk or friend is having a bad day, no scolding!

Sweet Tea said...

Why, thank you, Ms. Sandie.
I'll take that compliment and give it back to you in return. Having a great Monday and hope you are too!

Eva Ason said...

Good evening my dear friend :) I so much needed to read this today THANK YOU! It's been THAT kind of day today [hehe]. You ARE Beautiful! Big Hugs x

Eva

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

Love doing RAKs. I sent homemade challah bread with cinnamon butter to Pierce's school this morning for him to share with his class. Does that count? :-)

That soup sounds wonderful!

Wanda's Wings said...

The soup sounds yummy. Thank for your kindness and uplifting words.

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

That soup sounds delicious. I wish I hadn't promised myself I'd work on more healthy meals in 2012. I guess I could substitute the Italian sausage with some turkey sausage, but I don't think it would be the same. You mustn't tempt me like this. :)

Just Stuff From a Boomer said...

I sometimes think random acts of kindness are really just common courtesy. If you are in line at the grocery store with a full cart and the guy behind you has just loaf of bread, letting him go ahead makes sense to me. This comes to mind because it happens to me at least half the time I go shopping. I tell people to go ahead. One time I let 3 people go ahead of me. Then I wondered if I was taking it to a whole new level. Ha! Kindness or courtesy? hmmmmm???

Shug said...

I love this....and you are so right...God does not create junk. You are beautiful as well Sandie...
hugs..
Shug

Sally said...

I believe!!!

Have a wonderful day, beautiful Sandie. :)

Rae said...

Soup -sounds perfect on a chilly windy day like today. Thanks for the recipe.

The Boston Lady said...

I have always felt that sometimes the simplest of gestures can make someone's day and always try to smile and be kind when I'm out and about. Guess I need to do that when I'm at home too! JK. You are beautiful! Ann

Sandra said...

mine will have to be a kind act to hubby or the dogs since i am not going out. maybe tomorrow. i did one not to long ago that made me feel good. a woman stopped to ask directions to the place to get an MRI, she was german, could hardly speak English and could not understand my directions. i said follow me and i will take you there, i did and she did and we were both happy

Susan said...

God sure didn't make junk when he made YOU!

Made a birthday cake for a young homebound Mom today. Also gave her framed photos of herself, her kids,and their dad.

Hope your day has been super, Sandie.

Soup sounds good! Susan

Gloria Hood said...

Oh yeah! Going to make this soon! RAK done at work today!!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

That sounds delicious! Have to try making this sometime.

Daughter of His Grace said...

G'Day Sandie,

I agree we need to tell ourselves everyday we are beautiful. Something I personally struggle with.

I love the thought for the day you've shared. Thank you! It was just this morning, that a stranger greeted me with the words "Good day" and it really made me smile and lift my spirit. Usually the place is full of people trying to get from one place to another, hustle and bustle - so this lady made my morning shine bright.

RAK - a good way to live.

Love, Kerrie

covnitkepr1 said...

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Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

This is a very nice post Sandie! The soup sounds great and I love that last saying:@)

Ann said...

and you are beautiful also :) I like that God doesn't make junk.
That soup sounds really good.

Jeanie said...

A great act of kindness would be making that soup for somebody, at least I would thing it was if someone made it for me.

DaCraftyLady said...

the soup sounds great!!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Oh, you're making me hungry!

Thanks for your words of encouragement at my blog. :)

Crystal Mary said...

That recipe sounds yummy. I think you are perhaps a very good cook..I am a bit lazy. And we can't get Italian sausage here.. I love my Italian foods and miss them..

Tweedles -- that's me said...

I think your beautiful too!
love
tweedles

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Sandie, That recipe sounds awesome.. Thanks for it... I may have to try that sometime.

From one beautiful person to another: Thanks for being my friend...
Hugs,
Betsy

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

Thank you for this beautiful post. I had a situation recently where someone treated me in a very ugly way. Now I will remember that God makes no junk and that person was terribly wrong about me. I am a child of His and wonderfully and beautifully made. So what does it matter if someone wants to be mean? I really do thank you for helping me feel beautiful again. You are truly beautiful for letting your faith be seen on this blog which reached me when I needed it.
Oh, your soup sounds great. I know my family would love it. ----------- Shannon

Belle said...

Love does make us see beauty; that is a lovely quote and I love the end quote also. Every small act of kindness makes this a better world.

Angela said...

You are absolutely gorgeous Sandie!

Hugs,
Angela

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hey Sandie~ this really hit home for me. This year I'd like to incorporate posts about recognizing our beauty when age and wrinkles try to convince us differently. Through the years I've dabbled in makeup artistry and adore fashion, but fitting it into our demographic can be a bit challenging for some. Especially when when the years have added a little fluff around our midriffs.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Rhonda said...

Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder...thankful that Jehovah God is the beholder in my life....He loves me spite all that is "ugly" about me! Thank you for the get well wishes yesterday. appreciate you

Catherine said...

I think we should write that message to ourselves on our bathroom mirror to read every morning!
xo Catherine

Debbie said...

OK, I'll take your random challenge. That means I have to leave the house of course. That's probably a good thing too.

And the recipe looks delicious.

AudreyO said...

What a nice post. It is so important that we tell ourselves on a very regular basis just how wonderful we are.

Annesphamily said...

You are just a doll! I love your writing. Sylvester is one crazy cat isn't he? Getting all worked u over here! Ha Ha

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

That soup sounds wonderful. I'm going to print that out and make a pot this weekend. Yummy!