Thanks, 2011!

With the welcoming of a new year, comes thoughts of how this year will be better than the last.  I have to say, the past year has been quite a fantastic year.  With health and love at an all-time high in our home, there is not a lot to complain about.  (I still find things to complain about, but it’s not because I am unhappy with my life.)
Here are some things that 2011 whipped out:

*Declan finally decided it was time to walk.  He now can be social and actually make contact when he hits during a tantrum.

*I lost 20 lbs last spring.  I gained 10 back this fall, but hey, that’s what resolutions are for.

*Quinn has continued to grow as a superstar in her own imagination.  I have a love/hate relationship with her superstar side, but it makes her who she is so I would never change it.

*Jeremiah gave me a foot rub an average of 3 out of the 7 days each week.  If that’s not a Great Husband, than what is?

*My friends near and far continue to be wonderful, funny, supportive, and give me strength to feel like I am capable of anything.

*My children are realizing how special and wonderful their grandparent’s, aunts and uncles are.  As they get older, they will only grow to know how very lucky they are to have a BIG, fabulous, and loving family.

Thanks, 2011.  You have been so very good to me.  Please pass the word on to 2012 to keep things on the up and up.

On to losing those darn 10 lbs again!!  Healthy soup, for a healthy new year!

Slow Cooker Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage and Vegetable Soup
serves 8

6 links Sweet Italian Turkey Sausage
1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 lb fresh spinach
2 large parsnips, scrubbed and sliced
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
8 cups chicken stock
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tb Cumin

In a hot pan, cook turkey sausage until internal temp is 160F.  Half length-wise and slice sausage.

Place all ingredients in slow cooker on high.  Cook for 2 hours on high, then 2 hours on low.

Serve hot.

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2 thoughts on “Thanks, 2011!

  1. Jo Loomis

    Awesome! I was just thinking, what’s for dinner, and wanting to use the chicken italian sausage I have already. And better yet, I have most of the other ingredient too! Thanks again for all the great recipies.

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