Category Archives: Recipes and Cooking

“I live on good soup, not on fine words.” -Moliere

Have you ever gone to a restaurant and loved their food so much that you wish you could make it at home? My husband and I absolutely love the Zoupa Toscana at Olive Garden so he suggested that I try to make it. Well, using Pinterest, I was able to find a copycat recipe that actually works. It’s so delicious and it’s really easy to make. We have made some of our own adjustments to it but it’s really to your liking. The recipe we use is at High Heels & Grills. Here is the recipe with the changes we made, though.

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat
Recipe from Food.com
Makes about 8 cups
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground Italian sausage {I use mild}
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 3 russet potatoes cut in rounds
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup  real bacon bits {about 5-6 slices of cooked bacon}
  • 2 cups fresh kale
  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • Italian Seasoning
  • Romano cheese
  • Olive oil
Directions:
  1. Add  olive oil to pan, let heat. Once heated, add sausage and Italian seasoning.
  2. Brown sausage in a large skillet on medium heat. Strain and rinse fat. {You don’t HAVE to rinse your sausage, but you’ll get a greasy orange film if you don’t. There’s a little more flavor to it though, so it’s your preference.}
  3. Combine chicken broth and water in a large pot and stir. Add the sausage, potatoes, onion, and garlic. Cook on medium heat until potatoes are soft, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add bacon, salt, and pepper and let simmer on medium-low for another ten minutes.
  5. Turn to low heat and add kale and cream. Heat through completely and serve.
  6. Add cheese on top to liking

We have made this recipe countless times and each time it gets better. If you really want to learn how to make a certain food from your favorite restaurant, just check Pinterest. I’m sure you’ll find help there. Thanks for reading. If you try this recipe, let me know how it went!

“Don’t Give up, the Beginning is Always the Hardest.” -Unknown

Hello everyone! So far, I’ve made progress on my New Year goals. I bought some cute fabric and my husband and I made a new dinner together. I’m so excited for all the possibilities with my goals. How are your goals So far? Whatever you do, don’t give up! You can do this. keep it in your mind. If your goals are anything like mine, it may take some time. As for cooking: Research! Fine simple recipes and make them your own.

My husband saw a video on facebook about making “totchos” and he really wanted to try it. It was changed a little so it isn’t exactly the Same but it was so delicious.

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You can find the recipe here for these wonderful totchos.

I know this is short but my computer is dead so I’m posting this from my phone, which I hate doing. I hope y’all are having a great new year and that it continues to be great.

“I can accept failure, but I can’t accept not trying.” -Michael Jordan

So, today I would like to talk about something that occurred just a few hours ago. It really all started a couple of days ago. My soon-to-be sister-in-law has a birthday today (22) and I came up with the BRILLIANT idea to make her cake. Well, there was a cake that I had seen and I was dying to make it. HAHAHAHAHAHAH! Being more of a beginner baker, I didn’t realize how “in over my head” I was. It wasn’t horrible (it’s standing) but it wasn’t as easy as the lady made it seem. No worries, it will work.

Anyway, this is the link to the cake I made: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpNnCB4Mvk4&t=269

If anyone attempts it, let me know how it turns out for you! Don’t give up, either, because you CAN do it. Thankfully I had my aunt here to help me when I got frustrated. color I did seemed to break, which started my frustration. Then the frosting wasn’t spreading like she had done. Again, I am still a beginner baker and am still learning, haha. Next time I will do something a little more simple.

What have you made recently? What has made you frustrated recently? Just keep pressing on and you can get through it. The cake is only as hard to make as you let it be….and if you attempt something well about what you are capable of doing. Try going for the smaller one first 🙂

I have to get ready for the “party” see y’all on Friday!

The green, blue, and purple ones were cooling on plates...half of each of them stuck to the pans (even though I had sprayed the pans)...
The green, blue, and purple ones were cooling on plates…half of each of them stuck to the pans (even though I had sprayed the pans)…
rainbow cake 3
The orange and the yellow after I made the circles….before I got frustrated…
Rainbow cake
This is the finished product 🙂