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    Kale, Sausage & Potato Soup

    Kale, Sausage, & Potato Soup | The Everyday Simple

    As the temperatures dip below the 70’s for the first time this season, it brings out all the nostalgic fall feelings in me. There is truly just something about fall. The air is cleaner and easier to breathe, the time spent outside it actually enjoyable, and the food is incredible. Especially the soup.

    Kale, Sausage, & Potato Soup | The Everyday Simple

    Soups have always been one of my favorite go to meals, and especially when we have a cooler day, I love to let it simmer on the stove all day and dig into it for dinner. This has always been a favorite of ours, and one of the first of the season that I make. It also is always a crowd favorite, so it is great to feed a lot of people.


    Ingredients: 

    • 1 TBS butter
    • 2 TBS oil 
    • 1 small onion (diced)
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 16 oz sausage 
    • 3 medium potatoes (cubed)
    • 32 oz chicken broth
    • 2 cups of milk (I used whole, but whatever your preference is) 
    • 4 stalks of kale (peeled from stem and chopped)
    • Salt  (to taste)
    • Pepper (to taste)
    • Thyme (1/2 tsp)
    • Rosemary (1 sprig)

    Directions: 

    1. Melt butter and oil over medium heat in a large pot 
    2. Add onion and garlic to the pot and stir until translucent (about 6 minutes) 
    3. Add the sausage, and cook until brown
    4. Add the cubed potatoes, and cook for about 2 minutes 
    5. Add the chicken broth, milk, and seasonings, and bring to a boil 
    6. Reduce to simmer, and let cook for about 30 minutes (or until potatoes are tender) 
    7. Add chopped kale and cook for additional 10 minutes
      * The longer you let the soup simmer, the softer the potatoes and kale will be, and the more flavor that will be absorbed

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    The Art of Slow Cooking

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    Growing up, cooking in the kitchen with my mom was always one of my favorite things to do. Whether I was helping to cook, doing homework at the kitchen counter, or just hanging out while my mom cooked, dinner time was a time that brought us all together. The kitchen was the space that we all came together and hung out after a long day, and even before dinner started. Read more

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    Making Memories and Saving Money with Basket

    Different seasons of life bring different needs. Sometimes we need to slow things down a little bit, sometimes we need something to spice things up, and sometimes we just need something new and different. This past season of life for us has been full of change, transition, and the unknown, so we have been holding onto anything that helps save us time, money, and brings us together as a family. Read more

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    How Plants Reduce Insanity

     

    Plants in the home

    “It’s been proven by quite a few studies that plants are good for our psychological development. If you green an area, the rate of crime goes down. Torture victims begin to recover when they spend time outside in a garden with flowers. So we need them, in some deep psychological sense, which I don’t suppose anybody really understands yet.”
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    How to Decorate a Rental Home

    I18B9527There’s no place like home, right? Well what about those of us that don’t own our own homes? Those of us that have the potential to have to pack up and move every year when our lease runs out? How do we make those temporary houses or apartments be our home? Be our safe haven where we know we belong? According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, 35% of families in the US rent either a house or an apartment, and that only continues to rise every year. Read more

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    Why We Let our Toddler Watch TV

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    When I was a little girl, there were two little cups and a bowl sitting beside the television. My sister and I both had a cup, and inside each of them were 4 quarters. Throughout the day, if we wanted to watch TV, we had to “pay” depending on what the show cost. If it was educational, it cost one quarter. If it was solely for entertainment it cost us two quarters. Also, hour long programs were double the cost. When the quarters were gone, so was our television time for the day. (Unless we all watched a movie together at night.) Read more

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