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Monday, January 15, 2018

Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

Through the fall and winter months, I like to make a big pot of soup at least once a week.  We'll have it for dinner and then for lunches until it is gone.  Most of the time, I'll make a loaf of bread to go along with it because we love to dip our crusty bread into the soup.  Today's recipe for Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is one of those soups that will be perfect with a crusty bread for dipping.

A Hearty Soup to Spice Up Your Life

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Spicy Italian Sausage Soup
Spicy Italian Sausage Soup

Spicy Italian Sausage Soup is made quickly on the stovetop.  You can control the spiciness by adjusting the ratio of sweet Italian sausage to hot Italian sausage.  I use half hot Italian sausage and half sweet Italian sausage and the soup has just the right amount of spice for me.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Winter Care for Orchids and African Violets

Are you familiar with the term "hygge"?  It's a Danish term that has caught on in the U.S. because it speaks to the feelings of coziness and relaxation we seek during the winter months.  It emphasizes the simple things in life and feelings of a life well-lived.  One of the ways I create hygge this time of year is by making sure my collection of African violets and orchids is happy and healthy.

How to Care for African Violets and Orchids During Winter

Caring for Orchids and African Violets in Winter

Your houseplants are most likely crying out for some attention right now.  If you are like me, you ignored them a bit during the busy holidays.  After all the festive decorations are put away, it's time to give your plants a lovely spa treatment.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Warm Up with Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup

Here in the Northeast, we've had weeks and weeks of bitterly cold weather.  A blizzard this week left us with piles of snow and frigid temperatures with wind chills below zero.  On top of that, we've had coughs and sniffles that just won't quit.  It's miserable.  That means it is a perfect time for hearty soups like this chicken noodle soup.

Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup
Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken soup is made with just a few ingredients.   The base flavor comes from carrots, onion, celery, and chicken stock.  You'll want to be sure you are using the best, most flavorful ingredients you can find to make this hearty homemade chicken soup from scratch.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Favorite Dinner Recipes Your Family will Love

The Just One Donna readers have spoken.  I was curious about which dinner recipes were the reader favorites for the past year.  Luckily, I have reports that give me the information with a click or two.  Here are the five dinner recipes that were viewed the most is 2017.

Five Favorite Dinner Recipes

Five Favorite Dinners

Each of these recipes is loved by my family and part of the regular menu rotation at my house.  I'm happy the Just One Donna readers agree. It's time to give them a try if you haven't as yet.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Kitchen Hacks for 2018

Let's start 2018 with some ideas for being more efficient in the kitchen.  I don't know about you, but I am always grateful for any suggestions that will save me time, money, or both in my kitchen.

Twenty Five Kitchen Hacks to Save You Time and Money

Twenty-Five Kitchen Hacks

I've been gathering these kitchen tips over the years and use them all in my own kitchen.  How many do you use, too?


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