Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Cards

I love the fall.. I made these wonderful cards for everyday occasions. The paper/ink is Stampin up Chocolate Chip and Red Riding hood. The stamp is with gratitude by Stampin up. I found the leaf ribbon at a holiday show.. I love these cards.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Harvest Time

I love the fall. It's warmth in colors, smells, and food. For my daughter's first birthday I made a wonderful Italian ham & bean soup that warms the bones, caprese salad with a balsamic & fig reduction, broccoli, and artisan bread. Of course, you can not forget the champagne. It was so good, and warming, a great way to spend her 1st birthday. This is my families recipe for the Italian ham & bean soup.

Italian Ham & Bean Soup

1 Ham bone with meat
1/4 cup chopped pancetta
2 cups white beans-

cleaned and soaked for 24 hours

1/2 cup finely chopped celery

1/2 cup finely chopped onion

2 8oz cans of chopped Italian tomatoes

1/8 cup finely chopped parsley

2-4 cups water depending on crock pot size

Salt and Pepper to taste

Put all ingredients into your crock pot and simmer for 8 hours.

The secret- put it in the fridge for 24-48 hours, re-heat on low and enjoy.

Monday, September 26, 2011

The life of a single mom....

Hi my name is Stephanie, and I am a single mom to a beautiful daughter named Gabriella. I am so blessed to have this wonderful human being in my life. I became a mother at the age of 37. It was never my intention to be a single mom but here I am. I fall into the small group of woman raising their children with no help from the father financially or otherwise. My family lives too far from me to help so I have Gabi 24/7, well except when I am at work. Just to put it out there because most people ask or assume, I do not receive ANY help from the state.. Please understand, I am not complaining just stating facts.

Aside from being a mother, I love to cook, craft, organize, scrap, and so on.. The list could go for hours. I thought it would be neat to start a blog and write about my life as a single mother, share my challenges and solutions. Of course, share all my hobbies that go along with me..

Thanks for reading, and I look forward to the journey..