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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

I survived and a recipe!

Peter did not drive home from school on Monday as originally planned because Sarah freaked out.

Yes, my typically calm mild-mannered child had a fit.

"I've got toooooo much homework.  It will take so long with him driving.  He drives so slow.  I've got too much homework I jiust need to get home.  I'm going to be up all night." 

This is typically the only time she acts a little abnormal - when she has a lot of homework.  Which is frequently so perhaps freaking out is her normal nature?

Regardless, she and Peter began a frantic texting session as were on our way to pick him up and ultimately, because Peter is a peacemaker, I drove home and Peter did not.

Sarah finished with all of her homework by 6:00 - which is normal.  She made it sound like she had "so much homework" that she would be working on it all night.

Not the case.  So we made fun of her and then Peter drove home from school yesterday.

And he did a really good job.  He's very conservative and drove the speed limit or under the whole way home.  And it only took a few extra minutes so Sarah was happy.  And I didn't have to scream at him about anything so I was happy.  And he got to drive so he was happy.  He is always asking to drive places now which is a good thing but y'all, the control freak in me is just going to have to give it to Jesus.

Speaking of giving it to  Jesus - I would say I'm about 70% done with my shopping.  However, each time I mark someone off, I remember someone that should be on my list but is not.  Even Amazon Prime has its limits so I'm heading out today.  I'm even going to the place I hate the most - THE MALL. I'm hoping that by the end of today, I'm closer to 90% done. 

Last week, we had a really good dinner.  Everyone enjoyed it and Dan said, "This is good."  And if you've been reading here long, you know that's high praise. And it's made it one skillet so that got an extra star from me.

It's Italian Sausage Tortellini and the original  recipe is from Kevin and Amanda. I made some adjustments to it and here is how I made it:

Italian Sausage Torellini


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 (14.5 ounce) can petite diced tomatoes with tomato, basil and oregano
  • 1 cup regular or heavy cream
  • 18 ounces tortellini (fresh or frozen)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach, loosely packed


  1. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. When the oil is very hot, add the onions. Remove  the sausage from the  casing and add to the pan. Use a spatula to break up the sausage into bite-sized pieces. Increase heat to medium-high and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sausage is browned. Reduce heat to low, then add the garlic and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, cream, and tortellini to the skillet. Stir to combine. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  3. Cover, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes until tortellini are tender and heated through. Taste the sauce and add plenty of salt and pepper to taste. Add spinach and stir until softened and wilted. Remove from heat and serve.
I served this with bread and called it good!  Dan did not like the spinach in it but Sarah and I did so it stays - Sorry Dan!

Happy Wednesday everyone!


Billie Jo said...

OK. I hate the Mall too!!!!!!!
ANd I love the sound of this recipe!!!!
Thank you, my friend!!!
Yay for kids that drive.
Once you get past the "Throw up a Hail Mary every time the leave the driveway" phase...You realize what a blessing it is!
No more running out for milk!!!
Have a cozy day.
Once you decompress from the mall excursion!

Gigi said...

I'm jealous that you have so much done. I've been without a car for two days now and am getting frantic. Hopefully tomorrow I'll get some stuff done. I hate the mall too and will do my best not to find myself there.

Mari said...

I hate the mall this time of year too.
Glad Peter is doing well with driving. (and you too!)
That recipe is one that I'm sure Bob would like. Thanks!