Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Vegetable Tortellini Soup

This soup is such an incredibly simple recipe that requires very little prep work with the end result being so tasty and flavourful. It's also a wonderful way to sneak in lots of veggies for those little (and big) picky eaters!

Listed below are the ingredients I used to make the soup due to what I had on hand and modifying it to my liking, but you can find the original recipe here.

1 tbsp butter or margarine
1 small white onion, diced
3 - 4 cloves garlic
2 carrots, peeled and diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 zucchini, diced
4 mushrooms, diced
4 1/2 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
1 large can diced tomatoes with liquid (I used 'no salt added')
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups cheese filled tortellini
grated cheddar cheese

1. In a large saucepan, melt the butter (or margarine) over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, zucchini, and mushrooms and saute until just about to turn a golden brown, about 5 minutes.

2. Turning heat up slightly, add the chicken broth, canned tomatoes, oregano, basil, bay leaves, salt and pepper. Bring to boil.

3. Turn heat down to medium and add the tortellini. Let simmer for about 10 minutes until tortellini is nice and tender (do not overcook or they will really expand).

4. Serve into bowls and top with grated cheddar cheese.

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Sunday, September 23, 2012

Autumn Wreath

Fall is in the air! Such a beautiful season with the falling leaves and all the gorgeous colours! As much as I love a hot, sunny summer, I was so excited to welcome the cooler weather (could be partially due to being 29 weeks pregnant though). And with fall comes all the lovely smells and so many divine sweet pumpkin and cinnamon treats and the trips to the pumpkin patch and the scarves and the boots. Ahhhhhh! Oh the joy!!

I knew I had to bring in autumn by doing a fun craft - and no craft beats making a gorgeous seasonal wreath to hang on the front door. So my daughter and I took a little shopping trip to Michael's to pick up all our materials for this year's fall wreath and then we went to the park in search of our own pine cones (no way was I about to spend $10 on a small bag of pine cones at Michaels).

I really love how this wreath turned out. It adds so much colour and gives off such a welcoming feeling to the house!

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