Did you know that you can make a soup out of anything? I mean literally anything!

Zuppa Tuscano has to be one of the most talked about soups at Olive Garden, probably mainly because it comes with the free breadsticks and unlimited salad?

Give me a good Trini soup any day and I am a happy camper. But honestly you can’t eat a Trini soup everyday. All those carbs from the ground provision! A Trini soup is a heavy full me up meal. While Zuppa Tuscano can be considered a prelude to better things, like soft, warm bread sticks!

Zuppa Tuscano is probably one of those easy recipes that is quick, yet satisfying on the tummy on a cold winters day. You can make this soup with basically 4 ingredients, some sausage, potato, kale and a bit of cream. On a budget? This is the meal for you.

Word of advice, don’t do what I did as you can tell by the picture. When you add the cream, turn off the stove. I walked away and my milk separated, which is not attractive. It was still obviously delicious. I made biscuits to dunk into my soup but if you have breadsticks you are in business then!

What is the difference between olive gardens soup and mine? I added white sweet potato and a bit of flavoring peppers, because I like some flavor and the sweet potato just takes it to a whole other level. These are of course not required. Make it your own.

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As it gets closer to Thanksgiving and Christmas, I know most of you like myself, will be looking for quick, healthy dinner options. And guess what? I have got it for you. This stir fry was made with a few pantry items and whatever veggies you have in the fridge.

My monster did not like pork belly in this dish, as she does not like the fat. If you are like her, use a leaner cut of pork or even beef, or better yet, you can leave it out.

This is also a great option for the night before Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The last thing. I want to do before both holidays is cook a big meal that reminds me of turkey or ham.

This is going to be a short post as I am rushing out the door to more adventures!

But check back in a few days for an awesome Udon Noodle recipe!

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Well here in good old Minnesota…we believe in Time-Change.

So last weekend we moved our clocks back an hour. That means we got a whole extra hour to sleep in the mornings, never mind that we all still probably wake up an hour early and lay in our beds wondering why the heck am I am so early, and why is it already light out?

By the time we get home from work, its dark at 4:30PM. So of course we …okay more like me, think OMG its late I better get to bed, nope then I just lay there hoping for sleep to come.

And just when our bodies are getting adjusted to the new time change, BAM…they hit us with Spring head and we lose that precious hour of sleep. What a vicious cycle our body goes through.

While it is going through all that misery, I made these delicious, warm, comforting Currant Cinnamon Rolls! Talk about a party in my mouth. It feels like a daunting task to whip up a batch of Cinnamon rolls, but honestly it is just like baking bread.

And a great way to make sure you don’t fail at baking anything is to be sure you are not using old yeast. Yeast is a living organism, so it should be fresh and not old. I also like using instant yeast, that way I don’t have to wait 10 minutes for my yeast to grow.

In Trinidad we have a delicious pastry called Currants Roll…it does require a bit of work, so of course when I came across these beautiful currants in the grocery, the wheels in my mind started turning…why don’t I cut some corners and kill two pastries for the price of one!

Hence currants was added to my Cinnamon rolls…and that created a party in my mouth and tummy! For the glaze I went really simple, but please add butter or a dash of lemon juice or even some zest if you want to go fancy. You can even get these ready to the point of where it is in the baking pan and place it in the fridge for overnight. Take it out the next morning let it come to room temp and then you bake it fresh for breakfast.

Send the kids off to school with a nice sugar rush of frosted Cinnamon Rolls in their tummies!

I hope you give these Currant Cinnamon Rolls a try today or maybe tomorrow! And when you do, don’t forget to head on over to my YouTube Channel and click on that subscribe and like button. As I usually post the recipe there first. And I know you want to be the first to get the recipe right?

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Hi all,

Hope you are having an amazing Halloween week! I know all the young people are out partying it up for Halloween and getting up dressed up . Not me…I seriously ask myself how is it that I did that in my younger days? I mean we would get dressed up and go stand outside in the freezing cold of MN just to get into a club, where everyone pushed you around, because no one ever sees the short people.

I was barley wearing any clothes too! Now I see these young gals in their small outfits and peep toes shoes with nothing covering their legs from the cold and I literally cringe! Now by the time I get to the club, I am already planning on when I can leave!

And to prove my point, I recently got back from a trip to Vegas with my gal pals…a 3 day weekend thing. There was this one night where we took our time and got all dressed up, all excited to get to the club, check out the guys, have them buys us drinks, maybe shake a leg.

OMG…we got to the club around 11 pm. We had to stand in the VIP line no less, for an hour just to get inside. We get inside and there is all these stairs you got to climb to get to the first floor. Me climbing stairs in my 4 inch heels with flashing lights! I am not kidding you when I say I lasted no more than 10 minutes in there. I got my $25 very small bottle of water, yes there was only bottled water, because these places are all about making money so they had no cups of water.

I told my gal pals, meet me in the casino after you guys are finished being young! But this old gal is going to find somewhere to sit down and take her shoes off! One of them met up with me about 30 minutes later, she was like nope, not for me. The next one lasted a whole hour…and the last one and the youngest…dang that girl lasted till 7am!

When my little monster who is not so little anymore proclaimed that she no longer has any interest in going trick or treating in 20 degree weather…I believe I was the happiest person alive! Its the small things in life!

What is not so small is this amazing Butter Chicken recipe. I actually made this a few years ago for the blog, but now I am updating it with a video attached. Same recipe, same great taste, but with animation added!

So if you like this video be sure to check out my YouTube Channel for more crazy videos like this!

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Boy do I have an amazing recipe for you today! I found this recipe on Spiced Blog. Go check him out, he makes the best desserts!

I am giving you guys a break from all the bread I have been making. I know most people have that sweet tooth. You guys are going to think I am crazy when I say this but I am not an ice cream person. Nope I can go months maybe even years without even eating ice cream. Now cake on the other hand, that I have a serious weakness for.

This Blueberry and Cream Cheese Muffin recipe is so freaking out of this world delicious! I cannot tell you how many times I have made it. This recipe makes 24 normal sized muffins. So if you are not making for a whole school of kids, you may want to cut the recipe in half. I know I keep saying muffins, but these are like cup cakes too! You can also Make one big cake instead of muffins.

The original recipe used lemons, I choose to use Meyer lemons instead as it is not at tart. Meyer lemons is like a cross between a lemon and an orange.

The frosting on these muffins is incredibly delicious. It will work on any cake recipe you have. I am the worst when it comes to frosting any thing. I have no training or know how to do it at all. I cannot tell you how many people have teased me about my frosting skills.

But luckily these muffins are worth the ugly way I frost them. Check out the video below on how I made these muffins. If you like it, head on over to my Youtube Channel for even more great recipes. I mean give it a thumbs up and click on that subscribe button.

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