Friday, January 21, 2011

Love, love, love!!

So, you're probably wondering where the heck I've been!  Honestly, just snowed in, hunkered down, tired of the drab and freezing my butt off!  And, in that order!  I'm posting a photo of my gorgeous white rose, blooming in the Spring, hoping just the thought of it will warm me up and make me smile.  And, it did and it does!!  Hope it does the same for you!
Most of you know that I'm totally addicted to Photography and PhotoShop and Flickr and Facebook [well, facebook not really that much].  I've been entering photos in contests and trying to post a new one every day in the Flickr group "365 Days of Photo Manipulations".  These fish are one of the ones I posted last week.  I named it after the Pink Floyd song "Wish you were here".  I love it!!
 One more Spring photo - daisies, my favorites!

With all of the contests I'm entering, I've decided to create a separate blog for my Photography.  Please take a look see, if you're interested.  And, if you're really interested, you can follow that blog. Eventually, I'll be posting some textures, actions, templates and other things you can download for PhotoShop!  It'll be awesome!! Thanks!!!
No worries, I am still making jewelry.  These are some of my newest earrings.  I love the faceted glass, so gorgeous!  And just for being so patient, I'm giving a pair away!  All you have to do is leave a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite winter time soup is!  I'm thinking I may need to make a big pot of soup tomorrow...warms the soul and the heart.  Lita will draw the winner of the earrings on Monday!  Good Luck & have a wonderful weekend!!

♥ & peace always ~ Kathy

"We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy.  The amount of work is the same." ~ Carlos Castaneda


  1. you know I'm just commenting for the chance of free stuff... right?

    :) MUUUUUAH~!

    And to make you think of my smiling little face while you all are sneauxxxed under♥ KEESES!

  2. Favorite soup in winter. . . Definitely Kale and Potato Soup! I love the big chunks of potato, and the tufts of green kale remind me of Summer time. :)

  3. I LOVE to make soup and this is my favorite.

    Tuscan Potato Soup: This is like the potato soup they serve at Olive Garden with sausage and kale.

    1 tube of sausage
    1 onion
    1 large carton of organic chicken broth
    5 or 6 potatoes (I use a mandolin to thinly slice them uniformly for a quick cooking time, but this recipe will work even if you just want to cube the potatoes)
    1 tb. chopped garlic
    3 or 4 stalks of kale, chopped into small pieces
    1 carton of half and half/heavy cream (optional)
    salt, pepper, and other seasoning to taste.

    1. Crumble and brown sausage in a dutch oven or large pot.
    2. Drain some of the fat and add diced onion. Saute until translucent.
    3. Add chicken broth and use empty carton to add same amount of water.
    4. Add garlic and spices.
    5. Add thinly sliced potatoes. Decide if you need to add more water after the potatoes are submerged in the brothy mixture. I always end up adding another 1/2 carton of water.
    6. Cook soup with medium heat for about 45 minutes or until potatoes are tender with a fork.
    7. Reduce heat and add chopped kale and optional cream.

    Cook for an additional 10 minutes with cream and kale before serving. Easy peasy!

  4. LOL! As soon as I submitted the potato soup, I see you got another vote for potato and kale soup from Zoe. That means you've got to try it!

  5. How awesome are ya'll!! OMG ~ now I'm starving, Melanie! I am cooking that soup tomorrow! Of course, I'll post photos and yummy smiles :)

  6. brrrrr....This weather is so crazy this year!! But, these beautiful earring sure would perk up my day!!! That's for sure!!

    Thanks for a chance at the giveaway~~~I a off to survey the pantry for a possible pot of veggie soup in the crockpot tomorrow! Thanks for the tip!



Thanks for your comments ~ ♥