Meatball Soup and Veggies

Turkey Meatball and Vegetable Soup

Dallas really wanted to contribute to the blog, so he made a batch of Snickerdoodles to show off. They turned out well and I couldn’t be happier! I have a secret dream for Dallas. I might have shared it before, so it might not be that much of a secret.


I would of course love him to do whatever makes him happy, but if it just so happens that my plan  makes him happy, well then, whatcha gonna do?

Dallas could go to college at UC Davis, which is about 45 minutes away from home. He could get a Master’s degree in their Agriculture department and then move on to develop some wildly popular, healthy and sustainable type of wine or dessert company. All of his attention will land him a spot on The Cooking Channel, which by then will have far surpassed The Food Network in coolness and popularity. He will get to travel the world, sometimes bringing along his mom. Dallas will have his own Christmas special and dedicate at least two of his cookbooks to his mother.

But you know, whatever.  I’m breezy.


Whaaaaaat? What that there bread gone done and got in her salad, you ask? Was that hard to read? It sounds fun when I say it. 

Pretend it doesn’t look like a pile of scraps for a second, mkay?

In a lazy attempt to make my own croutons, I hit the jackpot in salad toppings. You can choose to cube up a loaf of quality french bread, or rip if you prefer to get ‘er done quick. Load your chunks on a pan, drizzle with olive oil and season liberally with salt, garlic powder and oregano (or other seasoning of choice, hot pepper flakes would be yummy). Bake for 30 minutes on 350 and try to control your carb-lovin’ hands.


Head over to the blog, Changing A Life for a super easy cinnamon roll recipe. You make the dough in the bread maker. Uh, yeah, I’m serious. The rolls puff up well and are obviously yummy, but the frosting needs a bit of work.




Now, for a quick and easy recipe, all that reading to get here. Speaking of reading, read any good books lately? I’ve started about ninety. If you have a great non-fiction pick or a super-great fiction pick, send it my way. I don’t read anything like Sarah’s Key, Room or any other heart-wrenching books where I have to read about kids suffering, so I’ll pass on those. But, I love geeky stuff. Not like computer/technology geeky though, more history, philosophy or sociologically geeky. Oh, and I’ll read almost anything about food!

My secret nerd side is only embraced by my husband, really. I love NPR, crossword puzzles, historical documentaries and plenty of non-fiction. None of these things work well with my personality, which is prone to join Zumba classes and watch the latest Romantic Comedy starring Rachel McAdams.

Enough about me, let’s talk soup!  Someone call Maury, because this is such a cheater soup.



I used Trader Joe’s  Mirepoix (the tub of  pre-cut onions, carrots and celery) and Trader Joe’s frozen turkey meatballs. Give it a try, it’s not too heavy, but plenty filling!



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