Tuesday, November 19, 2013

White Bean Soup

I found this delicious recipes on MyRecipes.com and after trying it this weekend I knew it was a keeper.  It is so delicious and hearty but still low in calories.  I did make some changes by adding additional beans and turkey.  Below is my version but you can find the original recipe here: North Woods Bean Soup

White Bean Soup

1 cup baby carrots, halved (I pre-cooked these in the microwave)
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
14 ounces turkey kielbasa or sausage, halved lengthwise & cut into 1/2-inch pieces
4 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
3 (15.8-ounce) cans Great Northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 (6-ounce) bag fresh baby spinach leaves


Heat a large saucepan coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Add carrots, onion, garlic, and kielbasa; sauté 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to medium; cook 5 minutes. Add the broth, Italian seasoning, pepper, and beans. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes.

Place 2 cups of the soup in a food processor or blender, and process until smooth. Return the pureed mixture to pan. Simmer an additional 5 minutes. Remove soup from heat. Add the spinach, stirring until spinach wilts.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Arts Center of Cannon County

Sometimes it is so easy to overlook the little gems that surround us in our everyday lives.  The other day Chris and I were driving to Murfreesboro and we decided to stop in to the Arts Center of Cannon County.

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The Arts Center is something we both have driven past so many times without a second thought.  I knew the center was a playhouse but, other than that, I had no idea what went on inside.  Well, I quickly found out that this place is so much more than a stage for plays.

The center is really a combination of museum, art gallery, playhouse, and much more.  When we stopped in we found that the center was hosting an exhibit of photos by Hilda Stewart, the mother of county music star Marty Stewart.  The exhibit was in conjunction with the publication of her photo book, Choctaw Gardens. The pictures were right up my alley; lots of black and white photos that really documented her surrounding from her teenage years through adulthood.  There were lots of pictures of her son, Marty, from his childhood  and of his rise into a country music star.

We also saw an exhibit entitled "Music Springs" that was made up of music-themed folk art.

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 It was neat to see these two things combined.  These are a few of the pictures I snapped of some of the art pieces:

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My favorite part was probably the gift shop which focuses on local artists and their products.  There was a wide variety of items to browse including handmade baskets, pottery, and many other unique products.

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The most unique thing we ran across were lamps made out of gourds.  I had never seen anything like them and I was really fascinated by them.

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I am so happy that Chris and I decided to drop in and find out what the Arts Center is all about and my only regret is that we didn't stop in sooner!  Every community has places like this that most locals seem to overlook.  What do you have in your backyard just waiting to be discovered or even re-discovered?

Monday, May 27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day

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Happy Memorial Day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Winner of my Purex with Crystal Fragrance Giveaway

Congratulation to Jim L, Breanne T, and Jamie B!  They were selected as the winners in my Purex with Crystal Fragrance Giveaway.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Purex With Crystals Fragrance Giveaway

I have another great giveaway to share with you thanks to the folks at Purex!  This time I am giving away 3 bottles of Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance.

Purex plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance is great for everyday laundry and will bring a fresh scent into your laundry room.  With this product you not only get the power of Dirt Lift Action to help deep clean your clothes, you also get the long-lasting scent of Purex Crystals Fragrance.

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I am going to select three winners who will each receive a coupon good for one free bottle of Purex detergent plus Fabric Softener with Crystals Fragrance.  To enter all you have to do is complete the very simple form below.


Terms and Conditions:
The entry form must be fill out completely.
All entries must be received by 11:59pm CDT on Friday, April 12, 2013
Giveaway open to US residents only.
Any entry that is incomplete or that does not follow entry guidelines will be considered invalid.
Winners will be selected via a random number generator and will be contacted by email. The winners must reply within 2 days or I will select an alternate winner(s).

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing this information with my readers Purex provided me with a free product and sponsored this giveaway.  These items were not provided as payment for any favorable opinion or posts.   All opinions are 100% my own. You can read my full disclosure policy here: Sweet Tea's Disclosure