super hearty minestrone with tortellini

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*bacon is added to this recipe, I would leave it out but you can add it*

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 slices preservative-free, all-natural bacon, chopped into small pieces
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 large cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 leek, trimmed and sliced thinly
  • 3 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 potato, peeled and chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1 15 oz. can of cooked chickpeas, preferably organic
  • 1 28 oz. can of peeled San Marzano tomatoes, with juice
  • Salt
  • 1 cup kale, chopped fine
  • 1 9-ounce package of high quality, all-natural cheese tortellini
  • Aged balsamic vinegar, for drizzling- optional
  • Grated parmesan cheese for garnish- optional
  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the bacon pieces and cook for a couple of minutes, until they start to brown.
  2. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil along with the chopped onion, garlic and leek. Continue to cook, strirring occasionally, over medium heat until softened.
  3. Add the chopped carrot, celery, zucchini, potato and stir around for a minute or two.
  4. Add the stock, the chickpeas, and then the tomatoes, crushing them with your hands as you go. Add a few generous pinches of salt (be judicious if your stock is salted already). Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes, until the potatoes are just tender.
  5. Add the kale and the tortellini, and continue to cook over a simmer until both are tender and cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste and add more salt if necessary. Serve garnished with a spoonful of the pesto, a few drops of the aged balsamic, and a generous sprinkling of grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Parsley or Basil Pesto
  • 1 cup loosely packed basil or parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  1. Chop, chop, and chop the basil or parsley some more by hand until it’s very fine…when you do this, you’ll reduce it down to about 1/4 cup.
  2. As you chop the basil, start to incorporate the other ingredients and chop them fine, too, until you have a lovely, finely chopped pesto.
  3. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the olive oil. Use as a garnish for the minestrone.
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There are so many cute things that you can find that are vegan. I have been trying to make better choices and buy vegan whenever I can. I know I’m in love with Minnetonka and it’s a choice that I’m not happy with. To wear animal for fashion is not cool in my book. I am guilty of it and so are a lot of people. But I want to change that. I don’t want this to be some sort of debate but just an opinion of mine that you can either agree with or not. But how nice would it be to buy something fab that didn’t harm an animal in any way?! Yeah pretty fab. So I looked around the net and found some pretty cute things. A lot of these companies also donate to help animal rights. Here are the links: 1/chocolate tote by pansy maiden 2/black sandal at mooshoes 3/samy hobo in yellow from melie biaco 4/pleather tote from matt and nat 5/Brown booties from alternative outfitters 6/vegan leather jacket, anthropology 7/deux lux wallet 8/vintage clutches from love is mighty 9/adorable grey slouchy sweat shirt from john bartlettny


It has finally happened. I have opened my etsy shop.

It was so hard for me to hit that confirm button when I went to set up my shop.  I actually got butterflies. Why? I think I’m just scared of rejection.  I’m not happy with my pictures that I worked on for so long.  I tried everything to take great pics but in the end they just aren’t great. I did everything the experts told me to do. Take the pics by a window. Use a white background.  I even have a great camera so not sure where I went wrong. But in the end I just had to do it.

My dream would be to make this my career out of etsy, because I love creating so much.

I will be adding more items as I get them made. But here are a some things I have up right now.

What do you guys think? I can take it.

 Ombre Crochet Peter Pan Collar

Ombre Peter Pan Collar

Super Soft Angel Hair Yarn Crochet Infinity Scarf-Cream

Super soft infinity scarf

Chunky grey and white crochet infinity scarf 100% wool

Black and grey chunky scarf

Blue Peter Pan Collar

Chunky Orange Infinity Scarf

Red Peter Pan Collar with tassel

Blue Crochet Peter Pan Collar made from bamboo yarn

Made from Bamboo yarn

so there you have it.  As you can see the pics aren’t great. I have a rebel and if any of you have any tips I would love it.  I have tried every setting, changing aperture etc.