With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: A Cozy New Year's Eve

Saturday, January 2, 2010

A Cozy New Year's Eve

The decorations are put away for another year and the remaining leftovers are used up to make this warm and cozy dinner by the fireplace.
Just Abbey, John and I ~ we enjoyed a late dinner together and watched
a Phantom of the Opera DVD.
A splendid and relaxing way to end the year.

We brought in the small table and chairs from the patio.

I made Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini (recipe below)

And Split Pea Soup for me (Abbey and John won't touch this with a ten foot pole).

A little cheese and rosemary on a sliced hoagie roll.

Roasted chicken with some Crackers and cheese.

And each other
Italian Sausage Soup with Tortellini
Recipe from an old Pillsbury Booklet

  • 1 lb Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5 cups beef broth
  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (I used canned diced tomatoes)
  • 1 (8 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 1 large zucchini, chopped or sliced (I used frozen spinach and added it with the tortellini)
  • 1 large carrot, sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine or water
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 10 oz cheese tortellini
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley or 1 tbsp dried
  • salt and pepper
  • fresh grated parmesan cheese

  1. In a large soup pot, crumble the sausage and cook until no longer pink.
  2. Drain sausage on paper towels, and remove most of the drippings from the pot.
  3. Add onion and garlic to the pot.
  4. Saute until translucent.
  5. Return sausage to pot, then add broth, tomatoes, tomato sauce, zucchini, carrot, bell pepper, wine, basil, and oregano.
  6. Simmer for about 40 minutes to one hour.
  7. Add tortellini and cook until tender.
  8. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  9. Serve with parmesan cheese.


Susan Wicker said...

Oh yummy yum yum yum. That dinner looks luscious! Thanks for sharing! Happy Happy New Year, LDH! Sincerely,Susan from writingstraightfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Lynn said...

Lovely table and the split pea looks delicious. No on in my family will touch it either and the only time I have it is when dining out. If you have left overs, I will be right over.

Mildred said...

I would love to be your neighbor! You always have such yummy recipes and your photographs add so much to your blog posts. Your home, the dinner, the two of you look wonderful! Blessings to all of you for a great Sunday!

Bethany said...

Not only does the dinner look scrumptious, but Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite movies. Unfortunately, it drives my husband crazy because I like to sing along!
I hope your New Year is blessed and happy!

The Lil Missus said...

It all looks so cozy and lovely!!! Happy HAPPY New Year to you and yours! What a sweet way to ring in the new year...

Lady Farmer said...

What a beatiful way to bring in the New Year! The table looks lovely as does the delicious meal! And the entertainment and the company was perfect, too, yes?
Warm Winter Wishes!

TinyBear said...

So nice to meet you and thank you so much for visiting over at my place and for entering my giveaway.
Happy new year to you
~ Tina

Jennifer said...

Your dinner looks wonderful. So glad you joined the Barefoot Bloggers!

Janice said...

It's lovely to see all the family, but nice to be back to 'normal' isn't it? Looks like a real cosy supper in, I would have to have both soups, love them both.

I've updated my weather pixie but the time is still wrong! It would be 15.13GMT right now and it is reading 15.20GMT. It is actually 16.13 as we are on Daylight savings!

The image should be fine to use. It comes from http://jeanette-soartfulchallenges.blogspot.com/ you could always ask Jeanette if you want to be sure.

Thanks for your kind comments.

Miss Jen said...

Happy New Year~ dear Mrs.H!!! :)
What a lovely feast... :)
Your table looks amazing and
everything looks scrumptious!!!!

Love~ Miss Jen

Snippety Gibbet said...

You have such a wonderful touch. Panache! What a lovely way to spend the evening with family.

marie said...

What a lovely setting and what a yummy looking meal. These kind of things that you do ~ they're what memories are made of!

It's wonderful!


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