Monday, December 31, 2018

Families in the Kitchen: Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup


One of our favorite meals is soup, salad and bread sticks. They just go good together anytime. The recipe below is one of our all time favorite soups. It has been a staple for when we have taken meals to families or to potlucks. Just all round good.

Sausage, Kale and White Bean Soup

1 large onion, diced
3 T. olive oil
1 pound of smoked sausage or kielbasa, cut into bite-sized pieces (we also have substituted turkey sausage)
2 cloves of crushed garlic
4 carrots cut into small cubes
3 cups of white beans
5 cups of chicken stock
3 cups of chopped kale (our family uses roughly about 1 ½ cups and sometimes we have substituted spinach)
Salt and pepper

Chop and sauté your onions and garlic (until they are golden brown) in olive oil in a large stock pot. Add your sausage and cook until it is the desired tenderness that you like. Add carrots and sauté so that they are incorporated into the onion and garlic mixture. 

Add the chicken stock, white beans and kale. Simmer for roughly for one-hour. 

Enjoy

Sunday, December 30, 2018

January the Month of Weaving

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost to a close and the beginning of 2019 us coming upon us. It just seems like yesterday that school was starting and we were sitting outside on the deck.

In January we are going to be featuring the art of weaving. If this is one of your joys we would
love for you to share a tutorial with our readers. If you have any projects that you have worked or currently working on with your family, grandchildren, students, etc., we would love for you to share as well.

Weaving can incorporate a variety of different mediums. It could include nature (leaves, twigs), yarn, paper, ribbon...really the ideas are endless...but we would love for you to contribute. Contributing could include sharing a photograph, tips that you have learned and future ideas and projects.

Does this sound interesting, please feel free to email us at michelle@himamma.com to share your photographs and tutorials. We would love to hear from you. We will give you credit and if you have a website/blog we will mention it as well. The vision of MHC is for us a community, to share the love of handmade in learning and growing together.

We look forward to kicking off MHC with the theme of weaving and wish you a Happy New Year!


Friday, December 28, 2018

Join Us in Creating Artwork for Partners With Ethiopia - Deadline February 20th

Help us in reaching the goal of drawing/coloring 500 pictures for Partners with Ethiopia. It is a great way to spend time with your children, grandchildren and friends. Many of the children who receive these coloring pages place them in their room to remind them that others care. ou 

Join us in creating artwork/coloring pages for Partners with Ethiopia. The holidays are a great time where families can get together and help others. What you create is really up to you. It can be a coloring book page, a personal drawing that you have created, it can be done with watercolor, paint, markers, crayons...the only requirement is that the artwork is on 8.50 X 11 paper. The kids that are going to be receiving the little surprises do not necessarily live in orphanages but could be living with a relative, some have lost one parent and are with the living parent, and some actually live with both parents, but the situation is so dire that they need help. 
On the front or even on the back write a message…something as simple as “we love you”, “we believe it you”. It can be a verse, a poem…something to let the children know that you care. We ask that everyone write only their first name on the artwork.

Partners With Ethiopia, works with a partner organization in Ethiopia, called FOVC (Friends of Orphans and Vulnerable Children). They do all the fundraising and deliver the services such as a hot meal, tutoring, hygiene training, medical care, etc. 

If you are interested in learning more please visit our Facebook page and DM us and we will share more details. Please remember the deadline is February 20th. 

Happy New Year!
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