Navigating Into The New Year


It’s mid~day, mid~week, and close to being mid~month as I sit down and write today’s post.

Since our last visit together I’ve built a snowman and seen it melt, 

Experienced raindrops come and go pouring down rain

 hung the new 2017 calendar🎉

halfway through January already! 

and the Christmas decorations have all been tucked away 

The rainy weather has provided a perfect backdrop for staying inside and getting organized again.

When the sunshine is out, I have to be outside.

credited to my SoCal roots (most likely)

riding a bike, walking the beach, gardening

or running around discovering new wonders on this beautiful coast 

When the weather is rainy, and gray I keep  busy with the rainy day kind of stuff like eating

serving tomato soup in large mugs, indulging in grilled cheese sandwiches

browsing through gardening books 🌱🌺

baking cranberry scones

 preparing a batch or two of my favorite soups. 

Working on my blog💻📸✏

Practicing scales on the piano🎶

Recently the rainy weather has been calling me into those closets

and cupboards, clearing out unwanted items that have somehow accumulated (again!!!) how does this happen??? Those of you that frequently visit know that I’ve been passionately creating a new home on the coast. click here if you are a new reader

With that said this past week has seen the beginnings of yet another project.  However, due to the inclement weather🌦⛄❄🌧 it looks as if it just might take a little longer than projected to complete. I hope to share more of the progress on my next post. (until then I’ll keep you guessing) A little something  for you to look forward to.  btw….how are things going in your neck of the woods?

The weather is currently not raining. So, as you might have guessed…

I’m heading out for another adventure…


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 35-40 minutes

Makes: 6 servings

2 lbs Roma tomatoes (about 10), halved (about 6 cups)

1 red pepper, seeded and cut into pieces (about 1 cup)

1 T olive oil

1/4 t salt

1 lb ground sausage ( I substitute with a spicy veggie sausage)

1 onion, peeled and minced (about 2 cups)

6 garlic cloves, peeled and minced (about 2 T)

2 carrots, shredded (about 1 cup)

4 cups vegetable broth

3/4 lb kale, stemmed and coarsely diced (about 12 cups, lightly packed) shredded Parmesan cheese for serving

  1. Preheat oven to 400° Place halved tomatoes on a cookie sheet, cut side up. Place red pepper on the cookie sheet with the tomatoes. Drizzle everything with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.
  2. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until red pepper is tender.
  3.  While the tomatoes and pepper are roasting, brown the sausage in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Once sausage is about halfway cooked, add onion and garlic. Cook until sausage is browned and onion is soft.
  4. Add carrots and vegetable broth and bring to a simmer.
  5. Transfer tomatoes and pepper to a cutting board to cool. Remove the tomato skins and dice the tomatoes and red pepper.
  6. Add tomatoes and pepper to the pot. Simmer for about 10 minutes, and then stir in kale. Cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until kale is tender. Serve with shredded Parmesan.
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4 Responses to Navigating Into The New Year

  1. Joe Kuehner says:

    Thanks for helping me navigate this New Year and the soups are wonderful!

  2. Jo Ann McCready says:

    Love this post. It has been gray in Pennsylvania as well. Christmas is packed away and I have dived into closet cleaning! Your cottage us so cute!

    • Marcia Ren says:

      Hi Jo Ann! Thank you for stopping by. Its great to see you here. Thank you for your kind comments too. Today it is raining on the Oregon coast, and Im feeling really good about cleaning out the loft area. Getting Chtistmas tucked away is always a little bittersweet, and yet feels good. Take care.

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