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TWO of my friends had baby boys today!  Welcome to the world Rhys Everett McBride and Jackson Ryan Gunderson!  You both have wonderful parents and are going to be loved so, so much!  I’m so excited for everyone who is having babies right now, and am just as excited for us to have babies of our own (one day).  🙂  It doesn’t seem like we’re old enough to be married and having kids, yet here we are.  It’s an amazingly scary but wonderful thing.


I went at the carbs tonight.  I mean, doesn’t 22 miles mean you’re allowed to?

I went with my usual: the You Pick Two combo.  Tonight I had a half caesar salad and a cup of black bean soup.  And naturally I had it in a bread bowl.  Only way to to if you ask me.  And yes, the combo came with a chunk of baguette on the side.  But I ended up giving it to Mat because he was still hungry after his panini.

salad and bread

soup in bread bowl

After a quick stop at Target (we’re such party animals) we settled in at home to watch The Hurt Locker and eat this.






Crock Pot Lasagna Soup with Roasted Green Beans

Oh boy do I have a good soup for you guys!

bowl close up

I stumbled upon this little gem on keyingredient.com while browsing Pinterest the other day.

close up

We made a few modifications based on taste and what was easily accessible for us.

gooey cheese

It was delicious.

You’re welcome.

Crock Pot Lasagna Soup


1 28-oz can diced tomatoes

1 6 oz can tomato paste

3 cups chicken broth (we used 2 cups chicken and 1 cup beef because we ran out of chicken broth)

1 lb ground turkey, cooked on stove with olive oil, salt, and pepper

5 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp dried parsley

1 tbsp dried basil

1/2 cup chopped onion

2 cups any variety spaghetti sauce (we used roasted garlic sauce from Trader Joe’s)

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 tsp pepper

1 cup water

1 package orechiette pasta

shredded mozzarella cheese


1. Mix diced tomatoes, and tomato paste in crock pot.

2. Add broth, ground turkey, garlic, parsley, basil, onion, 1 cup spaghetti sauce, and salt/pepper.

3. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.

4. When 30 minutes are left of cook time, add in remaining 1 cup spaghetti sauce, 1 cup of water, and pasta. Stir to combine. Continue cooking on high for 30 minutes.

5. When ready to serve, top with shredded mozzarella cheese.

lasagna soup

Oh but guess what?  That’s not all.  On the side we had roasted green beans with fresh parmesan cheese.


Oh sorry.  A close up?  Well, ok.

green beans close up edited

You’re welcome.

Roasted Green Beans with Parmesan Cheese


1 lb green beans, washed, trimmed, and cut

olive oil

salt and pepper

freshly grated parmesan cheese


1. Preheat oven to 400

2. Combine green beans, olive oil, salt, and pepper in large ziploc bag.  Shake until all pieces are coated.  Let green beans sit in bag for as long as desired (the longer they sit, the better the flavor).

3. Spread green beans on baking pan.  Roast for 20 minutes or until soft but not mushy.

4. Remove from oven and top with freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Serve immediately.

Edited to Add: I’m sharing this recipe in the Pantry Party!  Go check it out!