My Name Is Snickerdoodle: A "Jelly" Packed Weekend!


A "Jelly" Packed Weekend!

Well, I scrapbooked. Not at much as I would have liked, but I now realize that things change more than you think when you have a (extremely adorable) child. I was also busy baking and making soup so that took up some of my layout time. I will post them when I get them scanned it. This doing a layout a day is really working for me. Now back to the yummy food! I made this delicious soup and the family loved it!

Minestrone Soup
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup white onions, minced
1/2 cup zucchini
1/2 cup frozen green beans, Italian-cut
1/4 cup celery, minced
4 teaspoons garlic, minced
4 cups vegetable broth
30 ounces canned red kidney beans, drained
30 ounces canned white beans, drained
14 ounces diced tomatoes, canned
1/2 cup carrots, julienned or shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups hot water
4 cups fresh spinach, small leaves
1/2 cup shell pasta

1. Heat three tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a large soup pot.

2. Saute onion, celery, garlic, green beans, and zucchini in the oil for 5 minutes or until onions begin to turn translucent.

3. Add vegetable broth to pot, plus drained tomatoes, beans, carrot, hot water, and spices.

4. Bring soup to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.

5. Add spinach leaves and pasta and cook for an additional 20 minutes or until desired consistency. Makes about eight 1 1/2 cup servings

It was perfect soup weather this weekend! We also were having dinner with friends last night so I whipped up some of those yummy peanut butter cookies that are so easy and cupcakes. I had Ian take a picture of them so I would have something to blog about this morning! Blog nerd, I know. I actually decided to make the cupcakes so I would have an excuse to use my cupcake holder that I bought a while ago. So FUN!

I should have made the frosting orange, but I was totally in a green mood yesterday.

Jumping back to Saturday, my mom and I went fall decoration shopping for her. We spent almost 2 hours at two different stores and found some really cute stuff. A fun wood/vinyl plaque that said, "Grandma and Grandpa's Bed and Breakfast. Kids eat free", a "BOO" metal/wood sign, pumpkin plate, plate hanger for the wall, and some other great items. She bought me an adorable wire basket that I had been eyeing every time we passed it. We updated some of her decorations, which was much needed! Thanks mom for the great time!


  1. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Those cupcakes look yummy, and I love that green icing! You can come bake some for me! :)

  3. liam is so cute ~ good job on your banner. i love your recipes, i just wish i could decorate goodies like you do!

  4. yummy, yummy! i looooove minestrone soup! i can't wait for it to cool off here to make some of my own. it was over a 90 sunday and monday and pretty warm today AGAIN!!! hello, it's october, already! cooler temps this weekend though! kisses for the little guy!