So in addition to those delightful memory makers – today’s Charlie Brown Countdown window required the following: “Make an Elf Hat”. Yup, and we did. Hudson was way into it. Mommy on the other hand, well, it took me a little bit to warm up to the idea (mainly because he opened it during breakfast and my orange juice was not completed yet).
Once we got started though, it was a blast! Anna chose to decorate her elfin cap with Charlie Brown stickers and a few touches of crayon. This is her yelling “Cheese” or “Elf” – one of the two! Like her cute ears? I think she may be among the top cutest elves of the season :) Hudson chose to go the route of candies. Not real candies – the creative young man he is – he made construction paper candies, cut them out, and then glued them on: a lollipop, chocolates, a gumdrop, orange chocolate, blue peppermints and a Perry the Platypus gummy.
That brings us to the Ravioli soup – which was delicious. It was something that we found in the paper yesterday and I tweaked it to our tastes…it is pretty easy (crockpot) and worth the little bit of prep – as my family loved it. The recipe below (as a disclaimer :) is the re-vamped version that I created from the basic recipe from the paper. We like more spinach, more tomatoes and I made the measurements a bit easier. Also, the original called for chickpeas, but next time I am going to use cannellini.
· 8 oz sweet/hot Italian sausage, casing removed
· 1 clove of garlic crushed/chopped
· 2 cans of chicken broth
· 1 can of water
· 1 can of cannellini beans, drained
· 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
· ¼ cup squeeze of spicy mustard
· ½ teaspoon dried oregano
· 1 package of frozen mini cheese-filled ravioli
· 2 cups of fresh spinach leaves, torn
Brown sausage and garlic for about 5 minutes. Drain off excess fat if any. Put all ingredients, except spinach and ravioli, in a slow cooker on low for 4 hours. At end of cook time, add spinach and boil ravioli to thaw (4-5 minutes). Add them to the soup and heat for an additional 15 minutes. Garnish with parmesan cheese.
And because Martha Stewart would so finish off a meal of Ravioli Soup and Cantaloupe with finger jello, that’s what we did. A little jiggle does a body good.