Who said Dogs do not smile? Our new rescue does!


Dogs smile. No doubt in my mind. Just take a look at our grandsons with Goldie our new rescue. Is she a happy dog or what?
Noah Gabe and Goldie Jan 17 2016

We are still enjoying the cold weather – and hoping for more rain!! WHOHOO! California needs every drop!

Soup is the best meal. Here is a recipe from a friend – more like a chili, or stew or really thick soup – Thank you Jackie and Stephen – they are both amazing chefs! YUM! (They made it for 80 people – seriously – so here are the amounts for all size groups.)



8 32 64 80


  • 1 LB 4 LB 8 LB 10LB Sweet Italian Sausage – (I use chicken or turkey sausage)
  • 1 Large 4 Lg 8 Lg 10Lg Chopped Onion
  • 2 Cans 8 Cans 16 Cans 20 Cans Chopped Italian Tomatoes (35oz) (Chop finer)
  • 4 Cans 12 Cans 24 Cans 30 Cans Broth (13 ¾ ea)
  • 2 Tsp 8 Tsp 16 Tsp 20 Tsp Basil leaf crumbled
  • 1 Cup 4 Cups 8 Cups 10 Cups Farro ( can us Orzo if desired)
  • ½ Tsp 2 Tsp 4 Tsp 5 Tsp Salt
  • ¼ Tsp 1 Tsp 2 Tsp 3 Tsp Pepper


  1. Cook the sausage in a large saucepan, breaking up until pink color disappears.
  2. Saute onions in pan until soft.
  3. Add tomatoes, broth and basil, bring to boil.
  4. Stir in farro, salt & pepper.
  5. Lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until Orzo is tender.
  6. Add more aalt & pepper to taste.
  7. Can serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Truly delicious! Enjoy


About Grandma

I have reinvented myself many times during my life -teacher, lawyer, business woman, CEO, Entrepreneur, Board member, Professor, Mom, Wife, Farmer, Chef, Musician, Author and now my best role of all - Grandma to multiple grandchildren, grandnephews and nieces worldwide.
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