Italian Sausage Soup

Italian Sausage Soup
Finally cold air swooshed in and all is well in my world. A dip in the temperature indicating Fall is almost here, taking our yearly trek to Dunn’s for apple donuts and yes, the arrival of soup on our family menu.

The cool temps are perfect for soup. I was pleasantly surprised when our daughter announced at the dinner table that she was equally excited to be savoring soup. “Yes!”, she exclaimed, “I love all the wonderful soups we enjoy when the temperature is cooler.”

Made my day!

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Bourbon Glazed Salmon photo

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Tomato Cobbler Photo

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Slow Cooker Chicken and Pasta

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Whipped Honey Goat Cheese Spread photo

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Slow cooker beef sandwich photo

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Midwestern Cobb Salad

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Slicing cucumbers for pickles photo

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