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#Recipe Minestrone Soup

**Recipe and photo owned by Freda's Voice.


Minestrone soup is one of my favorite soups that my mother-in-law makes, and since moving out of her home and into our own again, I need to figure out what went inside hers so I can make it myself. I'm happy to say I did get it, and the hubster says it is just like hers! That's a compliment!! So here is my rendition of my mother-in-law's soup.



INGREDIENTS
1 cup Ditali pasta shells 1/2 large onion, diced 2 tbsp olive oil 1 large garlic clove, minced 2 on-the-vine tomatoes, diced 1 zucchini, diced 3 organic carrots from bunch, diced 2 celery stalks, diced 1/4 head of cabbage, sliced and diced 1 can Cannellini beans, rinsed (white kidney beans) 2 cartons of vegetable stock 1 sprig of thyme 3/4 tbsp salt 1 tsp pepper 2 bay leaves
METHOD
Heat the oil in a pot on medium-low heat.  Add the onion and garlic, saute until golden. Add tomatoes, stir. Cook 2 minutes. Add zucchini, stir. Cook 1 minute. Add carrots, stir. Cook 1 minute. Add celery, stir. Cook 2 mi…
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Donna by V.C. Andrews (#Win Too!) (15)

Publisher: Pocket Star (August 14, 2017)Publication Date: August 14, 2017ASIN: B01MFEYUJP
Book Two of the Girls of Spindrift. From the New York Times bestselling author of the Flowers in the Attic and My Sweet Audrina series, now Lifetime movies, continues a haunting new series featuring highly intelligent teenage girls who struggle to survive a specialized high school and find their place in a world that doesn’t understand them.

Such is the burden of being brilliant.

Being gifted is not something Donna ever wanted. It’s difficult enough to have a Latino father and Irish mother, and her genius only separates her even more from the other girls. They don’t say it, but they blame her for everything that goes wrong, just because she’s different.

And on the precise day she tries her hardest to fit in, everything turns out a disaster. A fight breaks out, and somehow Donna ends up in the middle. It’s not her fault, but it’s her word against theirs, and this time, the other girls aren’t going to …

Online Wellness Content Sites Trend Upwards

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Online Wellness Content Sites Trend Upwards
If you work at a large company, chances are you have a hotline and support available to you in case you end up having too much stress.  That approach is quite effective for most employees because they are able to discreetly get the advice and support that they need.

On the other hand, when employees or the general public have a mild mental wellness problem that doesn't really fit a mental support network, there hasn't been a set of resources available to them until recently.  Fortunately, the latest trend is to build out mental health and wellness content on websites so that people will be able to work through their problems by understanding viewpoints from professionals and those that have complete treatment for problems that are similar to what the reader is suffering. 

Here are some genres of wellness sites that offer information  so that you can make better decisions about how to put a program together to ensu…

The Friday 56 (With Instagram 56 & Book Beginnings)

Welcome to Week 337!
Rules:
*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
(If you have to improvise, that's ok.)
 *Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it)
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post below in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. 
*It's that simple.

Or join The Friday 56 on Instagram!

Rules: * Grab a book and find a creative way to showcase your 56. It can be a photo of the book and the 56 in comments, or whatever you come up with. Make sure to use the hashtag #Friday56 *Add your Instagram url to the Linky.
My uncle is home from the hospital. Thank you to all who wished him well. He is not 100% but improved greatly!
I just started this bad boy. I'm so excited!

Stella & Dot Launches New Apparel Line!

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Style in a Snap: Shop Stella & Dot's entire look here!

Stella & Dot have launched a new apparel line, and in true fashion to the brand, it is as chic as you would expect it to be! Wonderful colors, styles and choices are part of this new line. Clothing to suit every day of your life. Check out the shirts below!




If you are looking to go to work, spend time with friends and family or just relax at home in casual comfort, they have something for you! Take your time browsing, make a wishlist and grab your favorite things, as I'm sure they will sell out fast! Also check their accessory line to customize your look just to suit your style!

Shop Stella & Dot New Fall 2017 Arrivals Here!

And if you want to become a Stella & Dot stylist, it's never too late! Right now, if you sign up, you get $350 in free product! That is more than enough to get you started and set right up! You also get a 15% commission on each sale! So…

August Bingo

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I always try to do well each month, and usually fail miserably. This month is no different. I won't give up!



IN A SERIES Last Breath by Karin Slaughter
EMPOWERED FEMALE Last Breath by Karin Slaughter


**This is a reading challenge post.

#Win The Mapmaker's Daughter by Katherine Nouri Hughes (US)

KATHERINE NOURI HUGHES, Iraqi-Irish by birth, attended Princeton University where she received a Masters Degree in Near Eastern Studies and where she serves on that department’s advisory council. She has published two books on k-12 education, was a communications executive in the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and serves on the boards of the American University in Cairo, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and WNET/13, the public television station. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey and and in New York City has two daughters and two grandchildren. The Mapmaker’s Daughter is her first novel.




I was able to ask Katherine some burning questions, and this is what she had to say;


Please tell readers about your current book. The Mapmaker’s Daughter – a historical novel spanning most of the 16th century- is one woman’s effort - toward the end of her life – to get to the bottom of why she’s made the decisions she’s made and to weigh their consequences. It’s about the worth of the hard work of tell…