Miss Murder’s Easy Zuppa Toscana Recipe

I know. “Easy” and “Zuppa Toscana” don’t seem like they should go hand-in-hand, but they do. This is our weekly Sunday dinner because it’s delicious, simple to throw into the crockpot, and nourishes the soul as well as the belly.



1 pound ground spicy Italian sausage

4-6 potatoes, chopped (I prefer golden for the mellow flavor)

1 chopped onion

2 TBLS minced garlic

1/2 pound bacon

32 oz chicken broth

1 cup heavy cream

1 cup kale

3 TBLS flour

Brown sausage. Cook and chop bacon. Add sausage, bacon, chopped potatoes, garlic, broth, and onion to crockpot. Add water to cover vegetables, then cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or LOW 5-6 hours or until potatoes are soft.

30 minutes serving, mix flour and heavy cream together until smooth. Add cream mixture and kale to the crockpot, stir, and let cook for 30 more minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.

I hope you enjoy one of our favorite recipes! This is amazing with bread, breadsticks, or rolls, and it’s easier than you’d think. Have a wonderful day!






Letting Go

It wasn’t something I intentionally set out to do; it’s more like I realized it after it was already happening.

Life had become far too crushing, too busy, too loud. I was drowning.

I started pulling back just a bit. Simple things, really. Unfollowing or even unfriending people who constantly upset me on Facebook. Stepping away from friends who drained my energy instead of refueling it.


This is a beautiful, restful area now! How can that BE?

My bedside table was a mountain of books, papers, and projects I would probably never get to. So I donated these books. I tossed the papers. I let the projects go. They weren’t filling me with any sort of happiness! I saw guilt when I saw these things. Today I put candles on that table, and it made me smile.

WIPI looked at my writing projects. A few brought me joy. Many brought me to tears. I hated them. They didn’t speak to me in any way. I needed to get rid of the excess. I cut some projects. I accepted ones that made me smile. I left my publishers amicably and found a new publisher for a few books. I’m taking control.

darling basket

We’re eating much cleaner. I tossed things (even shoes!) out of my closet that I haven’t worn in a year. Knickknacks are going. Things that we keep just because we’ve always had them, they’re gone. If we don’t love it, out it goes. I don’t have time to be bogged down by all this! None of us do. Life is far too short!


If you don’t love it, lose it. If it weighs you down, let it go.

Break it all. You can build everything back up after you tear out all of the refuse. Toxic friendships, killing obligations, furniture and junk in your house that sucks up your air and uses all of your living space. You really can get rid of it, and I can tell you that I’ve never felt so liberated.

Is there something in particular that is holding you back? Try releasing it and seeing what happens. 🙂

Best of luck to you, my friends.