The Best Blog Readers EVER

Before I go into our usual Friday routine of Flashing back to a recipe favorite, I just wanted to say……

 I have the BEST Blog readers EVERRRRRRR.  

You guys just fill me up, bless me with your notes, encouraging comments and keep me going when I want to quit.

Look what got delivered to my house yesterday:

Oh. My. Goodness.

A great big THANK YOU to two Mom’s of 4, Sara & Stephanie, who cared enough to brighten my day with these GORGEOUS flowers!  

And the vase? One of my favorite colors in the whole wide world, and totally perfect for my kitchen decor! 🙂  

  Your thoughtful card was as lovely as the flowers!

Thank you so much for sending me sunshine, sweet friends! God bless you!

Now, on to Flashback Friday, where I re-feature a recipe from the archives, because some things are just worth repeating:

Today, we are flashing back to Tomato Basil Pasta Cream Sauce with Kielbasa Sausage & Mushrooms.

Say that title 10 times fast!

Actually don’t.

Your mouth will be too full of creamy, tomato-ey, delicious goodness. Didn’t your Momma teach you to never talk with your mouth full?!?!?!

This recipe was featured on PW’s Tasty Kitchen, and I know you are gonna love it too!

Tomato Basil Pasta Cream Sauce with Kielbasa Sausage & Mushrooms

adapted from this recipe of my friend, Lark.


  • ½ whole Onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup Green Onions, Optional
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Pressed
  • 4 Tablespoons Butter
  • 16 ounces, weight Sliced Mushrooms
  • 1-½ pound Kielbasa Sausage, Sliced
  • 24 ounces, weight Classico Spicy Tomato Basil Spaghetti Sauce (no Worries, It’s Not Spicy!)
  • 2 cans Tomato Sauce, 15 Oz. Each
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • Cracked Pepper To Taste
  • 4 whole Fresh Basil Leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig Rosemary, Snipped
  • 1 pint Heavy Cream
  • 4 Tablespoons Corn Starch
  • ½ cups Cold Water
  • 1 box Whole Wheat Linguini Pasta Noodles

In a large pot, melt butter. Add white onion, mushrooms and pressed garlic.
Add in the sliced sausage and cook until browned. Stir in green onions if using (I have excess in my garden right now, so I put g.onions in everything!)
Stir in salt, seasonings and sauces. Slice basil in thin strips and stir in. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Blend cold water and corn starch, then slowly stir into tomato sauce. Continue to stir as it heats and thickens. (about 20 minutes)
Cook pasta, rinse and drain while you wait.
Whisk in the heavy cream, turn burner to medium-low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes.
Ladle over noodles when ready to serve.

This dish is company worth and tastes like you worked WAAAAY harder than you did!


Hugs, T

10 thoughts on “The Best Blog Readers EVER

  1. I LOVE your flowers! They are beautiful.:) I love the vase too. My walls in them livingroom/dinningroom are that color almost!
    It is soo nice to know that you have friends that have your back for you when you need them. As Christians that is how it should be. Sadly it is not always that way tho. I am so glad that you have some many friends to keep you going when you are down. I am really glad tho that you have a friend in Jesus! He is the most AWSOME friend anyone could have!:) Keep on going girl, You are doing so well! I am so happy to see how far you have come in just a years time!

  2. What a lovely friend an sweet note to go along with the gorgeous flowers! I love your pasta dish, I have to try it! Thank you for hostessing this wonderful party! I think I linked up my Very Berry Nut Crumble, didn’t see it come up, but I linked it up to my blog at Moore Or Less Cooking! Hope you are having a fabulous weekend! Nettie

  3. Thanks for the feature. That was really sweet of you. I wanted to tell you that I have really been enjoying reading your blog. Keep on going. I wish that the internet and blogging had been around when I was a young mom raising my family. Oh gosh, it would have been such a life saver. P.S. I left a little comment on your facebook page saying that I was having difficulty with wordpress not letting me comment. Anyway, I ended up getting a new password and they are now letting me comment here. Sheesh.

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