Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Only Loves: Word Counters


Sausage & Broccoli Penne, dinner in 30 minutes | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner

Counting my words again.

Today my fellow Word Counters and I are sharing our monthly group post. Each month one group member picks  a number between 12 and 50. All participating bloggers are then challenged to write something (or a few somethings, as the case may be) using that exact number of words. Today we all share what we came up with. 

This month's number is 24.  
It was chosen by Mimi of Messymimi's Meanderings.

As I've been doing in these Word Counters posts, I've chosen a theme and am using my word count multiple times in keeping with the theme. This month I've chosen the theme Only Loves.


~ Happy Valentine's Day! Taking a break from news (politics) to acknowledge loves, small and large. Looking for love in all the right places . . . everywhere.

~ My older son buys and sells limited edition and rare albums. I love seeing his face when he's scored at a limited edition drop.

~ And hearing the throaty growl of my younger son's car pulling into the driveway after a loooong drive home. And that very first hug.

~ An afternoon in the den with my family, hot drink in hand, a fire roaring in the fireplace, and whatever game in the background.

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~ Hubs shoveling so I can grill in the winter. And just how delicious a grilled steak is when you haven't grilled in a while.

~ Those moments after the cleaners leave, before anyone else comes home. The house looks clean, smells clean, and I enjoy it in silent bliss.

~ Knowing I've made a favorite when I put dinner on the table and someone's eyes light up. Watching that meal disappear is validating, satisfying.

~ Talking recipes with my mom. Updating a recipe to make it easier. And one that's successful on the first try (and the pictures, too).

Sausage & Broccoli Penne, dinner in 30 minutes | recipe developed by www.BakingInATornado.com | #recipe #dinner
Sausage & Broccoli Penne


~ That first silent snow clinging to the tree branches, pristinely white. Those first flower buds in the spring. Catching sight of inchworms, praying mantis, hummingbirds.
~ Finding what I want on sale, hearing that certain song, snagging the cl0sest parking spot, a surprise visit, finding what I'd thought was lost.

~ An afternoon nap, a freshly washed sweatshirt, fuzzy socks, and all those little things that bring an unexpected smile to an otherwise ordinary day.

~The end of a productive day, meals served, dishes put away, coffee maker set up for morning, Kindle is loaded and warm bed awaits. 


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Sausage & Broccoli Penne        

Printable Recipe

1 box (12 oz) penne pasta
2 TBSP olive oil
1/2 onion, sliced
1/2 green pepper, sliced
4 oz mushrooms, sliced
3 cloves, garlic
5 oz smoked sausage: smoked links, kielbassa, linguica, andouille (I use the cajun style)
1 can (14.5 oz) Italian style stewed tomatoes with garlic, basil, and oregano
1/4 cup white wine
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 cup broccoli florets

*Cook the penne to al dente. Drain and keep warm.
*While the pasta is cooking. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Once hot, add the onion, green pepper, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. 
*Slice the cooked sausage on the bias and add to the pan along with the stewed tomatoes, white wine, salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring now and then.
*Stir in the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Add the warm penne to the pan, toss with the other ingredients for about a minute or two. Remove from the heat and serve.



  1. Waking in the morning after a good nights rest, not want to stir just yet.
    All my children and grandchildren in the house talking, laughing and enjoying each other’s company.
    My grandson coming in from school excited to tell me about his day.
    My children’s hello as they come through the door.
    Driving, for the first time in a while and not being frightened. Donna

  2. This list made me smile all the way through. So much to appreciate! The recipe looks amazing!

  3. OHMYWORD, YES! All of the above! And I would add being mobbed by grandchildren during church services and burying one's face in the furry neck of a winter horse and breathing in!

  4. It's the little things, isn't it, that makes life worthwhile. Loved this.

  5. I hope you had a nice Valentine's Day. That dish looks really good.


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