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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

3 Wishes Wednesday - Jamie from Chosen Chaos Wishes Away!

Welcome to the second installment of 3 Wishes Wednesday.  I am more than excited to have one of my favorite bloggers, Jamie of Chosen Chaos, joining us this month. 

Jamie is a friend I met at a friend's wedding several years ago; little did I know she would later become my blogging mentor, my Mommy hero, and a constant source of support for Pressure Cooker.  

Jamie is the mother of four (YES, four!) beautiful babies including two boys under 5 and a set of twin girls who just turned one.  Jamie is one of those people you instantly want to be your friend, she is a super-Mom, super-wife, and super-hero in every sense of the term.  She is constantly on the go, whether with her family, friends, blog, tweets, Facebook updates, etc. etc.  

I have NO idea how she does it all (including guest blogging for little 'ol me) and envy the energy and passion she has for the wonderful chaos that is her life.  Jamie may tell you it's thanks in big part to her not-so-quiet passenger, Patty Perfect.  I would argue she is simply a phenomenal woman with an amazing sense of humor and trust me, she is someone you will want to know, too.

Be sure to follow her on:
Chosen Chaos, Twitter, and Facebook!

Wish away Jamie......

Wish #1 - Past
What is something you wish you could re-live and why or something you wish you could go back and change and why? 
I’m not much of a regret kind of person and I fully believe that everything happens for a reason. If I could go back and change one thing from the past I wish I had taken better care of myself physically. I wish I had started healthy habits like running, yoga, and eating right long before my 30,000-mile check-up at 30 years old. If it were habit then it might not be as challenging to keep it a habit now!

Wish #2 - Present
What is something you are hoping for, something you want to do or accomplish now and why? 
My wish for the present is to be present. I feel like this is the place we spend our lives wishing for. When we are younger we wish to be grown-up and with a family, job, living life. When we are older we wish to go back to this time when our kids are babies and the world revolved around nap times and milk. I wish to present so that I don’t miss it. 

Wish #3 - Future
If you could do anything, be anything, have anything, or accomplish anything in the next 20 years what would you choose and why? 
My wish for the future is to start my dream business. The business plan is gathering dust in a nightstand drawer. Every time I drive by a vacated building I wonder if that would make a good home for it. Our growing family put it on hold but my wish for the future is that we give it a go.  

Please share a favorite recipe of your choice.

This recipe is a favorite of mine. I got it from one of those old Betty Crocker specialty cookbooks, called Soups or something. I’ve long since gotten rid of the cookbook but this soup is engrained in my brain! 

What you need: 
Italian Sausage – I typically buy the Bob Evans tube variety (and saying tube in reference to sausage is grossing me out.) 
Can of stewed tomatoes – sometimes I buy the Italian variety but it doesn’t really matter. 
Can of Italian cut green beans 
Can of beef broth 
Package of pre-made ravioli – I’ve never used frozen but I’m sure it would work and sometimes I use tortellini instead Parmesan cheese 

What you do: 
Brown the sausage. I use one pot for this recipe, so brown the sausage in the soup pot. I’ve never had to drain the grease. Add the beef broth, one can of water, and the tomatoes. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add green beans and ravioli. Simmer until ready to serve. Garnish with Parmesan Cheese. I’ve used chives on top before as well. It’s a delicious hearty soup that I’ve served for parties and Sunday meals. It warms up well the next day too! 

 Thank you Meg, for having me!!


  1. Yumm. I see a crockpot adaptation of that soup in my future. Thanks Jamie!

    1. Oooo good idea! Let me know how it works out!

  2. Love a good crockpot meal, great idea!

  3. Your wish #2 is the best!
    It really moved me in a way that I didn't think was possible. I think I'm too emotional this week. I wonder if I have PMS?

  4. This recipe sounds like something my family would love! Thanks.

    PS Whenever you do start that dream business I want to be your first customer:)