Sunday, March 18, 2012
We LOVE the Chicken and Gnocchi soup at Olive Garden. A lot. So of course I had to find a similar recipe...this one is pretty darn close, but with a lot more veggies. I normally use a bunch or bag of spinach or kale. And I eyeball the rest of the veggies. You can adjust this recipe by adding more veggies and broth. The taste stays the same. I'm also going to include a recipe for Ricotta Gnocchi/dumplings. These are yummy in the soup and really tender. They even tend to break up a little in the soup making it richer.
Chicken & Gnocchi Soup
1 cup chicken breast, cooked and diced
4 cups chicken broth
2 cups cream (half and half, heavy cream or whole milk)
1/2 cup celery, finely diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup carrots, finely shredded
1/2 cup onion, finely diced
1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon parsley
freshly grated Parmesan
1 lb gnocchi
Poach chicken breasts in broth in microwave till cooked through. Cool and then coarsely chop or shred.
Saute onion, celery, garlic, spinach and carrots in olive oil till onion is nearly translucent. Stir frequently.
Add chicken, chicken broth and spices. Bring to a boil.
Slowly add gnocchi to boiling broth.
Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes. If you want a thicker soup add a cornstarch slurry (1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with a little water) add to soup before adding cream. Add the cream. Allow mix to come to boil slowly. Serve immediately.
This is a batch with spinach. We prefer kale not only because it is healthier than spinach but for the texture that it adds to the soup.
1 lb fresh ricotta cheese
1 egg, beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chives, minced
2/3 cup flour, plus extra for rolling
Mix together ricotta and beaten egg. Add Parmesan, salt and pepper and chives. Then slowly add flour to obtain the right consistency. Let rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle work surface with flour. Scoop out a tennis ball size of dough and start rolling into a long cylinder about 3/4 inches thick. Once the cylinder is even and completely rolled out, cut into 1 inch dumplings.
Place on a floured sheet till ready to cook. Bring water to simmer, not boil and add gnocchi.
Saturday, March 17, 2012
I can definitely say it works. Before this I'd been using Burt's Bee's Sensitive skin line and while that worked I still had irritation from using it. The moisturizer from Simple has cleared that all up. Pretty much from the first time I put it on. I've never had such great results with a product. If you've got sensitive skin, I highly recommend checking out this product line. As I use up my other products, I'll be changing them out of the Simple.
*SheSpeaks sent me this product for review. All opinions are my own.*
So if you've yet to pick up your corned beef for tonight you should head over and get one there.
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Lynn Osterkamp has written both fiction and non-fiction. The setting is where she lives in Boulder, Colorado. She provides wonderful imagery of her hometown. It made her characters seem more real since I know that the places are real.
You can learn more at www.lynnosterkamp.com
Thursday, March 8, 2012
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Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Hugo Naturals Handcrafted Soap Energizing Grapefruit smells like juicy grapefruits. It's a wonderfully moisturizing soap. Left my hands feeling like I'd just used lotion. I will say my mom appreciated the grapefruit smell more than I did. Grapefruit being one of my least fave smells. But the soap itself was luxuriant and lathered well.
Monday, March 5, 2012
Friday, March 2, 2012
Luckily, now it can be. There is a new game called WeTopia. WeTopia is a similar platform to most social games. You get friends to help you build things in the game and unlock content as you level up. Only, this game is centered around giving Joy.
Your time is spent building your own town and when you collect from your buildings you gather Joy. This Joy is then sent by your own choosing to various projects. So, far the options are within the United States and Haiti. They are also planning to help charitable projects in Africa. So, you can choose whether you want to help build schools or give medical care.
The game itself is adorable. You build Joygrounds which essentially allow your town to grow bigger. Only most parts of the game aren't static. The children actually play on the swings and walk around your town. The stores are easily identifiable as having giant representations of their products on the top (the bakery has a cupcake, the fish market has a giant fish, etc).
I suggest that you check it out if you are already a user and game player of Facebook. I know that playing a game is not the best way to give to charity, however, if you're going to be online, like me, then you might as well spend your time giving back. I know I'll get sucked into playing games with my friends so I am choosing to use the one that is doing good.
As they say WeTopia allows you to "Play for Good". So, why not do good while you play? You're not going to miss Farmville when you can farm elsewhere. You can contribute to the growing number of hot meals and fresh water given to children. At the time of me writing this post the stats listed are:
Hot meals 246,885
Liters of Fresh water 1,353,299
Pairs of Shoes 2,149
If you would like to know more then visit: www.wetopia.com
Hugo Naturals All Over Lotion in Comforting Vanilla and Sweet Orange smells like orange butter cream frosting. Super duper yummy. As anything butter cream is a fave scent of mine this was wonderful. You can use it all over, even on your face. It's super rich and thick. A little goes a long way. The lotion soaks in quickly and leaves you feeling moisturized without feeling greasy at all.
*Hugo Naturals sent me this product for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*