Monday, October 24, 2016

Crockpot Chicken Gnocchi Soup

For this week's crockpot Saturday I made this gem. You all know that soup is my favorite so I am super excited to share this recipe with you all. This is one of our favorites, it is so flavorful, aromatic, creamy, and full of bacon. Yes, I said bacon so right there you know you will love this soup. Try it out the next time you need to throw something into your crockpot.

1 pound Chicken Breast, cut into bite sized chunks
2 Carrots, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
2 Teaspoons Dried Basil
2 Teaspoons Italian Seasoning
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Pepper
4 Cups Chicken Broth
2 Tablespoons Corn Starch
2 Tablespoons Water
2-12 ounce cans of Evaporated Milk
1 pound package of Gnocchi
6 slices of bacon, chopped
2 garlic, minced
3 handfuls of Fresh Spinach

Place chicken, carrots, onion, basil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and broth into crockpot and place on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
Mix together the cornstarch and water
Place cornstarch mixture, milk, and gnocchi into crockpot (after cooking) place lid back on crockpot.
Cut bacon into bite-sized pieces and cook in pan, when done take out. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes and add in spinach until it wilts. 
Add bacon, garlic, and spinach into crock pot and mix. Place lid on for 15 minutes on high cooking level. 
Add salt and pepper to taste
Stir and Serve

Recipe adapted from:

Saturday, October 22, 2016


The holidays are coming up and you know what that means? Shopping, whether you are an early shopper or a last minute shopper I have the perfect place for you to do it. If you haven't already checked out UncommonGoods you have to. If you are looking for something unique and different instead of buying the same old things then stop by here and have a look. Let me tell you more about this amazing company.

HRO: Uncommongoods makes all homemade, recycled and organic products. They are very committed to selling creative and exciting products from artists to small manufacturers. They do not sell products containing leather, feathers or fur. They make sure any product that they are selling do not harm animals or people. 

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Looking for a gift for your husband, brother, father, or even your boss? They have many types of gifts for men, check out their selection here but I will also show you some of my favorites.

For the whiskey lover

For the computer nerd

For the nature lover

I don't know about you but I love personalized gifts, I think they have more meaning and the personalized gifts are a bit more special to someone. UncommonGoods has a great selection for personalized wedding gifts. Check them out here and here are a few of my own favorites.

A sweet remembrance

Something personalized for the kitchen

For the coffee lovers

Gifts for everyone and that means Birthday Gifts and birthday gifts can be hard to buy. Luckily there is UncommonGoods to help you with that. Check out their selection here but I will show you some of my favorites. 

Gorgeous jewelry for their birth month

For the photo fanatic 

For the foodie in your life

Monday, October 17, 2016

My Life #7

Happy Monday all! We actually had an amazing thunderstorm last night and for October that is surprising, I am happy with any kind of storm except for snow storms but I know soon those will be coming. It is gloomy today, the trees are almost bare and the colors are fading fast.
There wasn't much that happened this last week, it was just the usual homework, catching up on housework and the girl's school stuff.

Oh I did get a hair cut! You like? I like! It feels like I had 10 pounds lifted from my shoulder, not really 10 pounds but it does feel better and look healthier.

This week we made pumpkin bars, which are gone so that means that I have to make more because I didn't get a photo of them, I updated an old blog post from 2011, I actually have done a few in the last few weeks. I will post the link down below.

Can I get serious with you all, I am frustrated and not just kinda frustrated I am a lot. Between the kid's mess, my mess, homework, and the man of the house who goes to work when it is dark and comes back home when it is dark, I am exhausted. He tries to help but I don't expect much because he gets home at almost bedtime. I am tired, my house has never been this neglected, and suppers haven't been the best because I am in such a rush.

I usually tell my youngest who ends up crying herself to sleep some nights that I just cannot cuddle with you tonight because mommy has homework, she is four she does not understand that mommy has 2 hours until math is due or that I have to just read 3 chapters of psychology by tomorrow. I am trying to do my best in school and to pass so I can do the best for my family but I also feel like am failing as a parent in the meanwhile.

So tonight, I ignored the dishes in the sink and the pots and pans are still on the stove. While the girls played with each other, finished their homework and got ready for bed, I finished what I had to with my homework so I could cuddle with my sweet four-year-old who has been begging me to all last week.

I go lay with her, she tells me about her dreams, she tells me what she had for lunch today and what she did at school. Right before she kisses and hugs me goodnight she starts to giggle, she then tells me "Mommy you are laying next to the boogie wall! hahaha" I look behind me with a flashlight and there are buggers all over a spot on the wall.....

Just another thing to my "this house needs 10 maids" list


Thursday, October 13, 2016

Panna Cotta

A creamy gelatin dessert topped off with berries, you cannot turn this down. Don't let this fool you if you have never had it before it is one of the most amazing dessert you will ever have. It is creamy, just a touch of sweetness and the berries just top it off with this perfect taste. You can make this for yourself, a dinner party with the boss or even on Thanksgiving or Christmas. Enjoy the taste of Italy in your home with simple ingredients that you already have.

1 Cup Whole Milk
1 Packet Unflavored Gelatin 
2 Cups Heavy Whipping Cream
1/2 Cup Sugar
Pinch of Salt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Cup Sour Cream

Berry Topping:
2 Cups Berries of your choosing ( I did strawberries and raspberries)
4 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

Off the heat, place 1 cup of milk and gelatin into a pan and let sit for 5 minutes to let the gelatin soften. Place pan over medium heat and stir until gelatin until it dissolves, do not let mixture boil.

Add in the 2 cups of heavy cream, 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 teaspoon of vanilla and the pinch of salt. Keep stirring until the sugar is dissolved and again do not let mixture boil.

Remove from heat and let sit to cool for 5-10 minutes. 

Place Sour Cream into a separate bowl and whisk until smooth. While whisking slowly pour your cool mixture into the sour cream. Once the mixture is smooth place into 6 glasses or jars. Place into fridge for 6 hours or over night. 

Berry Sauce:
In a small sauce pan combine 1 Cup of the berries, 1/2 Teaspoon Lemon Juice and 4 Tablespoons of Sugar. Bring to a low boil and cook for 5 minutes or until it looks like syrup.
Take off heat and stir in remaining berries, when the sauce reaches room temp, spoon over the cooled Panna Cotta.

Monday, October 10, 2016

My Life #6

Whew last week was a busy one!  Last week was full of homework, PTA meetings, doing my demonstration speech, baking, cleaning and more homework all to have an amazing weekend.

Our small town has this amazing pumpkin patch, I just heard about it last year but we were never able to go. This year we promised the girls to go to a pumpkin patch. We were hesitant because the one we usually do to we could spend an easy $100 and that is just to get in, petting zoo, going through the maze and more. Then we remembered the one that was in out small town and then we found out that is was only $5 to get in and that included everything, bouncy houses, corn mazes, 100 ft slide, petting zoo, pumpkin bowling, corn shooting and more. If you are ever around Spooner, WI in the fall you have to check out they are an amazing family, an amazing pumpkin patch at amazing prices.

So that is where we went on Saturday, the kids had a blast and we spent 3 hours there. We were wore out but cannot wait to go again next year. We picked out our pumpkins and carved them when we got home, baked some pumpkin seeds and relaxed with Zootopia, again, anyone elses kids obsessed with that movie?

Sundays are always pretty busy, did more cleaning, homework 2 hours of ballet practice and a wonderful visit from my sister in law and I got to snuggle with the new baby for a while. This baby fever is not going away I tell ya.

Now back to homework, I hope you all have an amazing week.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mississippi Roast

During the cold months I live off of slow cookers and soups, my two favorite things and this roast recipe is a favorite in my home. It is semi spicy, just has that perfect kick and will just fall apart as you shred it. So if you want to enjoy a sinfully slight spicy simple 4 ingredient roast. Make this.

I would like to also add I wrote down this recipe years ago but kept forgetting to take photos of it and put it on my blog. I do not know who the original poster is because this recipe is everywhere. So whoever you are thank you for the recipe. 

3lb Roast (any kind you like)
1 Packet of Dry Ranch
1 Pack of Au Jus
1 stick of butter
8 Pepperoncini peppers
1 Tablespoon olive oil
salt & pepper

Place Olive Oil in pan and salt and pepper the roast, sear it just until it is brown on both sides. 
Take out and place into the slow cooker. Sprinkle on the ranch and aujus; place the stick of butter on top of the roast and top off with your peppers. 
Place on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
Shred when done, you can thicken the juices for a gravy and serve with mashed potatoes or rice.

Monday, October 3, 2016

My Life Monday #5

Hello all, happy Monday!
I hope your weekend was great and that even though it is Monday you got a smile on your face.

This weekend was pretty calm, I got enough homework done to take off on Saturday so we did some random shopping and bought some pumpkins that we soon have to carve and some fall decorations that I got put up. Sunday was a busy day for us we put in a new front door which took more time than we all thought, 2 hours of ballet and a house full of kids, it was chaotic but the house is looking a lot nicer.

Ballet went amazing, this year is Lauren's first year and she was so shy and so nervous, she was slowly following along while twisting her hair. I know her personality will shine through soon but for now she is just being shy and sweet, they don't know what is coming haha.

This will be Anna's second year and she still loves it and cannot wait for next Sunday again, it felt like we never even left there maybe that is because we just ended in June! It is a great little dance studio and so glad we have one in our small community.

On our "Slow Cooker Saturdays" I made my Mississippi Roast which to my surprise I have never put it on my blog so look out for that this week and pretzel bites.

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Hope you all have an amazing week.