January 13, 2015

My version of "Chicken Gnocchi Soup"

I'm reprinting a recipe that I came up with a few years ago....  

My version of "Chicken Gnocchi Soup"


1 10 oz. bag matchstick carrots (or 2-3 thinly cut carrots)
2-3 stalks thinly sliced celery
4 chicken breasts, diced
Approx. 8 oz. of fresh baby spinach 
1  16 oz. bag frozen potato gnocchi (I used Mama Rosie's brand) Cook gnocchi according to the pkg. 
(diced onions optional)

Cook the carrots, celery and chicken in a covered, large stock pot with just enough water to cover. 
When the veggies and meat are thoroughly cooked, do not drain. Add the following...

1 family size can of cream of chicken soup
1 regular size can of cream of (what ever you like) chicken, celery or mushroom soup
2 large soup cans of water or use the broth from cooking down the chicken! (You can also use milk or half & half if you'd like!)

Mix well and heat the soup, but don't bring to a boil. At this point, drain and stir in the gnocchi as well as the fresh baby spinach and turn off the heat and now you are ready to serve.... 

Delicious in a bread bowl or in a regular bowl!! A definite hit with my family!! ENJOY!

Tweak the recipe to find how you like it best!! I don't measure very well, so if you like a heartier soup, double up on the spinach or add an extra bag of gnocchi!! You can easily change anything in this soup.... add extra cans of cream of soup, more or less chicken, use a whole chicken and cut up the meat, add mushrooms....   so many ideas!! 

This is delicious and I can't wait to make it again!! 


January 1, 2015

2015 It's a New Year!

It's that time again.....
time to take down the old calender and hang up the new one!

Out with the old.... old attitudes, old expectations and
old excuses!! In with the new.... new hopes, new plans,
new determinations and new focuses!!

I like to figure out a word or two to focus 
on for the year to come. 

This year I have two words;




"Intercessor"  Ezekiel 22:30 which says,
"I looked for someone to who might rebuild the wall of 
righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to 
'stand in the gap' in the wall so I wouldn't have to destroy
the land, but found no one."'

I desire to one that will stand 'in the gap' for my 
family members and friends. One, who is praying for
God's will and His protection and wisdom in their 
lives. I want my 'adult kids' and their 'special someones'
 to each have a strong and continually growing 
relationship with God. 

Well, that is referring to RIGHT NOW! 
I want to stop looking backwards with regrets or shouldas, 
couldas, wouldas! Stop looking backwards at
past failures as well as the past successes! And at the
same time, I want to be careful to not look too far down the 
road at the future so much that I dream away the present!
TODAY and NOW is all we have! 

So, with those two words as my new focal points, 
I want to wish you a blessed and healthy 2015! 

May you be assured beyond a shadow of a doubt, 
how much our great and wonderful Lord 
loves you and wants you to be His!

Happy New Year!!