Pancetta Gnocchi


I love pasta. Any pasta really but hands down I am partial to Alfredo sauce. Don’t get me wrong I love all sauces but I really really love Alfredo. 

Jon and I are blessed to live very close to an authentic Italian resturant. This resturant is the best. In the summer you can sit outside on the patio that is surrounded by grapes and fresh herbs. So if you are ever in Midland Michigan please check out Villa D’Alessandros.  

One of my favorite dishes they have is the gnocchi with the gorgonzola sauce. It is to die for. So this is not even close to that dish but it is still very delicious.

Pancetta Gnocchi

1 pgk of parmesan gnocchi

1 pgk of pancetta diced

1 jar of Alfredo sauce

Parmesan cheese-Shaved

First you boil the gnocchi as the directions state on the package. While that is going saute the pancetta until crispy. When the gnocchi is done drain and put them in the pan with the pancetta. 

Saute until the gnocchi are slightly golden. Then you can add the Alfredo sauce and stir.

Then add the parmesan. Add a little or as much as you want. There are no rules for cheese. I don’t judge. 

This is what I used for parmesan cheese. But if you have a favorite use that. 

The end result will amaze you and deliver a great dinner. 

2017


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It is another new year. 2017 oh what will you bring? I am looking forward to this year. Looking forward to all the possibilities that it holds. I have adjusted my sails for this year and the goals that I have. I want to make this year more of appreciation than that of goals. As I get older I have learned to celebrate to the small things as much as the big things in life. I have learned to look at life differently.

“Only the small things in life are important.” By Joseph Roth.

“Success in life is founded upon attention to the small things rather than to the large things; to the everyday things nearest to us rather than to the things that are remote and uncommon.” Booker T Washington

Don’t get me wrong I still have goals because if you don’t you stand still. They are just not as important to me as noticing the small things in life.  I decided to make a list of my goals and the small things so that I can look at both throughout the year and keep myself in check. I want to make sure that I keep the small things in focus.

Here are the goals for 2017.

  • Be debt free except for house and cars.
  • Lose weight-it truly doesn’t matter how much long as I am making progress
  • Go somewhere new.
  • Try new foods.
  • Draw more

Here are the small things I will try to notice.

  • Breathe in fresh air
  • Smell the rain
  • Feel the sunshine on my face
  • Make someone smile
  • Laugh more
  • Enjoy the silence
  • Spoil someone else
  • Find something good in every day
  • Enjoy exercise
  • Focus on the people in my life
  • Be present more, less phone, Facebook, etc.
  • Tell others how important they are
  • Compliment others
  • Plant a garden and enjoy the process
  • etc.

I ask you as we have entered the new year… what will your focus be on? What adventures are you going to do? What goals do you have?

I leave you with this quote and wish you a Happy and Joyful New Year.

“Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you a happy. In the future think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s work or with your family. Every minute should be enjoyed and savored.” Earl Nightingale.

My Dad


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As I sit in the hospital watching my dad as the nurses and doctors come and go I wonder what he is thinking. My dad has a tumor on his brain that is causing seizures and short term memory loss. I think he has to know something is wrong but his memory won’t let him remember what that is. I thank God for that. It breaks my heart to see such a vibrant man a few months ago be so lost. 
    My dad served in the Navy and supported seven kids through some tough times.

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He is a great man of faith in God. He knows that God is watching over him. My mom told me yesterday that he is not afraid of dying and that he knows where he is going. What a great reminder of where our faith should be. That we should not be afraid of death or any other worldly enemy or disease.

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I thank God for all the lessons that my Dad has taught me. Even today as I watch him I see lessons. You smile and laugh even in the worst of times. 
   One thing for sure he is surrounded by family.

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2015 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,600 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 43 trips to carry that many people.

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Sage, Sausage and Roka Cheese Acorn Squash


 

Sage Sausage Roka

Last year I blogged about my Sausage and Brown Sugar Acorn Squash and it is still one of my favorites. But I am always looking for new twists on my old favorites. So tonight I made Jon the Sausage and Brown Sugar Acorn Squash and then I had a great idea for a twist for me. I love blue cheese so when Kraft releases their Roka Cheese spread I go a little crazy for it. So my mind was wheelin’ tonight. Sausage and Blue cheese hmmm think that is a winner. So here is what I created for me.

Sage, Sausage and Roka Cheese Acorn Squash

1 acorn squash cut in half and seeds scooped out.

Kraft Roka Cheese Spread

1 tsp of butter

1/2 to 1 cup of cooked Sausage crumbles

4 fresh leaves of Sage

Salt and pepper

 

Preheat oven to 375°. Take the two halves of Acorn Squash and put flesh side down on parchment paper on cookie sheet. Place in oven until you can gently squeeze the squash. Then you know it is cooked through. It takes around 20 to 30 minutes. Depends on how big your squash is. While the squash is baking in the oven brown your sausage and towards the end add your sage finely chopped.

When the squash is done flip them over and add the butter. With a fork run the butter over the edges and inside the cup of the squash. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Mix a spoonful pr two of the Kraft Roka Cheese and the cooked sausage together and then place into the cup of the Acorn Squash and put back into the oven for about 5 to 7 min. until the cheese is warm and gooey then enjoy this savory combination.

Here is the Sausage and Brown Sugar Acorn Squash link.

https://sassyandsavory.wordpress.com/2013/11/01/sausage-and-brown-sugar-acorn-squash/?preview=true

 

Nipla


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What is comfort food? The definition of comfort food is this: food that provides consolation or a feeling of well-being, typically any with a high sugar or other carbohydrate content and associated with childhood or home cooking. I guess to each of us it is most likely something different. One it is something that reminds of us of our youth. Two it brings well comfort to us when we either eat or remember or smell that food.  For me my comfort food is Nipla. This is something I grew up with. I am going to tell you right now that you either love or hate this recipe. I happen to be a lover but in my family we have both lovers and haters of Nipla. I have made this for my kids and one loves and the other hates. I honestly think of Nipla every time I smell onions cooking in butter. That is my comfort trigger.  Have you read William P Young’s book The Shack? Here is a link to his webpage for the book. http://wmpaulyoung.com/the-shack/  In his book he mentions Nipla “And I enjoy food—a lot. Nothing like a little shaomai, ugali, nipla, or kori bananje to make your taste buds happy….”. So I want to share with you something I have enjoyed since a little girl, my comfort food of choice so your taste buds can be happy too.

Nipla

(This recipe is for 1 to 2 people but can be easily adapted to make more.)

3 eggs

Half a stick of butter

½ cup of chopped onion

¾ cup of flour

Salt and pepper

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First chop your onions and then put butter in a sauté pan on low to melt and add onions.

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Then bring a sauce pan half full of water to boil.

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Crack three eggs into a bowl and whisk.

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Add salt and pepper to the eggs and whisk again.

Then add ¼ cup of flour at a time until the eggs become like thick dough.

 

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Drop the egg mixture into the boiling water a spoonful at a time.

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Turn the heat up on the onions and butter until the onions are translucent.

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Once the Nipla are floating and have cooked for about 5 minutes drain the mixture and place into a bowl. Pour the butter and onions over the Nipla.  I add a little sea salt before enjoying but you can omit that if you like.

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Letter to My Sister in Heaven.


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So it is your second birthday in heaven.  I think of you often and wonder if God lets you have a peek into our lives. I hope you see us happy and living the best we can without you. I hope you see the laughs and smiles on Hayley and Evan’s faces. You see that is where I see you the most in Evan’s crazy ideas and Hayley’s sweet smile.  I hope you see Jen laughing and enjoying being a wonderful mom just like you. She is such a great mom and you can see it in the kids. You would be so proud of her.

Jen and Hayley

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Jen and Evan

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I hope you see how much Buzz still loves and honors you. I hope you see that you are missed dearly and that we are missing a piece of our heart. I try to smile each time I think of you but a tear still comes to my eye. It’s a sign of I miss you, not one of goodbye because sometime we will be together again.  I hope you are listening all those times I talk to you. It makes me feel better knowing you are listening.

I stopped by to see you today and brought you some beautiful roses.

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As I visited you I found myself wondering what you were doing in heaven today. Were you baking, were you reading and enjoying the relaxing sunny day or were you watching over us as we were about to celebrate your birthday? I just wanted to reach out to you and give you a hug and let you know how much you are loved and missed.

Today we celebrated your birthday. Buzz got everyone together for a fish fry and he grilled roast too. We all brought a dish to pass. You would have loved having us all together.  All your grandbabies and neices and nephews were there laughing and smiling and having a great time. I still try to picture you laughing and talking to everyone. Making everyone feel welcome and loved. You were always the life of the party. Happy Birthday Lillian. We all love and miss you so much.

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