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. 

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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.