Creamy Tortellini Soup

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Hmm, soup again?! Well, yeah I told you all tis the season πŸ˜‰ This soup is one of those that is super easy to throw together if you have all the ingredients ready to go. Total time? 30minutes. No joke! I made it back in October around the time I started feeling sick. In one of those delirious moments where I knew I had to make dinner but I wanted to go back to bed. Yep, there’s really nothing wholesome about this recipe, I’ll admit it. But in the end it’s comfort food. It was good going down and took the chill away, which when you’re sick that’s most important!

Mom and I are really the only ones who love this soup. It lives up to it’s name, it’s creamy, thick, and the chunks of sausage added a good contrast to the cheesy tortellini. If you’re a tortellini fan then this soup is right up your alley! I’ve made other tortellini soups in the past, red and white versions alike(I’m quite partial to the white), but this recipe is truly all mine. So please let me know what you think πŸ™‚

 

Creamy Tortellini Soup

1 large onion, chopped

3 garlic cloves, minced

1 Lb bulk sausage, cooked

1 cup mushrooms, chopped

4 cups chicken stock

2 cups water

2 bags of three cheese tortellini

1 cup heavy cream

1 pkg Country Gravy Mix

Salt and Pepper to taste

In a large dutch oven pot, cook onions, garlic, mushrooms and sausage together. Drain if desired. Add in tortellini and cook until tender, according to package directions. In a 4 cup bowl whisk heavy cream with country gravy mix. Pour into soup and stir to thicken. Adjust seasoning accordingly. Serve with garlic bread and salad.

 

If you like, add some fresh spinach to the soup for a spinach tortellini version. If you really thicken this up you can serve it as a casserole with a lovely roasted chicken on the side. Hope you all enjoy!

Have a blessed day!

3–Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies(Review)

Morning lovelies! I haven’t done a true review in a while, normally I just find a recipe that I want to try and tweak it to fit what I want. I then share the original recipe but in this post I will be sharing my findings and no I didn’t tweak it at all. I made it as per the instructions and was pleasantly surprised!

See, I live in a house with a peanut butter cookie fiend. Oh yes, my oldest nephew loves peanut butter cookies. If I don’t make them for the holidays he is an unhappy camper. Well, he doesn’t pout but he certainly doesn’t let me forget how much he would REALLY like to have them πŸ™‚ And not only do I have my nephew to make peanut butter cookies for but my only niece, my Ladybug, loves them as well! Last year around around Christmas I made a couple of batches of peanut butter cookies and both my nephew (hmm, let’s nickname him JJ) and Ladybug were snacking on them at one point and not fighting over the container but JJ did tell me later on that I would have to make a separate batch for him next time. Hint…hint…

Alright, so October came(it’s the National Cookie Month) and I decided to try a new peanut butter cookie recipe. 3–ingredients, sounded too good to be true! But I thought what the heck if it’s bad JJ will most likely eat it anyway because it’s peanut butter! Unfortunately I forgot to snag the link to the recipe that I used. I do have the recipe and if anyone recognizes it, please let me know. I want to be sure to give credit where it is due. There are oodles of places on the web sharing flourless peanut butter cookies, and this one isn’t all that different. But it was the one that I chose to use and her pictures were nice. Much better than mine, but here goes. I will share the original recipe but use my pictures.

 

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That’s my handle on Instagram, I sometimes put it on my pictures. It is not to signify that I own the recipe, but the picture is mine. Please feel free to follow me on Instagram! I follow back πŸ™‚

3–Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

1 cup of peanut butter
1 cup of sugar or raw sugar
1 egg

Combine all the infredients in a 2qt bowl, blend on high with hand mixer. Form into 1 inch balls, flatten with fork and sprinkle tops with extra sugar. Bake in a 350 oven for 10-11 minutes. Let cool and enjoy. Makes 18 cookies.

 

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Yeah, these didn’t even last a day and I doubled the recipe! These were crazy easy to make, and indeed were chewy and not hard like I was expecting them to be. I wish these were also carb free lol!!! Would be nice πŸ˜‰ These are going on my Christmas cookie list this year, making them a tasty, tried, and true recipe!

Hope you all try this recipe out, and if anyone recognizes the recipe and where it came from please comment below with the link. Have a very blessed day!!

Hello, I am an Independent Consultant for Jamberry. How May I Help You?!

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Since joining back in October, things have been a whirlwind and I’m not sure I’ve completely grasped everything just yet. Let’s see, I’ve been a consultant now since Oct. 16th, almost 3 weeks now and haven’t sold a thing. I’ve sent out oodles of samples, lots of prizes from my launch party(this Friday I have to send out the rest), and lots of inquiries about what Jamberry is. I’ll be honest, it has taken it’s toll on me. Seeing posts from other fellow Jamberry Consultants selling left and right, booking online parties and vendor events, and getting recruits signed up. All the while I’m trying to NOT let my head get the best of me. I can be my own worst enemy at times!

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After being in a bad head space on Monday, I decided to change it around and remind myself of why I wanted to be a consultant. There are a lot of personal goals I’d like to reach by the end of next year, one in particular is to begin studying holistic medicine. May sound like an odd thing to pursue but it’s been a dream now for over a year and hopefully it will become a reality. I’ve always turned to holistic medicine whenever I’m sick or feeling a tad under the weather. Without fail I have bounced back with no ill side effects and usually feeling better than before.
I also enjoy sharing my findings with friends and loved ones, but I would like to be able to share it on a broader scale with more people and eventually be able to take on patients who are wanting an holistic practitioner. And in my city, they are hard to come by. So in the meantime, baby steps toward my goal and hopefully more people will hop on board the Jamberry train!

Alrighty, what is Jamberry?

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Do they only have quirky styles? No, in fact, Jamberry offers a wide range of more conservative styles that are more business appropriate(eg. French Tip Wraps). They also offer festive holiday wraps, collegiate wraps, and yes you can even customize your own wraps with the NailArtStudio for a truly one of a kind look! The Nail Art Studio is a great way to make awareness wraps, customize wraps for birthdays, weddings, parties of all kinds, or just for the heck of it!

The current offer from Jamberry is to Buy 3 Get 1 Free. It’s a wonderful offer actually, it’s a $60 value for $45+shipping & tax. A lot of consultants who host parties online will offer a Buy 3 Get 2 Free, usually the second one is a sheet of wraps from the consultant’s personal stash or the customer can choose one online at the consultant’s expense. It’s a great way to not only boost sales but to also give a little extra, especially around the holidays! Many times, customers will do what is called “Buddy Package” that is offered in parties(like the one I am currently doing). A “Buddy Package” is when two friends decide to choose two wraps each and split the cost of shipping and tax. Another way of doing it is when both people choose four wraps each and split the cost of shipping and tax. It then becomes a Buy 8 Get 2 Free at that point but I prefer the first option. It’s a good way for those who are new to Jamberry to try it out with the hope of making future purchases.

From what I have heard through the grapevine, Jamberry does do Black Friday Sales. I have no clue as to what that will entail, however all I can say at this point is don’t stray too far from your laptop or digital devices. You will not want to miss out on special savings! If you choose to place an order with the intent to give said items as a Christmas gift, the cut off date to order is December 1st(CAD) and December 10th(USA). Of course the sooner you can get your orders in the better! But this way you should receive it by December 24th.

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And then there is the other option…E–Gift Cards. I am quite fond of this option and hope that many folks choose to go this route the closer we get to Christmas. It’s a wonderful way to give a unique gift without fretting over what exactly to pick out. If you know someone who is into doing her nails but you aren’t quite sure about what wraps to pick out for her, the best choice would be to go with an e–gift card. After purchasing the e–gift card, it will be sent your email inbox. Here’s what I would do if I were giving an e–gift card. I would print out the above picture on nice card stock paper. Cut it out and on the backside I would include all the necessary information the recipient is going to need in order to use the gift card (including my the link to order through, mine is http://jonesinforwraps.jamberrynails.net). Then I would place it in a nice festive money card and of course write their name on the envelope. It’s that extra step in making even something as simple as an electronic gift card seem that much more special and that you were thinking about her when it came to the presentation!

You can choose to purchase a $25/USA $28/CAD gift card all the way up to $100/USA $113/CAD gift card.

Of course Jamberry isn’t just about fun nail wraps, they offer nail lacquers(which are just the professional grade polishes that are worth every penny), as well as hand care products.

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A hot item this season is the Indulgence Jamberry Hand Care kit. We all struggle with keeping our hands moisturized during these cold dry months and Jamberry offers a full kit that is sure to take care of your delicate hands. It sells for $60/USA ,but if you are wanting to skip the whole kit and would just like to try the Nourish Hand Cream alone,Β  then you can do so for $25/USA. A little goes a long way, the hand cream has biotin, aloe vera and shea butter which will keep your hands feeling silky smooth and not greasy! I can think of several Christmas stockings the hand cream would be welcomed in πŸ™‚

And that is the stitch, a very short summary of all that Jamberry offers. If you would like to try a sample wrap, send me an email at jonesinforwraps@yahoo.com with your name and mailing address. I will be more than happy to get a sample out to you the next day and challenge you to take the 7–day challenge.Β  Tag me to your pictures(Day 1 and Day 7) either on Facebook, Instagram or on your blog and let me know what you think!

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When tagging on Facebook, please follow and tagΒ  Jonesin’ for Wraps-Independent Consultant for Jamberry, this is my business page.
If tagging on Instagram, my handle is @nok_amandagayle.
And then of course if you have a blog, you can ping back to this blog post πŸ™‚

Hope you all have a very blessed day!

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My current manicure, I’m wearing Hint of Mint Nail Lacquer on my thumb, middle finger and pinky. On my forefinger and ring finger I am wearing the Sunday Brunch wrap. And on my middle finger over the nail lacquer I am wearing a White Romance clear wrap. This is my new favorite combo, and as you can see my nails are not very long. Anyone can wear these!!

Potato Corn Chowder

Morning everyone, I would definitely say we are in soup season. It must be the Irish side of me because I can eat soup any time of the year! It’s a rare thing for G–Man to even eat a homemade soup, he’s so picky that I have pretty much stopped offering him things to try, unless it is something none of us have ever had before. I’ve made potato soup before and I’ve made corn chowder before, but never have I made them together. It just seemed right! And boy was it!!!

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(This is definitely a keeper, perfect for this cold season!)

Potato Corn Chowder

(Recipe adapted from DD’s recipe)

1/2 stick butter, melted

1 large onion, chopped

3 large celery stalks, sliced

2 large carrots, sliced

2 cans yellow corn, with liquid

2 can cream corn

5 red potatoes, washed and cubed

4 cups chicken stock or broth

2 cups milk

1 package country gravy mix(pepper mix is good too)

1 pinch red pepper flakes, optional

salt and pepper to taste

garnish with parsley or chives

Start with a dutch oven pot, or small stock pot, and add melted butter, onions, celery, and carrots. Sweat those down. Add the corn and cream corn, potatoes, stock, and milk. Let this cook until the potatoes are tender about 20 minutes. With a ladle, pull out some liquid from the pot and put into a small mixing bowl and whisk in the country gravy mix. Mix till dissolved, pour into the soup pot and stir gently. Add pink of red pepper flakes(if using), season with salt and pepper, and garnish with parsley or chives.

It’s a quick put together soup, so easy and tasty! Very rarely do I make something for dinner that even G–Man will eat, but this soup was a hit with him! YAY, brownie points for Mommy πŸ˜€

NOK’s NOTES:

If you would like to omit the country gravy mix but still want to thicken up your soup, just add instant potatoes! Start out with 1/4 cup instant potato flakes and stir it in gently until you reach the desired thickness. I prefer my soups, especially chowders, to be THICK! It makes sense to add instant potatoes, they won’t take away or alter the flavor in any way.

Hope you all enjoy, stay warm and many blessings from my

house to yours!!

Italian Sausage Sandwich

Afternoon everyone! It’s been some time ago that I started making hot sandwiches for Wednesday night dinners. Mostly because they’re easy to put together, take about 10 minutes to bake and are perfect to grab–n–go on our way to church. I wanted to do an Italian hot sandwich but for some reason our Walmart doesn’t carry the bulk Italian sausage(amongst other things). So we went with Italian links and went from there! Feel free to use any form of Italian sausage for this recipe, spicy, sweet, or mild.

 

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The key to this great sandwich is to use the best ingredients you can get your hands on!

Italian Sausage Sandwich

Yields 1 dozen sandwiches

6–8 links of Italian sausage, pan cooked or grilled

1 brick cream cheese, softened

2 Tblsp dried onion flakes

2 tsp dried minced garlic

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 Tblsp Italian seasoning (or 1 tsp dried basil, 1/2 tsp dried oregano, 1/4 tsp dried rosemary, 1/2 tsp dried thyme)

1 pinch of red pepper flakes, optional

1 small onion, thinly sliced

5–6 mini sweet peppers, thinly sliced

1 Tblsp butter

salt and pepper, for veggies

12 buns, any will do

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking pan with release foil. Either on the stove top cook sausage till nicely browned or grill. Set aside and allow the meat to rest.
In a medium saute pan, add thinly sliced onions and sweet peppers to melted butter. Season with salt and pepper. Cover with lid and let the veggies cook till fork tender. Remove from heat and keep covered until ready to use.
In a small bowl combine cream cheese with onion flakes, dried minced garlic, Italian seasoning, parmesan cheese, and red pepper flakes(if using). Spread this mixture on each bun half(top and bottom). Place bottom halves on the foil lined pan.Β  Slice each sausage link on the bias, or at a severe angle and not too terribly thick or thin. You should be able to get 5–6 slices out of each link.
Place three slices on each cream cheese bun half. Top with a onions and sweet peppers, and place the other bun half on top. Bake for 10 minutes or until buns are nicely crisp and serve with favorite sides of chips, fries, or tots and salad.

These are a huge hit, the family always scarfs them up, any leftovers are put in the fridge and warmed back up in the toaster oven or just eaten cold(I prefer them cold the next day). Even if you can;t grill out the links, pan cooking them does an excellent job.

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