Creamy Parm Tomato Soup w/ 4-Cheese Tortellini & Grilled Cheese

Creamy Parmesan tomato soup with four cheese tortellini and grilled cheese.

This recipe was a huge hit! I loved it! It was pretty simple to make as well, all in one pot! (Besides the grilled cheese of course).

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (28-oz.) can diced petite tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 cups 4-cheese tortellini, frozen
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup frozen (thawed a bit) chopped spinach
  • salt to taste
  • black pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion and cook until translucent. Add garlic and cook until fragrant. Add Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and flour and whisk to combine. Cook about 1 minute.
  2. Add broth, tomatoes, tomato paste, and tortellini. Bring to a boil, and then simmer about 10 minutes or until tortellini is cooked.
  3. Add the cream and Parmesan cheese and stir. Add spinach and cook for a couple minutes.
  4. Salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Enjoy!

Original recipe found at: https://www.delish.com/cooking/recipe-ideas/recipes/a55557/creamy-parm-tomato-soup-recipe/

Home For Sale!

Hi everyone,

So my intention for this blog/website is to share food recipes, happenings in Derek and I’s life, decorating and crafts. Well I guess this one would go along the lines of happenings in our life.

We have put our current home up for sale. Derek and I knew we always wanted to build our dream home some-day, and well, that time has come. We have absolutely LOVED living in our current home and love everything about it. With that being said, it’s time to move forward and keep pushing for our dreams to come true.

1322 12th St W West Fargo, ND 58078.

If you know anyone looking in the West Fargo area, look no further. We have truly loved this home and given it some great upgrades! We built a deck on the back of the house, landscaped, put in a fireplace feature wall in the living room area, painted some walls and some other work around the home making it the beautiful place we call home at this time.

We encourage you all to share the listing to our home: https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/1322-12th-St-W-West-Fargo-ND-58078/123536158_zpid/

We appreciate it! Also, I hope you’re all ready for a TON of posts in the near future hopefully with updates on construction etc. of the new home. Pending the sale of our current home, we should start construction in the spring of 2020.

Thank you all again! ūüôā

Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Rolls

INGREDIENTS

  • 10¬†Lasagna Noodles
  • 3¬†cups¬†Chicken¬†,¬†cooked and shredded
  • 16¬†ounces¬†Ricotta Cheese
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†Salt
  • 1¬†teaspoon¬†Italian Seasoning
  • ¬Ĺ¬†teaspoon¬†Onion powder
  • ¬Ĺ¬†teaspoon¬†Garlic powder
  • 1.5¬†cups¬†Alfredo Sauce,¬†jarred
  • 2¬†cups¬†Mozzarella¬†,¬†shredded
  • 1¬†cup¬†Parmesan¬†,¬†shredded

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Bring a pot of water to a boil.
  • Add lasagna noodles and cook according to package instructions until al dente.
  • Drain water from the pot and place noodles on a flat surface. (I suggest using a piece of parchment paper).
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl combine shredded chicken, ricotta cheese, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
  • With the lasagna noodles on a flat surface spread 3 ounces of the chicken mixture on each noodle. Leave 1/3 of the noodle bare.
  • Top the chicken mixture with 1-2 tablespoons of Alfredo sauce.
  • Starting at the end of the noodle roll it up, rolling towards the bare end of the noodle.
  • Add 1/4 cup of Alfredo sauce to the bottom of a casserole dish.
  • Place each lasagna roll up into the casserole dish.
  • Pour the remaining Alfredo sauce over the lasagna roll ups.
  • Top with shredded mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  • Cover dish with aluminum foil and bake for 20 minutes.
  • After 20 minutes remove the aluminum foil and continue to bake for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling.
  • Enjoy!

Original recipe found at: https://www.homemadeinterest.com/chicken-alfredo-lasagna-roll-ups/  

Knoephla Hotdish

This one was a hit. We both thought the flavor was maybe a bit bland, but I already have some ideas for ways to update it next time. (I’ll update this post then!) Here’s the recipe!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 c. water
  • Sausage (I used Kielbasa)
  • 1/2 pint cream
  • 1 tsp. chicken bouillon

DIRECTIONS

  1. Mix flour, salt, egg and water, until dough ball forms. Tear up dough into pieces and place it into a kettle of boiling water. Boil until done, about 5-10 minutes. Rinse under cold water.
  2. Prepare sausage in skillet.
  3. Combine cream, chicken bouillon and pepper in a small bowl. Add knepfla to meat and pour cream mixture over the top.
  4. Add knepfla to meat and pour cream mixture over the top.
  5. Heat until heated through.
  6. Enjoy!

Kenny Chesney in Sioux Falls

Back in December (I believe it was) I surprised my hubby with tickets to see his favorite musician, Kenny Chesney. Time flew by and before we knew it, we were on our way to Sioux Falls for the day/night to enjoy the concert. We of course took some extra time out and visited a few spots in the city for some exploration.

I’ve seen MANY pictures etc. of the falls, but have never actually been there. Well, I finally made it! It also, did not disappoint. So beautiful!

Next we discovered the Japanese Gardens. This was probably one of my favorite spots in the city. SO very beautiful and peaceful. It almost seemed like a hidden gem of the city.

We also got a suggestion from an awesome colleague of mine to visit a local brewery called Remedy Brewing. I have to admit, this is probably on my top all-time¬†favorite breweries I’ve visited. The beer was SPECTACULAR and the environment was very unique and relaxing. Of course we had to try the candied bacon. ūüôā

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We topped off the night witnessing a truly epic concert. So happy we were able to make this happen and enjoy another AMAZING weekend together! ‚̧

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Casserole

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YUMMY! This recipe was a win for me. Not only because of the taste, but because of the simplicity and amount of time it takes to make, all thanks to the Instant Pot. Another Pinterest win for me!

Instant Pot Chicken Parmesan Casserole

INGREDIENTS

  • 2¬†chicken breasts¬†cut into chunks
  • 1/2¬†onion¬†diced
  • 2¬†tbsp¬†olive oil
  • 1¬†tsp¬†salt¬†to taste
  • 1¬†tsp¬†basil
  • 1¬†jar¬†spaghetti sauce¬†24 oz.
  • 2¬†c¬†chicken broth¬†or water
  • 2¬†c¬†noodles¬†uncooked, small shapes of your choice
  • 1¬†tsp¬†garlic¬†minced
  • 2¬†tbsp¬†butter
  • 1/3¬†c¬†bread crumbs
  • 1¬†c¬†parmesan cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put Instant Pot on saute, normal function.
  2. Add olive oil, onions, garlic and chicken cut up into bite size pieces.
  3. Cook for 2-3 minutes – just until the pink on outside of chicken is gone
  4. Add salt, basil, spaghetti sauce, broth or water, and stir.
  5. Add 2 measuring cups full of uncooked noodles on the top, I used rotini.
  6. Push noodles down so they are under the sauce, do NOT stir everything together.
  7. Set Instant Pot or pressure cooker to pressure, high, for 10 minutes.
  8. Do a quick release.
  9. Turn pot off. Stir in 2/3 c. grated parmesan.
  10. In a separate bowl melt your butter and then stir in 1/3 c. bread crumbs and 1/3 c. grated parmesan.
  11. Serve chicken parmesan casserole in a bowl with sprinkled bread crumb mixture on top and enjoy!

Original recipe found at: www.temeculablogs.com.

Kansas City 2019!

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Derek and I just recently returned from a vacation to Kansas City. We had an absolute blast the entire time!

I don’t¬†think most people would think of Kansas City as a vacation, but they couldn’t¬†be more wrong. Only a 10 hour drive away, it was just the right distance to get away for a bit.

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Often known as the “City of Fountains” that aspect surely didn’t¬†disappoint. Every few feet of walking it seems to provide a new different, unique fountain to look at. I’m sure we didn’t¬†even begin to see the coolest of them.

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One of my favorites was the Power & Light district in downtown. We often found ourselves walking around talking about how we don’t¬†know why more cities don’t¬†create something like this. If you ever get the chance, definitely¬†go check it out!

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Another great stop we made was the Kansas City Zoo. In my personal opinion, it was just the perfect size. Not too big, not too small. Besides, they have PENGUINS!!!!! Not to mention how neat it is of how CLOSE you really get to get to them! ‚̧

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The famous Christopher S. Bond Bridge in Kansas City was also one of my favorite¬†“landmarks”. So beautiful!

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One of the places I think is probably most often over-looked is the Kauffman Memorial Garden. OMG! So amazing and beautiful!

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I also have to include a special THANK YOU to our amazing friend Tricia, who rode along and really helped make this trip truly memorable! ‚̧ Who doesn’t¬†love traveling with one of their best friends?

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Overall, if you get the chance, take a road-trip to Kansas City and enjoy the place! I hope we get a chance to make it out again sometime soon, and hopefully that time the Royals or Chiefs will have a home game we can check out!