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Thursday, January 12, 2012

Latest Valentine's Day Jewelry

I completed several pieces of Valentine's Day jewelry and wanted to share some of the designs with you.  As always, you can find the designs in my Etsy and EBay stores.  (I post in both arenas - when the item sells in one shop, I remove it from the other.)  Here they are:








Of course, this is just a sampling of some of the completed designs.  I am also still working on a couple of additional pieces I hope to have completed within the next few days. You can see all of the designs by visiting my EBay and Etsy stores. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Chicken Spinach Tortellini Soup Recipe

We've had unseasonably warm weather all winter until today.  We had a freezing cold drizzle that lasted throughout the day.  It's my favorite weather for making homemade soup, and that's exactly what I did when I came home from work today.  I had some chicken breasts left over from dinner last night, and thought they would be the perfect addition for my soup.  NOTE:  For the diet-conscious individual, one cup of this soup contains only 194 calories, 4 grams of fat, 25 carbohydrates and 14.5 grams of protein.  Satisfying, delicious AND good for you!  My kind of recipe!




Chicken Spinach Tortellini Soup

Ingredients:
Water, 8 cups
Better Than Boullion Chicken Base, 4 teaspoons (if you desire a less salty taste, reduce base to 3 teaspoons)
Onion, 1 small, chopped
Leftover chicken breast (no skin) - 3 breasts (about 7 ounces), cut into bite-sized pieces
Spinach, frozen, 1 package (10 oz)
Tortellini, pasta with cheese filling, 3 cups (8 ounces)


Directions:
Put water, chicken base, onion and chicken into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium heat. Continue to simmer until the onion begins to turn translucent, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, put frozen spinach into a microwaveable bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on high heat until spinach is hot, about 8-9 minutes.

Uncover spinach and add it to the soup mixture. Add tortellini. Bring mixture to a boil, then simmer for another 15 minutes until tortellini is cooked all the way through.

Serving Size: Makes 7 1-cup servings

Enjoy!!!