Ricotta Gnocchi

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It’s been a few years, since I’ve made gnocchi from scratch. Let’s blame it on my missing gnocchi board. A few days after I posted my recipe for Chicken and Gnocchi Soup, a friend shared her grandmother’s recipe for ricotta gnocchi. Finally, I took the time to make the delicious dish.Ricotta Gnocchi

Ingredients:
1 c. ricotta cheese, 1/2 c. fresh grated Parmesan cheese, 1/2 c. flour, 1 egg, 1 lemon, 1/2 tsp. fresh ground sea salt, 1 Tbsp. minced garlic, fresh chopped parsley, fresh chopped parsley, basil, butter, crushed red pepper flakes, fresh cracked tri-color pepper, baby spinach leaves, radicchio, fresh shaved Parmesan

Directions:
Zest and juice lemon. Mix together lemon zest, ricotta, grated Parmesan, flour, salt and egg. Melt butter in skillet over medium heat. Drop spoonfuls of mixture and cook for about 5-6 minutes, turning halfway through. Remove gnocchi from pan and keep warm until ready to serve. Add more butter, lemon juice, parsley, basil, and all pepper to frying pan and sauté. Arrange gnocchi on top of radicchio and spinach. Drizzle with sauce. Sprinkle with fresh shaved Parmesan cheese.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Tip Jar for the Laundry Room

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For years, I collected all the change (that Hubster and Pumpkin tipped me for my amazing laundry services) in a jam jar.

As soon as I ordered the custom decal for my laundry soap canister, I decided to revamp my tip jar. It’s took me a while to get around to blogging about it. DIY Tip Jar

I followed the same steps as I did before. I carefully cleaned a spice jar from Penzeys. After gluing a drawer pull to the top of the lid, I coated them with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint. Finally, I applied the decal to the front of the glass.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Cheddar Ale Eggs

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Our family’s version of Welsh Rarebit is one of our favorite breakfast dishes. Hubster and Pumpkin enjoy theirs with fried eggs, but I prefer mine with ale poached eggs.Cheddar Ale Eggs

Cheddar Ale Sauce
Ingredients: 1 c. of ale, 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese, 1 Tbsp. prepared brown mustard, 1 tsp. garlic powder, fresh ground sea salt, fresh cracked black pepper

Directions:
Add ale to small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and add remaining ingredients. Whisk together until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.

Cheddar Ale Eggs:
Ingredients: ale poached eggs or fried eggs, English muffins, cheddar ale sauce, turkey ham, smoked paprika

Directions:
Slice turkey ham and pan fry until warm. Prepare eggs to your preference. Toast English muffins. Layer the ingredients and top with the warm cheddar ale sauce. Garnish with smoked paprika.

*Serve with ale breakfast potatoes.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Gingerbread Tea Latte

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There’s nothing quite like sipping a gingerbread tea latte while trimming the Christmas tree or baking Christmas cookies.

Gingerbread Tea LatteIngredients:
1/2 c. hot water, 2 English Breakfast tea bags, 1 c. milk, 1/2 tsp. gingerbread spice mixture, sugar, ground cinnamon

Directions:
Steep teabags in hot water until you have a strong tea. Mix in sugar and spice mixture. Steam and froth the milk. Pour tea into mug, and top with steamed milk and then foam. Sprinkle with fresh cinnamon.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

London Fog Latte

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It’s been 11 years since I studied abroad in London and this grey foggy and drizzly morn had me reminiscing. It was the perfect moment to warm up with a London Fog Latte. Bergamot, lavender, and vanilla make a surprisingly wonderful blend.London Fog Latte

Ingredients:
1/2 c. hot water, 2 Lavender Earl Grey tea bags, 1 c. milk, vanilla simple syrup (or vanilla agave)

Directions:
Steep teabags in hot water until you have a strong tea. Steam and froth the milk. Pour tea into mug and mix in simple syrup. Top with steamed milk and then foam. Garnish

*If you cannot find lavender Earl Grey tea, use regular Earl Grey tea and add a 1/2 tsp. of dried lavender.

XOXO,
Young Wifey

Holiday Chicken Salad

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Spiced pecans and dried cranberries are two of my favorite seasonal flavors. When mixed together, they give a nice holiday spin to a classic recipe making it the perfect dish for a holiday luncheon.HolidayChickenSalad

Ingredients:

3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 6 stalks of celery, 4 shallots, 1 c. dried cranberries, 1 c. spiced pecans, mayonnaise

Directions:
Poach chicken breasts and cool completely. Chop celery, shallots, cranberries, and pecans. Shred or cube chicken. Toss ingredients together, using only enough mayonnaise to wet the mixture. Chill for about 6 hours before serving. Mix again before serving.

*Serve on a fresh baked croissant or bed of mixed greens.

XOXO,
Young Wifey