Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Creamy Ham, Potato and Corn Chowder, Aunt Nettie’s Orange Cranberry Nut Cake and the Creamy Baked Gnocchi with Arugula and Sausage!
Happy Sunday TKW Family! As I sit here and type this up (it’s early Sunday morning and I’m all curled up in my fuzzy pjs and in bed) I can’t help but think just how blessed I am. Not just in my life but also in my career and in love. It’s not a brag type oh-look-at-me thing but rather more of a surreal moment if you will. When you were little and folks used to ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up, did you actually grow up to be that? When you used to daydream on what your life would be like did you imagine how your life currently is? I’m not talking the good or the bad, but more of your whole life – where you live, kids, family, job, etc…
I can tell you that my life is 100% nothing like what I expected and I couldn’t be happier. Growing up I always said I would be a math teacher or a nurse (my Dad wanted me to be one since he was always in the hospital when I was little). He said I could take care of him when he was old and gray. Funny thing is Dad was always gray. lol I said that when I was 18 I’d have a pink corvette with a huge red heart on the trunk with the word (Love) in the middle. Don’t laugh – I was 8 at the time and thought that was cool!
By the time I was 16 I ha my life’s plan all written out (literally – I wrote it down in a diary) that by the time I was 22 I’d graduate college, be married by 23. Have my masters in 25, PHD by 27 and 3 kids by the time I was 30. But it stopped there. Some may say “Wow, that’s’ ambitious!” but if you look at it, it was rather hollow; empty. I didn’t say what my degrees were in or the type of man I married. I never went into my job, where I lived, my kids or most importantly if I was happy. It was all superficial if that makes sense. Part of it, honestly, was self-preservation. If I didn’t put thought or emotion into it, I wouldn’t get hurt if it didn’t come true.
As you know it didn’t come true – not all of it anyways. I did get married but not until I was in my 30’s, we sadly didn’t have kids and the man I married – I could write a book on just how he’s changed my life in so many wonderful ways. I didn’t become a math teacher or a nurse and instead find myself working IT by day and following my passion, a dream I never knew I had, by night (TKW). Before I met Mr. Fantabulous I was pretty hard on myself because my life wasn’t how I wanted or planned it. I felt like a failure in some way. Sure I was successful in my job, had my first house when I was in my 20s, had cars and lots of friends but I, inside, still felt unfulfilled.
Then one day I just let it all go and realize that it’s never too late to change your dreams, set new goals and make new plans. I mean how many times do you change your outfit before going out? Or how many times do you waiver on what to order for dinner? Life’s just like that. It’s okay to change your mind and set a new path. And because I accepted that, allowed myself, I was able to start allowing myself to be happy, to feel and well, to just live life. Because of that – I now have an amazing life with the most perfect person to share it with. I have a career that I love and was finally able to find my true passion and follow it.
Do the same – set a new path, new goal and allow yourself to be happy!
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This week it’s all about homemade pasta. It’s so crazy and the taste is INCREDIBLE!
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When you’re not yet sick of turkey and stuffing you make crostini!
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Oh dear sweet lord of leftovers! This Thanksgiving crostini is off the hook! 🥰Grilled stuffing, butter basted turkey, melted raclette and my world famous cranberry relish. This pretty much wins 🏆 any leftover recipe dish! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thekitchenwhisperer #newforkcity #thanksgiving #appetizer #fromscratch #bareaders #spoonfeed #leftovers #instafeast #forkyeah #eatfamous #eater #nycfat #eeeeeats #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #foodgawker #f52grams #myfriends #noleftovers #lafoodie #newforkfoodie #pittsburghfoodie #beautifulcuisines #eatingnyc #devourpower #eatingfortheinsta #nycfoodie #realsimple #cheese
If you had Thanksgiving leftovers it’s easy to whip up a Shepherd’s pie!
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Still not tired of turkey. How can I be when I absolutely LOVE the recipe on my blog (side note: I’ve been adding frozen peas to give it more pop and flavor)! It’s not leftovers when it’s so delicious and tastes like a brand new meal! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #thekitchenwhisperer #newforkcity #thanksgiving #friendsgiving #fromscratch #bareaders #spoonfeed #dailyfoodfeed #instafeast #forkyeah #eatfamous #eater #nycfat #eeeeeats #buzzfeast #huffposttaste #foodgawker #f52grams #myfriends #noleftovers #beautifulcuisines #eatingnyc #devourpower #eatingfortheinsta #nycfoodie #pghfoodie #realsimple
And then there’s this cheese pull!!!!
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That cheese pull tho… #EPIC 🤘🏻🧀🥰 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ❤️ this if you’re a cheese lover! Channeling my inner @grilledcheesesocial for this sandwich! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #cheese #cheesus #cheesepull #cheesy #thekitchenwhisperer #delish #devourpower #nycfat #newforkcity #eatfamous #sandwich #grilledcheese #sandwichporn #cheeseporn #lafoodie #pittsburghfoodie #nycfoodie #yougottaeatthis #fromscratch
And with that, have one fantabulously amazing week!
♥ Monday – Sheet Pan Smoked Kielbasa with Herbed Potatoes and Green Beans
♥ Tuesday – Creamy Baked Gnocchi with Arugula and Sausage
♥ Wednesday – Garden Sweet Potato Veggie Burger
♥ Thursday – Creamy Ham, Potato and Corn Chowder
♥ Friday – Spinach & Artichoke Skillet Pizza
♥ Saturday – Ultimate Pressure Cooker BBQ Coke Pulled Pork sandwiches
♥ Sunday – Pulled Pork Wafflich with Melted Gouda
♥ Dessert of the week – Aunt Nettie’s Orange Cranberry Nut Cake