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What a time for comfort food

Crisp fall air warm sun shining down all while the wind begins to stir up for a stormy evening.

Tonight is Monday and one of the few times it is just me and mom for dinner(Tuesday is family dinner, Thursday is family dinner, Friday is usually reserved for friends, Sunday is family time after church) that leaves Monday and Wednesdsy and typically Wednesday we eat pizza before church but I digress…

Tonight I felt we needed some good old fashioned comfort food,we have had a tragic week last week so beginning this new week was a little difficult😔

Do you think that we can find comfort in food? Is it just something that we say when we are eating yummy food?

I think it is just something we say however food can make you feel all sorts of emotions.

I loved teaching the digestive system when I taught on campus at a local college knowing the different taste sensations we experience and learning umami… which is the BEST experience you can have with food😊

I found a recipe on skinny taste blog and altered just a bit

Ingredients

  1. 6 oz no yolk egg noodles
  2. 2 tsp oil
  3. Garlic 4 cloves if using fresh(I used garlic garlic seasoning)
  4. 12 oz fresh broccoli florets chopped
  5. 1 tbsp butter
  6. 1 medium onion diced fine
  7. 3 tbsp all purpose flour
  8. 1 3/4 cup chicken broth
  9. 1 cup milk
  10. 12 oz cooked chicken breast shredded
  11. 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
  12. 1/2 cup mozzarella
  13. Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Place chicken breast in a pot with salt and pepper(to taste) cover with water. Place on stove and bring to boil… cook chicken through about 45-60 mins
  2. In a separate pot cook egg noodles according to package directions. Cook to al dente as noodles will continue to cook in oven
  3. Blanche/steam(I find this to be a personal preference) broccoli
  4. Preheat oven to 375
  5. In a large pot heat butter add garlic and onion cook until soft then add flour to make rue.
  6. Add milk and chicken broth to rue along with all mozzarella, and cheddar cheese. Reserve 1/2 cup
  7. Add noodles, broccoli, and chicken stir up and place into a greased 9×13 pan
  8. Top casserole with remaining cheddar and parmesan cheese
  9. Bake 20 minutes or until cheese is golden and bubbly
  10. Serve immediately in a bowl with garlic bread

Okay so you can probably see penne pasta as well as egg noodles, this is because I didnt have enough egg noodles😂 this is important to note because you could use any kind of pasta you want to🤗

Enjoy!!!

Btw: I took this in my lunch on Tuesday and yummy it was just as good as leftovers, I placed 1 cup in microwave for 1 minute and it was bubbly and ready to eat!

Eating out…in

Well all who know me know that I absolutely LOVE Chipotle/qdoba (i know i know these two places are completely different yet similar, but i love them both😍)

I really wanted Chipotle this past Friday but the weather was just so chilly and wet, dreary and just the perfect day to go home after work cook a nice meal and stay inside

But that didn’t help me get my chipotle, so I decided to search for chipotle similar recipes and give it a shot!

I dont typically keep these required items in my pantry but all I was missing for this delicious dinner was some produce. I stopped at walmart on my way home.

And thus began my afternoon spent in the kitchen

First I made my marinade for my steak

You will need the following ingredients

1. 1 medium red onion

2. 3 cloves garlic

3.

4.

Blend all ingredients in food processor and add enough water to equal 1 cup(more if you want more liquid)

Place in a ziplock bag and place meat of your choice up to 4lb inside marinate 30 minutes to 24 hours

Cook meat to desired temperature discard excess marinade(do not reuse)

Next I started my roja hot salsa

You will need

1. 16 tomatillos

2. 6 cloves garlic

3. Crushed chili powder

4. Sauce from Adobe chilis

Salt and pepper to taste

Take the husks off the tomatillos and rinse, take peel off the garlic. Place on foil lined baking pan and broil for 12 minutes or until charred

Blend in a blender or use emerson blender

Add the seasonings and Adobo sauce to blended sauce, add salt to taste

Next I made the mild corn salsa

You will need

1. Poblano peppers

2. Red onion

3. Cilantro

4. Frozen corn

5. Lemon juice

6. Lime juice

Roast poblano pepper(I did with the tomatillos and gstlic)

Dice onion, pepper, jalapeno place in bowl with corn and stir in cilantro

Next I made some homemade lime salted corn chips

You will need

1. Mission extra thin corn tortillas

2. Lime juice

3. Salt

Cut the tortillas up in tiny triangles place on aluminum baking sheet and bake 375 for 10 minutes or until crunchy(not too crunchy though)

Take out of oven and sprinkle chips with lime juice and sprinkle salt

Next I started my black beans

I didnt do these

Winter is coming

Oh man, I cannot believe I just said that…. seriously???? Winter is by far my least favorite season😫

I am a flower that does best in direct sun, lol 😂 not a cold snowy ice covered pine tree lol😂

So although winter doesnt officially begin until December 21st, and fall has officially kicked in(chilly mornings, warm days and crisp nights). It is never too early to be planning your next wardrobe❤

At Ruby Ribbon we launch 4 capsules per year to go with the changing seasons, and although winter is my least favorite season, the winter capsule is my most favorite one to share and wear😍

Check it out below or jump on over here to shop

And our holiday gift boutique is back and better than ever

We have colors(gorgeous deep jewel tones that are all the rage this season) we have textures of silk, velvet, crushed velvet, bamboo, and cashmere like soft, fur… and more

Go ahead get you an outfit you deserve it😘 shop here

Fashionably yours

Danielle

Support your girls😘

So most of you know that Thursday is my favorite day of the week!!!

Well today is even better because I have a HUGE sale to share with you😁

As you begin thinking about Christmas 2018, this sale would be a great way to get some really great gifts at a discounted price🎉🎁🎄

See the following photos and as always you can go to here to shop!

And check that out because it is October we are having special items for RR Cares which a portion of the proceeds goes to City of Hope to fight breast cancer through research!!!

Cute outfits, awesome foundation pieces and for a great cause!!!

Again you can always shop here!

Have a happy Thursday

Busy in the creative corner

Sometimes I am so busy, i feel i could quit my day job while other times ot feel more like a hobby and other times it is a side hustle!

Do any of you have side hustles or gig jobs? I think of it as not putting all of my eggs into one basket 😂

So my day job is an office administrative job, which I absolutely LOVE… It is my dream job actually❤

My Ruby Ribbon business has given me the opportunity to help many women feel confident once again, and this job fulfils my need to help

My creative Corner Handmad boutique offers me the opportunity to unleash my creativity and make a profit while doing so!

I still teach online part-time as well

Back to the reason for this post…

My Creative Corner has been busy I have had a few sales the past month and now looking to Christmas and 2019 wanting to make Creative Corner a more consistent earning opportunity, I have been busy crafting and brainstorming🤯

Let’s also keep in mind I will be sitting for 2 board exams at the end of this year, just trying to make time for everything and everyone😊

I will leave you with my latest creation in the creative Corner

A Christmas countdown decorative wall hanging and my no bull sweatshirt!!! These and more designs will be coming soon to the boutique, be sure to check them out(maybe pick up a gift or two😉)

Have a creative Day

Soup weather here

Fall has to be one of my if not my very favorite season… for many reasons but the main one we can eat soup everyday(well not every day but we could if we wanted to)

Sweater weather boots and leggings is my kind of wardrobe for fall too!!!

So it was a rainy gloomy and chilly day only in the lower 50s but felt cooler due to the cold rain. I work all day then I had a dentist office and Fresno had a vet appointment so it was another late evening. I really didnt feel like cooking but didnt want to go out either. What to do? The instant pot to the rescue!!!!

I made an amazing cheesy potato soup in under 20 minutes… wow but it tasted as though I had slaved over the stove all day! The longest most time consuming was the veggie prep(cutting them up)

Mmmmm if you like your potato soup thick, creamy and cheesy try this recipe

Ingredients

☆ 1 medium onion diced

☆ 1 celery stalk diced

☆7 or 8 medium russet potatoes peeled and diced

☆3 cups of chicken stock(richer than broth)

☆3 cloves of garlic peeled and diced

☆salt and pepper to taste

☆4 tablespoons butter

☆2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

☆3 mini blocks of velveeta cheese or half of a large 1lb block

Milk slurry

☆1 cup of milk

☆3 tablespoons flour

Directions

1. Place butter in instant pot turn on to saute

2. Once butter is melted and bubbling add onion and celery cooking until tender(about 4 minutes) stir so not to stick to bottom

3. Add garlic and cook additional minute

4. Turn off instant pot

5. Add chicken stock, potatoes, salt and pepper to taste

6. Stir contents

7. Place lid on instant pot and turn to pressure cook 4 minutes (make sure valve is set to seal) meanwhile make your milk slurry and sit to the side(stir milk and flour together… this will thicken the potato soup)

8. Quick release pressure

9. Take lid off only after pressure pin drops

10. Stir contents, add cheese(I cut cheese cubes up)

11. Add milk slurry

12. Turn instant pit to saute and cook while stirring 4-5 minutes

13. Add 2 cups of shredded cheese

14. Serve with bread or crackers (contents will be extremely hot… let sit in serving bowl 5 minutes before eating)

Enjoy

I love receiving happy mail

Just for working my business in August(let me just say that I had an amazing month, and it wasn’t hard at all, more like fun!!!)

My amazing team director Susan decided to have a friendly contest for August and guess who was one of the 4 winners????

Me I was a winner😁

She had 2 contests and I was in the running for both prizes… wow, that hasn’t happened in a long time, I forgot how fun it was to work your business(especially when there is q potential gift😊)

Today I went to the mailbox and there was a package peeking out😍

Look what I won

The demiette in cheetah, look how cute it is paired with my briefs😍

So guess what if you purchase 2 this month at $118.00 you can get a pair of leggings for 39 or 69.00

118.00 +39= 157 (free shipping)

118.00 +69= 187 (free shipping and tax is on me)

For any purchase of $100.00 you can add a suedette or leather legging for 69.00 or ponte for 39.00

While we are taking about great deals of you gather your friends for a virtual facebook party and the orders equals $1,000 you will get a ponte jacket for FREE (up to a $99 value) plus 10% of your show($1,000 will give you $100.00 FREE Ruby Ribbon plus a few 50% off items!!!

Fashionably yours

Danielle