Creole Shrimp and Corn Pot Pies

I have been quiet inspired by my trip back to New Orleans lately and cannot wait to taste all the Delicious food I have waiting for me around very single corner. 

If you have all never been there I HIGHLY recommend a visit. You will not be disappointed, I promise. 
So this is a little dish I like to to whip up when I 'm in the NOLA state of mind! 

Ingredients:
Double order of pie crust. Store bought or I use {THIS RECIPE}
1 pound shrimp peeled and cleaned
1 red bell pepper diced
The corn from 3 fresh corn Cobb's
4 toes of garlic minced
4 stalks of celery, finely diced
2 tablespoons Tony Chachere's
2 cups cream
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter

Recipe
1. In a frying pan saute garlic, celery, and bell pepper until tender, about 10 minuets. Now add in corn for a few minuets longer, Salt and pepper to taste.Remove from heat and stir in raw shrimp. Set aside.
2. Next in a saucepan melt butter over medium heat and add flour. Once combined whisk in cream until a little thick and add The Tony Chachere;s spice. Set aside.
3, Now divide your double order of pie crust in 2. Now take each order and divide evenly into 6 little balls. Roll each one out and place into the little tin pie containers. Now fill the pies with the corn and shrimp mixture and top with the cream sauce. Now roll out the addition 6 little dough balls and top the pies. Pinch the crust shut and brush with egg wash or freeze. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minuets.



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Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing With Natalie

I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."
I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

Me included!! 


You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}  
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!


 
Today's Interview: Natalie with NS Pottery






What's your greatest weakness?
 
being afraid to step out of my comfort zone
 
What's your greatest strength?
 
I'm {usually} very self-motivated and when I know I want to get something done, I will do it!
 




 
What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
 
 fear
 

Name your most defining moment!!!
Hmm... I don't feel like I've had any! :P Maybe just being content and embracing who God has created me to be?




What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
 
Watching my business and blog grow! They are a huge part of who I am, and I am so thankful for everyone who has helped them grow! 
 




How much have you evolved since your teenage years? Are you a similar person?

 I was a teenager only 4 short years ago, but I do feel like I have changed a lot since then! I'm still naturally very quiet and will generally not say a lot in a large group of people, but I must say, I am getting more comfortable with opening up and talking to people. I really think that blogging has helped me in a lot of ways to not be afraid to be myself and to share what is on my heart!





What's something you don't want to tell us 

about?




I struggled with fairly severe anxiety for several years of my life, and sometimes it still wants to creep up on me.
 
When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
 

to the feet of my Savior

Do you have any goals? What are they?
I want to follow whatever God's plans are for my life because His plans are far greater than anything I can do on my own. I would, however, love to get married to the man of my dreams, have a sweet little family, and make a living as a potter for the rest of my life.

Can you honestly say you love what you do?




Absolutely! I feel so blessed to be living my dreams this early in my life!
 
Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
 
my mom





Honestly, we are all striving for something, what is your greatest goal in life? I'm not talking about money!
 
to know Christ and to make Him known!
 
Are there people in your past that you wish you could make amends with?
 No, not really. I try to never leave relationships on bad terms.
 
 
What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
 The night I was attacked by my doggie :( (who we don't have anymore- not the sweet teddy bear pictured above)
 
What movie and/or book speaks to you?
 the Bible- it has the answers to all of life's questions and I am constantly learning something new!
 
 
What is your greatest wish right here and now?
 
to be a light in a world of darkness



I want to thank Natalie for sharing her truth and her story with us today!! Natalie and I recently "met" in the blogosphere and I was imediately in love with her gorgeous pottery. You can check out her shop {HERE}. That is what drew me to her and her blog. I am so glad to have met such a lovely, bright soul and look forward to finding out more and more about her as I follow along with her blog journey.

You May read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}


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Wear a Little Sass A Frass


Well.........HAPPY SUNDAY TO ME...................I'm technically "supposed" to be volunteering myself for an overtime shift at the hospital tonight but I have decided that I miss my babies too much so I have made the executive desicion to stay here and hold them and kiss them and love them rather than go in.
YAY ME! I feel very pleased with my decision.

There will always be a nursing shortage. I will ALWAYS be able to pick up extra shifts and overtime, however, my children will NOT ALWAYS be toddlers at such a precious, precious age!

Now onto what we should be wearing!!!!!!

Have I mentioned the fabulous new shop I came across and A*D*O*R*E...............{BLUE PLATYPUS}

Don't you just love this fun spring frock?

Wear it with leggings. wear it with tights. Wear it with jeans. Wear it with leg warmers and boots or wear it alone!!!! 

VERY versatile!!! Totally adorable, soft and all around lovely!!! 


Spring Frock: {BLUE PLATYPUS}CHECK THEM OUT!!!!! 
Leg Warmers: {DELIRIUM KREDENS}
Boots: Anthropologie



On a side note. Do y'all know Sandy from Sandy a la mode? Well, if not you should go check out her blog because I love it and I happen to be giving away one large ad space on my blog over there!

So.....if you want a chance to win........click {here}



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Homemade Gnocchi and a Little Love Story

My long run for the week was yesterday morning so I figured I better do a little carb loading!!!! My favorite! 

I ran 12.5 miles and the gnocchi did me right!!!! 

I've shared this recipe before but I love it so much that I just thougtht I'd share it again!!! 
ENJOY!

Ingredients for gnocchi:
2 large russet potatoes
1 egg beaten
1/2-3/4 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for Mascarpone Cream sauce:
1/2 cup mascarpone cheese
1 cup cream
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 green onions sliced
1/4 pound thinly sliced pancetta
1 cup frozen peas
3 toes for garlic through a garlic press

Recipe for Gnocchi:
Bake potatoes @400 degrees for 1 hour or until tender. Remove and cool. Next cut the potatoes in half and scoop the insides into a bowl. Now add the salt, egg and flour (start with a 1/2 cup and add more as needed) The dough ball should not be sticky. Add flour until manageable. Knead for a few minuets, separate into 4 sections and roll into a thin tube on a floured surface.  NOTE: You may need to add a tad MORE flour than listed in the recipe because all potatoes will be different sizes. Simply start with the amount listed and slowly add more while kneading until you get to a nice consistency that is NOT too  sticky to handle. It should be easily manageable! when the roll is about about 1/2 inch thick stop and slice. You may texturize your gnocchi with a gnocchi paddle or a fork. This will help the sauce stick to the dumplings better but it's not necessary. I chose not to for this batch. 
Bring a salted pot of water to a boil and cook gnocchi 2-3 minuets. Cook it in small batches. You should have about 3-4 batches. As soon as the gnocchi floats to the top of the water scoop it out with a handheld strainer so you can reuse the same water for all the batches. 

Recipe for Sauce:
Cook pancetta on medium/high heat until done, remove and chop; set aside. Saute green onions and garlic in the pork grease for about a minuet, then add the cream, mascarpone, and tomato paste. Bring to a simmer and add peas and pancetta. Let simmer a few minuets. Add gnocchi directly into sauce when ready. Enjoy!



This recipe has a special place in my heart! My husband and I met when I was 17 and we became fast friends. We remained very good friends for about 7 years prior to dating and during those years my nickname was always "gnocchi" My husband said I reminded him of a little potato dumpling so that's what he always called me. Luckily I thought it was cute and gnocchi happens to be one of my favorite foods. 

Anyway, about 3 years into our courtship my husband surprised me with this engraved locket. I love it to pieces and wear it all the time.
 It reads,

 "Gnocchi, I always knew you were the one" 

About 2 years later we got married. I just thought I'd share a little backround on this special meal.
Once in the first year we were dating, I tried to make gnocchi for my husband, then boyfriend, and it was a disaster. We had to go out to eat after I ruined it beyond repair! So I figuered I'd give it another shot! 



I hope you'll give this a try! It seems daunting but I promise you this is really easy to make and it's unbelievably delicious.




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Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing with Christy Buhr

I have started a little interview process called  "Brutal Truth is a Beautiful Thing."
I'm doing this because I love to get to know the "real" people behind their blogs. I think so many of us are afraid to tell the truth whatever it may be. We want others to like us. We want others to read our blog. We don't want to scare anyone away.

Me included!! 




You can read my itnterview anytime {HERE}  
 
For the first year I never really shared a lot of personal information because I didn't think people wanted to hear it.I posted my recipes and a few cute pics of the kids and that's it. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Yes, people still want all the fabulous recipes and cute photos but they want to know me. I have gotten the biggest responses from my "on my heart" posts. People want to know you, what makes you you, the person you are. They want to know how you live your life. They don't want a bunch of  nonsense about how fancy your car is and perfect your life is. I think we all want to be able to relate to each other and NONE of us are perfect!!!


Today's Interview: Christy Buhr


What's your greatest weakness?
I'm a perfectionist and really hard on myself.  I'm a pro at knocking myself down, but thankfully my husband is great at pointing out the goodness.

What's your greatest strength?
I'm determined and I follow through!  If I decide to do a project or challenge, I'll finish it even if it seems a little over the top to others.

What has emotionally crippled you in your lifetime?
Worry!!!  I've always worried irrationally.  Most specifically I worry about those I love getting hurt or in a car accident.  Worrying can be exhausting sometimes.
Then I almost lost my husband six days before our wedding, in a cave, when a boulder fell off a ledge and landed on him.  It happened in front of me, and I feel like that has thrown me into more of a worry frenzy than ever before.  I can't get that image out of my mind, or the noise the boulder made.  It was horrible.  Ugh.

I spent a few hours keeping him awake while the others went for help.  (Search and rescue gave us pictures.)
What has elated you with joy in your lifetime?
My hubby the last three awesome years I've known him, my hilarious family, my singing Mini Italian Greyhound, and materialistically...SHOES!  The combination of the four has made for much enjoyment!!

I have a "shoe room" in my home where my hubby built some shelves and I store my nearly 400 pairs!  I'm a sucker for high heels.

How much have you evolved since your teenage years?  Are you a similar person?
I was soooo free spirited and easy going back then, and I think the knowledge of REALITY, since then, has changed me!!  I'm still really friendly, but a little closed off at first.  But I think besides growing up...I'm not that different!!

What's something you don't want to tell us about?
I moved to AZ last summer and started working from home and spend a majority of my days in my pajamas, and then my afternoons/evenings are spent in my workout attire.  I guess I'd rather sleep in an hour since rarely people see me while I work!?

When the world is crashing down on you, where do you go?
Either running or to the piano.  Both are GREAT outlets when stressed, and even on happy days.  (Isn't my pup soooo cute!?)

Do you have any goals?  What are they?
I loooove to run, and I want to a run a full marathon!!  In fact, that is one of things Hanna and I started conversing over in the first place.  We are both training and on DailyMile.com, a motivational spot for runners.  I am a third through my Hal Higdon training for the Salt Lake City Marathon in April!  I'm excited to make a trip "home" with my hubby, to fulfill this!
Can you honestly say you love what you do?
I spend my days on AutoCAD drafting and designing for a company in SLC.  I love that I can get lost in a project which makes time pass quickly (wahoo!).  It has been a good choice so far.

Who has been the single most influential person in your lifetime thus far?
My dad!!  He has been through enough and his faith and attitude never fails.  When I would go through breakups in college, etc., he would stay up all night playing ping pong with me to keep my mind from wandering and getting me down, even when he wakes up at 6.  His glass is always full.  My dad is so awesome!!
Honestly, we are all striving for something.  What is your greatest goal in life?  I'm not talking about money!
Always communicate with my husband, even years and years down the road.  We're determined to make this marriage the best it can be!!


Name your most defining moment!
Our wedding day!!  My husband (or...fiance I guess) just was released from the hospital, and since he survived the ordeal, it made it an even more amazing day for everybody!!  Those were stressful days though.  I woke up at 2:30 A.M. on our wedding day.  lol  And Ben was on Morphine and Lortab.

It was perfect.  The weather was beautiful.  Everyone was in town.  Awh.  I love him!!

Are there people in your past you wish you could make amends with?
There are always people that I have great memories with and wish I didn't grow apart from.  But I'm also comfortable with leaving any toxic friendships behind, and surrounding myself with those that bring me up.  Positive relationships are soooo important!

What memory will be forever burned in your mind to the point where you can smell the room and feel the energy?
I met my husband on Facebook and eventually flew to Vegas to meet him.  The smell of a casino brings me back to our very first date at a Cirque show.  I don't like the smell of cigarettes by any means, but there's something I just like about the casino smell now.  Maybe that's weird.  Meh.
What movie and/or book speaks to you?
Oh dear...hmmm get back to me.  lol
What is your greatest wish right here and now?
Ben and I want to live in the city so badly.  We moved to a small town last summer.  It seems to suit families so well here, but we would love to get to Phoenix or back to Vegas before we start our family.

I Now have no idea how I came across Christ's blog!!! But I am SOOOOO glad I did.


 Christy is s H*U*G*E inspiration to me for running. Her time is amazing and she is so dedicated; just my kind of girl!!!! 


Plus she is fun, adorable and just brightens my day. She has an invectiously happy spirit and I adore her. I have really enjoyed becoming friends over the past few months!!!

Thanks you so much Christy for agreeing to share your truth with is today!!!!

Please head over to Christy's super fun {BLOG} and say hello!!! She's a doll. You'll love her!!!!

You May read the entire series of "Brutal Truth" Interviews {HERE}







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