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Herbed Chicken and Spinach Soup

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Here in the New England, we are anticipating a winter storm that's supposed to be a whopper.  That means a good bit of time out in the cold, snow blowing and shoveling, and one of the things that makes that tolerable is knowing I can come inside to a nice warm bowl of soup.

I've really upped my soup game in the past two years.  Basil Turkey, Italian Sausage Minestrone, Satisfying Tomato were some of our favorites.  But chicken is the protein we eat the most, and I'm always looking for new ways to serve it up.

I found this recipe on the cards that are enclosed in my Taste of Home Special Delivery Winter box. I immediately put it in the to try pile because I had everything on hand except for the baby spinach.  I made a changes, such as using chicken breast, low sodium broth, an orange pepper, and a can of mixed beans instead of just the kidney beans.

It doesn't really get much easier.  Just a few minutes prep and then you can just walk away. You can easily swap the chick…

Apple Spiced Tea

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Up until a year ago, I was a die-hard coffee drinker.  A change in my eating habits also led to one in my drinking habits as well, and I've actually found quite a few teas that I enjoy. One of them is an apple spiced version, but it's not always available at my grocery store.  I searched the Taste of Home site and found this version from Susan W.

I didn't make any changes to this recipe other than to use some dried sliced ginger root instead of the fresh.  I used NH made apple cider from a local orchard. I like this recipe because it's easy to scale up for multiple servings, and I suspect it will be just as delicious over ice when the warmer weather hits.

Looking for even more ways to warm up this winter? Check out what the other #FestiveFoodies are sharing today, and check back next Friday for even more ideas!  Thanks so much to Ellen from Family Around the Table for hosting.



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Apple Spiced Tea reviewed by Jolene's Recipe Journal January 18, 2019 1/2…

Overnight Cherry Almond Oatmeal

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January is #NationalOatmealMonth and also #NationalSlowCookingMonth, so when I chose my recipe for this month's Fantastical Food Fight, I looked for something that was both.  The call out was for overnight oats, and while I'm a big fan of the version done in the fridge, the slow cooker versions are pretty great too!

This Cherry Almond Overnight Oatmeal from Geraldine S. was perfect.  I didn't make any changes to the recipe this time around.  I'm partial to the Flahavan's brand of steel cut oats, and I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk.  Dried cherries were great, it would also be good with dried blueberries or cranberries too!

I have a 6qt slow cooker and I used the 10 hour setting to make sure that they wouldn't overcook.  You could also double the recipe, but my guys are tree nut allergic so I'll be the only one eating this.  I packed the leftovers into jars, I'll just add a splash more almond milk to it and reheat them throughout the week.

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Balsamic Chicken Fettuccine

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January is a time when many people make the decision to eat healthier.  I personally made that decision in October 2017, and I've lost 50lbs!  Now if you are a follower of the blog, you know I'm not eating all healthy 100% of the time, I'm a big believer in enjoying everything in moderation.

It's so much easier to eat things that are good for you if they're pleasing to the eye, and have great textures.  This Balsamic Chicken Fettuccine from the Taste of Home test kitchen is one of those dishes.  I didn't make any changes to the recipe this time, though I will definitely switch to in season fresh tomatoes and broccoli when they are available.

I added the mushrooms, but I'm going to admit that I'm not really the biggest fan. I'll also be upfront that my guys would not touch most of this one with a ten foot pole.  They are avid veggie haters.  The great thing about this is, they'll eat the chicken and the pasta, and I can mix the veggies just into…