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You may have had a delicious chicken soup before but this Zuppa Mariata is the most delicious and comforting soup I’ve ever had! The recipe makes 4-6 servings. The first step in making this recipe is to make the Chicken Balls. They need to have some time to chill before they can be cooked.Zuppa Mariata


Zuppa Mariata




1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms

½ cup chopped onions

2 Tbsp olive oil

1 tsp. Lemon juice

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Oregano

¼ tsp. Pepper

8 cups chicken broth (preferably homemade)

3 ounces egg pastina (3/4 cup)

40 chicken balls (recipe below)

2 egg yolks

1 cup light cream

¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese

Salt, pepper and oregano to taste.




Before starting the soup make your chicken balls (recipe below). Then proceed with the soup recipe.


Sauté mushrooms and onions in oil in a skillet until tender. Sprinkle lemon juice, alt, oregano and pepper while cooking.


Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock to boiling. And the mushroom mixture and pastina. Boil 2-3 minutes. Add the chicken balls and continue cooking until the chicken balls are done. Turn off the heat and combine yolks, cream and cheese. Blend well and whisk into the hot soup. Season with salt, pepper and additional oregano, to taste. Serve immediately. Garnish with chopped parsley if you like.Zuppa Mariata


Chicken Balls


(makes about 40)




1 cup ground, chicken (can use ground turkey as well)

2 Tbsp. Chopped parsley

2 egg whites

½ cup dry bread crumbs

1 Tbsp. Grated Parmesan cheese

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp. Pepper




Combine all ingredients and blend very well. Chill until firm enough to handle. Shape into small balls. Chill until ready to cook.


Cook the balls, either in the soup or in boiling salted water, until they float to the top, about 10 minutes. The cooked balls also freeze very well.


Seriously, this Zuppa Mariata is so delicious I think I could have eaten it all in one serving! Luckily I refrained and we had the leftovers for lunch the next day.Zuppa Mariata

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Making the Perfect Italian Sausage


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How To Grow Sweet Potatoes


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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know that one of my goals for 2018 was to transfer my blog to a new host and make sure the site was secure. This will allow me to eventually offer my cookbook for sale on my website. In finding a new host and transferring the site from one host to another there were some valuable blogging lessons learned.lessons learned


Overall the transfer was seamless. I am very pleased with my new host and their team, Pancake Creative. They walked me through the process each step of the way and tried to oversee any potential problems that might arise along the way. Now that the site is completely transferred I couldn’t be happier.lessons learned


However I did learn some lessons. While it’s impossible to foresee any problems that might arise ahead of time there are certain steps you should take before transferring your site, just in case the previous host makes a few wrong moves before you are ready for the transfer.


The most important lesson is to realize that your site may be down for a few days while the transfer takes place and to understand that not everything will transfer in one day.


The second blogging lesson learned is to make sure that all your email is backed! In the transfer process my old host took down the site before they were supposed to and as a result I lost every single email. They were just gone! Luckily the emails in my inbox had been backed up a few days previously, but all those emails I had put into folders were gone, all my contacts, saved emails, potential proposals, as well as the current emails were all gone. That’s one way to clean out your email! I don’t know about you but I get a lot of emails everyday and they were all gone. Make sure everything is backed up to an external hard drive. Most important lesson learned!lessons learned


If I were to go through this process again I think I would take a blogging break. Instead of continuing to work and post drafts I would just take a break. Once I received word that the new site was up and running I would resume posting.


As I said overall the process went very smoothly and my new host is wonderful. They answer my questions immediately and have addressed any problems I’ve had. Valuable blogging lessons learned, I’m now ready to move on. Time to monetize my site and get working on my new cookbook!


Are you a blogger? What blogging lessons have you learned?

My first goal was to update my goal list each week.  I have to say having a post on goal setting has helped me to stay focused on what goals I want to accomplish this year.

The biggest drawback is to remind myself that I have the whole year to work on accomplishing these goals. Hopefully you, my faithful readers will remember this as well and not get tired of reading about my progress!goal-setting 7


  1. Find a new hosting site for my blog and make the site secure. Done!! So excited after all this time I finally have a secure website! Now to work on monetizing the site.
  2. Monetize my blog.  Still on my to do list. Time to put this goal on the forefront! Be nice to have some money coming in for a change. No progress yet on this goal.
  3. Create a cookbook! One step at a time, get the blog running smoothly, increase readership and then I’ll be working on the cookbook! I’ve done one cookbook in the past but it was for a family Christmas gift. I’ve also had numerous recipes published in the Gooseberry Patch Cookbooks but this will be my first very own cookbook!goal setting
  4. Be diligent about getting 10 K steps in 5 out of 7 days each week. My husband and I continue to work out 5 days out of 7 using our online program! Our weather has been crazy, nice weather followed by a snow storm. I think we have gotten more snow since March 1st than we got all winter! We did get a nice snow shoe in this weekend! We snow shoed for over two hours in deep snow and finally got 10k steps!! Maybe I should start with getting 10K steps for one day out of seven! It was a beautiful snow shoe and so much snow!goal setting
  5. As we continue to prepare for an eventual house sale continue to de-clutter. Get rid of at least 250 items from the house this year! Went through the hall closet this week and pulled our a few jackets and coats. Then my husband went through his clothes and pulled out some shirts that he hasn’t worn in ages!  Thirteen more items out and 209 items to go!goal setting
  6. Read more  25 books this year! Last week I mentioned connecting with family on Good Reads, what a wonderful app. I can keep track of all the books I have read, the books I want to read and the books I am reading. I listed on the app that I want to read 25 books this year, 23 to go! Finished The Book Thief this week, different writing style but a very good read!goal setting
  7. Have a consistent meal plan each week and prepare ahead! Nice to be back on track with meal planning. Trying to keep the balance of having a few things in the freezer and not letting anything go to waste.
  8. Finish 4 3 knitting projects.  First project completed, second project started. Or maybe I should say third project as I do have the mini sweater ornaments in the works. The infinity scarf I started last week I  stopped and started another one with thicker yarn. Making progress and will hopefully finish it soon!goal setting
  9. Clean out our freezer. Used up the soup I froze last week and made a delicious strawberry rhubarb pie for a dinner we had with friends. Nice to use up some of last year’s rhubarb, before I know it I’ll be harvesting again!goal setting
  10. Take a few road trips and visit family and friends on the east coast that we will not see so often once we make a move to the west coast. We came up with a list of three people that we would like to visit while we’re still living on the east coast. Now to take a hard look at the calendar and plan these trips. Probably won’t happen until April at the earliest. This week we are packing our bags for a business trip to Colorado!


So we’re now into March and I’m continuing to think about my goals every week. I think having them on paper and reviewing them each week is really helpful! This might be the first year I actually complete the majority if not all of my goals!









Our youngest son, Andrew, was born during the famous No Name Storm twenty-five years ago. At the time we were living in Florida and as a result of the storm we almost didn’t make it to the hospital. It was an exciting ride to the hospital to say the least! Transformers were blowing up and streets were flooded. I was sure I was going to end up giving birth in the car. Thankfully we made it to the hospital and despite the crazy storm going on outside our son arrived in the world without any problem. It was an exciting first happy birthday! happy birthday


Happy Birthday

Andrew playing in the snow (right) with his brother during a March storm!

Since then almost every year around his birthday we have a storm. Especially after we moved to Vermont several years after he was born. Around every March 13th we would have a major blizzard. It made planning birthday parties so hard! Inevitably we would be driving off to a pool party or the bowling alley in a snowstorm. Luckily we live in Vermont and most folks are used to driving in snow. We were always wishing Andrew a happy birthday during a snow storm!


This year has been no different. Since March first we have had two major Nor’easters and it looks like a third one is on the way! Must be Andrew’s birthday storm! Happy birthday son!


We’ve often thought Andrew’s name should have been Stormy, in fact my father in law insisted on calling him Stormy for the first couple of years!Happy Birthday


It’s no wonder that Andrew has since left New England and now lives on the west coast. No more enjoying major blizzards on his birthday. However we still live in Vermont and we’re still enjoying the storms on Andrew’s birthday each year! We may not be enjoying cake or birthday parties on Andrew’s birthday but we still have the snow!Happy Birthday


Happy birthday son! We’ll enjoy the snow for you!

During the winter months we eat a lot of soup and chowder. Nothing tastes better on a cold day than sitting down to some warm comfort food. I have shared recipes for Corn and Shrimp Chowder before. I love shrimp and using it in chowder is top of my list. This recipe is a little bit healthier for you and the addition of paprika gives the chowder a slight smoky taste. Next time your looking for chowder to make try this Smokey Corn and Shrimp Chowder.Smokey Corn


Smokey Corn and Shrimp Chowder




2 tsp. Olive oil

1 large red onion, thinly sliced

2 celery stalks, thinly sliced

2 Tbsp. Flour

¾ tsp. Smoked paprika

2 cups fat free half and half

1 ½ cups corn (fresh or frozen)

¼ tsp. Salt

½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveinedSmoky corn & Shrimp Chowder




Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the red onion and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about five minutes. Add flour and paprika and cook for another minute. Add the half and half and stir until smooth. Add the corn and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thickened, about 3 minutes. Add the shrimp and cook, stirring often, until shrimp turn opaque in the center, 3-5 minutes.

Serve at once.


This smokey shrimp and corn chowder is delicious for lunch or add a salad and it makes a complete dinner. This recipe makes exactly four servings; we enjoyed this Smokey Corn and Shrimp Chowder for dinner one night and then for lunch a few days later.Smoky corn & Shrimp Chowder


Are you a shrimp lover? Have you ever made shrimp chowder before? I would love it if you would share a link to your favorite recipe. There are so many ways to enjoy shrimp but I have to say one of my favorites is this delicious Smokey Corn and Shrimp Chowder

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