Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chicken Tortellini Soup

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I was provided with a bottle of Thyme from Influenster & McCormick to try out & experiment with so today I made Chicken Tortellini Soup!

I've been wanting to make a tortellini soup for a while so I finally bought the ingredients to make one however, once I received the Thyme I decided to go a whole other way with my soup and sort of make it up on my own!

So the first picture there shows most of what I used. We have:

A package of chicken tenders
32 ounces of chicken broth
2 - 9 oz packages of spinach & cheese tortellini 
1 onion
1 package of celery
A bag of mini carrots
5 potatoes
McCormick's Thyme

I later decided to add in minced garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, and 8 cups of water along with some chicken bouillon cubes (cause more liquid was definitely needed).

I cooked the chicken with some garlic & thyme, chopping it up as it cooked so that it was in smaller chunks:

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I then used half of the onion, celery & carrots & chopped them up into pieces a little bigger than grains of cooked rice and then did the same with the potato:

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All of that went into the crock pot along with the chicken broth, some more garlic, thyme, and the red pepper flakes. Then as it cooked I decided that there just wasn't enough broth so I added 4 cups of water with 2 chicken bouillon cubes. After about 4 hours or so I added in the tortellini and then 4 more cups of water & 2 more chicken bouillon cubes and let it cook for another couple hours (all on low). 

Now I have lunch and/or dinner for the week and it's pretty healthy!!

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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

FrostyBox From Influenster

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I was provided with this box of goodness from Influenster. What's all up in there you ask? Or maybe you're asking "What's Influenster?" Well you can check out their website by clicking on the first mention of their name here or for more detail, without actually signing up, you can check out some info on them in Wikipedia if you click on the picture above. Basically they are a social media site that provides you with the opportunity to try out products and share your opinions. Once you become a member and work your way through their reviews and surveys you build up your "influence" and eventually receive the opportunity to receive their VoxBoxes, like the one above. They are usually full of multiple products to try out and then have fun sharing your experiences through different tasks, where you also have the opportunity to win further products. Your level of participation is all up to you however the more you participate, the more you are provided the products to try out. So that brings me to this most recent box I received. 

The FrostyBox has:

Celestial Seasonings Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea. This was a sample of 2 tea bags along with a coupon to purchase a box of any of their teas & get $0.55 off. #CelesitalTea

Fruit Vines Bites Cherry. This was a full sized bag of their sweet, tangy goodness. #SweetSide.

Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner. This was a full size product. #Rimmel

Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover. This was a full size product. #Rimmel

NYC New York Color Expert Last Lip Color. This was a full size product, in Sugar Plum. #SugarPlum

Boots No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Serum. This was a sample and a coupon for $2 off a purchase at Target. #GetAdvanced

McCormick Gourmet Thyme. This was a full bottle of Thyme. #McCormickGourmet

EcoTools Styler + Smoother Hair Brush. This was a full brush. #LoveMyEcoHairBrush

So that's 8 products to give a try & 6 of them are full size products. Awesome right??  Check out the links for each of the companies above cause these are definitely all great products! Make sure to check out Influenster also & you too can have fun with some free stuff!

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