's true....we've all made it thru the wonders of the holidays and kept our "tinsel" in tact! It's now time to embrace the magic and possibilities for a brand new year and incorporate a new winter season with joy as well as creative energy and convictions. The new year is truly an astonishing time where we look forward to novel challenges and give a toast to fresh beginnings; shaking out all that old stuff we're been holding on to and proceeding with refreshed hopes, dreams and aspirations. Now that doesn't mean some of us won't be ascending forward, contemplating those wondrous upcoming accomplishments while maneuvering shiny new snow blowers and shovels.....none the less, we're still optimistically defining how we hope this new year will evolve.

Further, as we openly embrace the possible wonders of this New Year and start putting away all those special decorative holiday items, pondering new ambitions and challenges.....always remember to take the time to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Make some time to inspire those around you with a heartfelt smile or special encouragement and hug. Don't forget to let that inner child come out and play from time to time....get out there and make a few extra winter snow angels while we have the luscious blankets of snow around us! Most importantly...don't dwell on those negative "snowballs" life sometimes hurtles our way....revel in the New Year and keep to heart those wondrous inspirations it brings to all of us.

So as you start this astonishing New Year, spectacularly labeled "2015"....keep this thought in mind....great changes (big or small) can be obtained....even if it's only in baby steps or planned out behind a snow blower!

Happy New Year and take care,    

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Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup Made Skinny
{Recipe from The Skinny Kitchen}
{Prep Time: 20 min. / Cook Time: 35 min.}
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped or sliced
1 cup celery, sliced
3 tablespoons reduced fat butter or Smart Balance Light
1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced (about 3-4 cloves)
Salt and pepper, to taste
3 tablespoons flour
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (suggest Swanson's)
1 cup reduced-fat milk (2%)
2 cups cooked chicken breasts, chopped into small pieces
1 (16 oz or 17.6 oz) package potato gnocchi (gnocchi is a potato
     dumpling) {Find packages of potato gnocchi in refrigerated
     pasta section of the supermarket. Also find at Trader Joe's -
     Gnocchi Italian 17.6 oz}
3 cups fresh spinach, lightly packed
In a microwave safe bowl or plate, add the onions, carrots and
     celery. Cook in microwave for about 4 minutes until soft.
In a large nonstick pan or pot, melt butter. Add garlic and cooked
     vegetables. Season with a little salt & pepper. Mix well. Cook
     for 1 minute.
Stir in flour and mix well. Continue to cook for 2 minutes, stirring
     often. Stir in chicken broth, 1 cup at a time, mixing after each.
Pour in milk and stir well. Add cooked chicken. Bring up to a
     simmer & continue to simmer, uncovered for 20 minutes. Stir
In the meantime, cook the potato gnocchi, separately, according to
     package directions. When soup is finished, add cooked gnocchi
     and spinach. Simmer for about a minute until spinach is wilted.
[Makes 4 servings, 1 1/4 cups ea. servings;
299 calories/Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 7]
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