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May 2023 Newsletter

Creamy Chicken + Gnocchi Recipe, Mother’s Day Gift Guide, Journaling Prompts, Patriotic Popsicles, and More!

May 2023 Newsletter Content by Katherine Thovson

MAY 2023 NEWSLETTER

MONTHLY RECIPE HIGHLIGHT

creamy chicken + gnocchi

  • 2# chicken breast
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 8oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2t thyme
  • 1t oregano
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1c chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced (optional)
  • 1.5c half + half (or cream)
  • 1/2c parmesan cheese
  • 1 package gnocchi
  • 3c baby spinach
  • salt + pepper

ingredients

  • 2# chicken breast
  • 2T olive oil
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 8oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2t thyme
  • 1t oregano
  • red pepper flakes
  • 1c chicken stock
  • 1 lemon, juiced (optional)
  • 1.5c half + half (or cream)
  • 1/2c parmesan cheese
  • 1 package gnocchi
  • 3c baby spinach
  • salt + pepper

Directions

  • season chicken with s+p. in a large skillet, heat 1T oil over medium-high heat. add chicken + cook until golden, approximately 4 minutes per side. remove from skillet.
  • reduce heat to medium. add 1T oil, shallot + mushroom. cook until golden, approximately 5 minutes. add garlic, thyme + oregano.
  • add stock + lemon juice. scrape any brown bits on bottom of pan into sauce. slowly add half + half. bring to a simmer. season with s+p and add a pinch of red pepper flakes.
  • stir in gnocchi and return chicken to pan. simmer until chicken is cooked through (165º internally), approximately 8-10 minutes. stir occasionally. remove chicken from skillet.
  • add cheese, stir until melted. add spinach, stir until wilted.
  • slice chicken and return to skillet. season with s+p as needed.

ideas + serving

  • serve while warm with a side or Caesar salad + garlic bread, if desired.
  • add 1/4c of white wine with step #2 to add some additional flavor.

mothers day gift guide

Whether for Mother’s Day, or any upcoming gifting, here’s a collection of ideas and special picks that will be a blessing to any lady in your life! Set them up for a fun + practical summer!

  • jammies are always in style. toss in a good book, coffee mug and some idioma beans…and you’ve got a lazy morning in the making!
  • these bags are such fun! water-friendly and ready for all summer adventures. a gift bag that keeps on giving, for certain!
  • nothing screams summer like fresh berries! snag the newest kitchen helper and take fresh berries to the next level in record time.
  • pickle ball fan? if yes or no, these darling paddles from j.crew will get mom on the court and having a blast in no time!
  • these are adorable! if you are in the market for some earbuds…I mean colorful options are perfect and help to keep them organized in your home!
  • Eva Birkenstock Sandal – time to put those slippers away for the season, paint those toe-nails + find some cute sandals to wear for the summer.

everyday journaling prompts

I know you’ve heard about the importance of a morning routine and starting your day off right. When you begin the day focused on personal growth, you send a message that spending time on yourself is important. You’ll be confident, motivated, and ready to tackle whatever the rest of the day throws your way.

Many people would love to start journaling, but that they just don’t know what to write. Should you write about your day? Is it like a diary entry? Or, is journaling for setting goals and making lists? The good news, is that there’s no right or wrong way.

If you’re ready to start enjoying the benefits of journaling, here are 5 prompts to get you started!

WHAT ARE 3 THINGS YOU’RE GRATEFUL FOR TODAY?

WHAT ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT TODAY?

HOW CAN YOU COMPLIMENT YOURSELF RIGHT NOW?

WHAT DO I WANT TO FOCUS ON TODAY?

HOW DO I WANT TO FEEL AT THE END OF THE DAY?

patriotic popsicles

“We are forever indebted to those who gave their life that we may be free.”

Ronald Reagan

We have a big opportunity to show gratitude for those that gave their lives for our freedom and to celebrate this great country. If you’re looking for a fun way to show some patriotism as you enjoy those Memorial Day BBQs, I have a quick and easy recipe to keep you cool. Bonus, this recipe is easy for kids  to make and definitely enjoy!

ingredients + supplies

  • silicone popsicle molds or store-bought disposable cups + popsicle sticks
  • 1c greek yogurt (sub dairy free option if needed)
  • 1/2c blueberries
  • 1c strawberries
  • honey or maple syrup, if desired

directions

  • if you’d like to add a star to the bottom of your popsicles, take a small pan or plate (freezer-safe) and spread yogurt in desired thickness.
  • while yogurt is freezing, puree blueberries. and puree strawberries, keeping both separate.
  • once partially frozen, cut stars from yogurt and add to bottom of popsicle molds or cups.
  • layer popsicles as desired for a fun layered finish:
    • blueberry puree
    • yogurt (sweeten with honey or syrup, if desired)
    • strawberry puree
  • note: for crisp lines between layers, partially freeze in between layers as needed.

reading, reading!

Whether you’re working full-time, balancing a family and a side-hustle, or deep in the trenches of diapers and naptime, the feeling of wanting or needing to be more productive is familiar for all of us!

If those New Year’s resolutions feel like a far-off fever dream at this point in the year and you’re looking to increase your productivity, find that audible list and catch-up in record time!

I’ve been sharing my month read-list for 2023, hoping that by doing so, you’ll help to hold me accountable to reading one book a month this year. Here is the list for the year + May’s pick.

january

  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team (Patrick Lencioni)

february

  • The Coffee Bean, A Simple Lesson to Creative Positive Change (Jon Gordon)

march

  • Leveling Up: 12 Questions to Elevate Your Personal and Professional Development (Ryan Leak)

april

  • Get out of your head: Stopping the Spiral of Toxic Thoughts (Jennie Allen)

MAY

You Are the Girl for the Job: Daring to Believe the God who Calls You (Jess Connolly)

spring sale

25% off spring sale running now through may 10th

nothing screams spring like cleaning out cupboards and drawers, giving that kitchen a little refresh before you spend countless hours outside. it’s a perfect time for a sale, to help you replace some of the products that need a little tlc.

Happening this montheaning + shopping!

I’ve got some exciting stuff happening this month and I can’t wait to see you there!

Congratulations to Sheri D. from Texas, who won the April spring vibes giveaway! May’s giveaway is flowers, as I couldn’t think of anything else more fitting for this month. Haha!

May happenings:

✔️cinco de mayo food demos

✔️pampered chef 25% off spring sale (through 5/12)

✔️urban stems flower giveaway – email subscribers

✔️checkout menus, classes, and more at mygracefilledtable.com

“When you have more than you need, build a longer table, not a higher fence.”

Thank you for always being in my corner. I hope you know I’m always in yours!

I can’t wait to hear from you this month!

Meet My Mom

Mothers Day is such a special time to honor the women in our lives, although if we’re being honest, they deserve to be honored year-round!

This is my mom, Karen. She’s a mother to 3 and grandma to 10! My favorite thing about her is how selfless she is. She’s also hard working and strong, and fights hard for things she loves most. She has an incredible talent for quilting and makes the world’s best sugar cookies for every occasion possible!

She lost her Mom when she was way too young, leaving a place in her heart that will never be filled. I don’t know how she’s grown to be so amazing without her mom to lean on, but she has. It makes me ever-so-grateful to share every special event with her. I know life is fragile and I don’t want to take that for granted.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom! I love you!

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