Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chicken Zucchini Soup

 This soup is super easy to make and is full of wonderful flavor. This is a basic recipe, you could add to it as you see fit. I have it in my mind that a bell pepper would really add a pop of flavor but I have yet try it.

I have been making the soup for years, my husband loves it and it isn’t super thick, which I enjoy. I slice my zucchini because it will soften and break down as it cooks. I’ve done it shredded before and it just dissolves into the food. If you want that, I suppose it’s up to you. And on the onions, I hate onions and they hate me. But by cooking them first, you gain the flavor and the actual onion cooks down reall soft, you won’t even know its there.
Here’s What You Need
4 Medium Chicken Breasts
3 Medium Zucchini, Sliced
2 14.5oz Cans Chicken Broth
1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons Butter
3 Tablespoons Flour
1 Teaspoon Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Yellow Onion, diced
2 Cups Water

First off you need to cook your chicken, whatever method you prefer works. Normally I cube it and pan fry, today I just boiled it then cubed it. Again whatever works.
Heat your dutch oven or stock pot on med/high heat, add olive oil, butter, garlic and onions. Cook for about 5 minutes or until onions are soft. Next add in the flour and stir until it coats everything. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, then add the zucchini followed by the water. You want to cook the zucchini until it become soft, depending on how thick you sliced it, this could take anywhere from 5-10 minutes.
When the Zucchini becomes translucent it’s time to add the cooked chicken, stir it in, your zucchini will break apart but that’s desired. Add the heavy whipping cream, lower your heat (low/med) and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Salt and pepper to taste.
I suggest pairing with bread to soak up all the delicious juices!

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Tristan is Three

The magic of a photo can be made in the least likely places. This photo was not taken in a studio but simply my friends foyer, which was filled with natural light. Yet I managed to manipulate my flash and angle to produce this focused image with a dark background. Mr T is turning three soon and we always do pictures for his birthday… and the holiday he was born on. I took other photos for his party theme, but those are being saved. This one is my personal favorite of the bunch.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Starting Fresh

I’ve recently found myself in a place where getting online to blog has become a very time consuming thing. I run on a schedule that doesn’t allow me much “me” time and when I have spare time, I gladly let my husband and son consume it. I regret the blog posts I have nearly put together but never had time to finish or publish.
While plotting how to spend my time snowed in over the next day or two (Which didn’t happen! Bummer.), I decided I did want to keep blogging and sharing, I just need a simpler format.
And here we have it! I also found that my domain had been hacked by Turkish hackers, that was pretty awesome. So I was forced to move over much more quickly than I had planned. I considered whether or not I wanted to bring content from my previous blog, but considering a large portion was my professional work, I’m leaving it all behind.
So here I am, a bit empty handed but ready to start sharing my passions. I know I’ll be sharing plenty of the cute little face that brightens my day, my love affair with food, musing with my best friend (my husband, of course.) and various other interests that are just begging to sprout from head to screen. I’ll be making a handful of baby quilts this year, look forward to those too!
I’m crafty, creative and passionate about living life! And this is my little journey.

Monday, February 25, 2013