Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

When gray and wet days arose in college I always headed to my favorite little café where I would get a cup of homemade soup. Sunday was one of those painfully dreary days that just begged for that hearty soup for dinner. I decided to make one of my favorites Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice, it was the perfect way to end the weekend.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
½ cup butter
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup carrots, sliced
4-5 boneless, skinless chicken breast, cooked and cubed
1 cup all-purpose flour
7 cups chicken broth
2 cups cooked wild rice (I used two packages of Rice-A-Roni Wild Rice with Herb packet)
salt, pepper, parsley or other desired spices
2 cups half-and-half


1. Melt the butter in a large pot over medium heat.
2. Stir in the onion, celery and carrots; sauté for 7 minutes.
3.  Add flour and stir well.
4. Over medium heat, gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring constantly.
5. Bring the soup just to a boil and then reduce heat and let simmer for 7 minutes, stirring continuously until thickened slightly.
6. Add chicken, rice and desired seasoning.
7. All the ingredients to heat through.
8. Pour in the half-and half.
9. Let the soup gently summer for about an hour, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. The soup should not boil but should simmer over low heat so that it thickens slowly.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Personalized From Me to You Giveaway!

{c/o} Pink Maddie Tote | Personalized From Me To You
I have partnered with Personalized From Me To You to bring you a fab tote bag giveaway. The Maddie Tote comes in three colors; aqua, pink and black, has a zipper closure and comes monogrammed. Making it the perfect everyday tote for the office or the beach. 

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Giveaway: Four Black Paws "Swag Bag"

{c/o Four Black Paws collar}

I have partnered with Four Black Paws an adorable Etsy shop offering handmade dog collars, leads, bow ties and collar flowers handmade in Michigan, to bring you an awesome giveaway. Four Black Paws had the opportunity to add something to CELEBRITY swag bags at the MTV Movie Awards Gift Lounge and you have a chance to win the same goodies from Four Black Paws as the celebrities will receive today! Simply enter below:

SPOTTED: Aaron Hill (actor on Twisted | ABC Family) dogs wearing the same goodies from Four Black Paws that you can win below!!

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler

This weekend I found myself craving peach cobbler, and since peaches are not in season here until the fall I headed to the grocery store and bought a couple cans of peaches. The result was everything I had hoped for.

Peach Cobbler
1 1/4 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg; beaten
2 large cans peaches; drained

1. Place drained peaches in an 8x8 greased pan.
2. Combine Bisquick, sugar, cinnamon and egg and pour over peaches.
3. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes.
4. Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Spring Fling

I thought I would share with you my favorite spring pieces - I tried doing an actual outfit post however my favorite jacket the "Traveler" from the Sparrow boutique has proven to be impossible to get a good picture of when you have gray skies for days.  Without further ado let's talk favorites:
 {floral halos paired with ballerina buns}

{Distressed jeans & Tieks ballerina flats (splurge)}
 {distress your own jeans using sandpaper, cheese grater and a dremel}

 Traveler Jacket | Gemstone Necklaces | Distressed Jeans | Ballet Flats (save)