Fill in the Blank Friday + A Soup Recipe.

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As promised, here is a recipe for the simple and delicious chicken and veggie soup I made recently.

This soup is extremely quick and easy to throw together and is perfect for cold, winter evenings spent at home. Hope you enjoy!

Homemade chicken and veggie soup

Ingredients: (feel free to make modifications and use whatever you have on hand.)

1 1/2 32 oz. containers of chicken stock (or three – four cans)

2-3 chicken breasts (depending on size), diced and cooked

5 cloves of garlic, minced

1 large white onion, diced

20 baby carrots, diced to 1/4 inch

1 cup of frozen corn

15 small red potatoes, slightly cooked in the microwave (for 5 minutes) or boiled, then quartered

4 sprigs of fresh thyme (removed from stem)

2 sprigs of fresh rosemary (removed from stem)

salt and pepper to taste

1/2 tsp. garlic powder

1/2 tsp. salt (use more or less depending on whether or not your chicken stock is low sodium)

1 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. red pepper flake

1 Tbsp. pesto (of any kind)


Sautee the onions and garlic with a dash of olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once the onions are translucent, add the mixture to a large cooking pot over medium-low heat. Then add the remaining ingredients, stir to combine, and let simmer for a few hours. Or, if you’re short on time, turn the heat up to medium to medium high heat for faster cooking time. Serve with crackers or fresh bread. I picked up a whole grain baguette from Panera to accompany mine and it was delicious!

Fill in the Blank Friday!

Compliments of the lovely Lauren, today’s blanks are holiday themed, so join in if you’d like by filling in the blanks yourself and either posting them in my comment section or on your blog if you have one. Here we go!

1. Holiday spirit pumps through my veins. My family has always seemed to get in the holiday spirit around Christmas time and it has certainly rubbed off on me. Once Thanksgiving is over, it’s holiday spirit to the max!

2. The holidays are incomplete without a tree, the lights, baking, sugar cookies, wrapping presents, time with family and friends, and Christmas music.

3. My favorite things to do around the holidays is go around and see lights and decorations, whether it be in neighborhoods or shopping centers.

4. A holiday tradition my family and I have is (when I was younger) to attend Christmas Eve mass at my grandparents’ church, then have dinner, open presents and stay up late eating way too much sugar and playing overly-competitive games of cribbage.

5. Holiday music is spectacular. I listen to it as soon as Thanksgiving is over (and even a little bit before). John and I just got the Elf soundtrack and I’ve literally been listening to it non-stop. I can’t seem to get enough of holiday music!

6. This year, I’ll be spending the holidays with my honey. Flying back home to Kansas isn’t in the cards this year, so we’ll be spending it here in our little downtown Portland apartment, just the two of us. I imagine we’ll sleep in on Christmas morning, have a lazy breakfast, drink coffee, play Christmas music, exchange gifts (if we do gifts this year…haven’t decided) and just relax. I simply cannot wait!

7. Holiday wish list I haven’t thought about it too much in detail yet, but a few things might be 1. a drawing/sketching instructional book, 2. a magazine subscription, and 3. new socks? Wow, that’s the lamest Christmas list ever. But, I really don’t need much. Although it sounds sappy, I’m truly blessed and happy with what I have.

That’s all friends. Goodbye until next time!



  1. I do love how simple that soup looks and I’ll fill in the blank for Holiday wish list…

    1. find a cheap ticket to cancun
    2. Ina Garten’s new cook book
    3. find someone to dye my hair before we leave for Hawaii

    • 1. good luck! Hope you find one.
      2. I heart Ina Garten. Her recipes are so classic and spot-on delicious!
      3. What color? Yay for Hawaii!

  2. Yum! That soup looks delicious! I might have to try that sometime.

    I hope you have a happy holiday in Portland! Cute blog!

    • Thanks! Just checked out your blog. Yay for Christianity! Thanks for stopping by : )