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Chicken Pot Pie Soup

This is one of our favorite soups to have on a snowy day.

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 4 medium red potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 Tbsp Better Than Bullion
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup of dried egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/3 cup flour mixed in 1/2 cup water
  1. In a large soup pot, melt butter and sauté onion and carrots. When onions are translucent, add potatoes and continue to cook a few more minutes.
  2. Stir in the bay leaves, thyme, and Better Than Bullion.
  3. Add the chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Simmer over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add chicken, milk, and 2 cups water. Stir in the egg noodles and bring to a boil. Turn it to low and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in peas and flour / water mixture to thicken. Let sit for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  6. Serve hot with fresh bread or crackers.

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Snowball Cookies


Yesterday I mentioned that we might get some snow overnight and might possibly even have a delay.  I was surprised to look out the window this morning to see more snow than expected, and even get the call that school had been cancelled!

It’s no secret that I love snow days.  I’m like a little kid again every time there’s a storm in the forcast.  I obsessively check the weather all day, making predictions that the storm won’t come, since I don’t want to get my hopes up.  I stay up to watch the weather on the 10 o’clock news, later than normal for me.  I wake up several times throughout the night to check the status of the storm.  Then, I wake up at least an hour earlier than normal and wait for the phone call.  By the time the call comes in, I’m wide awake and so excited to have a SNOW DAY!

This time was not different, and I’ve decided to bake some snowball cookies to celebrate, and as my first contribution to my Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap.  Yes, I posted these last year, too, but they’re my all-time favorite cookies!


Snowball Cookies

  • 3/4 cup pecans
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small cubes and softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 2/3 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cup confectioner sugar

Pulse pecans in a food processor until finely ground.  Add butter and process until smooth, about 1 minute.  Add sugar and vanilla, and pulse to combine.  Add flour and salt and pulse until a soft dough forms.  Turn dough out onto foil or plastic wrap and shape into a log, about 1 1/2 inches wide.  Wrap and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 325°F.  Slice log into about 24 disks, then roll into balls.  Bake for 15 minutes until slightly golden.  Dump confectioner’s sugar into a pie plate.  Briefly cool cookies on a rack, then roll in confectioner’s sugar.  Return cookies to rack and cool completely.  Roll in confectioner’s sugar again.

Just a note from personal experience, it’s impossible to sneak one of these cookies, since powdered sugar ends up everywhere.  Consider yourself warned.

If you would like to participate in the Christmas Cookie Recipe Swap, just post a recipe for cookies and send me the link! Leave a comment or email, and I’ll link to your recipe in the side bar.


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Winter Solstice

Sunday Stroll

We’ve had quite a bit of snow since Friday.  Friday’s storm, which began around noon, dumped over 6 inches of snow by nightfall.  On Saturday, there were snow showers all day, but no real accumulation.  Today, we’ve got wet snow that is supposed to turn to rain by afternoon, accompanied by strong winds.  I just love the beautiful snow that blankets my home, yard and garden.  Here are some views of the snow I’ve taken over the past couple of days.


Our house on Saturday morning.


The wreath on the front door, with just a little snow and wind damage that was easily remedied.


The view of our cousins Shannon and Dave’s house from my front yard.


The snowflakes reflected the flash to make this pretty design.

We’re supposed to get a rain storm on Christmas Eve, so it’s looking like we won’t have a white Christmas afterall.  We’ll just have to enjoy the snow while we have it.

To see who else is strolling today, visit the Quiet Country House.


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