Chicken and Vegetable Soup

MMM this soup is so so yummy! I began by following this recipe but decided to change it up a bit. The original recipe calls for mushrooms, poultry seasoning and barley. To my husbands dismay, I left out the mushrooms 🙂 I also omitted the poultry seasoning, threw in red bell pepper and substituted rice for barley since I have to stick with gluten free. I think quinoa would also be a nice substitute. I served it with our favorite gluten free biscuits made with gluten free Bisquick.Chicken&VegetableSoup Chicken and Vegetable Soup

Serves 6-8

2 lbs skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-size pieces
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 small onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 cloves of garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dried basil
1 teaspoon dried parsley
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt + a little extra
6 cups water
5-6 teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken Base
2 3/4 cup potatoes, cut into bite-size pieces
1/2 cup brown rice

1. In a large pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Dissolve 5-6 teaspoons Better than Bouillon Chicken Base into the boiling water. Meanwhile, cut the chicken into bite-size pieces. Add the chicken to the boiling water.

2. In a large pan heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add onion, garlic, green pepper, red pepper, carrots and pepper. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Sauté a few minutes until the onion becomes clear.

3. Throw the veggies in with the chicken. Add potatoes, rice, basil, parsley and salt. Bring to a boil and then simmer until the potatoes are tender and the rice is cooked. Serve with biscuits 🙂

One Year Anniversary!

Happy One Year Anniversary to my sweet husband and I 🙂 We were blessed to celebrate our anniversary at a fancy hotel outside of Hood River, Oregon called the Columbia Gorge Hotel. We had a couples massage, complimentary champagne and breakfast in bed! We are officially spoiled. Thank you to Luke’s parents, Ann and John! The hotel is about 2.5 hours outside of Luke’s hometown. Upon arrival we walked around the cute town of Hood River and grabbed some gluten free pizza…mmm, before heading to our hotel for the evening. We had an awesome time! Yay for one year! Can’t wait to celebrate many many more anniversaries! 🙂columbiagorgehotel

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Luke and I have been spending the Holidays in Oregon with his family. We’ve been having so much fun visiting with everyone and spending time at their cabin in the mountains which can only be reached by snowmobile! Below are some pictures of their cozy cabin 🙂Christmas1Their cabin is located in the Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Every other year they spend Christmas up there. It is quite a lot of work to have Christmas at the cabin…but totally worth it 🙂 They prepare by hauling up all the gifts, food etc on sleds attached to snowmobiles a few days before so that we’re all ready to go Christmas Eve after Midnight Mass. After Mass we drove up to the mountains and from there we jumped on snowmobiles and it’s about a 30 minute ride. As you can see…we had a very white Christmas!
Christmas2I had lots of fun taking pictures on my NEW awesome camera! (Thank you sweet amazing husband!!!) I went out one evening with Luke and his sister Laurie and was excited to catch some pretty gorgeous light as the sun went down 🙂Christmas3The rest of the pictures are from Christmas day. Below is a glimpse into the cabin and a few of our gifts. It was warm, cozy and relaxing. We’re so thankful to be able to spend time with family and extra thankful to have such a nice place to spend it at! 🙂Christmas4This last picture was taken as we arrived home from the mountains. Luke’s beautiful hometown, Heppner.