Chicken Soup and Rosemary Artisan Bread


My husband loves chicken soup but he doesn’t like the floating vegetables and will always eat around them. This recipe lets me serve him soup how he likes it without losing any delicious flavor!

I’ve served this soup alongside potatoes and green beans, or Crusty Artisan Bread with a bit of rosemary worked into the dough. It’s tasty and filling! And I usually have leftover chicken to add to taco or pizza night.

Chicken Soup

  • Servings: 5-7
  • Difficulty: easy
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(2) tablespoons olive oil
(1) medium onion, chopped
(3) large carrots, chopped
(2) cloves garlic, chopped
(1) teaspoon of paprika (or to taste)
(1) teaspoon salt
(1) teaspoon garlic salt
(1/2) teaspoon pepper
(1) box chicken stock
(1) tablespoon vegetable / chicken base


1. Rub whole chicken with olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic salt, and paprika.
2. Roast chicken in dutch oven, covered, at 350 degrees for 2 hours.
3. Set aside chicken and sauté 1 medium onion, 3 carrots, 2 garlic cloves, and celery (optional) in the dutch oven. Add a little chicken stock if too dry.
4. When vegetables are tender, blend until puréed. Return to dutch oven and add one box of chicken stock and 1 tablespoon of vegetable or chicken base. Add pieces of cooked chicken and if desired, more carrots and string beans (optional). Place in oven at 200 for several hours or simmer on stove until ready to serve.




Mommy Eats: Lentil Soup

The other day I realized how often I went without food during the day, relying on my coffee(s) and Seth’s leftover oatmeal or PB&J to see me through to dinner. I was starting bad habits.

Inhaling Food: I’d scarf my dinner because I was so famished.

Late Night Eating: A hunger attack would strike at 10:00 pm, and I’d break out cheese and crackers, popcorn, or my favorite treat, peanut butter & honey and apple slices.

The following morning I would still feel ravenous; and my stomach, knotted and starved.

I decided I had enough of that. Moms need food. And, to make healthy choices, it helps to have something already prepared and easy to grab!

Mason jars meals are now my go-to! I make ahead a few different meals when I have time and store them in mason jars.

Smoothies: serve it up and drink it down!

Soups: open, reheat, and eat!

Salads: dress it, close it, and shake it!

My favorite so far has been lentil soup. It’s hearty, warm, delicious, and cost effective! I usually can make about five 16 oz. mason jars with ingredients I always have on hand.

Hearty Lentil Soup

  • Servings: 5-7
  • Difficulty: easy
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(2) tablespoons olive oil
(1) small onion, chopped
(3) large carrots, chopped
(2) cloves garlic, minced
(1) teaspoon of cumin (or to taste)
(1) teaspoon basil
(1) cup dried lentils
(1) can tomato sauce
(6) cups vegetable broth*

*I use 3 cups vegetable broth and 3 cups water

1. Heat oil in a stock pot.
2. Add onion and cook until translucent.
3. Add garlic and carrots. Allow to cook for a few minutes.
4. Once vegetables are sautéed, add the tomatoes, broth, lentils and spices.
5. Simmer for a few hours


Another great thing about this soup is that Seth will eat it too! Yay!


Seth loves lentils

Summer Pizza Nights

Summer is on it’s way — each week the temperatures rise, the sun shines a little more, and my excitement grows while awaiting my favorite season! One of our little traditions for Friday evenings in Summer is pizza nights on the porch. With some of our favorite garnishes: freshly grated parmesan and crushed red pepper, we sit in the golden and pink glow that Olympia sunsets offer, and peacefully enjoy our favorite Italian food.

I’m looking forward to sharing these times with Don again.

Follow the links to view the pizza dough and pizza sauce recipes.


Ways I Beat the Grocery Budget

I love that feeling when I’m right on budget for groceries each week or, even better, when I end the month with extra cash to stash. It doesn’t always happen but I’ve noticed my weekly efforts are establishing a routine, and I know the results will be rewarding.

I purpose to hold back from a grocery list until I’ve looked over my pantry and use Yummly to suggest recipes from the ingredients there.

Using the Ibotta app, I browse my usual stores (Costco & Fred Meyers) for cash back offers. The offers don’t always match what I need to buy but the app usually offers $0.25 for any item and it’s better then nothing! Read more about the Ibotta app, here.

This takes about 5 minutes to browse but it’s worth it. I have earned over $75 in the last 10 months.

The Fred Meyers app is a must for me too! Before I had the app, I would never go to Fred Meyers because I always felt like I spent more than I should. Now with the app, I can easily see items on sale, browse their coupons with the items that apply, and quickly add items to my cart. It also has a “Start my Cart” option, listing items you purchase regularly. I pay the $4.95 for the ClickList because the amount of time I’m saving is worth it. It takes me 15 minutes (max) to put my ClickList together.

With these, I have cut my grocery bill in half and that doesn’t include my extra money earned with Ibotta!

On top of these great apps, my time spent in the kitchen is profitable.

Bakery Fresh Sandwich Rolls

I make my own sandwich bread for Don’s lunches, using ingredients I always have on hand, and he likes it better than sliced bread that falls apart when you eat it. 

This bread is soft and sweet and you can find the recipe by clicking on the photo or here.


I also store away half of certain dinners for a future week! Here’s what you’d find in my freezer:

  • Tomato Soup*
  • Chili
  • Prepared Rice & Bean Burritos
  • Sandwich Rolls
  • Homemade Pizza Dough
  • Pizza Toppings (i.e. Costco’s Kirkland mozzarella – I wasn’t sure if this would work but I tried it and it was just fine!)

*I don’t usually add dairy to our tomato soup which is why I’m able to freeze it.

Freezing enables me to use meals twice within the same month, saving me a week of meals to plan and groceries to buy!

For some of my recipes, follow the links below:

Rice & Beans , Pizza Dough, Bakery Fresh Sandwich Rolls, No-Knead Artisan Bread, Chicken Soup

Feel free to share your input with me! I’m always looking for great recipes, budget advice, and anything else that helps in my duties as wife, mother, (let’s be honest ) maid, cook, and financial amateur! 😀