Chicken and Rice Soup

I first made this soup when I came back from visiting family in CA. My sister had the first child out of us girls and I got to meet the little cutie when he was born. I am so thankful to have been able to be there when he was born and hold him. He is just such a precious little guy… I’m an auntie!! YAY!!

However, I have a tendency to get sick everytime I take a flight- luckily I stayed healthy on my way to CA and during my time there. I would have been very upset if I was sick and wasn’t able to be near baby Jack. So I can’t complain but boy did it hit me when I got back to Colorado, the day after returning home I started getting a sore throat and feeling sick. I loaded up on Vitamin C, echinacea tea and made sure to do my nasal rinses. But I was unsuccessful and the flu hit. Fever, sore throat, sinus infection, everything. My appetite was still going strong though so I whipped up some chicken and rice soup and Matt and I couldn’t believe how well it came out from not using a recipe.

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Roasted Jalapeño Hummus

I remember when I first started eating hummus… my mom would buy it from Fresh & Easy and I would dip pita bread and pita chips in it. Then I ventured out to try different flavors… then trying it with veggies & eventually using it in sandwiches. However at $3-4 a container I had to start figuring out how to make it on my own and for the past few years I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of flavor combinations. When our friend Danny came to visit us I knew I had to make something a little more spicy for him… and this recipe was born! 🙂 This protein-packed snack is filled with flavor and the best part about it is that you can add crushed red pepper or more jalapeño seeds to suit your peference!
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Newlywed Recipes – Barb’s Tequila Lime Chicken

Now this recipe is not only so flavorful & tasty but such a cinch to make!
I love EASY yummy recipes!

I got this recipe from my family’s long time neighbor Barb. Her daughter Heather babysat my sisters and me when we were young, her son Sean always brought us back snow when he’d visit the mountains, her & her husband Phil would always leave us Christmas gifts on our doorstep and let us come over to swim all the time and now their 2 grandkids are so much fun to be around. Maddie is such a sweetheart and we knew her brother Patrick would grow up to be a smart kid- at the age of 2 he was telling us he wanted to be a paleontologist, and he pronounced it right and everything! We have been so blessed to have such wonderful neighbors on our block and truly appreciate all the love they’ve given us, from always having flour & butter to share when we run out baking, to watching our house when we’re on vacation and just sharing life together!

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Gluten Free, Dairy Free Banana Bread

Oh my! This banana bread is sooo good! Anyone who tastes this will have no idea that it is made without gluten or dairy! My favorite part is this recipe is sooo easy to make. The gluten-free flour blend is so simple- only 2 common, fairly inexpensive ingredients.

My mom was making banana bread from an amazing recipe and I was bummed that I couldn’t eat it. But I decided to get creative and I am so glad I experimented because this bread tastes even better than any normal recipe I’ve had. For anyone who has tried baking or cooking gluten-free you know how exciting it can be when something comes out normal, and even more exciting when it comes out amazing!

recipe below…
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