Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snowy Snowy Day

I have a makeover to show you, but we got hit with a snow storm yesterday.  In order to get photos to show you the "after" I need to move the piece outside from the basement, and that's a little treacherous right now with seven inches of snow and ice out there.  As a little teaser, here's the "before."

So I'm hunkering in today and working on the basement (still!).  I've taken three loads to Goodwill, and I'm not done yet!
While I'm working, I have some chicken soup in the crockpot for dinner tonight.  It seemed like a good choice for this snowy, cold day. 

Gluten-free chicken soup for body and soul
Gluten Free Goddess

Here's the recipe if you'd like to try it. It's delicious and originally from the Gluten Free Goddess.  Thanks to my friend Lynn for sharing it with me!

Chicken Soup for Body and Soul Recipe


Extra virgin olive oil, as needed
3-4 split chicken breasts (free-range organic, if possible), rinsed, patted dry
8 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 heaping cups thinly shredded cabbage (bagged cole slaw mix is fast and easy)
1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, cut up
1 yellow summer squash, cut up
2 zucchini squash, cut up
6 to 8 baby Yukon Gold potatoes, cut up
1 4-oz. can chopped green chiles- mild or hot, to taste
1 teaspoon rubbed sage
1 teaspoon each of: dried basil, oregano and parsley
Hot red pepper flakes, shake to taste
1 14-oz. can Muir Glen organic fire roasted diced tomatoes
2 or more cups organic chicken broth, as needed
A dash or two of balsamic vinegar to taste


Drizzle some extra virgin olive oil into the bottom of a Crock Pot or slow cooker. Lay the chicken breasts in the bottom; top with half the chopped garlic. Season with sea salt and pepper.

In a large bowl, combine the shredded cabbage, bell pepper, yellow and zucchini squashes, potatoes, and green chiles; and toss them with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. Season with sea salt, ground pepper, herbs and a shake or two of hot red pepper flakes. Toss to coat.

Pour the veggies into the crock in an even layer. Pour on the diced tomatoes. Add the chicken broth and a dash of balsamic vinegar, to taste. The liquid should just about cover the veggies. If you like more of a brothy soup than a stew, add more broth.

Cover and cook on high for 5 to 6 hours, until the chicken is tender and easily breaks apart into pieces with a large spoon (my chicken was very cold when it went into the pot, so adjust your cook time accordingly, if you need to).

Taste test for seasoning adjustments. I added a pinch of brown sugar to mine to balance the tomato-garlic and spice. Stir in any seasoning adjustments and serve.

Makes four hearty servings to soothe you- body and soul. This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, corn-free.

Stay warm!


  1. Can't wait to see the after - gorgeous piece of furniture!
    Soup looks awesome also!!

  2. that soup sounds perfect for today! bbrrrrr

  3. It's definitely a soup kind of day! Congratulations on finishing the buffet, even if we can't see it yet.

  4. Hey...we don't have any snow down here on the Alabama coast...but it's sooooo darn COLD!!! I really can't wait to see Spring arrive. That piece is I'm sure the makeover is outstanding. My homemade veggie soup is cooking as I type:)


  5. oh thats a stunning peice cant wait to see the after


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