Thursday, October 17, 2013

Fall Happenings and Chicken Gnocchi Soup

This post is just a few pictures and descriptions of what we have had going on the last few weeks and a recipe for my favorite Chicken Gnocchi Soup at the end.

Will decided to "help" with the laundry one day, unfortunately it was all already folded when he turned the basket upside down. As you can see, he was very proud.

For his birthday, Will got a red wagon from his grandparents. He loves riding in it, and his cousins are pretty fond of it as well.

I just got a new phone in September that has filters on the camera. I have been having fun playing with the different filters. I think this one is called warm vintage.

Will also got this four wheeler for his birthday from us (and our generous neighbor that was getting rid of it) and has a pretty good time riding it around. He hasn't figured out how to drive it while he's on it, so we either push or pull him or he just walks around pushing it, but he doesn't mind.

A few minutes after I took this picture Will fell down while he was pushing the four wheeler and cut the inside of his mouth a little bit. He held the four wheeler responsible for the rest of the afternoon and wouldn't play with it, but he got over it the next day.

Will learned how to clap and how to stack one block on top of another last week. He was very proud of himself and would squeal and clap every time he got the blocks stacked up. Sorry for the blurry picture.

Kramer baby.

My mother-in-law turned 50 this past weekend. Captain America was an excellent help with our party planning.

I would post some pictures from her party, but unfortunately all of my pictures from it came out blurry. We also had our niece Ali's birthday party the same day as my MIL's (and a wedding in between the two birthdays, it was a busy day). Here is the birthday girl with her cake.

My sis-in-law took a family photo of us before we left Ali's party for the wedding. We weren't expecting my brother to be in the family picture as well, but he's family too, so I guess it's okay.  

While over at our house on Monday, our friend's car got hit while it was parked on the street. Thankfully no one was injured, but both cars were totalled.

The weather has been really nice lately, so Will and I took advantage of it by going on a walk on Tuesday. We found a very pretty maple leaf while out too, which was kind of surprising since most of the trees are just barely starting to turn.

Since it's finally started to cool down we had our first soup of the season last night. I splurged and went to Panera to buy some bread bowls for the occasion. I made a knock-off of Olive Garden's Chicken Gnocchi soup (which I absolutely love and get every time we go). It was my first time trying the recipe, and I am going to have to make it again. It was very similar to the OG version and wasn't too terribly difficult to make. I got the recipe for the soup from here. I just realized that I forgot to put the thyme in it, but it was still really good, and it heated up well for leftovers today as well, which is always a bonus.

In case you're lazy and don't want to click the link above, here is the recipe for the soup:


Full disclosure, I hardly ever measure when I cook, so the amounts were probably different in my soup.  
  • 1 cup* chicken breasts, diced and cooked (can use canned chicken or turkey)
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 quart half and half* (can use evaporated milk)
  • 1 14 ounce can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup celery, sliced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced*
  • 1 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 cup fresh spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 16 ounce package gnocchi*
*I used two very large chicken breasts and two packages of gnocchi since I was making it for 6-8 people, and because I love gnocchi and can't get enough. I also added a little whole milk to make it more soupy since it was getting pretty thick. I was out of garlic in all forms except for some garlic salt, so I added about a tablespoon of that.

In a large stockpot (I used my dutch oven), saute the onion, celery and garlic in the butter and olive oil. When the onion is clear, add the flour and form a roux. Stir and cook a minute. Add the half and half . Meanwhile in another pan, cook the gnocchi. Add the carrots and chicken to the stockpot. Stir often and when it gets thicker, add the chicken broth, gnocchi, spinach and seasonings. Cover and heat through*.

*I actually let it cook a little longer than just heating through in order to get the carrots the consistency I wanted. In the future I might add them at the beginning with the onion and celery so they have more time to get tender.

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