Best Wild Rice Soup

This is the yummiest, creamiest wild rice soup I've ever had! I use leftover roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken. Instead of crackers I broiled up some ... Ballpark hamburger buns. Seriously, so much better than crackers or toasted french bread.

Adapted from a recipe from All Recipes.

Soup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 or 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 TB Cooking oil
  • 2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 4.5 oz package quick-cooking long grain and wild rice with seasoning packet (I use Uncle Ben's)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 32 oz container chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups heavy cream

Toast Ingredients:

  • 4 Ballpark hamburger buns, tops and bottoms
  • 2 TB butter
  • Dash salt
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • dried parsley

Heat oil in large pot. Lightly saute carrots and celery. Add onion and garlic after a few minutes. cook for a few minutes longer.

Add chicken, water and rice (not the seasoning packet) to pot. Bring to a boil then simmer while preparing the roux.

In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together broth, flour, salt and pepper.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in contents of seasoning packet. Cook until bubbly. Slowly add the broth/flour mixture with a whisk. Keep whisking until it comes to a light boil. Add cream. Cook for 5 minutes or until thickened. Stir constantly from the bottom of the saucepan. Lower heat if needed.

Add cream mixture to the chicken/rice/water pot. Bring to a boil. Simmer for at least 15 minutes.

Melt butter. Add other ingredients. Mix.

Set oven to Broil. Line cooking sheet with foil. Separate tops and bottoms of buns. Lay upside down on foil-lined pan. Broil until slightly brown. Turn over. Brush with butter mixture. Broil for 1-2 minutes.

Enjoy! It's really flipping fantastic. I think I could eat this soup every. single. day. for the rest of this Minnesota winter.

Pumpkin Painting Ideas

Just checking in with a couple of pumpkins Angela painted up in Rush City! Love the donut!

Father's Day Gift Card Holder

Cute little gift card holders based on last years brown paper bag gift bags!

I used 12" x 12" cardstock cut to different heights - follow the pictures :-). Used Double sided tape as adhesive. Will try to add actual dimensions later.

Oh My Onesies!

Hormones are making me act even more ridiculous than usual. I spend a great deal of each day crying over inconsequential minutiae. Yesterday I cried because I couldn't find my baby mittens. Cue a freakout of epic proportions: "My baby has no miiiiiiiiittens! (sob) (sniff)"

I found the baby mittens.

I need this to be over. I need to be done. 

But today I cried happy tears! Look at the monthly onesies Mike's buddy's wife sent. She sewed each decoration herself:

Each number corresponds to the size onesie Baby should fit into during that month! What a great idea and an amazing gift!

Cut Off Jean Shorts

The secret to perfect cut-offs? Sandpaper!

The only jeans I wanted to cut up were maternity jeans haha ;-).


  • Jeans
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • 80 and 220 Grit Sandpaper

Cut your jeans. It's better to cut them too long than too short! Much easier to cut off a little more off than try to add some more on ...

Lay out your shorts so that the waist lays the way it would on your body - the front usually sits further down than the back.

Fold your shorts, front sides together. Snip the excess at the bottom so that the front isn't longer than the back:

Cut the threads up about 1 - 1 1/2 inches up the side seam.

Sew across the seam to keep it from unraveling further. Pull the unraveled side seams slightly inward, creating a small gap, and blind stitch down.

Round out the cut corners with a scissors.

Use sandpaper to distress as desired. I used 80 grit on areas to get down to the white threads. I also used 80 on the cut bottom to make the denim fringe out a little easier. I used 220 for slight distressing and to smooth out the areas where I used the 80 grit.

When you're sanding/distressing, make sure you have some kind of barrier between the front and back of the shorts - scrap wood works well.

Trim off the extra thread. Done!