Brrrrrrr!!!!

Good Morning and hello Monday! We woke up to temps of 27˚ outside this morning! What the what?! I was so not prepared for the bitter chill that temperatures that cold bring into the house. Especially when you don’t turn on the heat (whoops!) Luckily we learned that our house warms up quickly and our heat does indeed work.

After a long and busy weekend all I wanted to do last night was to head out to a bar and grab some dinner and watch football. I wanted nothing to do with the kitchen or dishes. We were both beyond tired though and opted to stay in, throw on jammies and watch more Breaking Bad. We are seriously addicted and almost done with season 3.

We decided on Gyoza Soup, otherwise known as clean out the freezer/fridge soup. It’s so good and so filling. I’m glad I made more than enough for lunch leftovers today! You can tune this soup to your liking and add in pretty much anything that sounds delicious or any vegetables that are about to turn. The first time we made this soup we used fresh spinach which was really yummy!

When the soup was done cooking I set up the perfect picture and snapped away. Then I set my phone aside and quickly dove in only to later realize that my phone didn’t actually take the pictures. My iPhone 5S is giving me a run for my money these days and it’s only 6 months old. Guess I’ll have to make a trip to the Apple Store this week.

Enjoy your Monday!

gyoza soup

1 medium onion {cut in half, then sliced thin}

4 carrots {peeled and sliced into circles}

2 celery stalks, diced

6-8 large mushrooms, sliced

8-10 Trader Joes frozen Gyoza {we used pork this time}

1 container Trader Joes organic chicken broth

2 cups water

1/2 bag Trader Joes frozen Kale

salt

pepper

ginger powder

garlic powder

hoisin sauce

olive oil

sauté onions in olive oil until they are slightly translucent, then add in carrots and celery. cook until veggies begin to soften. add in mushrooms and cook until they begin to brown. season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and ginger powder {we didn’t have fresh ginger or I would have used it and I was too lazy to deal with fresh garlic!}

add in the container of chicken broth and 2 cups of water and bring to a boil. once boiling add in the frozen kale and bring back to a boil. allow the soup to boil for 5-8 minutes depending on the size of the kale pieces. add in gyoza and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes. don’t let the gyoza over cook!

serve immediately! this is delicious when you drizzle in hoisin sauce but just as good without it. we had some leftover rotisserie chicken so I shredded it and placed a little bit in each of our bowls. I ladled the soup on top and when we sat down to eat everything was nice and hot. this soup was super filling, we each only had one bowl!

have some fun with this recipe and add in vegetables to your liking. Trader Joes has other gyoza as well, there’s a vegetarian version and a chicken one too.

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Hello Monday

The weekends sure fly by fast when you do nothing but watch movies and march madness, cook and lounge on the couch while watching the snow fall! Here we go again, hello to another week!

 

Hello last Monday of March!

Hello Spring Break! {technically I don’t have the week off but I do have a lighter load to teach since families are traveling!}

Hello Passover!

Hello Matzoh Crack! {I made this yesterday and I can not wait to try it out tonight at our seder.}

matzohcrack

Hello to the upcoming spring like weather, perhaps it’s here to stay.

Hello to sunshine after work so I can start running again in the evenings {stay away snow!!}

Hello to FINALLY starting my Project Life album. Weeks 1-4 are done and now I need to order more pictures!

PL

I’m linking up with Lisa…what are you saying hello to?

 

Hello Monday!

Hello Monday!

Hello to a very busy, fun filled week!

Hello to 3 photo shoots over the last week, and what fun they were. Two year old faces are so much fun!

Hello to FIVE photo shoots this weekend in Chicago!

Hello to squeezing old friends and new babies (I can’t WAIT!)

Hello to Monday Night Football (Go Broncos!)

Hello to the awesome boots that I have my eye on….now to find a reason to get them! How perfect would they be in the rain/snow/sleet?! Or who am I kidding, anytime? I have an obsession with boots.

Hello Monday

Hello Monday! Linking up with Lisa Leonard again….

Hello to TWO photo shoots this week! One family shoot this evening and one maternity shoot on Saturday. I am so excited and have some fun ideas in store.

Hello to baking up the best chocolate chip cookies ever! No seriously, they truly are the best. Check them out!

Hello to grocery shopping and getting crazy good deals on all sorts of meat. I know one freezer that is now restocked! Can’t wait to make some new recipes.

Hello sunshine! After snow (yes snow!) this weekend today’s warmup and sunshine is a welcome change.

Hello Chicago Bears! 5-1 Yes!

Hello to pregnant friends and baby showers. I’ve got a baby shower plan up my sleeve and have to wait to throw it but it’s going to be so fun!

 

What are you saying hello to this week?

Have a great Monday 🙂

Hello Monday!

Hello October!

Hello baking queen! I baked pumpkin bread, vegan banana/apple bread, pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and raspberry pear crisp this weekend. Come help us eat it all…and tell me what I should bake next! I think bread is calling my name. Specifically THIS bread! Gives me hope since she’s a Colorado blogger too and I know it can be done at altitude 🙂

Hello to Monday night football…Go BEARS!

Hello to a week full of fun stuff (sukkah dining, football watching, wine drinking, breast cancer 5k walking, baby shower celebrating!)

Hello to a photo of me that the husband took this weekend on our beautiful drive in the mountains! I’m ready to go back…now!

Linking up with Lisa again! Have a great week 🙂

Hello Monday

Hello to the gorgeous changing leaves!

Hello to my new camera!

Hello to another week full of craziness!

Hello Fall!

Hello pumpkin muffins, vegan banana bread and pesto in our weekly menu!
Looking forward to this week 🙂 How about you?

 

Hello Monday!

Hello gloomy fall like day

Hello new boots (and goodbye flip flops!)

Hello Jewish new year

Hello apples and honey and all things sweet

Hello hot cup of coffee made at home with coffee from The Coffee Bean!

Hello Monday Night Football with friends.

Hello peach blueberry crisp for breakfast

 

Hope you have a good Monday! Linking up with the awesome Lisa from Lisa Leonard Designs 🙂

Hi Monday!

I am NOT happy to see you today 🙂 I was enjoying my weekend thank you very much. Football, friends, beer, Bears win, Broncos win, a little outlet shopping, breakfast (and bacon) with friends, a delicious peach cobbler and more time with friends. Yep I’m ready to do it all over again, like now.

I am SO happy that fall is around the corner but I am SO over the 90˚ weather. As in way, way, way over it. Bring on boots! beanies! hoodies! Did I mention boots? These babies are calling my name. They’re treated and ready to be worn!

Speaking of fall, can we talk pumpkin for a minute? I LOVE it. And am so ready to be wrapped in pumpkin for a few weeks. Starting it off right with Pumpkin Lattes from Starbucks of course. But there is so much more! Pumpkin Beer (Delicious!) Pumpkin Pancakes (Yet to try them but my good friend A mentioned that they’re in my future. Yum) Pumpkin Bread! Pumpkin cookies! I can’t wait to get baking and back to trying more pumpkin beers this weekend.

who wouldn’t want to drink this beer?

 

Also, let’s just talk football for a minute here ok? Bears–WIN! Broncos–WIN! Yep, one happy girl here with a great start to football season. (Aside from the winning, the snacks and company during last nights game were wonderful!)

Happy Monday people!