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.

Hello September!

Wow. I can’t believe that it’s September already! What an amazing month August was! Wedding–most magical day ever. Being surrounded by so many people who love us was the best feeling ever. Plus I married someone pretty awesome! Honeymoon–so relaxing. I’m so glad we abandoned any ideas of traveling through Europe or exploring Belize. We have time to do those things and laying on the beach or by the pool in Mexico with not a care in the world was exactly what we needed. Endless blue skies, turquoise water and powdery sand. Pure awesomeness.

We rang in the first day of September with a barbecue at our house. Nothing fancy, just hot dogs and burgers, beer and great friends. And s’mores. You can’t possibly have a party without a fire pit and s’mores. There was even singing around the fire pit which made it that much more special. We certainly have some great friends.

I hope you’re having a relaxing last weekend of summer (where did it go?!) Although, I would be lying if I said I was sad. I am beyond excited for football and chili, pumpkin spiced lattes, changing leaves in the mountains, boots, hoodies and beanies. Yay Fall!

I’ll leave you with a peek from Zach and Michelle (Our INCREDIBLE photographers) that they’ve posted on their blog (scroll down, we’re part of a featured post!) They snapped the most beautiful wedding photos. EVER.

 

See you soon! Happy September to all!