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I can admit it.

I have a ‘creative A.D.D.’ issue.

It’s a result of having too many ideas in your head that are bursting to come out. Or because when you’re working on one idea, you’re sparked with another idea and ‘the other’ is something quicker to create, so you do that first.

Welcome to my life.

Here is today’s ADD moment:

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I couldn’t help myself.

It had to be done.

And you probably think I spent a lot of time creating a hand. Well, here’s a little trade secret: It’s my real hand. Took a picture of it in front of my bedroom window so it was backlit , opened it in my software and then traced it. (Of course there’s fine-tuning that occurs, but the base is there to start with.)

Crazy, right?

Oh yeah, and how cool would that be printed/painted on a pillow?

And here’s a sneak peek at what I was distracted away from:

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And here’s another little secret…because I never seemed to have gotten a twentyFOURTEEN kit done? (What was up with that???) This is gonna be a two-fer year. :)

Back to work…

  • Sally - January 6, 2015 - 8:22 am

    I love how you used your own hand to make this! Brilliant!
    And I was just thinking yesterday that I needed a Kerri file for twenty fifteen- It already looks awesome! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

It’s here.

A new year is upon us.

I’ve been contemplating this moment for quite some time now.

What do I see for this brand new year?

What will my home life be?

Will I finally get it organized?

What will my kids be doing?

What new happy things will be coming to my business?

What do I want out of 2015?

What’s next?


That’s a big question.

Each year Ali Edwards does her One Little Word and while I have never participated in her workshop, I still pick a word because I think it helps give the year a direction of where you want to go. Last year it was focus. I’d let life and work get out of control the year before and so it was my mission to focus in on what mattered most, which was my family and my own personal business.

I’ve been pondering for some time what I wanted to concentrate on for this year. In my head I’ve known I wanted…needed…to put more of my memories down on paper–photographically speaking, of course. Document or Record were two words that had stuck out to me, but not only had I used document in a combo word a couple years ago, but the words just didn’t encompass enough of what I wanted from the year.

I wanted more for my year.

And then I saw a word that encompassed more.

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I loved part of its definition: record or express accurately in words or pictures.

bingo.

But beyond that, I want to capture more of the life that surrounds me. I want to capture moments–in words and pictures as well as making them. I want to capture more of what and who I love. And capture what I need to be a better person, mom and business woman. (pffff….business woman…I feel like I’m wearing a suit. Do pjs count as a suit?)

I’ve had a smartphone for two years now and it has been the best investment ever. It has helped me capture many of these moments, but not enough and definitely not in recording or expressing accurately in words or pictures.

I need to do it more.

I need to do everything more.

I know better than to say ‘I will make a page every single week in the year 2015.’  But rather, I will make it my mission to capture those memories and document them physically more than any year I’ve done. It’s hard when you only have so much time for work in a day. But perhaps moving it from the ‘work’ column to the ‘play’ column is the attitude I need to have. It’s hard when there’s a very fine line between those two.

I also need to spend more time out of my house experiencing life. I’m often too wrapped up with work that I sit around in my home way too much.

I need to capture more of life.

And so there it is.

This is my new year.

This is my direction.

Only one question left now…

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Of course it needs to be  a little freebie–with or without distressing and with or without ‘hello 2015′
because you never know what you’ll need it for.

Comes in the usual cut files for changing colors in your digital cutting programs as well as
distressed and just a plain white text.

To download this–forever free-click HERE.


So what’s next for you this 2015?
Did you pick  One Little Word?
If so, share it…I’d love to hear!

  • Dolly - January 1, 2015 - 8:32 am

    Happy New Year Kerri!!
    and THANKS! :DReplyCancel

  • Ginger Wakehouse - January 1, 2015 - 9:12 am

    My little word is Metanoia

    Metanoia –
    The journey of changing ones mind, heart , self, or way of life.

    I love taking the class, Ali is so involved. You should try

    I love all your stuff, Happy New YearReplyCancel

  • Tracy - January 1, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Thanks, you’re always inspiring and my go to place when I’m in a creative rut or a live rut. Thanks again and here’s to a fantabulous year.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - January 1, 2015 - 9:45 am

    thanks so much Kerri, Happy New Year, Healthy one to, make it count…take care..ReplyCancel

  • Beth Quiroz - January 1, 2015 - 10:23 am

    Happy New Year!

    My OLW is MOTIVATE

    Because I need a serious kick in the butt!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - January 1, 2015 - 11:19 am

    Thank you Kerri. It’s so easy for me to get bogged down with the to do lists. I love your word and the meaning behind it. Many blessings to you and your family in the New Year. Oh! and thanks for the GTKY class info from the JS site. Everything worked and can’t wait to get started!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - January 1, 2015 - 11:32 am

    Happy New Year! I’ve never done OLW before but decided last minute I would start in 2015. My word this year is Focus. There are so many things I need to focus more on in the new year.ReplyCancel

  • andrea - January 1, 2015 - 12:21 pm

    I’ve been doing OLW for a few years now, and I love it. Last year my word was “choices”…and I had some tough ones to make. But I did it, and I’m proud of myself. I was torn between “valued” and “worthy” this year; I chose WORTHY, because in order to feel valued I fist have to believe I’m deserving of it.ReplyCancel

  • nonni - January 1, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    Thank you for you! My OLW is ‘Just be and let God’ReplyCancel

  • Lori - January 1, 2015 - 1:20 pm

    Happy New Year! After debating a while on my OLW FOR 2015, my word found me: “release.” I’ve already been seeing it everywhere in my life and I’m excited about learning and growing with it this year!ReplyCancel

  • Judy - January 1, 2015 - 1:23 pm

    Thank you and Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • SherriS. - January 1, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    Thanks for the freebie! My OLW this year is MOVE. I need to move my body more for health, move forward from past hurts and we are planning a move into a house this year!

    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanene - January 1, 2015 - 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the freebie! I love your OLW. I love seeing your own pages so, by all means, don’t forget that capturing (and sharing) your memories inspires others!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - January 1, 2015 - 5:33 pm

    Happy New Year! Thanks for the free download. Still thinking of my word for 2015.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - January 1, 2015 - 9:38 pm

    Happy New Year! Thank you for the great printable! My OLW for this year is going to be free. I wrestled with open and free, but today free picked me!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - January 1, 2015 - 9:55 pm

    Happy New Year, Kerri! Thank you for sharing. My OLW this year is HEALTHY. I have some health issues that can be reversed if I start making healthy choices. I love your word and would love to use it, too, but not this year.ReplyCancel

  • Sue W - January 1, 2015 - 10:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your OLW. I’ve been following Ali’s example for the last couple of years. This year I chose ENJOY as in ‘take delight or pleasure in’ the next 12 months are going to be challenging. I hope to take everything in my stride, not to stress but make the most of an adventure!ReplyCancel

  • Pam K - January 2, 2015 - 10:14 am

    Thanks for the cards … I haven’t picked a word yet. I keep thinking about all that I want to do, all I need to do, so I’ve been thinking along those lines. But another word keeps popping into my mind — hope. Guess I should decide soon.ReplyCancel

  • Janet - January 2, 2015 - 3:38 pm

    Happy New Year Kerri and thank you for the freebie.
    My OLW is Healthy – healthy mind, healthy body and healthy spirit. This is my fifth year for for picking a word and my second for taking the class. I’m excited to see where this word leads me.ReplyCancel

  • yolande k - January 3, 2015 - 6:08 pm

    Bonne Année Kerri !!!
    BisesReplyCancel

  • CHRISTINE - January 3, 2015 - 6:39 pm

    My one little word for 2015 is ACTION!!ReplyCancel

  • danni perez - January 4, 2015 - 1:04 pm

    happy 2015
    may u be blessed in the coming yr.
    thanks for the freebie.ur so sweetReplyCancel

  • Suelynn - January 5, 2015 - 12:43 am

    Always love your graphics. Cinnamon Edition may still be my favorite of all time. :)ReplyCancel

tree merry everything


This week I’m taking the entire week off and focusing all on my family and home. Without going into details (because it’s personal), we’ve had some rough times in our neck of the woods that began the day before Thanksgiving and has affected our family this holiday season. Truth be told, it’s been hard for some of us to get into the spirit of Christmas. When an event like this happens (it isn’t a typical situation), it just makes you want to be surrounded by the people you love and hold dear and appreciate every little moment.

And that’s what I’ve chosen to do all this week, especially since a couple family members have the entire week off.

What does that mean then?

No blogging. No emails. No working.

(emergent emails will be handled…and this blog post was suppose to have gone up monday but i was already busy ‘puzzling.’ haha)

‘The doors are closed’ for this holiday week. Chances are pretty good that Facebook and Instagram will still occur. ;) I’ll be making food, having movie marathons with my kids, playing games and putting together puzzles. Maybe a date night with hubby. And who knows, I may make another Project Life spread just for the fun of it.

I know I have work needing to be done and there are many ideas in my head bursting to get out. I’ve wrestled over the fact that it’s all getting put on the back burner…and some of the big projects that were meant to be done before the end of the year still haven’t been done because of so much that’s been going on here. It’s hard when you’re pretty much it for a company and still need to be a mom and a friend and all that’s involved there.

But life isn’t about work.

It’s about love and family.

Work can wait.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with all your family. Love them and hug them and squeeze them. Appreciate the smallest of moments because those are the most precious.

See ya Monday. :)
xo.
k

p.s. Here are a couple brand new kits: 

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And here’s a little story about Elf. This movie came out on DVD for Christmas of 2003. I know, you’re thinkin’, ‘You remember that, Kerri???’ Well, this was the year my mom had started having strokes (she eventually passed away in July 2004). There was much ‘roller coastering’ (yeah, it’s a word) of emotions going on at that time–good days, bad days. Gonna make it, not gonna make it. That kind of stuff. On one particular Friday, when we were supposed to attend our church Christmas party, I was exhausted. Spent. Couldn’t muster up the energy to go, much less be social.

So instead, I took the kids to Target and we bought Elf and some hot chocolate to have a family night in. I hadn’t seen it before. Shocker, I know. But it was seriously just what the doctor ordered.

You know a movie is ‘that funny’ when you can laugh at it in your home without an audience.

We loved it.

And I loved that evening.

It will always be a special Christmas memory for me.

 

p.p.s. Don’t forget to take advantage of the sale going on through the end of the year.

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p.p.p.s. 

Great news for those of you who have been patiently waiting for the updated Getting To Know You (v3) class on JessicaSprague.com. Slight change of plan. I have the email list–for those of you in this class only–and will be sending you all coupons to access the class on my site. 

Yay!

So watch for those by the end of the year. And make sure you add me to your list of contacts so it won’t go into your junk email (kerri@kerribradford.com). 

  • Robin - December 24, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Hope you are able to enjoy your holiday & time off with your family! Time well-deserved, I say…you work so hard and bring us all such amazing ‘stuff’ (‘stuff’ is a compliment :D!!!)
    Happy Holidays!!
    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us next year :DReplyCancel

  • Renee - December 24, 2014 - 10:03 am

    Good for you! Take this time to be with family and friends and to reflect on what is truly important. Merry Christmas to you and yours! PS Thank you so much for letting us access your class! You are so very kind!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - December 24, 2014 - 11:48 am

    Merry Christmas Kerri. Family always comes first. I am thankful for all the so wonderful things you bring us all year long. I wish you and your family peace and Christmas blessings.ReplyCancel

  • Pam K - December 24, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    Thanks for all you share with us — your creativity is awesome!

    Enjoy the time spent with family & close friends … This time of year is specifically meant for that; not for business, etc. Hope you find the peace & comfort of the season. & here’s to a better new year!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - December 24, 2014 - 12:38 pm

    Thanks for all you do. Enjoy the time with your family and I hope that things get better for you.ReplyCancel

  • Lycia - December 24, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Great decision! Have a Merry Christmas and enjoy your family.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - December 24, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    I’m sorry your family has had some rough times lately. I hope that you enjoy your time off. Take all the time you need, we do understand! Know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers! Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia - December 24, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Happy Holidays, enjoy your time with family…most important…hang in there…ReplyCancel

  • vicki - December 24, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    Wishing you a happy and peaceful time with your family and the merriest of Christmases. I pray that your life will get back to normal and that your crises resolve and pass without too much strife. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - December 24, 2014 - 3:36 pm

    I wish you the Merriest Christmas and a New Year filled with peace, great happiness and dreams to come true. Thank you for all the talent you share with us throughout the year. You have such an amazing gift. Enjoy your time off with family. I totally agree, family is what it’s all about.ReplyCancel

  • Lorrie - December 27, 2014 - 9:53 am

    Have a fabulous time with your family. They are what matters most. Enjoy the reason for this Christmas season. Love, hugs and prayers your way. Remember you are a truly beautiful daughter of our Father in Heaven. =)ReplyCancel

Nothing says joy and fun like confetti, does it? Just one look at it makes you giddy. Especially when it’s wrapped up in a little ‘package’ and you can shake it around and see where it goes inside.

Colorful. Bright. Shiny.  It’s what Laura’s card is all about today.

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[ DesignsSanta’s Workshop: Toys Only (envelope) / December Twenty-Five (do not open) / Confetti (confetti) ]


I adore this idea! I love that Laura stitched at transparency on the front of a petal envelope to contain all that fluttery fun. What a great idea!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

Now that my girls are older, along with my nieces, I give a lot of gift cards at Christmas time. So I’m always looking for fun ways to give them. When I saw the cute little pinked petal envelope in Kerri’s Santa’s Workshop: Toys Only, I pictured it paired up with the Confetti kit to create a fun shaker envelope.

  • I cut the envelope from some tone-on-tone patterned paper, picking a lighter color so that the other elements would stand out against it.
  • I cut a piece of a transparency just slightly smaller then the size of the envelope and machine stitched it to the front of the envelope, leaving one side open.
  • I used Kerri’s Confetti kit to cut pieces of confetti from two different patterned papers and then dropped them into the “pocket” I had created with the transparency.
  • I added in some red, green, and silver sequins before sewing the last side of the transparency closed.
  • I cut the “do not open” from Kerri’s December Twenty-Five kit and adhered it directly to the top of the transparency, using some tiny alpha stickers to finish off my sentiment. Or maybe I should call it my “instructions” to the recipient of the gift :)


Seriously
. So much fun!! And using the Confetti kit to make the confetti? Brilliant.

so love.


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And now, a brand new kit to play with for this holiday season!

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Your very own Christmas tree lot . . .
and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to find the perfect one. :)

I imagine them all being white-on-white. My favorite color combo, of course.

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I can’t believe Christmas is almost here!!!

  • Pam - December 20, 2014 - 8:00 am

    I’ve been giving a lot of gift cards, too. Thanks for sharing this fun idea!ReplyCancel

Be still my heart.

If you are looking for some last-minute gift idea, look no further because Miss Nichol has some of the most amaaaaaazing ideas right here.

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[ Designs | The Pillow Box (pillow boxes) / Santa’s Workshop (box, bow, snowflake)

Can I just say *squeal*?!

I’m absolutely giddy. Who wouldn’t want a gift wrapped up in shiny gold packaging…it’s just ever-so dreamy. I think this is gorgeous just ‘as is’ too…put it under a little tree, just for fun. Nichol always has fabulous packaging going on every year, and this year is just absolutely beautiful! 

Hmm. I may just have to reconsider a couple of gifts Santa’s bringing.
It’s all in the details baby.


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Sometimes you just need a tiny box or package for a gift and those little boxes at the store can be pricey and finding exactly what you’re looking for can be a challenge, too. With Kerri’s cut files, you can make exactly what you want in a snap! Even better? If you short on time and don’t want to mess with adding extra frills, Kerri has pillow box and gift card files that are all pre-made. All you have to do is print and cut! How awesome is that?!!!!

For this little set of elegant gift packaging, I used 3 of Kerri’s packaging designs (the small box, the pillow box and petal envelope) to create a coordinating group of pretty packages! I used the basic cut files (no print and cut) and then decorated them with little bits of this and that from my craft stash! I even die cut the pretty gold bow (consider cutting a bunch of these to have on hand to adhere to packages….if you’re like me you tend to forget bows and run out halfway through wrapping!) and a gold snowflake to add to the theme of the set of packages.

I know we are all short on time during the holiday season. All five of these went together in less than an hour! You can add as much or as little as you want and the best part? You can cut the boxes/packages in any color you want!

Tip: To get a bigger box, ungroup the box (top and bottom) and cut each from a separate sheet of 12×12 paper! You’ll get a much bigger box perfect for lots of other kinds of gifts!

Looking for ideas on what to tuck into these fun little packages? Here are a few ideas:

truffles (the mini boxes)
candy (boxes or pillow boxes)
a decorated sugar cookie (petal envelope)
gift cards (pillow box, petal envelope)
jewelry (any of the packages)
lip gloss, little makeup packages (mini box or pillow box)
nail polish, body lotion, etc. (pillow box)

Happy Holidays die cutters!
Nichol

You outdid yourself, darlin’! 

If you need more ideas? Be sure to check out Nichol’s blog because she has been sharing a whole feature on Handmade Holidays. Gorgeous stuff…just gorgeous. I’m headed over there now to see what else she has up her ‘handmade’ sleeve. Oh, and check out the ‘how to’ video she has on all these pretty little packages!

  • Michele Clay - December 19, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    Keri, you are & Nichol just amaze me! What a team you two make! Thanks to both of you for designing & creating! L. O. V. E.ReplyCancel

  • Tania K - December 19, 2014 - 10:09 pm

    Nichol is my scrapbooking/card-making hero. Her talent NEVER ceases to amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • Anna - January 4, 2015 - 8:06 pm

    So beautiful and inspiring! It was sheer pleasure just looking at the pics! Such brilliant touches, you’re both amazing :)ReplyCancel

There’s a brand new kit out today! It’s the perfect little accent for all your Christmas memories and gifts. Just a bunch of Merry Little Words.

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So here’s how it goes:

  1. There are three styles, white, colored and distressed.
  2. The first two come in the form of cut files (and PNG) so you can change the colors to whatever tickles your tinsel.
  3. It comes with a ‘frame’ file for Print+Cuts so that you don’t have to rely on the boxes to cut. Because if you do use the boxes, you’ll get it double cutting where the lines of each box rest against the other. I wanted to leave the boxes in tact so that you could change colors as needed. You can turn off the cut lines for the set of labels and then align the frame–with cut lines on–over the main image and use it that way.
  4. If you use DXF files and like the color choices, use the PNG file with the frame file and Align Top and Align Center. That way there’s no grouping or compound pathing involved. If you want to make it your own color scheme, then you’d have to make the words a compound path to do it–like normal.
  5. You can turn off the Line Color and Thickness if you don’t want any chance at seeing the lines when printing.
  6. You can also just trim these with scissors or a paper trimmer if you don’t have a craft cutter, like a Silhouette.
  7. Another great idea would be to use it as a background paper.


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What’s really awesome is you can print out two sets on one piece of cardstock (I like Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper) and cut them out. In this little ensemble, I used the PNG file of both and layered it with the frames. I used my Knife tool to slice off the ‘readme’ text at the bottom of the PNG file too. The readme’s are there so if you need help with your options, then you’ve got them right there as a reminder.

My Print+Cut file ended up looking like this:

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I love the thought having all these in a little container that I can pull from on a whim. Great for December Daily, Project Life or any cards or other crafts. It took all of five minutes to put together, print, and cut. Awesome!

 

  • Lorretta - December 17, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Absolutely delightful!! Just tickled at how awesome these are.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn Howells - December 18, 2014 - 7:18 am

    This looks like a lot of fun!! Thanks, Kerri! :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - December 18, 2014 - 2:44 pm

    I love these Kerrie, gorgeous. A set like this of everyday life words would be awesome for project life or general scrapping too (hint ;-) ). Love what you do. Merry Christmas to you and your family xReplyCancel

Jordan decided she wanted to make her own Christmas cards to send to her friends on LDS missions using a photo of herself in awkward styling and awkward posing and, I might add, weird filtering. No, our walls are not pink.

I will neither confirm nor deny that the sweater belonged to me in the late 80s.
(Hey, I loved that sweater.)

She wanted the dog or the cat to help her make the perfect awkward photo and we figured the dog would be easier to work with. In all actuality, it may have been a toss-up…he’s such a big dufus that it may have been easier to hold the cat in place. The dog seems to know when photos are being taken and truly expresses his frustration in our attempts to capture him ‘on film’. You can’t quite see it in this photo, but he’d made a trip to the beauty parlor earlier that day and had a red+green bow on top of his collar. As if posing for an awkward Christmas photo wasn’t humiliating enough for him. It was also hard to make him sit or lay with her as all he wanted was to roll over so you could rub his belly.

All dog rolling and camera avoidance aside, the awkward Christmas photo was a success.
(Can you call an awkward photo ‘a success’?)

And by the way, when exactly did it become cool to wear an ugly Christmas sweater? Seems like it becomes more and more of a big thing and a challenge each year.

Merry everything, Jordan.

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  • Dolly - December 16, 2014 - 6:30 am

    The ugly sweater seems to be the Hottest Christmas trend of 2014 and because of that I predict we will see an even bigger resurgence of these Christmas humiliates in 2015! PS I still think your daughter’s pic looks cool though!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - December 16, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    What a beautiful young woman your Jordan is! Her picture /card is very cool!ReplyCancel

  • Sue W - December 16, 2014 - 4:54 pm

    Nothing wrong with the sweater…..might be a warm for down here but adds to the seasonal photo perfectly!!! How cool is it to look back on one photo and be instantly reminded of the moment…Love that!ReplyCancel

A week or two ago I was on a quest for an awesome Chicken+Wild Rice Soup recipe. You may remember me asking about recipes on Facebook. I love that soup and it’s so hard to come by. And to top it off, my favorite place to get it on rare occasions, Kneaders, wasn’t making it anymore. So sad.

So rather than try to find some place that made this most awesome blend of flavors in one great soup, I decided I would search to find my own so I could make it at my own will and savory pleasure.

I didn’t necessarily find one recipe that suited my tastebuds, but rather there were elements in two or three recipes that whispered to me, ‘Put me together and I will make you the most awesome of soups.’

It did not disappoint.

I bring you my version of Chicken+Wild Rice soup…which happens to be pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself. :) When I make it for my family Christmas party next week, I will include a photo here….if I remember to take it, that is.

 

Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

Note: The soup is most awesome in itty bitty bites. Chopped is the way to go, even with the chicken.

3 1/2 c. cooked wild rice (I like Lundberg Wild Blend Rice–in a blue-grey plastic bag)
2 c. cooked chicken (preferably chopped)
2 qts. chicken broth

1 c. carrots (use shredded+chop)
1 c. celery (chopped)
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms (chopped)
1/2 c. onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 t. parsley flakes
1/4 t. thyme
1 t. chicken granules

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 c.-ish half+half (depends on how creamy you want it)
slivered almonds

Directions

  • Cook rice according to directions. Wild rice takes 45 minutes-ish.
  • In a stockpot, sauté the garlic and onions in a little butter for maybe ten minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, mushroom, parsley, thyme, chicken granules and chicken. Boil for 30 minutes (while rice is cooking).
  • In another pan, make a roux with the butter and flour and add to soup after it’s done boiling. Add half+half. (Using a whisk is preferable for all this.)
  • Add wild rice. Add more if you like more. Let it cook together a little to get the flavors all working together.
  • Serve and top with slivered almonds


Additional note: I used the frozen Tyson Diced Chicken because it’s already cooked. Once you let it thaw a little, you can chop it up into the itty bitties. Much easier than cooking raw chicken. Rotisserie chicken would be good too.

  • Rhadonda - December 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Seriously? I just put the lid on my soup pot with chicken and rice soup and then came to my computer to work and stroll the internet. I can’t believe you had the same idea. Great minds right? Actually i came here to attach a photo to ask if you can make something like this or maybe there is something in Silhouette land. Thanks and Merry Christmas. The trees on the table is what i am seeking. http://www.whitehouseblackshutters.com/holiday-ready-dining-room-reveal/ReplyCancel

  • Karen Clinkinbeard - December 15, 2014 - 10:27 am

    Thanks for the recipe Kerri, this does look very good. Can’t wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • marcy e - December 15, 2014 - 2:58 pm

    sounds yummy and oh so what I need right now…
    Thanks for sharing Kerri…ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Albrecht - December 15, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    Sounds yummy! But…I have to ask…what are chicken granules?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - December 15, 2014 - 5:20 pm

      It’s like chicken bouillon, but only in a granule (powder-ish) form. :)ReplyCancel