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!

Upcycled Pocket Phone Storage!

I needed a little bed pocket to store my phone. The pockets of an old sport coat worked perfectly! The top flap sits right between the mattress and box spring. No velcro needed. Easy 10 minutes (or less) project.


  • Old Sport Coat or other jacket. Tip: Go to Goodwill on Tuesdays - certain colors are 70% off! They always seem to have a surplus of old suit jackets in interesting patterns ;-).
  • Cotton fabric for backing
  • Sewing machine/thread
  • Scissors

Cut out the pocket. Make sure to leave a few inches on the bottom and sides and about  10-12 inches on the top. Pull away any jacket lining or interfacing.

Cut the cotton backing fabric to the same size.

Pin around, right sides together.

With a 1/2 inch hem allowance, start sewing on the top, a couple of inches away from the right top corner. Backstitch and sew around, leaving enough unstitched so that you can turn the pocket inside out.

Turn inside out and sew the top closed with a 1/4 inch hem allowance. Or topstitch the entire pocket. Up to you :-).

Tuck the top flap between your mattress and box spring.

Add phone.

Done! It's so cute. I love it! Time to make another one for the other side of the bed :-).

This might make a good project for craft fairs? Relatively cheap, fast and usable.

Need Crib Sheets or Baby Bedding? Get thee to Target NOW

I know, I know. I've been slacking on the crafting lately. Sorry. But I have been buying!

Today I needed to do a Target run to grab a present for my sister (hopefully she gets it in time? or within her bday week? :-/ ). And I took a detour through the baby aisles. Most of the bedding aisle was on 30-50% clearance!  A lot of these deals are online, too - link here. PLUS 20% off Circo bedding with Target Cartwheel through 5/6/2017. Happy Shopping!

Aden by aden + anais 4 muslin swaddles originally $34,99 marked down to $17.48:

Some fitted crib sheets are marked 50% off to $4.96:

White/gray animal mobile originally $24.99 marked down to $12.48 and knit crib sheets marked down to $6.98:

Mesh breathable bumpers originally $28.99 marked down to $14.98,

I missed the Bonanza.

Did you miss Spring 2017 Junk Bonanza? Me, too :-(.

They were nice enough to make a pretty long video showing a wonderland of junk! Great source of inspiration. You can find it on their Facebook Page. Here's a direct link -

The next bonanza in Shakopee will be held September 21-23. Hope to see you there!

Color-Switched Easter Eggs

Quick tip - When you're stuffing eggs for Easter baskets or the egg hunt, pull the tops and bottoms apart. Switch up the colors!

I  found these angry birds toys at Target on clearance for $1.96 each! They had some empty space around the figurines so I filled up the space with filled eggs, stickers, clementines, fun sized candy and a hidden dollar coin :-). Easy mini Easter baskets!

Mike and I are staying home for Easter. That way this pregnant lady can avoid food smells, motion sickness and the inevitable hunt for a bathroom! We went to Wicked last night (great traveling cast this year) and I literally burst out crying when I saw the line for the ladies restroom during intermission - easily a hundred ladies long :-(. It's not fun being at the mercy of your hormones and bladder hahaha.

Hope you have a fun holiday weekend! Catch you on the flip side.

Turn Galvanized Metal Caddies Into Unique Stacking Storage

These metal caddies can be found in the Target Dollar Spot. Only $3 each! They come in different colors but the plain ones seem less warped.

What a great shape for bathroom or decor storage!

* I bought these myself. I was not compensated in any way to advertise! *

They're already slightly stackable. I just used a little trick to make them more stable since they're balancing on a pretty thin edge.

These are self-stick chair floor protector pads. I sticked and stacked two felt pads and placed them against the bottom edge of the caddies.

I made four stacks - you  may need six. Try stacking the caddies before the glue bonds - you made need to slightly reposition the stacks if the caddies are bent/warped.

How cute is this?

And how cute is this dish towel I received from the Easter Bunny (aka Bonus Mom)?

Hope Every Bunny is enjoying spring!