Good morning peeps! Is it Friday yet or should I pull the covers back over my head??!! So sorry for not dishing out a recipe yesterday, but it was a rough day for gramps, and it seems he has his work cut out for him over the next 24 hours! He is, was, and will always be.. tough as nails, so if anyone can do it, he can!

I know I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again.. I’m so incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing family! And I’m so incredibly grateful to have had the time I had with my grandparent’s on both sides.  Last night, queen bee (aka grandma cap) and I were reminiscing about all the times grandpa told me not to do something, and I did it anyway.. which typically resulted in a trip to the ER! Whether it was for a scratched cornea after grandpa warned me not to swing from the pine tree with cousin Carmen or a sliced knee on a rusty pipe after grandpa warned me to stay out of the bay with.. cousin Carmen (you see a pattern here peeps).. or simply not to run, which I did anyway, and no sooner collided with Uncle Sam’s motorcycle.  I have to wonder how gramps put up with me.. he always had trouble sleeping and I had a knack for laughing hysterically and almost uncontrollably at bedtime.  I later learned this was anxiety.. gramps was NOT amused! ?

I remember he and I taking walks at the shore after dinner, like it was yesterday.  We’d stroll up and down “Bay Blvd” which is one of my favorite streets! Gramps would smoke his cigar and complain about “kids these days” and I couldn’t wait to grow up to be one of those kids! ?

Anyway, on top of that, I think I might be battling a slight cold.. I’m not entirely sure because I don’t think I’ve been sick since 1996, but after spending time in the hospital, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least.

So, I’m not looking forward to training today.  I’d much rather sit in my usual “hunched over” position in front of the computer in my sweats and flannel with my unwashed hair, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.  I made the grave mistake of telling Cyril that I ate bad the other day, so he launched an attack on my a**, legs, and triceps.. not to mention he made me do 8.5 mph sprints! By the end of the workout, I was sweating so badly.. I actually smelled! That has never happened before! I was smelly and I couldn’t find my hair tie.. it was traumatic peeps!

Ok, one last thing for those of you who watch GH.. if something doesn’t happen between Sam & Jason soon.. I’m going to scream! For God’s sake they are married & she was stuck in that basement for what seemed like a MONTH! Now he is running off with conniving Elizabeth to Shriners Children’s Hospital with their son Jake, who I’m fairly certain is a serial killer in the making! I mean, does that kid not give you the creeps or what??!! Idk.. he freaks me out! And so does, Morgan! Ugh.. he’s another one.. something is SOOO not right about him and it’s NOT the bipolar!

Anyway, enough about Port Charles, lets have some chicken soup..

SLOW COOKER CHICKEN SOUP

Prep Time: 40 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 40 minutes

Serving Size: 8

Slow Cooker Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 tablespoons grass fed butter
  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 large red onion, diced
  • 1 large russet potato, diced
  • 3 peeled carrots, sliced
  • 4 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • a handful of fresh parsley, minced
  • 3 dried chili’s
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon tricolor peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk

Instructions

  • Melt the butter in a cast iron skillet.
  • Cook the chicken for 2 minutes on each side, just to give it a nice sear.
  • Repeat until all the chicken is browned. Place the chicken on a cutting board and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes, so the juices do not run out when you slice it up.
  • Slice the chicken into bite size pieces and place it in the slow cooker.
  • Pour a cup of chicken broth in the skillet and scrape the renderings with a wooden spoon, over medium heat, until the pan is clean.
  • Pour the broth into the slow cooker.
  • Add the onion, potato, carrots, celery, parsley, and garlic.
  • Then, add the dried chili’s, bay leaves, peppercorns, sea salt, and black pepper.
  • Pour the remaining chicken broth into the slow cooker.
  • Cover and set on low for 6 hours.

 

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