Whew. I seriously thought somehow I had completely ruined my child and turned him into a ritz cracker and cheese guy for life. This morning I actually woke up feeling refreshed and somewhat normal as I had finally had a full nights sleep....it had been about a week. A week of no sleep does something awful to a person and their ability to look at life with a clear focus. I was more tired than the first months after Cole was born. Thankfully I no longer felt like a walking zombie and was actually feeling pretty optimistic about the whole "food" situation. My focus was clear and I was ready to embrace this stage that my sweet boy was at.
Then he decided that naps were for babies. And that he was a toddler. And that the two were not meshing to his liking.
3 hours later......
I had a baby that could barely hold his eyelids open and he finally succumbed to the sleep that he so desperately needed. And I have a moment to stare blankly at the beautiful fluffy fluff that is gracefully falling from the sky.
Honestly, I think someone was just too excited about his first "snow day".
He stood with his face smashed against the window for a good ten minutes.
I love him, food fights and all. He is my joy. But as much joy as he brings me I still look forward to his naptime. It gives me a few moments to make myself presentable, and sit down to eat something. Today I couldn't have been more thankful that I had a bowl of this waiting for me....
This was exactly what I needed, the perfect snowy day combo. It warmed be from the inside out and made me want to curl up next to a fire and sleep for awhile. Who knows, maybe I will.
Chicken and Gnocchi Soup
Adapted from All recipes
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 small onion, diced
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 carrots, chopped
- 1 pound cooked, chicken breast shredded
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 (16 ounce) package mini potato gnocchi
- 1 (6 ounce) bag baby spinach leaves
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch (optional)
- 2 tablespoons cold water (optional)
- 1/2 can of condensed 2% milk
- salt and ground black pepper to taste
- 1-2 tsp Costco's Organic 21 no salt 21 spice (the best ever!)
- Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook onion, celery, garlic, and carrots in the hot oil until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in cubed chicken and chicken broth; bring to a simmer.
- Stir gnocchi into the simmering soup and cook until they begin to float, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in spinach; cook until wilted, about 3 additional minutes.
- Whisk cornstarch into cold water until smooth. Stir cornstarch mixture and milk into simmering soup. Cook until soup thickens slightly, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt, black pepper, and seasoning.