Oh man y’all, when I left San Francisco on Friday, I was in a sleeveless shirt. And then I stepped off the plane into 3 degree weather. It was painful.

And yeah, that move to Texas isn’t looking so bad right now.

I was in a soup mood all weekend because of the weather so I thought I’d put together a list of my favorite soup recipes across the interwebs. I divided them into chicken, beef/lamb/pork, seafood, and meatless because long lists without categories makes my brain go all fuzzy. 

Chicken

1. Texas Tortilla Soup (Fake Ginger)
2. Chicken and Andouilli Sausage Gumbo (Table for Two)
3. Chicken Pot Pie Soup (Shugary Sweets)
4.  Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Soup (NeighborFood)
5. Verde Chicken Soup (She Wears Many Hats)
6. Crockpot Black Bean Taco Chili (Baked By Rachel)
7. Curried Coconut Chicken Soup (Garnish with Lemon)
8. Chicken and Gnocchi Soup (Taste and Tell)
9. Crockpot Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup (Fake Ginger)
10. Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder (Cookies and Cups)

Beef/Lamb/Pork

11. Pasta e Fagioli (Hip Foodie Mom)
12. Crockpot Beef Burgundy Stew (I Am a Honeybee)
13. Lamb Meatball Couscous Soup (Nutmeg Nanny)
14. Beef and Barley Stew (Fake Ginger)
15. Split Pea Soup with Smoked Gouda (The Food Charlatan) 
16. Crockpot French Onion Soup (How Sweet It Is)
17. Kale, White Bean, and Sausage Soup (Cooking Classy)
18. Creamy Leek and Potato Soup (Joyful Healthy Eats)
19. Old Fashioned Beef Vegetable Soup (Call Me PMc)
20. Crockpot Big Batch Chili (Pass The Sushi)

Seafood

21. Easy Lobster Bisque (The Suburban Soapbox)
22. Butternut Squash and Crab Bisque (Fake Ginger)
23. Roasted Poblano Crab Chowder (This Gal Cooks)
24. Seafood Bisque (Cooking and Beer)

Meatless

25. Butternut Squash and Apple Soup (I Am a Honeybee)
26. Crockpot Lentil Chili (Jeanette’s Healthy Living)
27. Broccoli and Cheese Soup (Peas and Crayons)
28. Tortellini Minestrone (Fake Ginger)
29. Tuscan Bean Soup (The Wanderlust Kitchen)
30. Sweet Potato Apple Soup (Not Just Baked)
31. Creamy Tomato Tortellini Soup (Two Peas and Their Pod)
32. Roasted Carrot Soup with Spicy Chickpeas (A Cookie Named Desire)
33. Lentil and Collard Soup (Fake Ginger)
34. Quinoa and Cauliflower Chowder (Foodie Crush)
35. Smoked Corn Soup (Culinary Concoctions by Peabody)

What’s your favorite soup for a cold day?

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Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles

Happy Sunday! I hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend. I’m so not looking forward to waking up early tomorrow. 

I had THE BEST time on my trip! I learned so much, had the best view from my window, and stayed up waaaaaay too late complaining about Pinterest with people who understood my whining. 

It was awesome. 

I also got addicted to Jane the Virgin – are you watching it? I went through all the episodes of Reign I’d been saving and then I watched the most recent How To Get Away with Murder episodes (OMG), and then started Jane the Virgin since my flights were delayed and then delayed and then delayed some more. 

And now, as I write this, I’m watching episode 7 and I can’t stop. I thought it would be super cheesy but it’s so Ugly Betty-like and I am obsessed. 

After days of eating whatever I want (like, I literally bought 3 candy bars in the Denver airport – whoops!), it’s time to get back to my regular semi-healthy routine.

And btw, Clementine gained a good 2 pounds while I was gone. My husband – who “doesn’t like dogs” – is obsessed with Clementine and gives her whatever she wants. And now she is quite round. 

Anyway, my blogging bestie has been doing Waffle Wednesday on her blog every week which has left me craving waffles like you wouldn’t believe. And she has inspired me to try more Paleo waffle recipes! 

These Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles are so delicious that I’ve made them twice in the last couple weeks. My husband and I like to cover them with Sunbutter and banana slices. 

Paleo Sweet Potato Waffles

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Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

Happy almost Friday! 

The day before I left for this trip, I spent all day cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, things like that.

Not because my husband can’t do those things, I just wanted to make his life easier. (And let’s be real, he’d never remember to do laundry and the last thing I want is someone upset because they have to wear their brother’s pants to school.)

I had taken the kids to the store last weekend and let them pick out easy foods like Lunchables, pizza rolls, frozen White Castle burgers. Basically my kids are going to be sad when I get home and we get back to our regular eating. 

But yeah, my husband’s sticking with Paleo while I’m gone and I wanted him to have lots of things that just need to be heated up. So I made this spaghetti squash casserole, this chili, and this beef stroganoff. All of those are favorites and I make them pretty much weekly. I also made some Paleo cornbread, a meatloaf you’ll see eventually, and roasted up a bunch of veggies. And finally, I made this.

I love making recipes like this because the meat is totally Paleo, super flavorful, and perfect on top of mashed cauliflower. But then it’s even more delicious on a roll with melty cheese on top! Which is, of course, how I ate it because I am weirdly obsessed with sandwiches right now. 

It was one of those times where I was all, “Okay, I’m just going to have two bites.”

“Orrrr maybe I’ll just have half a sandwich.”

“Welp. I ate it all.”

Crockpot Spicy Italian Drip Beef Sandwiches

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Tequila Sunrise Margarita

Today I bring you a Tequila Sunrise Margarita! 

Because depending on when you’re reading this, I may be channeling Dierks Bentley and getting drunk on a plane. 

Just kidding. I’m waaaaaay too uptight to do something like that but I’ll be wishing I was getting drunk on a plane. Because I hate flying. I hate it, I hate it, I hate it. For the same reason I don’t like movie theaters. It’s too small a space with too many people I don’t know and too few exits.

BUT! I’m heading to California for a social media thing so I’m willing to do the whole plane thing. Because I’ve never been to California! And I’m super stoked about just being there. 

It’s been several years since I’ve had the chance to go away and I’ve never, ever spent a night away from the baby (who isn’t a baby). This trip just happened to be at a time when my husband could skip a few days of work which isn’t easy since, you know… Army. 

Also, my husband’s never kept all 3 kids longer than, like, a grocery trip. He asked me to board Penelope (#idiothusky) because he doesn’t think he can handle her, all the kids, and Clementine. As you can imagine, having your husband admit to not being able to handle 3 days of what you did for 9 months is pretty awesome. 

I’ve also been annoying my best friend with ridiculous TSA questions, as I do every time I fly since she works for an airline. I actually deleted a text before I sent it yesterday that said, “Can I bring bobby pins in my carry on? Because I’m pretty sure I could use a bobby pin as a weapon if I needed to.” 

The one about the hair straightener made it through though. (Sorry Megan!)

Follow me on Instagram to see all the Starbucks mugs I buy all my adventures! 

As far as this drink, I turned the prettiest cocktail ever into a margarita! Because you know I love a margarita! It’s delicious, so pretty, and my new fave! 

Tequila Sunrise Margarita

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Corn and Chicken Chowder

Can we talk about how it just keeps snowing here in Colorado?

I didn’t really expect snow because last I’d heard, the weather guy was literally saying “Expect between 2 inches and 32 inches” which, you know, is kind of a broad range. And the jerk’s been known to lie about snow before. Plus the grocery stores were packed because everyone was buying ALL THE BOTTLED WATER and I just wanted to yell, “Quit! You’re jinxing it and it’s never going to snow and you’re going to be stuck with 57 cases of bottled water in your laundry room!” 

Yeah, I’m totally that annoying person that doesn’t talk about certain things or won’t do certain things because I’m afraid of jinxing something. 

My brain. It does funny things. 

But anyway, it snowed a ton (somewhere between 2 and 32 inches – thanks weather guy!) and like I mentioned yesterday, we went sledding and then we went sledding some more and then we threw snowballs at each other. Because who knows when we’ll live in a snowy place again!

I made this Corn and Chicken Chowder to warm up after all the sledding. I don’t really know what inspired me to make soup because my kids seriously have no idea what to do with soup. But I think this one was thick enough and had enough going on because they were all about it. My oldest even said, “I had no idea I liked soup!” 

It’s got corn and chicken and potatoes. And there may even be some bacon in there! 

Yeah, there’s definitely bacon. 

Corn and Chicken Chowder

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