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Bone Broth Rotisserie Chicken Sweet Potato “Noodle” Soup || Crockpot | Whole30 | Gluten Free

I’m officially obsessed with making bone broth soups!!

Admittedly so much so that the Huz said….”Ok, I might need a soup break.”

haha.  Whoops.

Yet…are you kidding me?  SOUP break when it’s FREEZING outside and everyone is getting sick??!!

NO!!

I changed my original attempt at making this, because one chicken carcass didn’t seem to wield enough flavor-mostly because I don’t like adding a litany of seasonings!.  Also, my original attempt used regular noodles, so don’t despair, if you want a hearty DELICIOUS recipe, that is not Whole30…it would be delicious with any kind of noodles!  And would be even more so with the two carcass addition!

Admittedly, I didn’t soak mine for days… as it probably should have if you are only using one carcas.

I’m more of an overnight for the next meal kinda person.  SO…if you’re with me on that, and want even MORE left overs…

TWO CHICKENS!

Otherwise…one chicken carcass for longer 15-18 hours is what I read.

SO…I’m now converted to buying two chickens!  We eat one meal from the actual chicken, and then I take all the meat off both for later use (more recipes on that to come!) but most of one chicken goes back into the soup.

Ingredients (feeds 4 with leftovers)

  • Two Rotisserie Chickens (Use both carcasses for the bone broth but the shredded chicken from both can be used for multiple meals!)
  • 4-6 Medium sized carrots (I used organic Rainbow Carrots, because… FUN COLORS! :))
  • 1 Tablespoon crushed ginger
  • 1 Teaspoon crushed garlic
  • 1 Medium to Large Onion Diced
  • Sea Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1 Sweet potato spiralized to make “noodles” . Could also do any veggie or use any other kind of noodle!  I cannot even tell you how easy it is to do this! Less than 2 minutes.

Directions

  • Pick off all the chicken from the bone and set aside in an airtight container.
  • GUYS!!!  Editing to add.  I did NOT do this for this recipe, but later found these bags and I put all my bones in them, then lifted it all out!  DONE!  Very crude Video HERE haha.
  • Place the carcass in the slowcooker with the carrots, onions, garlic, and ginger.
  • Pour 10-12 Cups of Water depending on your crockpot.  I filled mine until 1″ of the top (Ok, I filled it to closer to the top my next time, and…it didn’t go well for the cleaning up aspect…fyi :)) . SO…keep it within an inch of the top 🙂
  • Cook on low overnight for 12-18 hours.  Honestly…longer the better.
  • The next morning, pull on the bones out unless you bought these bags!!.  I left the carrots and onions in there, and for me…it’s a must for flavor!  They were mushy, but I figured the flavor would still be good and it SO was!
  • Meanwhile…spiralize your sweet potato.  You have plenty of time, so no rush on doing it 🙂
  • When the bones are all out (pick them out or lift them out in a bag!), place the spiralized sweet potatos back in and cook on high for another hour.
  • Add shredded chicken back in and let sit on warm until dinner!Great for those sick days….or NOT, because….YUM!!

For other recipes…

For beginners that haven’t tried making bone broth before….I hadn’t either.  So…here’s (with adjustments added!  my first attempt!

You can see Esther’s chicken soup post where she started from scratch with a whole chicken.

And, other easy Crockpot Recipes you might enjoy…

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Healthy Chicken and Dumplings

Crockpot Veggie Pasta and Turkey Meat Sauce

Most importantly…

Enjoy!!

And let me know if you have!dit-elle-Lauren

Faux Fur + Stripes + DIY Released Hem Skinnies + RED Clogs | Valentine’s Day 2018

 Never one to be on time…

We took these on Valentine’s Day…but a pop of red is always a good idea in my opinion! I’ll be doing a blog post on just how easy it is to do your own released hem that’s all the rage right now.

I did these while I was watching Maya’s gymnastics class! LOVE! Funny story.  Maya had this idea in her head of what she wanted us to do.  I could NOT figure out what she meant!

But…I think this was it haha.
This was NOT it.  Her face…haha. Singing her little heart out! Gah….I will be so sad when her teeth come in!!

That gap tooth SMILE-LOOOOOOVE!!

On me…

Jeans- Paige “Roxi Capri” with DIY released hem (thrifted, similar here and here)
On Maya…
Faux Leather Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Denim Jacket- CrewCuts (thrifted)
Dress- Isobella & Chloe (eBay)
Leggings- (Zulily)
Boots- Timberland “Maple Candy” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Just so  you know…the images of me by myself?  They usually start with me trying to lure Maya
in, and then when she doesn’t want to….I improvise.
Yeah…she was NOT feeling it at first. And then…WHY DO I KEEP THINKING BALLOONS ARE A GOOD IDEA!??!!
They are NOT!!!  Like…EVER!
Ok, maybe 2% of the time…
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Faux Leather Biker Jacket + Stripes + High Waisted Crops + Booties

 I can’t stop buying high waisted crop jeans.  Granted…on my monster torso, they don’t look so “high waisted”.

I think they can be harder to style in the colder temps, but they work great if you can find the right height of bootie to wear with them!

It was SUPER windy on this evening.  Maya was actually waiting in the car by the side of the road.

She could still see me btw… Then, she came out, but insisted I hold her the whole time because she was too cold… LOVE this next one!!!! Ok, I love ALL these!!! I could lie and say this next one was a super sweet shot of her holding my face, but…

She thought it was hilarious to put her cold hands on my face. 🙂 Another favorite!!  The symmetrical nerd in me loves how my leg mimics the curve of the grass!

Complete happy accident haha.I convinced her to get down on her own for a few saying she could dance to keep warm… DYING!!  She clearly gets into it when she dances 🙂

On me…

Jacket- Zara (thrifted, similar here and here)
Top- J Crew (thrifted, similar here)
Belt- Vintage (thrifted, similar here)
Jeans- J Crew “Vintage Cropped” (thrifted for $6! similar here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Pumpkin Patch (thrifted)
Top- H&M (thrifted, but similar here)
Overalls- Crewcuts (thrifted for $7!)
Shoes- Crewcuts (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Yeah…it was really windy!!
haha.
One minute…super sweet looking shot (above), then….reality. And….then she decides to look down my shirt??? She REEEEEAALLY gets into her dancing haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Playing on the windy beach in Hunter boots

 To be honest, the overcast somewhat nasty days are usually my favorite days to go outside and play! No need to fight any crowds, so you have the beach all to yourself! I’m sure most people wouldn’t think of playing on the beach in the waves when it’s 44 degrees  and super windy outside, but we had so much fun!

I took a video of how I set up the camera and the shutter release I use which can be viewed here. Of course she thought it was hilarious trying to get ME into the water! I looooove that this almost looks like she’s playing in the snow in these next ones! Her face!!  LOVE!

On me…

Sweater- Elizabeth and James (eBay, similar here and less expensive here.)
Top- Banana Republic (thrifted, but super fun sleeve option here)
Jeans- DL1961 Toni “midrise” (eBay, similar here)
Boots- Hunter (thrifted, but similar here and here)
On Maya…
Vest- Zara (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweatshirt- Crewcuts (thrifted, )
Jeans- DL1961 “Chloe” (thrifted, but similar here)
Boots- Hunter Original Kids (eBay)
Keeping it Real…
I messed up locking in the focus on a whole series of shots! UGH.  SO frustrating, but thankfully I moved the camera and got the focus right.
Not really an outtake, but her pose!!  KILLS ME!
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Off the Shoulder Cashmere Sweater + Skinny Boyfriend Jeans + Booties

 I love the idea that any wide neck sweater can easily turn into an off the shoulder one!

And…if you are unsure of the off the shoulder trend or don’t want to wear a strapless bra…layer a fun bralette or tank underneath! Looking back on these pictures, I needed to roll the cuff once more or a little bigger…I don’t really like where they hit me at the ankle.

One of the many benefits of taking pics! GAH!!  Her smile and laugh are just about my favorite thing to see!! This smile now is very GAP TOOTHED!!  I have a loooooot of posts I need to do with her old teeth still in.  I cannot WAIT to start posting her new smile!!

On me…

Sweater- Feel the Piece SO obsessed with this brand! (eBay)
Top- H by Bourdeax
Booties- Sam Edelman “Posey Chain Trim Bootie” (eBay, fun ones here & here)
On Maya…
Sweater- Naartjie (thrifted)
Top- (thrifted)
Jeans- True Religion “Skinny” (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Children’s Place “Sequin Popstar Hi-Top Sneaker (thrifted, similar here)
Keeping it Real…
Most times, I just let Maya jump and dance around, and it ends up being so her and so cute.
And then there are the in between moments….haha.
Her classic face… 🙂
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Fancy Dresses on a windy beach…

 One thing we’ve had LOTS of lately, is windy days!!

I’ve been wanting to get dressed up and play with the wind, and we finally did it the other day.  Maya LOVES to dress up, so that was an easy sell.  It was pretty cold though, so layers were key.

I totally underestimate the wind and which direction we should be facing.  I thought it would be better to have the wind at our fronts, but that just pushed my dress in all kinds of unflattering areas!

This one totally cracks me up though, and thankfully she’s hiding me-haha!I took a little video of Maya running around too… (click to view) Loooooove this next one! I messed up the focus on this next one.  It’s harder to lock in the focus on my tiny little focus stand when the camera is farther away from the tripod…

Soooooo, I just did a creative blur, and called it an “artisic shot” haha.

I actually really like it!

On me…

Jacket- Doma (old, similar here)
Belt- Linea Pelle (Old, similar here)
Boots- Circa Joan & David (thrifted, similar here)
On Maya…
Jacket- Zara Kids (thrifted, but similar here)
Sweater- CrewCuts by J Crew (thrifted, but similar here)
Shoes- Unlisted “Totally Mine” (thrifted, but similar here)
Keeping it Real…
I tried to get an image of my super fun HANDMADE earrings/necklace, but the wind was obviously not cooperating!
So…I came back and took a pic in front of my house.  Of COURSE my neighbor came by when I was taking them-as they always do!
Today she’s doing a buy 2 get 1 free sale!  Now that’s fate!  SO….check out her amazing designs!
I aaaaaaalmost posted an image that showed just how badly the wind was blowing my dress onto me, but just couldn’t.
You’re welcome!
Because….it wasn’t pretty-haha.
Her face in this next one… 🙂
And another video we took “I just want to go in the car now mom!” haha.
(all pictures taken with a shutter release and tripod, except ones of Maya :))

dit-elle-Lauren

Vanilla Cake with Cashew Frosting and Strawberries | Paleo

I made this for Maya’s birthday, which was back in…..

OCTOBER!

Sigh…

Poor thing’s birthday is right in the midst of my busiest time at work!  She still got the cake she requested, but I never had time to blog it!

I used Paleo Grubs “Famous Vanilla Cake” and only made a few changes.  Everyone LOVED it, and no guilt either!

Ingredients

For the cake
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp raw honey
  • 5 tbsp coconut flour
  • 5 tbsp almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla pod
For the filling
  • 1 3/4 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hour and drained well
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • about 1/3 cup water
  • ½ tsp lemon juice
  • seeds from one vanilla pod
  • ⅛ tsp sea salt

Directions for Frosting

  • Original recipe says to make the filling a day ahead.  I made mine the day of, but made it first and chilled it while I was making the cake.
  • Place all the ingredients except water in a high power blender and blend until smooth. Add the water, a tablespoon at the time until the filling become silky and you get your desired texture.Having a cute assistant adds even more sweetness 😉 . Ok, that was bad…but true! 🙂
  • Transfer the filling to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight or for a few hours like I did 🙂

Directions for the cake

  • Preheat oven to 350.
  • Original recipe says to line two 8 inch spring-form pans with parchment paper, but I just greased two 8 inch cake pans really well and they popped right out.
  • In a large bowl or food processor cream the eggs with honey.
  • In a separate bowl combine flours with salt and baking soda.
  • Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and add vanilla extract or seeds from vanilla pod.
  • Divide the mixture between prepared pans and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.

For visual reference.  The dough will be more dense. And it won’t rise much after cooking.

  • Remove cakes from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
  • After the cake is cooled off, smooth half of the frosting on top of one cake layer, and layer sliced strawberries.
  • Place 2nd layer on top and spread a thin layer of the frosting on top and place strawberries with the top cut off around the cake.
  • Scoop the rest into pastry bag or you can use a ziploc bag with the tip cut off.  Squeeze onto cake for decoration!

ENJOY!dit-elle-Lauren