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    Hello and welcome to Chic Chiquita! I'm Anna - mommy, wife, and creator of chicchiquita.com. I'm a lover of all things vintage, creative, crafty, couture, homemade, delicious, and DIY. I've recently become a stay at home mom after 8 years as a product developer in the fashion industry. What better way to keep my creative juices flowing and capture glimpses into our daily adventures. Follow along and I hope you enjoy!

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Italian Wedding Soup with Chicken

Tonight’s dinner is a special recipe to our family.  It was handed down to my mother from her aunt (my great aunt) Della.  Aunt Della was my grandfather’s sister, and their family immigrated from the town of Ascoli Piceno, which is in the Marche region of Italy.  Countless pots have been made over the years on a cold night or over the holidays by my mother, and it’s always satisfied anyone with a spoon.  It’s our version of Italian wedding soup but made with chicken instead of meatballs.  I haven’t met an Italian wedding soup I don’t like, but I have to say, this is by far my favorite.

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 split chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots or 1/2 package baby carrots
  • fresh parsley
  • 2-3 chicken bouillon cubes
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Romano cheese
  • 1 package frozen chopped spinach

Directions:

  1. Clean chicken breasts and place in pot with about 7-8 cups of water.
  2. Add small onion and bring to boil.  Skim top while cooking.
  3. Add celery, carrots and a spring of fresh parsley.
  4. Add salt, pepper and cover.  Lower heat and simmer for 1.5 hours.
  5. Add chicken bouillon cubes and remove chicken.
  6. Debone and tear or cube into small pieces.
  7. Remove celery and onion and discard.
  8. Beat eggs and add bread crumbs and Romano cheese.  Mix together and add to broth.
  9. Cook frozen chopped spinach, drain and add to broth.
  10. Enjoy!  Makes approximately 8 servings.

* I often don’t use all the chicken for the soup and will make chicken salad with any that’s left over.  Lunch for the next day!:)

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Maddie’s First Halloween (party!)

We were invited to a neighborhood halloween party, that happened to be the same day as apple picking!  We were exhausted, but I scrounged up some costumes and off we went!  I threw together a flapper costume for myself and Maddie was a little ballerina.  Phil, well…he dressed up as himself.  He couldn’t be talked into a costume no matter how hard I tried!

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This was from a few days earlier, but I just had to include it!  Our little pumpkin!  Isn’t her headband EVERYTHING?!?:)

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{Apple Picking} Lynd Fruit Farm

Fall.  My absolute FAVORITE time of the year, specifically the month of October.  So much so that I chose to get married in October – my husband, Phil, and I just celebrated our two year anniversary!:) Besides always having an anniversary to celebrate during this glorious month, there are SO many other things I look forward to as well.  Carving pumpkins (at least for roasting the seeds), planting bulbs for the spring, cozy sweaters/scarves/jackets/boots, making fall treats like pumpkin chili and my to-die-for pumpkin cookies (recipe to come!) and APPLE PICKING!

We had the perfect day about a week ago and headed out to our local orchard Lynd Fruit Farm with my brother Joey and his girlfriend Amanda.  Suncrisp, Melrose and Rome were what was available for harvesting.  We bought a $12 bag and filled it with as many as we could fit.  I plan to make either an apple crisp or apple tart, but in the meantime did you know how apples are best kept?  They can stay longest in the refrigerator in a cool, damp spot and can last for up to 5 months!  Who knew?!

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Walking through the orchards.  We had SUCH a beautiful fall day for apple picking!

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Filling up our bag with Suncrisp.

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I love this picture of Phil and Maddie.  It’s hard to get a 7 month old to look directly at the camera!

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Frégeau family of three!:)

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Joey and Amanda.  Thank you Amanda for capturing such great pictures of our day!

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Mesmerized and determined to get that apple!

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Testing out a Roma – “Hey guys, usually this stuff is puree’d!” 😉

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We finished up our day with a trip to the farmers market.  We stocked up on apple butter, fresh baked bread, some apple fry pies and a chocolate chip cookie for the ride home.:) Tonight I’m actually using the apple butter to make this Sweet and Spicy Chicken recipe.  I’m using all natural, organic breasts as opposed to the thighs, and serving it with a side of Balsamic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts.  I think this sounds like the perfect dinner on this crisp autumn night!  I’ll post a review of tonight’s dinner and let you know how it turned out!

xo,

Anna

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October 25, 2013 - 4:15 pm

rachel - Y’all are simply adorable! I’m making those chicken thighs today, too! Mainly to share, but also to rephotograph 😉

I hope y’all love them, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

October 25, 2013 - 4:46 pm

anna.fregeau@gmail.com - Thanks Rachel! I’m excited to try your recipe tonight! Will be sure to share how it turns out! :)

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Chic Chiquita gets a facelift…

So…Chic Chiquita has had a bit of a facelift as I’ve been learning and experimenting with blogging and WordPress.  In the process, my original three posts were lost and sent to bloggy heaven.:( Hopefully I can get back to posting regularly again, and I plan to share some delicious recipes I’ve tested recently, a trip to the local apple orchard and a fun DIY project for Miss Madeleine’s room.  More fun soon to come!  Stay tuned!

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