Weekend: Soup + Moving

the-loopy-ewe-space-fort-collinsThat title pretty much sums up what I’ll be doing this weekend. Our new space is done!! (Well, ok – they still have a few ladders, tubs and tables to take out from the construction.) Here’s what the long part of the U-shape looks like, empty. (Compare that to this one, before they had started the finish work.) So we’ll have the same group of movers back to wheel things from one side of the hall to the other on Saturday morning. Then we’ll spend the rest of Saturday and more time next week, fine tuning everything over there.)

So many of you asked about having the webcam going for the moving in process, so we’ll be sure to connect that first thing. Not that I don’t think you have better things to do a week before Christmas. But if you’re sitting and knitting those last minute gifts and want to pop in to view the chaos once in awhile, we’ll be there!

Since this will be a busy weekend, there’s nothing better to have for dinner than a hearty soup that you can toss in the crockpot in the morning. This has turned into my favorite soup recipe this fall, and it’s easy!

Wild-Rice-and-Chicken-SoupWild Rice and Chicken Soup

4 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 package of Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice
1/2 tsp. salt (plus more to taste)
1/2 tsp. pepper
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter
2 cups half and half (can use fat free, or a mix of both, or be brave and go full fat….)
1 cup sliced carrots (or a pack of frozen, sliced carrots)
1 cup diced celery

Combine broth, water, carrots, celery, chicken and rice (including the seasoning packets from the rice mix) in a large slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours (or on high for 4 hours).

Take chicken out and shred it. Add it back into the slow cooker.

In a small bowl, combine salt, pepper, and flour. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Stir in the flour mixture slowly, whisking to form a roux. Whisk in the cream a little at a time, until fully incorporated and smooth. Stir cream mixture into slow cooker and let cook on low for 15 more minutes.

(I usually double this recipe so that we have lunch leftovers for the next couple of days as well. It reheats well.)

Enjoy your weekend and we’ll be back on Monday to let you know about the new things going up Monday night. A new line, a new base from a favorite company, and some gorgeous re-stocks!

Sheri heatedbirdbathonthedeckwasfrozenthismorning.



  1. Yeah, for getting settled and you’d be surprised how often we check the webcam … security service from Loopy Groupies … got to make sure our “stash-to-be” is safe.

  2. Congratulations and good luck on the move into the real space…it will seem like you just moved, that’s right you did just move…lol! Hopefully moving within the building will be even easier than the move to Ft Collins!

    Soup looks good too bad it’s 60ish here or I would be making it…

  3. The soup looks wonderful. I’ll have to try it.

    I tried a new recipe Monday for a Crockpot Chicken Tortilla Soup using Hatch Green Chili Enchilada Sauce. Found the recipe on the inside of the can label. It was wonderful, but my crockpot could have been just smidge larger.

    Glad you are getting Loopy into the newly finished space.

  4. YAY…………so excited to see the progress. You are amazing Sheri. The mail is definitely slow at this time a year. So used to getting my package in two days. Ordered Tuesday and it went Wednesday. Colorado Elves, thankyou so much for the quick turnaround. As of this morning, my package is somewhere in transit. The soup looks yummy- Sounds like a plan for my next trip to the grocery store. Time to get my needles moving. Still have my husbands scarf to finish and hopefully one more…..eeeks.
    Good luck this weekend. Sounds like the Loopy crew is off to a great start !!!!!

  5. Good Luck on this move. I will be thinking about y’all. Soup looks great! That is on the must do list over Christmas vacation.

  6. The new space looks great, Sheri! Can’t wait to see it in person! Good luck with the final stage of the move.
    And thank you for the recipe, I think I will try it on Sunday.

  7. Oh my how exciting! The finished room looks great! It looks “big”! Looking forward to seeing it in person! Thank you for the soup recipe- will have to make it next week!

  8. Good luck with everything! Thank you for the soup recipe. I am going to make it on top of the stove – no crock pot. I know it will come out great.

  9. oh sheri congratulations!!!
    i totally envy you moving to someplace sunny; go you. i’m sure the new space will be as beautiful and inspiring as the old one; many, many good wishes on you and yours for the new year and your new venture!

  10. Thank you, Sheri, for the webcam – I want to see Loopy move into his new home. And the soup recipe – I plan to make it this weekend.

  11. It looks FABULOUS!!! -omygoodness, so exciting!! I hope you have a chance to celebrate Christmas and take a bit of a break from it all.. and congratulations to you for getting a beautiful new place and taking the plunge with the MOVE (so bright and love all the windows – it would be a perfect art studio but great for the yarn and you can see outside now too heehee) – it is difficult and scary and exhausting but a new adventure and we are all with you… – YAY FOR YOU!!! And the soup recipe looks perfect wanna try it – using turkey leftovers – it will be great – thanks Sheri – thinking of you and wishing you the best with the move and new place!!

  12. ok……as soon as ya get settled……we need some more Loopy Ewe accessories!! it’s been the same for awhile……what kinda Colorado “stuff” do ya got???

    Looking forward to trying the soup recipe!
    Have you gotten the puppy yet? I do have to wonder what the kitties would think though.
    I WILL be checking the web cam to see the move in progress.
    All the best to the new Loopy Elves.

  14. This for me is the season of corn chowder and chili, both really good slow cooker meals. I have a ton to do before Christmas, so I should go to bed to catch enough zzzzz that I can get all of the cookies baked this weekend.

  15. Thank you for putting up the new web cam, Sheri! Your Wild Rice and Chicken Creamy Soup looks awesome! I can’t wait to try it! Good luck with the rest of your move today!

  16. Yay! The Webcam is up – the next best thing to being there in person. Now if I can only figure out a way to justify a trip from NY to Colorado to meet all of you and see the new store. Oh yeah, and maybe buy some yarn too.

  17. So excited for your doors to open. Live only a couple of blocks away! Good for me, bad for the pocketbook. Welcome to Fort Collins!

  18. Oooh, your new shop home is almost done! Loopy will have a home for Christmas – one with heat and electricity.

    Sheri, I know you’ll be happy to be settled in and have this move behind you. Good luck and hope everything goes smoothly.

  19. Ooh, look at all the windows and all the lovely light! And so much space — yes, the suggestion I saw of roller skates for the elves might be a good idea. 🙂 I’ve already gotten my first order from Colorado, and I know there will be many more to come. Yay!

  20. YAY the webcam is up…………..everything looks so amazing………..slumber party in store…….what a way to go…………..got my first order from Colorado and another one is on the way and another one in my basket…………..this afghan i am making has officially taken on its own life………I am such a loopy groupie………………….mY order only took three days….amazing since this is such a busy time and USPS is getting used to the massive packages going out to us everyday……………….Thankyou Colorado Elves and Sheri for continuing such awesome customer relations, Hubby said my yarn has taken over the spare room and he has had dreams that my collection along with my dolls are soon going to invade his man cave…..lol

  21. Ooh, yummy. Last Christmas brought me an incredible soup pot, and I went on a soup-making binge. Five different soups, probably two gallons each, frozen individually. I made the Wild Rice and Chicken soup—same recipe—but substituted Morningstar Farms Chik’n Strips instead. (Real chicken grosses me out.) It worked out great! Froze well, defrosted well—I just finished the last container of that soup. Time to make more!

  22. That soup looks good! Do you have any suggestions for making it with regular rice though? We bought a giant bag, and I’d rather use it. Saves money, so I have more for yarn!

  23. Hi Melissa! I haven’t tried it with regular rice, but I would think it would work fine, as long as it’s long-cooking rice (not minute rice). Try it and let us know!

  24. Ok, I gave it a shot with mixed results. As written, the rice completely fell apart. Which wasn’t bad! It tasted wonderfully! But it wasn’t chicken and rice soup. I think next time I’ll add the rice when I add the roux.

  25. Hmmm. Well, good to know. Or add the rice when you start making the roux. You only let the soup simmer 15 more minutes after adding the roux, which might not be enough time to finish off the rice. But if you add in the 5-10 minutes it takes to make that in a saucepan, that might be just about right!

  26. I know this is a very old post, but I wanted to let you know I’m still making this a couple times a year and it keeps getting better and better. Found out last night that it’s actually son #2’s favorite soup. I thought it was chili. So, thanks all the way from 2016 for sharing this recipe 5 years ago and making it a family favorite. I usually do it right after Thanksgiving and Christmas and use leftover turkey. One year we had a smoked turkey and let me tell you, the smoked turkey made this so amazing! But I have made it the traditional way as well.

    1. How fun, Kathy! I’m so happy to hear that this has been a family favorite for you. It is one of our family favorites now, too! So hearty and delicious on a cold evening. Thanks for coming back to post about it!

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