Celebration Village Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself."
Galatians 5:13-14

Our Sunday School lesson this week was on serving others. Doesn't the verse above do a wonderful job of reminding Christians of God's calling upon our lives? How humbling to think that the God of all creation wants to use me to bestow His blessings upon others! Astounding! Opportunities abound if I am only alert and faithful!

All that remains of our nice snow from last week are a handful of half-melted snowmen scattered around town. It was fun while it lasted, and our family had no injuries this time, much unlike the mishap we experienced during our bout with frozen precipitation back in December, when Larry fell, broke three ribs and punctured his lung, which landed him in the hospital for a couple of days. Poor guy! For those who may not be familiar with Dixie weather in the winter, we rarely get a pretty snow, but we do generally experience a freeze over or two each winter. Thankfully, these icy conditions are usually short lived, but we are accident riddled while it is on the ground – especially from falls occurring on paved areas such as steps, sidewalks and parking lots. I thought you guys might enjoy this little group of photos I took last week:

How to Triple the Value of Your Dust Pan...

Take an ordinary Dollar Tree dust pan and place it on the laundry room floor.
Let one of your kids step on it and break it.
Let hubby use a dollar's worth of duct tape repairing its inside and...

two dollar's worth of duct tape repairing its outside...

Value Tripled!!!

Real value of a duct tape-repaired dust pan, which is now sturdy enough to be used as sidewalk clearing equipment by a Southern woman who doesn't want any more broken bones at her house...


All kidding aside, the snow was fun and gave all of us an opportunity to slow down for a few days, enjoy our families, and minister to others. Just as the snow began to fall, our sweet friend Donna came to our door with a huge bowl of hot soup and a large container of yummy hot cocoa mix! What a blessing! This is a great soup recipe! We all loved it! Donna said this is the soup that is served at Celebration Village, a local charitable event for an area hospice facility, Sanctuary Hospice House. This facility is a haven for hurting patients and their families! We are blessed to have it in our area. Donna was kind enough to share the recipes for both the soup and cocoa mix. Donna is a blessing to our family, our church and our community! She has a true servant's heart! Here is the soup recipe:

Celebration Village Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Celebration Village Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

1 small onion, chopped
1 cup shredded carrots
5 cups water
1 package Uncle Ben's Wild Rice (fast cooking kind)
1 (10-ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
2 cups chopped cooked chicken
1/2 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed
1 (10-ounce) can cream of chicken soup
Sauté onion and carrots in a lightly greased Dutch oven for 5 minutes.
Add water, seasoning packets from rice, broccoli, and chicken.
Bring to a boil and stir in rice.
Reduce heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes.
Add cheese and soup, stirring constantly until cheese melts.
Sticks easily, so be careful!
Freezes well.
Makes 10 cups.


  1. Thanks for sharing. I shared your link on the Sanctuary Hospice Facebook page for all of our friends to enjoy!

  2. Oh, thank you! This is a wonderful soup! Sanctuary Hospice House is a wonderful facility! God bless!


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