Avgolemono (Greek-style Egg & Lemon Soup)

While falling asleep Friday night, I was hit with an intense craving for avgolemono. Avgolemono is a traditional Greek soup made with eggs and lemons. Our favorite family-owned Greek restaurant adds vegetables and chicken to theirs, though you can always make it without. I’ve wanted to tackle a homemade variety for ages, but never did. Until now.

With rain on the forecast for days on end and temperatures in the low 50s, there was no better time to create this delicious soup at home. We paired ours with a Greek style salad and pita bread for a warm and cozy, mouth watering dinner. I hope you enjoy!




  • 2 chicken breasts, seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder, cooked then shredded
  • 6c chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. kosher salt + more to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp. ground black pepper + more to taste
  • 1.5 tbsp. dried dill weed + more to taste
  • 2 lemons, juice of
  • 1.5c orzo pasta
  • 3 celery stalked, diced
  • 3 large carrots, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 eggs


  1. Season and cook chicken breasts at 375 degrees for 10-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
  2. While chicken is cooking, heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add celery and carrots and cook 3 minutes. Add onion and cook another 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are softened. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, heat 6c chicken broth over medium-high heat. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and add orzo and vegetables. Simmer until orzo is tender.
  4. Shred chicken. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and lemon juice.
  5. Once orzo is cooked, remove pot from heat to cool. Set aside 1c chicken broth in a medium bowl. Once cooled, slowly add egg mixture and whisk together. Make sure to do this very slowly to avoid egg from curdling. Then add egg mixture to the rest of the chicken broth, again very slowly, whisking continuously.
  6. Add shredded chicken and seasonings, adjusting seasoning to taste. Enjoy!


Andrew Weston: 18 Months

18 months. A year and a half. While it feels like just yesterday we were bringing you into the world, after a lonnnng 22 hours of laboring, it also feels like you’ve always been a part of our family. Life without you is unimaginable. You are just a light in our lives, a tiny ball of fun, beauty and love. You truly make our family whole.


Oh, Andrew. There’s so much love I have for you that words just cannot begin to grasp. There’s no way to express how much you mean to me but I’ll try. You are this loving, laughing, cuddlebug who adores being around others. You say hi to everyone and everything you encounter, with a giant smile on your adorable little face, still sporting the same 12 teeth you’ve seemed to have forever. Your big brown eyes light up when people respond to you, as you stand there waving your tiny hand above your head as if it’s a hat. You can constantly be found sitting or standing at the dormer window in our living room, looking out at people, dogs and cars passing, waving and saying hi or “buh bye”. You are such a friendly little boy.


You love dogs. If there is one anywhere within a mile of you, you’re sprinting off without hesitation to chase it down for a hug and a kiss. You yell “dah! dah!” as you go and squat down as soon as you reach it, wrapping your tiny arms around the dogs girth and kissing it on the snout. Even if it’s 4 times bigger than you, you bend down and give it all your loving. You giggle when they kiss you back. You love all animals and get especially excited for our trips to the zoo and animal park. You have no fear when it comes to petting strange birds, emos, cows or any other animal you get the opportunity to encounter. Your love for them almost got you killed when you walked straight after a duck, into a duck pond at the animal park last week. But that’s a story for another day and a memory I’d rather soon forget.


Your love for your big brother is immeasurable. You have some similar mannerisms as him, that are so fun to see since you are such completely different little men. Whatever he is doing, you want to do to. You love to mess with him and start wrestling wars, especially when he’s watching a movie. You taunt him, wrestle him, tease him and love him with everything you are.


Your quick to give hugs and kisses, especially to Jackson. You pucker your tiny lips and make a kissing sound when you want a big slobbery kiss and outreach your arms when you’re looking for a sweet embrace. You’re vocabulary has taken off, with your favorite words being “hi”, “buh bye” and of course “no”. But at the top of the list are also “please” and “thank you” which I couldn’t be more proud of. Or smile at because your tiny rendition of both are so darn cute. “peas” and “tank ew”.


You also have started to repeat “eww” when something is gross and aren’t afraid to ask for a “bite” of whatever we’re eating. Your appetite is insatiable. You’re always eating, always hungry and thankfully, always up for trying new things. Your favorites lately are soup and oatmeal because you get to use a spoon and make a colossal mess. But it’s all in the name of learning and dinner is often followed by bath time.


Like brother bear, you’re obsessed with being outside. You love trucks, tractors, dirt, rocks, flowers, picking unripe vegetables or overly ripe vegetables off the bushes. And everything inevitably ends up in your mouth. We are constantly yelling at you to spit out the handfuls of mulch, dirt and sand you seem to find everywhere we go.


I wish I could clone you. You’re the world’s sweetest babe and your sleep schedule is enviable. You wake up between 7-8am most mornings (though occasionally you try to keep up with big brother and wake up earlier, which almost always leads to overtiredness and a realization that you made a mistake and sleep is way better than 5am wakeups). You go to bed at the same time as brother, about 7/7:30 every night. You nap when he does, from 1:30-3:30/4pm most days and occasionally will take a cat nap in the mornings if we’re in the car or on a run. You’re incredibly adaptable and I don’t know if it’s because you’re the 2nd child or just perfect ;)


You LOVE music. LOVE IT. Whenever a song comes on the radio you can be found grooving along to the beat in your carseat. If it’s on the TV or we’re home, you do a wiggle dance, shaking your tiny booty. You love to move and groove. You’ve started to do this really funny gallop and usually walk on your tippy toes to get places. At the farm the other week you went after the monkeys, galloping sideways to them, with your hands at your armpits saying “ooh ooh!”


You love babies and are quick to embrace them in a hug and attempt to slobber kiss their faces. When you encounter one in a carrier or carseat, you always attempt to find your way in alongside them, so you can give them a big hug. At big brother’s birthday party, our friend’s brought their newborn. You spent no less than 15 minutes holding her and resting your head on her tiny belly. There’s no doubt you’re going to love being a big brother, and you’re going to be a wonderful one at that.


You’re such a big help lately too. When we open the living room baby gate at night to go have bath time, you run out giddily laughing and head straight for the changing table to grab diapers for you and Jax. When we clean up toys at night before bed, you run around happily grabbing one toy at a time and chucking them into the nearest basket with enthusiasm…and then you commence in self-clapping for yourself and smiling brightly. You’re too much sometimes and never fail to make us all laugh and smile constantly.


People often ask if you’re “always this happy” and the resigning truth is, YES! You seriously are this constantly happy, easygoing, smiling and laughing kid. You rarely cry and when you throw a “tantrum” it consists of getting this pouty tip, throwing down whatever is in your hand then throwing yourself onto the nearest pillow/rug/blanket and rocking for a few seconds. Then you stand up, turn around and go about your business.


Watching you with Jackson is my favorite thing in the world. The bond the two of you share is something I couldn’t have dreamed of. You are so close, so in love with one another and though there are occasional times you fight over toys or get too rough with one another when you play, there is overwhelmingly more laughter and happiness. I can’t imagine either of you as only kids and am so grateful for the bond you two share, and for the opportunity to watch you grow together. I love you both so much and can’t even imagine how Kyle will fit into the mix come January. But I know he’ll find a perfect place, just like you coming in our lives.


You are so very loved, with every part of my being. You’re my heart, my soul, my everything and there isn’t a moment of any day that goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that I get to be your mama.


Pregnancy #3: 22 Weeks


How Far Along?

22 weeks + 3 days

Weight Gain

No weigh-in (our scale died). I’m guessing around/a little above 10lbs


Thursday: 10min yoga (Really sore from hiking + swimming)
Friday: 3mi run w/ Andrew + 2mi walk
Saturday: Short walk around Great Falls
Sunday: Rest
Monday: 2mi run w/ Andrew (short on time due to a sono in the AM)
Tuesday: Rest (went to a fall festival with the boys and planned to do a workout at home when we returned but Andrew almost drowned and well, my mind was elsewhere)
Wednesday: 20min ST+20min cardio+20min prenatal yoga (Rain + 100% humidity = no run)


Dare I say anything to jinx it? But I’ve gotten some pretty decent sleep lately and I couldn’t be happier! I’ve also tweaked my diet a little (starting today) and actually felt half alive all day. Wahoo!


My biggest craving is Italian Cream cupcakes from my favorite bakery. I just woke up from naptime drooling on my pillow, dreaming about them. Caramel apples still! And chocolate. I’d love copious amounts of both.


The aftertaste of garlic and onions.


Multiple times a day and often you can see it from the outside. SO FUN!


  • Slow digestion & indigestion. Everything’s slowed down, which is the usual for me and pregnancy. It’s one of the not so fun parts of the process but I’ve been trying to stay active, hydrated and keep my fiber up to help things. And the indigestion sucks. A lot of times after meals, especially dinner, I’ll kind of burp/puke for awhile if that makes sense. Yummy huh?
  • Exhaustion. But I’m trying to change my diet around to add more iron in hopes that it’ll help things. I was anemic with Jax but not with Andrew (cause I craved steak and burgers like crazy) so I’m increasing my intake of spinach, oatmeal and tonight we’re having pot roast! Hopefully it helps.
  • I had a few Braxton Hicks contractions yesterday that left me thinking “uh oh, not again!” But they went away. I think it was just extreme stress that caused it.
  • Really tight hips. Finally got back on my yoga mat this morning and feel infinitely better.

Sono Facts:

We had a sono Monday and Kyle is measuring a week ahead (due date from sono is Jan 25th). He’s weighing in at a whopping 1lb 4oz and has a big ol’ belly in the 80th percentile. Apparently this could be a sign that I have gestational diabetes (I have my test Friday with my OB) but seeing as his head is also measuring 80%+ I’m not too concerned. Though apparently it might explain some of my exhaustion <—I think I might be anemic again too. I was with Jax but not Drew. We shall see! And he’s still breech. Stinker.


Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup (VEGAN)

I took my old lentil soup recipe and kicked it up a notch by adding some various spices and bulking up the vegetable content. Besides being delicious, the fact that you can throw everything into the crockpot, go about your day and come back a couple hours later to a completely cooked meal is always a plus. Hope you enjoy!

Lentil & Sweet Potato Soup

lentil soup


  • 1tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tbsp. dried parsley
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme or 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 3 large carrots, grated and diced
  • 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, diced
  • 3c dry lentils
  • 15oz can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 15oz can diced tomatoes
  • 32oz vegetable broth
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 bag spinach


  1. Combine all ingredients besides spinach into large crock pot. Stir to combine.
  2. Set on low heat for 4-5 hours or medium heat for 2-3 hours
  3. Stir in spinach and let wilt for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir and serve into bowls

A Day of Eats: Second Trimester

5am: I slowly sip two cups of half decaf/half buttery caramel coffee with 1% milk + stevia while Jackson watches Netflix and Andrew still sleeps

7am: Get Andrew up and we all sit down to breakfast. I’ve been on a pancake kick lately. 1 serving of Kodiak power cakes made with 1 egg, 1% milk, 1/2c organic pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, chia seeds and ground flaxseed. Once cooked I top them with crunchy PB and 100% maple syrup

(Apparently I lost the picture. Whomp whomp)

9am: Several handfuls of TJ’S omega-3 trail mix


10am: After a 3mi run with Andrew in the jogging stroller I shovel in a cup of strawberry greek yogurt topped with cheerios (for a little extra crunch) while we walk back to the park.


Noon: A bowl of leftover Minestrone soup


and some of these while the soup reheated.


2pm: An apple. Plus a handful of graham crackers that the boys were eating.

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5pm: Seasoned turkey breast, stuffing, green beans and creamed spinach


7pm: About a cup+ of mixed walnuts, roasted & salted almonds, cashews and dark chocolate chips plus another apple


Some days I eat more, some days (like Saturday) are eaten completely out and include pizza, bagel sandwiches and delicious fried fish tacos with no vegetables in sight but overall I tend to eat when I’m hungry and attempt to include some nutritious things in each day for the babe’s sake.

Pregnancy #3: 21 Weeks

21 weeks

How Far Along?

21 weeks + 3 days

Weight Gain

+.8lbs (+8lbs total weight gain)


Thursday: 20min prenatal workout (strength training)
Friday: 3.66mi run w/ Andrew
Saturday: Hiked Harpers Ferry (2.2mi) with an adorable 30lb weight on my back
Sunday: Walked around my old college campus + 20min prenatal yoga
Monday: 3mi run + 2.25mi walk w/ Andrew
Tuesday: 2 hour hike w/ the boys (because the trail lied about being a loop) +20min ST+20min prenatal yoga
Wednesday: 25min/1000m swim <– I hadn’t swam laps since I was pregnant with Andrew!


I can honestly say I don’t remember ever feeling so exhausted. I think I might be fighting the cold the boys have but I basically feel like I could fall into a deep coma at any given moment, which makes productivity a bit impossible. I’m beat. Which makes me terrified for January when the real sleepless nights begin. Yikes. I did get an awesome night of sleep Monday night which was incredible. And then Tuesday night I tossed and turned the entire night (I think because my shoulders were so sore from carrying Andrew in the Ergo for 2 hours + I was really nauseous).


Caramel apples. And chocolate. If you offered me a dozen donuts right now, I would definitely not object either :) Yesterday I really wanted Orange Beef so we had Chinese for dinner. It was yummy!


The aftertaste of garlic and onions.


Oh yes and it’s starting to become fairly predictable. He likes to party at naptime, at bedtime and any other time I could otherwise sneak in some shut eye ;) His kicks are becoming rather strong too!


  • Bloating. As if the belly wasn’t big enough to begin with, I’ve been incredibly bloated this week which is incredibly uncomfortable. It was so bad towards the end of the week that I felt nauseous most of the day from it.
  • Nausea. It’s especially bad in the afternoons.
  • The girls have been tingly? this week. I think they’re growing/milk stuff is going on.

Fun Comparison:

Left: 21 weeks with Kyle, Right: 21 weeks with Andrew

21w comparison

Minestrone Soup

Sunday marked the first day of fall weather in this part of the country. Little to no humidity, highs in the mid 70s, a brisk, crispness in the air and falling leaves with the first signs of changing colors litter the ground, marking the beginning of my favorite season. On this week meal plan it took everything in me to limit the number of soups I made, but the one that I knew would definitely make the cut was minestrone soup. There’s something so comforting about a warm bowl of soup and with two little ones and another growing in my belly, any way to secretly add vegetables to all our bowls is a winner. I had a general idea of what I wanted to add to our pot, a taste that I was looking to achieve and the outcome was everything I was looking for and more. Andrew even asked for seconds he enjoyed his so much!

If you’re looking for a delicious one pot meal that’s sure to satisfy and warm the soul, give it a try. I had some of the leftovers for lunch today and can honestly say, it’s even better the 2nd day.


Minestrone Soup

  • 1.5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2- 14.5oz cans diced, fire-roasted tomatoes (any diced tomatoes would work)
  • 32oz vegetable broth (I’d even add more if you want a more brothy soup)
  • 1- 15oz can crushed tomatoes
  • 1- 15oz can red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
  • 1- 15oz can great northern beans, drained & rinsed
  • 2c green beans (I used a 15oz, rinsed)
  • 2c elbow pasta
  • 1 bag spinach
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1.5 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1.5 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2c grated Parmesan
  1. Heat olive oil in extra large pot over medium high heat. Add onion and cook until opaque.
  2. Add carrots, zucchini and celery and continue cooking 5 minutes. Add minced garlic and all seasoning besides cheese. Stir to coat vegetables.
  3. Add vegetable broth, crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, green beans and great northern beans. Stir to combine and continue cooking at a simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add elbow pasta and Parmesan cheese. Cook 10 more minutes or until pasta is el dente.
  5. Add bag of spinach and stir to combine. Continue to cook until spinach is wilted and pasta is tender. Adjust seasonings to taste.
  6. Remove from heat and serve in bowls. Delicious along side French bread!