Saturday, December 12, 2009

Well hello there...

Sorry for the many-day sabbatical!  Things have been pretty busy around here, Christmas shopping, sending out Christmas cards, re-arranging the nursery, sewing Christmas stockings, you get the picture.
Also, this week, I have been taking care of my two sick boys!  They are much better now, and I know Ryan is better due to this wonderful Chicken Noodle soup for the under-the-weather Soul.
I have never made homemade chicken noodle soup before, and it was way too easy! You should try it, give Campbell's a run for their money!!

First start off with your yummy veggies.  Well hold on, start off by cleaning your chicken, I used about three thighs and put them in a pot of water, then quickly add these veggies.  These are just to make the broth, so if you don't like any of these, you must still put them into the water to add their oh-so-good flavor!  I promise!

Chop them up in big pieces, it is easier to get them out of the soup that way.  Leave the skin on the onion, the leaves on the celery, just think about all of the vitamins and minerals it is adding.  Remember we are trying to heal the sick ones around the house!

Throw them in your pot with some seasonings.  Now here is where I just add whatever:  a little seasoning salt, some regular salt (not too much) and pepper, some chicken bullion cubes, and any other seasonings that come to mind.

Check on the chicken after the water comes to a boil, about 20 minutes, and if it has no more pink, take them out to cool.

Once the chicken is cool enough, shred it with two forks, working it into little pieces.  Try a piece just for good measure, it is so delicious!

Now drain your veggies out through a colander and pour the broth back into the pot.  Here is where you can make the decision to put back in any of those veggies into your soup.  Ryan asked for the carrots only, so i cut them up a little more and added them along with the shredded chicken back to the soup.  Add the noodles and cook over low heat.  Taste test the broth and see if you need to add anything else.

and here you go, homemade chicken noodle soup for the under-the-weather soul! Grab a sleeve of crackers, a spoon and enjoy!
It is too easy to be this good!

Ok, so after I served up my husband some soup, I decided that since he was taking a sick day he could stay home and watch Ethan while I went Christmas shopping.  I was in and out of those stores so fast, it was awesome!
You see, when you have a baby things can get crazy.
First, you have to get the stroller out and set up.  Next you make the decision to get the baby or your diaper bag/purse.  I choose to go with the diaper bag then the baby.  While doing this, you pull the stroller up so close you have hardly any room to maneuver, but you do this so no hooligans can grab your purse or wallet, or whatever they are up to.  You are constantly finding things in the car to take, toys, blankets, keys, your shopping bag full of stuff to take back, who knows, but while all of this is going on, you try to be cognizant of your surroundings while tending to the above said things. I told you it could get crazy.  So, back to not having to go through all of this just to pick out a pair of socks, it was very nice.

It was also nice to come home to find that my husband made Ethan a play pin.  Oh how crafty you say?

He took off all of the couch cushions and pillows and closed off an area of the living room floor.
"He is having so much fun!" Ryan says.
Just when you think getting in and out of the car was too easy, you come home to  reassemble the couch, because if you ask him to do it, you get cushions standing on the wrong end, pillows turned upside down.  I've learned it's just easier to do it and move on. Plus he's sick so I will let it pass, this time.

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