Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts
Showing posts with label winter. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The Best Ever Chicken Noodle Soup


It's mighty chilly here in Georgia friends! I started going through some of my favorite soup recipes and I came across this one that I posted exactly one year ago today here on the blog. It's so wonderful when the temperatures start to dip! Couldn't help but re-post..........

I LOVE this recipe for so many reasons. For one, it is so wonderfully fresh, and for another, it's a really hearty soup, perfect for filling a hungry family. I also love it because it freezes so well. Like it or not, winter is cold and flu season, and having a big pot of this soup sitting in my freezer, is a huge plus. There are boocoodles of short cuts when making this recipe and when I'm in a rush, I have been known to change out some of the ingredients for a quicker fix, so feel free- it's a very forgiving recipe.  Enjoy y'all.............


Ingredients

Stock:


1 whole chicken
3 1/2 cups of water
1 onion peeled and diced
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon of lemon pepper seasoning
3 cloves garlic minced
4 bay leaves
3 chicken bouillon cubes
salt and pepper

Soup:

2 cups sliced carrots

2 cups sliced celery, with leafy green tops
2 1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 cup sliced mushrooms
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/3 cup cooking sherry
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 cup grated Parmesan, optional
3/4 cup heavy cream, optional
Seasoning salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Crusty French Bread, for serving


Directions:
For the stock: add all ingredients to a soup pot. Cook until chicken is tender, about 35 to 45 minutes. Remove chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. Remove and discard bay leaves and onion. When chicken is cool, pick bones clean and set aside.
For the soup: bring stock back to a boil and add carrots, cooking for 3-5 minutes. Add celery and continue to cook 5-10 minutes. Add egg noodles and cook according to package directions. When noodles are done, add chicken, mushrooms, sherry, rosemary and cream {if desired}. Simmer for a few minutes more. Salt and pepper as desired.

This recipe originally from Miss Paula Deen! Love her recipes! You can find her original here.

Friday, October 23, 2015

In The Quiet


My mind has already begun drifting to thoughts of the quiet season {you know, w-i-n-t-e-r, shhhhhh}. I never know how my mind will react to that looooong, cold stretch. Sometimes I find myself in a season of darkness that seems impossible to shake, other times, like last winter, smooth sailing. Last year I made lots of plans that I truly believe helped keep my spirits lifted. Our home fully reflected a calm and cozy winter, and I was honestly sad to see winter go. There was lots of baking, candles, blankets all around, we traveled a little, it was heavenly.


I'm gearing up again mentally and mulling over some ideas to make winter bright for our family. If you happen to suffer from depression from time to time, bless you, you're in my prayers and if you know someone that does, the smallest gestures of kindness are truly a life-line. 

Planning ahead last winter was a life-saver, so, I'm planning away friends!


Tuesday, January 6, 2015

A Winter Kitchen


This winter, each room in our house is getting a few tweaks for the season. Winter can be so dark and dreary, so with that in mind, I set out to lighten and brighten our tiny kitchen space. First up, curtains down.  Oh wow, what an unexpected delight! I knew it would be a little brighter without the curtains in there, but holy moly y'all, it's such a huge difference. 




If y'all have windows that you're not worried about anyone peering in, take those curtains down, at least for the winter. You'll be so surprised at the difference- I promise. It's a real mood lifter. I reorganized my open shelving with all my baking bowls too and it's so easy to grab what I need for baking now. 




Don't have open shelves? Neither did we. A simple removal of a few cabinet doors, and voila- open shelving. It really lightens and brightens your kitchen space. Never feel like you're stuck with your house just the way it is- think outside the box a little- you can thank me later! 



Anyway, these tiny changes in the kitchen have made a HUGE  mood lifting impact. I'll be posting on more free and on the cheap changes you can make around the house for the long winter ahead that will keep you feeling your best this season. The tiniest changes can make such a big impact. Y'all stay warm............

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