let them eat soup and a tidbit or two

It’s been raining hard today.

So hard that the only ones seeming to enjoy the rain were

a group of little birdies playing tag on our much supported butterfly bush.

Carl proclaimed today as one that was only fit for sitting by the fire with a book.

I agreed although I have done neither today…but there is still time…I hope!

What I will be doing is preparing a big pot of soup fit to comfort.

This is my version of chicken noodle soup.

It’s easy.

It’s comforting.

It is fit to bring to any ailing person in your life.

Or at least a few that have been soaked by the rain of June.

Helen’s Chicken Noodle Soup 

2 cooked chicken breast*, shredded
2-4 garlic cloves**
2 boxes of chicken broth***
4 celery stalks, finely diced
2 carrots, sliced
1/2-1 onion, diced (depending on size and love of onions)
1 bay leaf
1 t. fresh thyme
a handful of chopped Italian parsley
1 1/2 cups of cooked pasta (Campanelle-my fave)
1 T. EVOO 

*bake or poach in water with 2 crushed garlic cloves 

**2 cloves for soup, 2 if you choose to poach the chicken 

*** I wish I was Ina Garten and always had chicken stock in the fridge ready to go
but I don’t, so buy the best organic chicken broth that you like…I choose low sodium.

Heat a heavy pot to medium heat and coat with EVOO,
add minced garlic and cook just long enough to flavor oil.
Add onions, carrots and celery and cook until onions are clear.
Add thyme, parsley and bay leaf and continue to saute until all the vegetables are tender crisp.
Add the broth and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Stir occasionally. Cook pasta according to directions and drain.
Add chicken and pasta to the broth mixture and cook through.
Remove bay leaf and remove from heat. Serve with saltines, club crackers, goldfish cracker
which will enhance
the soup as there is not any added salt in the recipe.

There is nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day!

Have you seen these?

Silicone Poach Pods

I adore a good poached egg!

I bought these poach pods a couple of months ago and they

are fantastic.

Anyone that has ever cleaned up the aftermath of poaching eggs will love these beauts!

They poach the perfect egg and removal is a cinch!

Just 9.99 in the cooking tools section of most stores.

Here’s a shot of one of my favorite breakfast treats!

If I am feeling feisty…I will add some avocado as well!

Lastly,

here is a green tip for you!

We go through a lot of spinach in this house.

It is tempting to always grab the tub of spinach or greens.

It feels like a lot of bulk in the recycling bin.

Does anyone else do this?

I  save the tubs, wash them

with soap and hot water then air dry.

I stash them away and only buy bagged spinach.

When I am ready to use the spinach, I pour the bag in one of those saved

tubs.

The bags fit perfectly in the tubs or two bags fit into a very large tub.

I find the bags are cheaper than the tubs usually.

We are paying for packaging people…ugh!

This works well for us because we have one refrigerator and space is

at a premium.

One last tip, the tubs make the perfect container to package up a  salad

when you bring someone a meal.

Make some comfort food,

take some comfort food to someone in need,

rejoice in the virtues of silicone (tee hee)

and find ways to re-purpose all those shiny boxes.

Then rejoice that rain is preparation for enjoying

the bounty of summer!

Which means soon, I will be pulling my greens from

the ground and not the produce section!

I hope someone needed this post today as I have 
had a dreadful time getting my blog site to cooperate
as well as format correctly.
So if I push publish and the formatting is all askew,
I apologize.

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3 thoughts on “let them eat soup and a tidbit or two

  1. ci says:

    Yep, I needed it! So glad you posted. I thank you so much for the soup recipe. I have been privileged to experience your soup on a dreary day and it is fond memories indeed! I would make it tonight except for the other events going on. It’s looking like there is more rain in the forecast, so I’m quite sure it won’t be too long before it is sitting on my table. You are a blessing to me in sooooooo many ways. 🙂

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  2. Randi says:

    Helen, you are an encourager. Thanks for all the suggestions, especially the one about what to do with the ” spinach boxes”. And thanks for the chicken soup recipe. I’m gonna try it soon.

    Have a blessed day.

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  3. Randi…thanks for your kind words and I am glad that the spinach tub help wasn’t just a no-brainer that everyone already does.
    Bless you!

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