Tis the season for sickness. We have had several bouts of sick days at our home the last couple weeks that have called for the healing power of soup. I bought a whole chicken on Sunday and have been pleasantly surprised by its yield. We have gotten 2 meals out of that 1 chicken that lasted 5 days (loving the leftovers!) Here's how you can do it too.
Make chicken noodle soup! Here's a shortened version of how to-
Submerge chicken in a pot of water plus an inch or two over. Put in celery scraps, carrot peelings, onion peels (anything you don't eat is considered a scrap - 50% onion, 25% celery and 25% carrots – if you have bay leaves on hand put 3 in too.) Bring chicken to a boil then to a rolling simmer. A 2lb-3 lb chicken will take about 20-25 minutes to cook. To be sure chicken is done stick a thermometer in the thick part of its thigh. It should be 140 degrees. Keep and strain all the broth, getting rid of the scraps. Then put the strained broth back in the pot with 1-2 chicken bullion cubes to thicken the broth. Add cut carrots, celery, onions and minced garlic. Cook until al dente then add uncooked noodles. Take the chicken meat and pull apart how much meat you want in your soup. Add after noodles are cooked. Be careful not to over cook the noodles. You want noodles, not earthworms. Viola, one healing recipe done! Our soup lasted for 4 meals and we gave some away to other fellow snifflers.
We still had a lot of chicken meat leftover so after day 3 I pulled the rest of the chicken off the bones (except the legs and wings – hubby took those for lunch.) I cooked 2 bags of Success Boil-in-a-Bag brown rice. Evenly poured the cooked rice on the bottom of an ungreased 9 x 11 glass casserole dish. Then evenly layered the pulled chicken down. In a separate bowl I mixed 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup and 2 cups of whole milk plain Greek yogurt (or you can use sour cream), 1 T. of garlic powder, 1 t. salt and 1 t. pepper. Then poured that evenly on top of the chicken. Covered and baked at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until slightly boiling. Optional – if you want to add some crunch to it add crumbled Ritz crackers mixed with butter and top after casserole has cooked. Put in an additional 5-10 minutes until crispy.
One chicken, two meals, five days – does it get any better?
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The other day I put a little note in my kids' lunch boxes. It was actually lunch box notes that came in a Chick-fil-A Kids Meal. My kids weren't using them so I confiscated them. They usually smile and appreciate my “Mommy notes” and when I write something special on their sandwich bags.
After picking them up from school they mentioned getting a note in their lunch boxes. My oldest made a comment that was more like, “...really Mom?”
This was the remainder of our conversation:
I replied, “How special is that!?! What other moms put notes in their kids' lunches?!?!”
My son chimed, “Matthias' Mom.”
I exclaimed, “That's awesome!!”
He went on with further detail, “And you know what me and Matthias say?”
His head cocked and moving side to side, “Moms these days...”
Laughter erupted from the driver's seat!!
Yep, I am officially one of “those moms” and proud of it. Are you one too? Drop us a line and tell us what you write on your “Mommy notes.”
To see my fella reenacting his "Moms these days..." comment click on the video. :)
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We love getting your angel pictures and sharing them on our posts. This angel is sending a Valentine's message and we found it soo cute! Keep your pictures coming. They put smiles on our hearts that show up on our faces!
To see what other angels are up to follow our Pinterest page as we post lots of angel antic pictures there. As a bonus, you will find almost 1,000 angel recipes and angel crafts too. We are serious about angel business around here.
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Anyone else have trouble corralling kids to help at meal times? It's the same thing every meal - set the table, get food on the table, clear the table, etc. Rarely do we "mix it up." The process is the same each meal. The table has to be set so we can sit and eat. Pardon me if I'm sounding a bit snarky. I really don't mean to.
One day I was again repeating myself. "Clear the table, wipe the table, get napkins on the table....how many times have you guys done this??" I was getting frustrated and they were getting exasperated. Well, a light bulb moment came to me. (So grateful when those happen!) I decided to make a list.
The list was steps for how to get ready for dinner (or breakfast or lunch). I put the list on the fridge. The next night at dinnertime the kids wandered around like lost sheep. Then I showed them the list. It was their list to help them help the family get ready for meal time. They read the list and did every step to a "t." It was beautiful! They even "owned" the list adding two steps. And they corrected a numbers error on my list - that made them feel pretty smart.
We implemented this about seven months ago. I can honestly tell you it's brought peace and order to meal time. Even my husband uses it with the kids. When they start walking around like sheep we simply say, "Look at the list. What's next on the list?" It redirects them and puts them back on track and helps us stay in our happy place. Cue the heavenly host melody!
Feel free to use our list to bring some order to meal time in your home or customize the list for your own family. It's easier to prepare the meal when you don't have to supervise the setting of the table too.
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