Sometimes life has plans for us. And not always the ones we hope for.
We don’t know why, or where they even come from. But you’ve just got to go with it.
Today was one of those days.
We had some great family plans meant for today…we were going to pack up a picnic lunch and venture out to our mountains for a fun filled day outdoors.
But life had other plans. Like plans that included a 911 call, and a trip to the hospital for my husband in the wee hours of Valentines Day.
All is well. He is fine. Just a nasty virus that decided to knock him out. Literally. Like on the floor. I thought and feared that he was having a heart attack because it came on SO sudden. But he didn’t. He’s fine.
And we walked away with yet again a reminder that life and love is precious.
Thank you Universe. I am putting my gratitude out to the heavens and I’m am saying thank you!
Our plans may have changed, but we’re all still together, and we’re going to enjoy our picnic at home this Valentines Day. Wait, who am I trying to kid…he’s in bed. Happy Valentines Day to us. hahaha!
Anyway, I thought it might be nice to share part of our picnic with you too! I even added some love.
What’s more comforting than a big ol’ bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup?
Good for the soul. Good for you.
- 2 litres of chicken stock (I like to use homemade stock from my recipe here).
- 3 chicken breasts, cut into bite sized chunks
- 3 carrots, sliced
- 2 celery stalks, sliced
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- salt & fresh ground pepper to taste
- 1½ cups cooked pasta (I used brown rice noodles) See notes.
- In a large stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
- Add the chicken and onion, then simmer for 3 minutes.
- Add the carrots, celery, thyme, salt & pepper.
- Cook until the carrots are tender, yet crunchy.
- Add the noodles and cook until they are warmed. See notes.
- Season with salt & pepper to taste.
Now, if you want to make your soup too cute for words, cut up the carrots into little hearts! It’s not as tedious as it sounds, believe me. And your family will love it. LOVE it. My kids were so excited to see them in there! Here is a great tutorial from Sophistimom on how to make them.
And squeeze your loved ones. Love them.
Happy Valentines Day!