Chicken Noodle Soup with Love

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! 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.  😉

Chicken Noodle Soup

What’s more comforting than a big ol’ bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup? Good for the soul.  Good for you.


Chicken Noodle Soup



  • 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
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked pasta (I used brown rice noodles) See notes.


  1. In a large stock pot, bring the broth to a boil.
  2. Add the chicken and onion, then simmer for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the carrots, celery, thyme, salt & pepper.
  4. Cook until the carrots are tender, yet crunchy.
  5. Add the noodles and cook until they are warmed. See notes.
  6. Season with salt & pepper to taste.


I always add cooked noodles to my soup, because dried noodles will soak up your soup broth. Just boil your noodles ahead of time and set them aside until you are ready to add them.


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.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Now enjoy! And squeeze your loved ones.  Love them.

Happy Valentines Day!

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  • Reply Kate February 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Aw poor guy – that sounds terrible but I love how thankful you are. I’m with ya – as long as the fam is together and healthy, life is good. 🙂

  • Reply Elizabeth February 14, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Oh dear … what a Valentine’s Day to remember! Glad to hear he’s OK.
    Love the carrot hearts!
    Happy Love Day

  • Reply Landra Jones February 14, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    So sorry to hear about your husband. I like how you turned a “bummer of a day” into gratitude! Praying for a quick recovery. Love the soup picture too!!

  • Reply Elaine - visual meringue February 14, 2013 at 5:01 PM

    oh no! How scary! I’m glad to hear he’s home resting. And the soup looks delish. Adorable carrots.

  • Reply stephanie February 14, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Love to Tobin and here’s hoping for speedy recovery … xo

  • Reply Maureen February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    I am so glad it didn’t turn out to be more serious and I hope your husband feels much better soon. You are right, you have all the important parts of the day, the people you love around you and well (relatively!). Hang in there!

  • Reply Cindy February 14, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    It almost seems it was a Year from now you had your scare; I am so happy it is a terrible nasty virus. Your Chicken Soup puts a *smile* on my face. Happy Valentine’s Day, Jo-Anna to you and yours. xx

  • Reply Ali February 14, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    SCARY!!! So glad to hear your hubby is ok. Happy V-day 🙂

  • Reply Felicia February 15, 2013 at 1:34 AM

    Glad that your hubby is doing well. Soup looks delish! What a memorable Valentines Day!!

  • Reply Brenda February 16, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Looks incredibly yummy & I LOVE the cute hearts 😉 Adorable idea!! Thanks for sharing <3

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