Love Is A Blanket And A Bowl of Homemade Chicken Noodle SoupWritten by Stepper McCrery
When you're sick as an adult, don't you wish you were still a kid?
Remember how when you were a kid, you weren't still expected to function normally when you got sick? You didn't have to go to work, anyway? You didn't have to force your way through a splitting headache to do the dishes or the laundry? And everyone felt sorry for you?
Remember how when you were a kid, your mom would tell you to stay home from school, wrap you in a warm blanket on the couch in front of the TV, turn on your favorite show, and feed you delicious "bug-fighting foods" like homemade soup, Jell-O, and orange juice? And then she'd tussle your hair and kiss your forehead, and you'd have all these conflicting feelings about whether or not being sick is actually pretty cool?
Yesterday morning, when Bill and I awoke to the sweet squawks of a hungry Bean, I tried to reciprocate his "good morning", but it came out gravel and tar. Very un-sexy. He looked at me alarmed, and said, "Darling, I think you should stay home, today."
What? A sick day? A day to just be miserable and sick? Hot dog!
So I did. And do you know what?
Bill let me sleep all the way until 1:00 p.m. (an hour before he had to go to school and would therefore be forced to leave me in my weakened state to guard our little princeling). He woke me with whispers and kisses, and a lunch tray for two - to share in bed! And do you know what was on that lunch tray?
Homemade chicken noodle soup.
Then he brought me downstairs and tucked me under a blanket on the couch, gave me the TV remote, admonished the Bean to be good to me while he was away, and left for school.
He came home that night, and even though I looked almost exactly like what our neighbor's cat dragged into our back yard and toyed with before killing (DEFINITELY un-sexy!), he still tenderly kissed my haggard face.
I'll tell you what love is:
Love it a husband who thinks you're beautiful, anyway.
Enjoy a bowl of Stepper's chicken noodle soup! What does "love" mean to you?
Stepper's Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup
2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped
6 cups water
6 cubes chicken bouillon
2 carrots, sliced medium thick
3 celery stalks, sliced medium thick
1 cup frozen or fresh corn
1 cup frozen or fresh peas
1 package thick egg noodles
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cook chicken breasts and chop into cubes. Set aside. In a large soup pot, bring 6 cups of water to simer. Add bouillon, stirring occasionally, until dissolved.
Add the chopped carrots and celery. Cook until the carrots are softened, then reduce the heat to low. Add corn, peas and chicken, stir in the salt and the pepper to taste.
In a separate pan, boil your water and cook the noodles (you can't cook these slowly with the rest of the soup or they turn to mush! Bizarre!
Drain noodles, and add to the soup. Let all the ingredients cook together on low for about 10 minutes.
This is divine served with homemade bread!
P.S.: you can also add cubed potatoes to your soup to make it a bit more "hearty."
Download a PDF copy of Stepper's recipe here.
Stepper grew up in the desert, but is a child of the rain. She lost her heart to Seattle (both to the place and to the boy who grew up there). She loves to write and draw, and used to get in trouble for doodling all over her homework. She graduated with a Bachelors degree in English Literature from Utah State University. She loves to sing, play the violin and guitar, and is learning the mandolin. She bakes a mean spice cake with pinoche icing, hates caramel, and has a real thing for old keys. But her very most favorite thing in the whole world is her cute husband and three amazing kids.
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