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My New Crockpot/Slow Cookers

Before I get into today’s post, I want to show you these wonderful crockpots that my son, Joseph, bought for me yesterday. Our crockpot recently died and I was looking for a replacement, though I had not said anything to anyone. I guess the deceased crockpot sitting out with the trash might have been a clue that we were now without one.

Anyway, he came home with two brand new crockpots and said they were an early birthday present. I just wanted to show them to you all. They have a really cool  outer shell  covered in chalkboard paint. How fun is that? Next time I take something to a potluck, I can write what it is inside on the outside. If I think my offering is really great, and I am fishing for compliments, I can even let everyone know who brought the specialty. Aren’t they cute? I can’t wait to use  them. Thank you, Joseph. In case anyone wants to get one, he found them at Target. It is a Black and Decker 7 Quart Slow Cooker with Chalk Board Wrap.

Soup For The Flu Season

With the changing of the season,  many of us are struggling with colds and the flu. While there are many good natural remedies for boosting our immune system and fighting off viruses, homemade soup goes a long way toward speeding you along the road to  recovery and just helping you feel better.

Yesterday I was on the phone with my daughter in law, Bethany, who is about to have a baby, by the way,  and she was making Chicken Noodle Soup. “The kids are sick and I want them to get better before the baby comes,” she said, “so I am making chicken noodle soup.” Chicken Noodle Soup not only helps you get better, but it has anti-inflammatory properties that give relief from the stuffy head, nose, and throat misery that accompanies them.

The Broth

Chicken broth, made from the whole chicken and some vegetables is the real healer in chicken noodle soup. chicken broth is high in an amino acid called glycine. Glycine helps build the immune system so that the body can heal itself, provides energy and promotes restful sleep. Goodbye flu; hello feeling better.

A Little Oops

So, I was multitasking while I was making the soup and got slightly distracted (This may or may not happen often while I am cooking). When it was finished, or so I thought, John took a great picture of it in my new crockpot, and we all sat down to enjoy it for dinner. About halfway through, I realized I had forgotten to add the noodles. The soup is plenty good without them and there wasn’t enough of it left to add the noodles and take another picture. Sorry about that. Noodles do make a great addition to Chicken Noodle Soup as long as you remember to add them at the end.  🙂

Chicken Noodle
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Servings
8 People
Servings
8 People
Chicken Noodle
Print Recipe
Servings
8 People
Servings
8 People
Ingredients
Chicken and broth
Servings: People
Instructions
Chicken and Broth
  1. Early in the morning, put a whole chicken in the crock pot with celery and onions.You may add some carrots too if you like. Let it cook on high all day. (6 to 8 hours)
  2. Take out the chicken and strain the broth to remove the vegetables and any chicken or bones that may be left. Set broth aside.
  3. Let chicken cool, then remove from bones. Chop or shred the meat. Set aside
Soup
  1. Saute celery and onion in the oil for 5-6 minutes in a soup pot.
  2. Add water to chicken broth so that you have 8 cups of liquid. Pour into soup pot.
  3. Add carrots and bring to a boil. Turn down to medium and cook about10 minutes.
  4. Add noodles and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Turn heat to simmer setting and add chicken. Cook another 5 minutes. Salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Serve with warm biscuits and butter.
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