A Day of Refreshing . . . Stop and Smell the Roses!
As we begin the last full week before Thanksgiving Day, the thought came to me that it would be a good time to have a Day of Refreshing . . . a day to stop and smell the roses . . . a day to relax, get revitalized and get ready for the busy week leading up to Thanksgiving Day.
Too often we get caught up in the busyness of life and forget to stop for a bit and reflect on all our blessings. We are so busy, we don’t see God’s grace and mercy in our lives and the lives of those around us. Even the beauty of the different seasons of the year in nature around us get overlooked. So, today, let’s sit back, relax, and enjoy the beauty of this fall season, and count our blessings.
Blessings and refreshing . . .
One thing we know is that next week is going to be very busy preparing for the Thanksgiving Day dinner. Everyone will be even busier making the preparations for their family dinner. There’s the menu, grocery shopping, serving dishes, dinnerware, table settings, centerpieces . . . need I say more? That’s what next week will probably look like for most of us.
But, today, we can take a few moments to think about what or who we treasure in our lives. Is it your family? Your friends? Or, if you are like me, maybe it’s the family traditions that have been passed down. The list can go on and on. We have so many blessings . . . so many opportunities to bless others. But, sometimes we need to be refreshed in order to be able to be a blessing to others like we need to be.
A Way of Refreshing . . .
What is a “refreshing”? A Refreshing is anything that makes you feel more rested, energetic, cool, etc. It can be a new experience, a nice uninterrupted nap in the afternoon. It can be an impromptu lunch with a friend. It can be a drive in the country, or a short stay in a mountain cabin. It can be a walk on the beach . . . oops . . . wrong season:) A Refreshing can be a number of things, but the end result is that it has to make you feel more rested and revitalized.
In pondering the concept of refreshing, the thought came to me, “Why not take today off and do something fun?” I tend to be a workaholic. I’d rather be working than watching television or just sitting. But, a nice drive to enjoy the beautiful autumn landscape would, to me, be refreshing. Then the next thought came, “What about dinner?” The answer, “Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup”! It can be cooking when nobody’s home! Perfect!!!
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup, a comfort food for a Day of Refreshing. . .
My niece, Amber Thomas, sent me a chicken soup recipe over the weekend. She said it was delicious, so I thought I would adapt it to be made in a crockpot. As I looked at it, it was similar to Mama’s Chicken Noodle Soup. So, I took both recipes and created this one!
Both Mama’s recipe and the one Amber sent me had the usual onion and celery, chicken, broth and noodles. But there were some differences that I used to adapt the recipe:
- In Amber’s recipe, the chopped onion, carrots, celery and garlic were sautéed in butter. In Mama’s recipe, all went into the pot with the chicken and remaining ingredients, except the noodles. I left out the garlic, and did sauté the chopped onion, one carrot and celery in the butter before transferring to the crockpot.
- Amber’s recipe had oregano, thyme, and potatoes. Mama’s recipe had none of these. I did use the oregano.
- Amber’s recipe calls for egg noodles, Mama’s uses fettuccini noodles. I used the egg noodles to make it different from the original Mama’s Chicken Noodle Soup.
- I DID NOT add the dry noodles to the crockpot at the end of the cooking cycle. I boiled them separately, then added them because I didn’t know how much time it would take, and we had to leave for church.
Generally you want to use less liquid than the recipe calls for when using a crockpot, so I cut the chicken broth down to 3 cups. I did sauté the veggies before putting them in the crockpot, but I don’t think it is necessary. Other recipes indicated you could put them in the crock raw and cook on low for 7-8 hours.
What is your favorite soup to make in a crockpot?
Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
- 3 chicken breasts, boiled, cooled, and cut in bite size pieces, reserve liquid in pot to make soup
- 1 tablespoon butter
- ½ onion, chopped
- 1 carrot, peeled and chopped
- 1 stalk celery, chopped
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 1 (10-ounce) can tomatoes and green chilies
- 1 (16-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables
- 1/2 teaspoon oregano
- Salt, pepper to taste
- Dash sugar
- ½ (12-ounce) package egg noodles
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- Saute chopped veggies in 1 tablespoon butter in a skillet over medium heat.
- After removing chicken breasts, cooling and cutting in bite-size pieces, add the chicken broth, chicken pieces, the onion, celery, tomatoes and green chilies, frozen mixed vegetables, oregano, salt, pepper, and the dash of sugar to the crockpot. Cook on LOW heat 7-8 hours.
- Add the can of cream of chicken soup. Cook on HIGH 20 minutes.
- Cook egg noodles according to package directions. Drain and either add to the soup or keep separate and add the noodles to the soup in each bowl. I learned that from Candace.*
NOTE: Candace cooks the noodles for different soups separately, then stores in gallon ziplock bags. The noodles are then added to each individual bowl before serving. This way, the noodles don’t overcook and ruin.