Chicken Soup and colds

Well with the change in the weather from hot to cool and windy, my little tribe has all gotten sick including me! You know that feeling, coughing, runny/stuffy nose, congestion, sore throat… Yeah all those lovely symptoms of the change in weather… That is what my whole family is suffering from, all at the same time which is nearly unheard of for us!  I am not a fan of medicine so I don’t take it unless it is a last resort, the hubby does and I only give it to the kids as a last resort when no other remedies work and they are just miserable. So I decided instead of the amazing sesame noodles I was going to make (recipe found here by Pioneer Woman, I stumbled across her blog and loved the recipe and so did the family!) and add in chicken, I am making chicken soup instead. I have no recipe I follow for my soup, made it one day a few years ago and hubby loved it so it is something I will make every so often especially when we are sick. 

Here is my recipe but feel free to adjust to your taste. It is not perfect and I am no master at writing recipes:)

Chicken Noodle Soup

 

2 large chicken breasts

3 carrots( 8″ long each), peeled and sliced

1 small onion, diced (I used red this time)

3 cloves garlic, minced

1/2 tbsp oregano, eyeballed

1/2 tbsp basil, eyeballed

1 cup rice, uncooked

8 cups Water(adjust to preference)

Noodles of choice, I am using Ditalini today

 

Put everything but noodles in a large pot and cook on low for a few hours

Add in noodles when carrots are just about done and cook until pasta is tender

Season and garnish to taste. We add in lemon, salt and pepper usually. Hubby likes garbanzo beans but I don’t have any to throw in so he doesn’t get any today in his soup. 

 

This can all be made in a crock pot as well. That is how I used to make it until I left my crock pot when we moved out here to the desert. Crockpot tends to take a little bit more time than on the stove depending on what setting you use. I would put it on low and it would take about 6 hours to be perfect for us. 

 

Enjoy! Make changes and adjust to your needs. I don’t have any set times for cooking as I tend to check every 30 minutes or so and sometimes takes longer other times it takes less depending on ingredients and how you are cooking. 

 

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

The Three R’s. Three simple words that everyone should follow but most don’t. Three simple ways to help out our planet especially with the global population booming, yet in even the most industrialized countries most of the time this does not happen.

So here I am living in a state in the middle of the desert. Upon moving here I realized that recycling is really not a big part of the city and what they do. I have to admit it made me a little upset although happy because I did not have CRV to pay anymore. The tap water here is terrible so we buy water since we are renting a unit we cannot install a water purifier for the nasty hard water we have and a pitcher filter just doesn’t cut it. So we have thrown away more bottles than I care to admit to. We do however have a reusable 5 gallon jug that we use most of the time for our drinking water. I really need to invest in reusable personal water bottles to stop buying bottled water! That would definitely help on my part to reduce waster, just a matter of doing it. I have used some of the bottles to grow seeds in but even then they still end up in the garbage after I am done but I did get the reuse part covered.

Next… Plastic bags. Those things are the enemy to just about everyone. We put our garbage in plastic bags. Put our groceries in plastic bags. Produce. Meat. You name it and it probably came into (or out) of your home in a plastic bag or package of some sort. I do reuse the plastic grocery/produce bags to pick up dog poop so those do get covered under reuse. To limit how many grocery bags I do get, I have half a dozen reusable bags that I love and are actually pretty durable for being $1 each. I just need to find a better way to pick up the dog poop from a dog that poops on almost every walk (4 times a day, yuck!) so that I can try finding alternatives to the plastic bags for produce and bulk items.

However on the plus since moving here I have started a vermi-compost bin which helps by reducing our food waste and turning it into black gold for my plants. That does have to be my favorite thing that I am doing to help the environment. I add in food every few days to my bin and store extra in my freezer that cannot quite fit into my bin so that times I don’t have leftovers I can just take out of my freezer to feed my worms. Moco loves playing with my worms every time I go out to play in my bin (mixing it up, taking out some of the finished material, etc). Can’t blame him though I loved playing with worms as a kid, now as an adult I have a reason other than for the sheer enjoyment. Ok so I was a bit odd as a child at least I enjoyed it!

Another great benefit of reuse, thrift stores and second hand items. There are so many unwanted items out there that still have a lot of life but get thrown in the garbage. If you have items like that try donating or selling it to someone who can put the item to use. I know I have given a lot of items away as well as purchasing tons of used items to help keep things out of the landfill. For example, quite a few of my dresses as well as a lot of my boy’s clothes are all second hand and still have a lot of life left in them. I also have purchased furniture and even kitchen items second hand. I get a great deal on a gently used piece and give it a longer life, what is wrong with that?

How do you reduce, reuse or recycle items in your home? What are some steps you are taking to help reduce your impact on the planet?

Liebster Award

Liebster Award

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Michelle from http://pearlsofgreenwisdom.wordpress.com nominated me for the Liebster Award. I know I have been around a while and really did not think I was making an impact but now I see that I really am and it encourages me to keep blogging!

The rules are for the Liebster Award: 

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

Here are my questions from Michelle

1. What’s your favorite animal? Tiger
2. Mountain or Beach? Beach
3. What’s the coolest place you’ve ever visited? Oh toughie… Great Wall of China or Pompeii. Can’t choose!
4. What are you doing to help the environment? Take a look at my blog to see my journey. Vermi-composting is my favorite but getting rid of chemicals is a huge plus too!
5. What would you do if you had $10 million? There are too many things I would do. I would start by helping out my family first then work on helping my community and maybe creating a dog rescue. Such a softie for dogs!
6. What is your favorite holiday and why? Christmas, spending time with my family and good food, and of course the presents!
7. Why do you have a blog? Started out as a way to keep me occupied from the monotony of stay at home mom life, and has progressed into sharing my journey on going green. 
8. Favorite book? The one book series I go back to again and again is the Odd Thomas series. I can’t pick on just one favorite though!
9. What item could you not live without? My phone. 
10. If you must have a last meal what would that be? Peaches and Cream with Lobster and king crab. Yum!

 

 

Questions for my nominees:

1. What encourages you to blog?

2. What is one thing you post about that gives you the most joy?

3. What part of the world are you from?

4. If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

5. If you were Ruler of the world, what law would you implement that would benefit everyone?

6. What was your favorite childhood game/activity?

7. What is your current hobby?

8. If you could stop aging at a certain age, what would you choose?

9. If today was your last day to live, how would you spend it?

10. What is your favorite eco-friendly way to clean?

Nominees:

I need to spend some time on the computer to discover some new blogs to help promote them! 

1. http://poorasfolk.wordpress.com/

2. http://tennesseetransitions.wordpress.com/

3. http://mominthegarden.wordpress.com/

4. http://tryingchange.wordpress.com/

A few updates from my hiatus

Well I was away from my blog for a few months because I just got so busy in life. so here are a few updates on what has been going on. 

 

I started vermi-composting(using worms) and it is thriving nicely though I think I want to get some more worms to put in my bin. 

 

The only plant that has survived this dreaded heat is the basil, out of which I planted a whole packet of seed and only two little plants are still living, even then I don’t know for how long. 

 

I started a job around the time my hiatus started and recently quit because working outside of my home really is not for me. Some women are able to handle the day to day life of a job (some out of necessity) but it really is not for me especially when I have my wonderful husband who is able to support our family. It is too stressful for me to try and maintain my home and raise the kids while trying to work. Kudos to those who can but it is really not for me. I love my role as a stay at home mom and housewife!

 

Here is to the end of summer and more blog posts!