Category: Cooking

Easy Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup (Unless You Do Something Dumb Like Me…)

Umm… lets see…  how can a person take a ridiculously simple recipe and make it take hours longer than it should?  Easy…  just try making noodles and neglect to roll them out as thin as you’re supposed to!

In the end – this was DELICIOUS.  And I will be doing it again.  And I will be rolling out my noodles thinner.  Or maybe I’ll cheat and buy premade ones…  Only time will tell!  One thing’s for certain, I won’t make that same mistake again!

Here’s how it goes:

1. Wake up late.
2. Open Freezer and identify a double pack of chicken thighs (~6lbs total).
3. Stand in kitchen and start googling recipes.
4. Look at clock and realize you’re getting nowhere.
5. Open all the cabinets and fridge/freezer looking for hints.
6. Settle on the idea of chicken soup.
7. Grab an onion and chop it into smallish pieces. This was supposed to be a green onion, but it was roughly the size of a pool ball.
8. Rip open chicken packages and toss them in the crockpot.
9. Realize that the chicken still has the paper attached to it to absorb liquids and pull it back out of the crock pot.
10. Remove said paper and put it back in the crock pot.
11. Look at clock, curse.
12. Empty whats left in of the chicken stock into the crockpot. 
13. Curse. Grab bouillion and throw it in, no measurements. Probably a good 3-4 heaping spoonfuls. 
14. Open the fridge and curse again that you don’t have any carrots. 
15. Slam fridge door shut. 
16. Remember that you have julienne carrots for salads and retrieve them. Dump in 1/2 the bag or more.
17. Add water to fill the crockpot until the 2 still-frozen rectangles of chicken thighs are covered with water.
18. Open spice cabinet.
19. Stare hoping an answer will materialize.
20. Give up – put in a couple small handfuls of salt, a decent bit of italian seasonings, a little bit of garlic powder.
21. Close cabinet. 
22. Open cabinet, retrieve black pepper, intend to only put a little in but the lid busts open and dumps a TON.
23. Curse.
24. Grab a measuring cup and remove the vast majority of the pepper that thankfully was still floating.
25. Turn crockpot on high for 10 hours.
26. Go to work.
27. Go shopping.
28. Come home 12 hours later to a delicious smelling house.
29. Start boiling water with some boillion in it for the noodles.
30. Make dough for noodles — 2 cups flour and 4 eggs. 
31. Let Averie do the measuring and turn on the mixer.
32. Clean up the flour from all over the house while Averie insists on eating it and telling me it’s delicious. (mixer still going)
33. Pick up crying child off floor and relocate her to the couch where she can sit and be mad that I cleaned up and threw away all of her ‘delicious flour’.
34. Turn off mixer.
35. Roll out dough as thin as you can. 
36. Keep rolling until it’s even thinner than you thought.
37. (Apparently still dont’ stop early enough…)
38. Use pizza cutter to cut dough. Let small child help.
39. Direct other half who has just arrived home from work to de-bone the chicken thighs and shred the meat.
40. Toss dough into boiling water.
41. Wait.
42. Wait.
43. Feed nearly raw dough to the other half, who loudly proclaims that it isn’t done yet.
44. Wait.
45. Wait.
46. Try feeding him more raw dough and receive the same response as the previous attempt.
47. Wait.
48. Wait. 
49. Receive lecture on not bringing him raw dough but instead cutting it open on the stovetop to check for doneness.
50. Wait.
51. Wait.
52. Reluctantly get up to check again and try his method.
53. Wait.
54. Check.
55. Wait.
56. Wait.
57. Curse at yourself for not rolling and cutting the dough thinner.
58. Wait.
59. Wait.
60. Check. Insert a side comment about how the dough would be thinner and alraedy cooked if we had the pasta attachment for the kitchenaid.
61. Wait.
62. Wait.
63. Check. Feed small child peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
64. Wait.
65. Wait.
66. Wait.
67. Wait.
68. Check. 
69. Put small child to bed.
70. Wait.
71. Check. Serve yourself and the other half a bowl of icecream for dinner.
72. Wait.
73. Wait. 
74. Wait.
75. Check.
76. Wait.
77. Say goodnight to the other half who says it should be done soon.
78. Wait.
79. Check.
80. Retrieve bowls.
81. Wait. 
82. Check and CELEBRATE with a little dance.
83. Strain noodles.
84. Dump noodles into crock pot.
85. Stir.
86. Use ladle to fill bowls.
87. Make sure to leave some inthe crock pot for sampling.
88. Close bowls.
89. Place in fridge.
90. Grab spoon.
91. Eat what’s left in the crock pot.
92. Rinse out crock pot.
93. Get on Facebook.

Wait, was that too complicated?

I guess you could always try the short version:

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup (Unless You Do Something Dumb Like Me...)
 
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Recipe type: Soup
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Cook time: 
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Easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
Ingredients
  • 6 lbs of Chicken Thighs
  • 1 Small Onion Chopped
  • ½-3/4 bag of Julienne Carrots
  • Chicken Bouillon or Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
  • Pepper, Salt, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder to Taste
  • Water
  • Noodles
Instructions
  1. Place frozen chicken thighs into crock pot. Add all other ingredients to the crockpot - seasonings are added to your taste.
  2. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  3. Cook Noodles of your choice.
  4. Combine and Serve.

 

 

Congratulations Scott and Kylee • Wedding Cookies

My brother and sister-in-law were planning to renew their vows and have a ceremony and reception, and I wanted to help…  so when Kylee suggested I help out with the candy buffet, I offered to pitch in some glassware, and to help stock it up with cake balls, cookies, dipped pretzels and colored popcorn.   I love food, pitching in for sweets was definitely right up my alley!

In the end, my friend Emily was a rock star and ended up doing the cake balls for me, but I managed the rest, even if I was still dipping pretzels in the hotel room after the rehearsal dinner.

Totally normal to do this in a hotel room, right??

By 10:30 PM or so everything was all bagged up, done and ready to go – plenty of time for beauty sleep since my princess was set to be a flower girl in the morning

And here are all of the different cookies before they left my house:

The wedding itself was gorgeous, and Averie did a great job as a flower girl, even if she forgot to throw the flower petals out on her way down the aisle – she remembered to do it on the way back up though, so they didn’t go to waste!

Throwing the petals on the way up the aisle.  Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Seriously, she was stinkin’ cute, and she knew it!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

And seriously – how gorgeous does my sister-in-law look?!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

And how freakin’ cute are they together?!  My brother was a handsome groom too…  can’t you just feel the love here?!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Anyway, back to the wedding…  it was a beautiful event, everyone did a rock star job making sure everything was gorgeous!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

And we made sure that the candy buffet was well stocked all night!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Well, it would figure that the first chance I have for a professional photographer to take pictures of some of my cookies that there would be something that I wouldn’t like about them, right? I over-beat the royal icing… which made it crumbly as it dried.  This isn’t something that would annoy the everyday person, they tasted fine and still looked pretty, but it annoyed me… and I can see it in the pictures…  I’ve since learned my lesson.  No more over beating of the icing!!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Anyway, nobody else seemed to notice, much less mind, and the candy buffet had visitors and was busy all night long.  I’d call that a success anyway!

Congratulations to my brother and sister-in-law on having such a beautiful wedding and more importantly, for finding each other — we love you both very much!!!

Photo Credit: Vogue Photography

Tulip Cookies + Bridal Shower!

These were cookies that were made for my sister-in-law’s bridal shower and then repeated again and made for my friends that are mothers for mothers day and then repeated again for another friend for a mothers day party she was involved with — all within a matter of a couple of weeks!

Super easy, the base is all one color and the outline on the top is just a darker shade of the base.

So, lets talk Bridal Shower — since it was my amazing sister-in-laws shower!

Here they are, on display – next to the multiple different cake flavors!

The shower itself was a great party – I’d loaned out a couple of decorations for the party but didn’t do any of the actual set up or planning, and Kylee and her family did a great job putting everything together…

Also, Kylee’s grandma makes the best punch ever…  I believe it was raspberry lemonade punch!

The favors were adorable too!

Averie won the vote for the best toilet paper dress – complete with a veil and a bouquet!  I think her cuteness might have weighed in somewhere too…  unfortunately she was too confused as to what was going on and why we were wrapping her up with toilet paper to smile for the camera…..

Sock Monkey Cookies

Aaron’s sister really dislikes sock monkeys…  which means that everyone goes out of their way to give them to her.

On the other hand, Aaron’s Aunt Norma tends to love them.

So naturally when there was a joint birthday party for them, we had to make sock monkey cookies for them!

In case you’re wondering where on earth you can find a sock monkey cookie cutter… crafty Aaron made it!  You can get the kit on amazon!  We made sure to pick a design that would fit for making ‘santa’ sock monkeys for the holidays too…

Bridal Shower Cookies

Cookies that only need one color of royal icing are my favorite.  Especially when the only color is white!  It means less cleanup time needed in the kitchen, and also guarantees a ‘classy’ look.

These cookies were made for my friend Brandy’s bridal shower.  There were some double hearts as well as numerous wedding dress style hearts.

There is even a bonus picture my little helper assisting me with cleanup after we made the  icing!

Stay tuned for more pictures from the Shower itself!

 

Halloween Cookies

These cookies were actually my first attempts at royal icing…  I learned a lot from this batch of cookies, so please excuse the shaky lines and crumbling edges!

If you’re thinking about giving cookie decorating a try — don’t be afraid to go for it — but definitely try to start out simple in terms of the number of colors, it makes life a lot easier.  These were made with just orange and white, and I later added a tiny bit of brown for the stems.

You could just as easily make some fun ‘white’ pumpkins without using any brown too though:

The hardest part about decorating cookies with royal icing (aside from the time constraints) is planning.  You have to plan out what colors you’ll need and what order you need to apply them in.  The fewer colors, the less planning will be required.  And the less cleanup too.  And I’m all about less cleanup!