Chicken Soup with Noodles

October 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Posted in Chicken, Chicken Noodle Soup, Crock Pot, Feeling Yucky, My Own Creation, Noodles, One-Dish Meal, Soups & Stews | Leave a comment

I wasn’t feeling good yesterday so this is what I made for myself.  Daniel decided he didn’t want any.  After posting this recipe, you will see what I did with the leftover chicken soup.


32 ounces of Swanson Vegetable Stock

Three chicken thighs

1 tbsp. McCormick Perfect Pinch Roasted Garlic & Bell Pepper Seasoning

Pinch of Salt

Pinch of PepperOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou can see in the picture, I had the extra wide egg noodles out.  Well, I changed my mind about using them (it seemed too much like work) and I used a different type of noodle:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI didn’t use the flavor packet or veggie packet, though.

Okay, here are the directions:  pour the veggie broth into the crock pot and add the chicken and spices.  I used my crock pot because I wasn’t feeling well and it seemed like the easier, softer way.

Let the chicken cook in the crock pot on LOW for about four hours; remove and cut into bite sized pieces.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATake one potato, slice it up and add it to the crock pot.  Turn the heat up to HIGH for another hour.  At the end of the hour, the potato will be nice and soft.  Remove the slices and smush them up.  This will thicken the soup.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAReturn the smushed potatoes to the crock pot.  Now, slice up another potato and toss it into the crock pot, along with any veggies you like.

Cook on LOW for another hour or so; test the potato to make sure it’s tender but not too mushy.

Now, grab a soup bowl and the noodles; break up half of the noodles in the soup bowl:OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPour some soup over the top of the noodles.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStir the soup and noodles around; it took about three minutes, maybe four, for the noodles to soften enough to eat.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA


Still Sick…yucky!

February 26, 2009 at 9:11 am | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Holy Day of Obligation, Out for Supper, Sports, Surgery, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Still feeling yucky.  Finally caved and called my doctor – I’ll go see her at noon today and hopefully she’ll give me something to clear this gunk up.  Am blowing out yellow gunk and coughing it up, too.  Don’t think I have a fever, though.  Just feeling yucky.

It’s a gorgeous day today, when we woke up it was already 57 degrees.  It is supposed to rain later on, though.  Welcome to early spring in the Ozarks!

Daniel’s last basketball game is this Saturday.  I have to work from 9 am until 1 pm, so am hoping his game is late…maybe I can get there for part of it.  Last week he scored 6 points and was so excited.  He’s a totally new child since switching schools.  No more stomach aches in the morning and searching for excuses to stay home.  I do need to run over to the church office today, though, and get him enrolled in Sunday school.  He learns about religion and the bible at the new school, but it’s not a Catholic school and he needs to learn the special facts of Catholicism.

We went to 6 pm Mass last night to celebrate Ash Wednesday.  We talked on the way home about needing to do something as a family for Lent and have decided to read the Bible nightly.  This morning, I started a book of devotions for women, called A Woman of Faith.  I’d like to find a book of devotions for both my husband and my son….they probably have some at the Catholic book store in Springfield.  Or of course at my favorite online book store Amazon.  Maybe I can search around and find something for the both of them. 

We went out for dinner last night (Chinese) after Mass.  I had dinner in the refrigerator but since Mass was at 6 pm, Ron doesn’t get out of the office until 5 pm, there wasn’t time to eat.  I doubt whether the strata is still any good from last night, it’s been sitting for over 24 hours.  So tonight I’ll make something with the pound of hamburger I took out this morning.

Okay, that’s about it for now….maybe I’ll BBL?

~ Patty

Wednesday Afternoon

February 25, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Uncategorized, Vacation, Weight Loss | Leave a comment

Took a nap while my potato was in the oven baking.  Nap was good, potato was good.  Now I’m waiting here checking my email.  We are hoping and praying and dreaming of a Caribbean cruise.  I’m in communication with our AAA travel agent and she’s supposed to be answering two emails that I sent regarding the cruise this August.  It’s going to be wonderful if we get to go.  Hubby says it’s kind of crazy with the economy in the state that it’s in, to plan an expensive vacation and that maybe we ought to wait for a better time.  My response is that there’s NEVER going to be “good time” to do this.  It’s like having a child.  If you wait until the right time, you’ll never have a child.  This would be a once in a lifetime trip for the three of us.  I emailed KK yesterday with a few questions and then I remembered something more I needed to ask her, so I emailed her again this morning but she hasn’t answered yet.

Today is Ash Wednesday and we’re going to have dinner early and then go to Mass at 6 pm.  Dinner will be a tomato and cheese strata that I threw together this morning at 6:30 and it’s in the fridge.  Daniel probably will holler when he sees tomatoes (he refuses to eat tomatoes but he loves ketchup, go figure!).

My nose is dripping and my eyes are watering and I’m coughing.  I ought to take my temperature before I leave to pick up Daniel at school.  Maybe I ought to just call the doctor’s office and schedule an appointment for myself and for Daniel since he’s got the yucks, too.  It hurts when I cough.

Had to buy a belt this weekend because my jeans are falling down.  Believe it or not, my size 12s are getting loose on me.  I’m stuck at 150, which is -85 pounds since surgery in June.  I have been at 150 since January 19.  Hubby says that I need to start exercising again, which is very true, but today since I feel like crap, is not a good day to go to the YMCA and work up a sweat.  He also says that even though I may not be losing weight right now, my body is shifting and adjusting and that’s why I’m losing my jeans.

If we go on the cruise, I’m going to need a new swimsuit.  Or two.  Plus a couple of sundresses to wear in the evening.  Woo woo!  I’m trying so hard NOT to get TOO excited YET because we haven’t 100% decided IF we can do this, but JEEPERS, it’s hard NOT to get EXCITED!

~ Patty

Praise the Lord! Good News at Last!

November 13, 2008 at 6:47 pm | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Neurologist Appointment, Possible Stroke, Tia, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Finally!  Thank you, God, for good news today about my 9-year old.

He does NOT have appendix problems, he has MESENTERIC ADENITIS.  Its symptoms imitate appendicitis.

We are all so relieved and happy!

Now onto other news…..

I have had three episodes (don’t know what else to call them) of NUMBNESS on my left-side again.  My family doctor knows about them.  I have an appointment for December 17 to see a neurologist.  In the meantime, I am to start taking a statin medicine, Crestor, once a day.

My last bloodwork came back with my CRP at 2.2, which she (family doctor) says is high.  I told my hubby that I have a lot of CRP in me, so I’m full of CRAP.


I have to laugh or I’ll cry.

Anyhow, I’m so happy that my little one doesn’t have to go through surgery, that God-willing, he’ll be 100% back to normal in a few days.

~ Patty

Still annoyed!

November 12, 2008 at 8:13 am | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Possible Stroke, Tia, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’m feeling MUCH better.


Isn’t there always a BUT?!?

My little one had to go to the ER on Monday night.

Severe pain on his right side and fever.  We were afraid it was his appendix.  And it still hurts.  We spent three hours in the ER and have a CT Scan scheduled for today at 1 pm.  The ER doc thought, too, that it was his appendix, but our family doc doesn’t.

The CT Scan should give us some answers.

As far as me, I am feeling overwrought with stress.  BUT….

there’s that BUT again LOL

I had an interesting visit with the family doc yesterday.  There is a 4-inch SOMETHING in my brain.  I think she may have called it a calcium deposit?!?  I should have written it down!  She did more blood work and will let me know today or tomorrow if she needs to send me to a neurologist.


Please send prayers our way!


~ Patty

I’m so annoyed!

November 10, 2008 at 6:33 pm | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Possible Stroke, Tia, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I’ve been to the hospital today for Another Stupid Test (blood work, something called a BMP) and then will see my family doctor tomorrow to discuss the TIA (mini-stroke) that happened on Wednesday. 

The meds that the hospital doc sent me home with have been making me throw up….I’ve been sick since Friday night, tossing my cookies and am probably dehydrated. My dh wanted to take me to the ER on Saturday when I threw up for two straight hours but I wouldn’t go.

My family doc told me NOT to take any of the meds that the hospital sent me home with.  I haven’t taken any since Saturday night but still feel nauseated.

Today I was able to have a bit of lunch and thank God, I didn’t lose it.  And I just had some salad and half a piece of homemade pizza for dinner and it’s feeling alright.

I’m tired.

I couldn’t take my bi-polar meds all weekend (can’t take them on an empty tummy) and so am feeling a bit loopy. Couldn’t sleep last night, I was up with the three cats until around 2 am and then had to get up at 6 am.

Called the bariatric nurse and she spoke with the surgeon on staff (a really cool doc) and he said to have my family doc call him tomorrow so they can discuss the meds and what is and isn’t safe.

The docs at the hospital told me that it was No Big Deal that I had gastric bypass surgery and that I "should be able" to take any and all meds they gave me.


Apparently not.

So I’m feeling kinda bummed, kinda negative and upset that they took me off my birth control pills. They were to help with the PMS and bi-polar moods but the docs blamed them for the mini-stroke…so now I’m never going to know when my periods will start or stop…I am 47 so am close to menopause but not That Close Yet.

I think I just needed to vent a bit…

If you read this, I appreciate you!

~ Patty

Okay, so THIS is November!

November 3, 2008 at 8:56 am | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Things have been crazy and busy.

Daniel woke up yesterday with a sore throat, ear ache and fever of 100* and missed church.  I called his allergist’s office and thankfully got through to him.  He made a couple of recommendations and this morning, Daniel woke up feeling better.  Poor child, he’s had a rough couple of months with stomach flu and fractured wrist and bronchitis.

Today is a Community Blood Center of the Ozarks Blood Drive at 11 am.  I missed the luncheon that Marilyn and Erin and I usually have….but I won’t miss today’s blood drive!

Anyway, there’s a LOT going on in my mind but that’s all I can think of to update…..

~ Patty

Tomorrow is Halloween!

October 30, 2008 at 5:30 pm | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Halloween, Laundry, Out for Supper, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Finally, I have time to sit at my computer and post an update.

What a week this has been.

Daniel still has bronchitis and FINALLY went to school today (he hadn’t gone all week!).  His fever finally broke the night before.  He’s still got that terrible cough, though.  And he’s still on his 2x a day Pulmicort, 2x a day Allegra plus Albuterol taken on the nebulizer every 3-4 hours.  I feel as though I’m a prisoner of the clock, having to keep track of everything.  Thankfully I’ve got a small notebook that I keep in the box with the nebulizer, where I write notes to myself…started that in 2004.  Daniel was amazed at his "history" and was reading it the other day.

I told him he could go trick or treating tomorrow, but that we are NOT going to stay out late like we usually do.  We’ll probably quit around 7 pm.  The weather is going to be in the 70s during the day, but once the sun goes down, it chills quickly and his lungs do NOT need to be out in the cold.

I told hubby that after the week that I’ve had, I deserve dinner out, so he’s already planning on taking us out for dinner LOL

Got my hair colored today, it’s called Autumn Red…very pretty.  Hubby didn’t notice.  Or if he did he forgot to mention it.

Had chili for dinner.  And homemade cornbread.

Should be upstairs folding laundry but am too lazy tonight.

~ Patty

Sunday Evening Musings

October 26, 2008 at 4:55 pm | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Hubby's Workshop, Supper, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

We just finished dinner.  YUMMY!  I made a corned beef with red potatoes and corn.  We hadn’t had corned beef in a LONG time and hubby loves it (so does Daniel).

Hubby is in his workshop….Daniel just went up to find him for some reason? 

Speaking of Daniel, he’s got bronchitis.  I’m keeping him home from school tomorrow and calling the doctor.  It didn’t warrant a trip to Urgent Care or the ER but he needs to be listened to tomorrow.  Please pray that he doesn’t develop pneumonia!

Today was the special fund-raising luncheon at church for a parishioner named Christy.  She’s battling breast cancer.  Christy is a young mom (under 40, so to me she’s young) and has four children (three daughters, one son).  Her hubby works at the same place as my hubby, so they’ve got good insurance coverage but as we well know, cancer is an expensive (and nasty) disease.  Please keep her in your prayers.  Chemo is very rough on her.

Thinking of Christy and her battle with breast cancer had me thinking of my best friend last night.  She had breast cancer and it took her away from us after just a 15-month battle.  I still miss her every day.

~ Patty

What day is this? Where am I?

October 23, 2008 at 9:01 am | Posted in Feeling Yucky, Hair Appointment, Halloween, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

I can’t believe it’s been FOUR DAYS since I’ve posted….that must be the longest lapse I’ve ever had.

Yesterday was my birthday!  I turned 47.  Since hubby is still in Las Vegas, my mom took me and Daniel out for dinner.  It was nice.

Today, Daniel has a half day of school.  Lucky kid.  Although, he’s not feeling very lucky, he woke up with a serious sore throat.  Maybe I’ll have to call the doctor tomorrow?

I need to find some Halloween games and things to do for the kids next week at their Halloween party.  I’m one of the three room-mothers for the 4th grade.  One mom already told me that she will be out of town that day and can’t help.  I need to call the other mom to see if she can come help.

Hubby comes home today from Las Vegas.  He called last night and was so TIRED.  It will be good to see him – Daniel and I have been lonely without him.

Today, my mom wants me to take her to her hair appointment to get a permanent.  It’s for 1 pm.  So, I’ll pick up Daniel at 12:30 and go over to her place.

That’s about all that’s on my mind right now.

~ Patty

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