Recipes

I am a soup fanatic. Always have been, always will be. Homemade chicken noodle soup is one of my go-to recipes on a recurring basis. In fact, I probably make it at least once a month, and I always make a pot big enough that it’ll last me through the week so I can eat it for lunch. When it comes to being a habitual repeat recipe offender, I’m the worst when it comes to soups. I live for them!

Today I’m going to share the simple and quick recipe I use to make my homemade chicken noodle soup. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

homemade chicken noodle soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 large chicken breasts (cut, cubed)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 2 C. chopped carrots
  • 2 C. chopped celery
  • 32 oz. organic chicken broth (or bouillon, if you want to make your own)
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 tsp. Rosemary
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp. organic ground turmeric
  • 4 drops DoTerra lemon oil (if desired)
  • 12 oz. bag Egg Noodles
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Add olive oil to a large pan over high heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook until no longer pink. Add the onion and garlic and cook for approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add the organic chicken broth (or water with bouillon)to a boil. Add the chopped carrots and celery and stir for about 3 minutes. Add the chicken, onion, and garlic to the broth. Reduce heat to Medium.
  3. Add the celery seed, Rosemary, organic ground turmeric, garlic salt, and salt and pepper to the soup while keeping it at a low simmer. This is also where I add the lemon oil if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary. Add the egg noodles and cover until soft or al dente. Add more water if necessary.
  4. Let soup cool, then serve.

homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
homemade chicken noodle soup
This organic ground turmeric is from my absolute favorite spice shop in downtown Franklin called Savory Spice shop. If you’ve never been, I highly recommend checking it out. They have over 160 gourmet spice blends and 300 fresh spices and herbs from traditional spices and seasonings to signature Savory creations. All of the employees are wonderful and bottle everything up right in front of you. I could spend hours in that shop.

homemade chicken noodle soup
And then, of course, my favorite special ingredient in my chicken noodle soup is the lemon oil I add. If you’re not a fan of lemon, you can forego this step, but I love it!

That’s it! This homemade chicken noodle soup is incredibly simple and easy-to-make for a last minute dinner or for a week’s worth of lunches. Enjoy!

Happy Wednesday! If you need a cure for the mid-week blues, I’ve got a perfect Afrohead Rum cocktail recipe for you that you can enjoy at your own at-home happy hour. Making cocktails after the workday are sometimes necessary, and rum is my go-to liquor.

I’ve partnered with Afrohead Rums to bring a delicious cocktail recipe that rum lovers will be sure to love.

afrohead rums

Afrohead Rums Hand-Shaken Daiquiri

  • 2 oz. Afrohead Briland 07
  • 1 oz. lime juice
  • 1 oz. simple syrup

Shake and strain all ingredients into chilled coupe. Garnish with thin floating lime wheel.

afrohead rums
afrohead rums
It was around this time last year that I attended an event with my friend Ashley for Afrohead Rums and I immediately fell in love with this brand. It was the Nashville Chapter Launch for the Unscripted Bartender Series at Amari and I got to eat delicious foods and sample different Afrohead cocktails made by local bartenders.
afrohead rums
afrohead rums
afrohead rums

For more Afrohead Rums cocktail recipes, click here. Drink responsibly and enjoy!

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Last week while I was in Michigan with family for Thanksgiving, we made our traditional butter press cookies for the holidays. This is something we’ve been doing since my sister and I were just toddlers. It was even more special to do it this year with my 1-year-old niece, Elizabeth.

butter press cookies

We typically make at least 8 batches so that we have them for all holiday parties, friends and family. It becomes an all-night project, but we love it. These butter press cookies are also perfect for decorating and passing out as gifts. I love pairing them with coffee!

What You’ll Need:

2 Sticks of Butter
1 Cup Sugar
2 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Almond
3 and 1/2 Cups of Flour
1 Teaspoon Salt
Cookie Press (We get a TON of use out of our Pampered Chef press)
Cookie decorations: sprinkles, M&M’s, colored sugars, etc.

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

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Cream butter, sugar, eggs, almond and vanilla. Add the salt. Add enough flour to make dough that can be used in cookie press (not too sticky).
Decorate cookies on sheet; bake 8-10 minutes. Makes 3 dozen cookies.

butter press cookies
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Enjoy!
laura