(Close Enough) Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup: 30 Minutes to Happy Tummies


Soup season is upon us and nothing soothes the soul like a great chicken noodle soup. Lauded as helpful for colds and sniffles, many people turn to this classic soup when they are ill as well as when they just need some warmth.

While chicken noodle soup right out of a can isn’t as healthy as homemade chicken noodle soup, who has the time to spend hours making it from scratch?

I have come across a great middle ground recipe that I think is close enough to homemade chicken noodle soup. It feels much healthier than store bought, pre-canned soup but doesn’t take hours stuck in the kitchen.

In fact, this chicken noodle soup is ready to eat in 30  minutes!


(Use all organic, if possible)

-8 cups chicken broth or stock (2-32 ounce boxes)

-1 large onion, finely chopped (or if you don’t like onion, like me, you can use onion powder or granules)

-6 carrots, peeled and chopped

-3 stalks celery, chopped

-2 Tbsp parsley

-1 tsp dried thyme leaves

-2 tsp salt

-1/4 tsp pepper

-1 bay leaf (you can leave this out, like I do)

-4 cups pre-cooked cubed chicken thighs

-3 cups wide egg noodles

-1 cup finely diced zucchini (about 2 zucchini)

-2 Tbsp dill weed


1. Add chicken broth to large stock pot and bring to a boil.

2. Add onion, carrots, celery, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.

3. Add cubed chicken, noodles, zucchini, and dill. Bring to boil and cook for 10  minutes or until noodles and vegetables are tender. Remove bay leaf (if added). Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper if needed.

4. Enjoy with a warm piece of bread. We usually buy some sea salt ciabatta rolls from Whole Foods, warmed with butter on them.


Remember how I pre-cook chicken thighs for lunches? This is another use for those. Just grab some out and let them thaw.

And if you are looking for another great soup recipe, our other staple is potato kale soup, made with a side of cornbread!


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Connection Before Correction – In Action! (aka The Jelly Bean Story)

I’ve been on a quest to develop gentle parenting skills. I have read countless books (check out my Books page) but one of my favorite mentors is Dr. Laura Markham, author of Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids and AhaParenting.com. Her website is full of THE BEST, MOST USEFUL information for parenting with loving guidance.

One of the things I’ve learned is Connection Before Correction. What that means is that when we see an act of misbehavior in our child, we should connect with them before we try to correct them. My first instinct is to go right to the correcting, but as Dr. Markham explains in this article on How to Use Positive Parenting, kids misbehave when they feel bad about themselves and disconnected from us.

All of us, including kids, are always trying to get our needs met. At the moment we see bad behavior from our child, it is their attempt at getting some need met. If we can pause and, instead of punishing the misbehavior, try to figure out the need behind the behavior, we can move towards understanding the need, maybe help filling the need in another way, and create more loving connections.

Dr. Laura Markham says:

Parenting is 80% connection; otherwise kids can’t accept our guidance.

How’s your ratio?



I try to connect with each of my kids daily – for at least 15 minutes, as Dr. Laura recommends. This creates the base of connection with you.

But you can also connect with your child in a challenging moment, too.

Connection Before Correction – In Action

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Sometimes I’m Crafty: The Shirt-to-Pillow Upcycle Success

Although not the main focus of this website, I thought I would share one of my latest crafty projects. I am sure there are many of you who also might like this handy little idea.

The Dilemma

When my son was in preschool the year he was two, they made these personalized shirts for Christmas. They have a reindeer on the front made with my son’s own hand and footprints. I loved the shirt! Now that he is 7 1/2 he has not only outgrown the shirt, but probably wouldn’t want to wear it even if it did fit!

But I cannot throw away something as precious as this! And donating didn’t seem right. Who would want handprints of someone else’s child?

I wanted to keep the shirt for sentimental reasons. I want to look at it again and again. But just keeping it in a drawer didn’t seem functional.

The Solution

I somehow got the idea of making the shirt into a pillow, one that I could keep and would become a seasonal decoration. Thanks to Pinterest, I found several tutorials that helped me figure it out.

The Result

Here is the before and after shot of the shirt and the pillow:



The Procedure

I decided I wanted cording around the edge and for the back to have an “envelope”, as the overlapping fabric flaps are called. This will allow me to take out the pillow insert (which I bought at a local craft store).

The two tutorials I used the most were this one and this one. (I just bought my own cording, though, I didn’t make it.)

I sewed one layer at a time, though, not all layers at once. You do have to be careful as you sew cording but in general, this pillow was way easier to make than I thought! I’m happy!

How will you use this idea?

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