Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Just a Quick Weekend Getaway:Chicken Noodle Soup

I mentioned yesterday that we were anxious to get our decorations up because we were out of town last weekend.  It was just a quick trip, we left on Friday night and came back Sunday afternoon.  We didn't catch up on any sleep, and our Sunday was a whirlwind getting ready for the week, but sometimes you just need that break from the everyday.

We got to spend some great family time.  We spent Saturday morning at the Living Desert, one of our favorite parts of Palm Desert.  It was a great morning to be there, we happened in our feeding time, so we got very close and personal with some of the animals.  Like the giraffes.

Thatbaby had a request, he really wanted to ride on an animal at the zoo.  Seemed like an easy enough wish to grant.

But riding on a statue of a warthog wasn't good enough.  So we found him something a little

Riding a camel was the highlight of Thatbaby's day.  He loved every moment of it.  It makes me smile, because he is so like me in that regard.  Fearless when it comes to real animals, but terrified of costumed characters like Mickey Mouse. 

We spent the afternoon at the pool.  In December.  Completely spoiled, right?  Then in the evening we kind of attended the Palm Springs Parade of Lights.  It was completely coincidental and I would have avoided the crowds if I'd known better.  But I didn't.  And so we ended up eating at a restaurant a block away from the parade while Thatbaby and Thatboy ran up to look at the passing floats every 5 minutes.

It's hard to vacation in December.  You come home, still in vacation mode, knowing the holidays are right around the corner.  It's very demotivating.  All I want to do is, nothing.  I'm ready to just curl up on the couch with a blanket and movies.  Dinners here are going to get lazy my friends.  Soup lazy.  Soup lazy is the best kind of lazy, because you can even be lazy eating it.  Curled up on the couch with a blanket and movies. 

Chicken Noodle Soup

1/2 bag of egg noodles
1 chicken breast, cooked and shredded
1 onion, diced
2 celery stalks, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 cup mushrooms, sliced
28 oz chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp basil
  1. Cook noodles according to package directions.
  2. While noodles are cooking, place the chicken, onions, celery, carrots and mushroom in a crockpot.
  3. Stir in the broth, cream, oregano, thyme, and basil.
  4. Season with salt and pepper.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Stir in egg noodles and serve.


  1. I pretty much want to do nothing also. So not good for the Christmas mojo! But glad to hear you had a great mini vacay!

  2. E loved feeding the giraffes at the Living Desert. My mom and Baba will be back there in a few weeks for most of the winter. We're opting out this year.