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Creamy No-Chicken Noodle Soup

We had a rare day at home today and after spending some time cleaning and relaxing, dinner time was here. I didn’t have anything planned and I really didn’t want to spend a long time in the kitchen. Alas! We still had to eat.

I’m trying to feed us from my kitchen and table and NOT from fast food, restaurants, and so on. I wanted to try the Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup again that I shared with you in the post before this one. I got all the ingredients out and realized I didn’t have a few main ingredients. I improvised and it turned out very good anyway!

Creamy No-Chicken Noodle Soup of sorts

2 diced onions

4 minced garlic cloves

3 carrots, cut in small slices or to be close in size (I cut the bigger parts of the carrots in half and then cut again)

2 sliced stalks of celery

butter – 3 Tablespoons

2 cups cauliflower, cut or broken into bite sized pieces

4 Tablespoons of seasoned vegetable base (Better Than Bouillon, meat free)

6 cups of water

sea salt


Italian seasoning

angel hair pasta

2 cups of spinach, I chopped some I found in the freezer

2 Tablespoons butter

2 Tablespoons of flour

1 cup of heavy cream

I set the instant pot to saute mode and sautéed 3 Tablespoons of butter, and the first five ingredients. Next, I added the Better than Bouillon, water, salt, pepper, seasonings and pasta. I stirred it all together (not the last four ingredients) and put the lid on. I cleared the saute setting and did a manual pressure cook on high for 6 minutes. While that cooked, I made the slurry (just blending the flour and butter together – so glad my amazing MIL showed me how to do this years ago!)

As soon as the six minutes of pressure cooking ended, I did a quick release on the steam (just letting the steam out instead of waiting for it to eventually do down) and opened the pot. In went the chopped spinach, slurry, and heavy cream. I let it cook long enough to mix the last ingredients.

For mine, I ate as it was and loved it. For my husband and son, I cut one chicken breast (previously cooked) into bite sized pieces and divided it between their bowls. The soup was so steaming hot, I ladled it over the chicken and mixed it up. They loved it and thought it was just right with it being cold outside.

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ― Edith Sitwell


Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

Yesterday went well and I kept with my goals to an extent. I didn’t end up exercising and I had less than five bites where sugar was the involved. 

I had a lovely lunch out with beautiful friends and took care of some house and home things. 

My DI💙, Brandy wanted to try a creamy chicken noodle soup in her new instant pot. I found this recipe and was at their house to try it out. It was so, so good! We are both making it again and she had the great idea for me to make this for my next Ladies in Faith meeting! 

Creamy chicken noodle soup

I have a goal to work through some of my cookbooks, printed recipes, and those added to my Plan to Eat recipes. Maybe I will manage to share them here! 

“Soup is the song of the hearth…and the home.” Louis P  De Gouy

Taking Today

My beautiful and strong mother used to always remind herself to take things one day at a time. She knew there was not a thing she could do to change yesterday and the days yet to come were beyond help to worry with. The day she was breathing, loving and working in was the place to pour her energy. 

This day, I set out to do the same! 

I stretched this morning before getting out of bed. Six morning Stretches It revealed more to me about my body than I was thrilled to note. It also started me off doing something about it and that feels good. 

I have seen my husband to work, started laundry, read my Bible and worked through more of the books I’m reading. 
Daily planning is done and I am headed to to do the rest of my morning routine. 

This morning, my breakfast will be a green smoothie with whatever ingredients I have until shopping. 

One meal at a time. One task at a time. One decision at a time. One day at a time. 

 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:33‭-‬34 

Quick note on last post:


I was reviewing this and recent audio books because when you finish listening to one, a review pops up. I click the stars and leave a quick review and that is that. On this one, there is a place at the end where you can add a member number if you join as a member.

It dawned on me that I should add my Young Living member number.

Mine is: 1609017

Normally, I would share this info after having/hosting a class, sharing a mini book or a cd on essential oils but I didn’t think about it when I posted the review!