Fridays with Oscar is always about the celebration of simplicity and comfort. Since it’s Friday, I chose a casual outfit to kick off the weekend. Fridays are always about casual ease, whether it’s what I wear or what I eat. Today, I’m sharing a quick and easy version of chicken noodle soup and a refreshing, healthy mocktail instead of the usual cocktail. So come on in and stay awhile, even if it’s only virtually. And I do love to whip up a cocktail to sip and savor and enjoy come five o’clock.
Striped hoodie from Madewell
December, January, and February are the months I slip into my winter uniform: a sweater and jeans (or some variation thereof). Who doesn’t love an oversized sweater when it’s cold outside? Or maybe you prefer a cardigan, crewneck, or v-neck? Today I’m showcasing a striped hoodie and a pair of green chinos (that can act as a neutral) from Madewell. And if where the temps are dropping where you are, make sure to tuck a button-up or long sleeve tee underneath the hoodie for an extra layer of warmth.
Ok, ok. I’m sure you’re asking yourself, “Is there room in my closet for yet another striped sweater?” The answer is “yes,” especially when that hoodie is color-blocked with neutral shades of green and ivory. I’m loving this lightweight hoodie from Madewell because of its neutral color scheme. The power of neutrals is that they mix and match with so many other items in your wardrobe.
Blue jeans are always a good choice on any given day, but I also like variety. That’s when a pair of chinos come into play. They have the comfort and casual feel of blue jeans with a little extra something. This utility pant from Madewell exudes casual ease. Add a pair of suede loafers from Ralph Lauren (limited sizes similar here and here), and this OOTD definitely harkens back to my prepster days and ways.
Today, I’m bringing you an old family favorite: chicken noodle soup for the soul. It’s the perfect winter dish: super simple and unbelievably tasty. The recipe calls for rotisserie chicken. If you can find organic go for it, but remember you can swap a whole chicken for chicken breasts only if you’re so inclined. And be sure to make extras: this soup freezes and will be waiting for you with open arms if you catch a winter cold.
Place the carrots, celery, onions, butter in a large stock pot on medium high heat and saute until the vegetables are tender, about 5-10 minutes
Place the entire chicken on top of the vegetables and then pour the broth over the top. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat to a low simmer for 30 minutes.
While the soup simmers, mix the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is completely dissolved. At the end of the 30 minutes, remove the chicken from the soup and pour the cornstarch mixture into the broth slowly while continuously stirring. Once it is all combined, stir in the noodles and let them cook 6-8 minutes or until just tender.
While the noodles are cooking, remove the chicken meat from the bones and chop it into bite-sized pieces. When the noodles are tender, stir the chicken in and mix well.
Mocktails for Dry January
This month is dry January. So, I’ve hopped on the bandwagon as they say, as this month is all about reset, refresh and renew on the blog. So… mocktail anyone? Today we’re featuring a sparkling raspberry lemonade. This drink is refreshing and easy to make. Make sure to garnish with a lime wedge or mint, and voila! You won’t even miss the booze.
Awww, Oscar is such a cutie! He always makes my day. Love the remodeled basement kitchen, and the recipes look yummy! Thanks, Beth!
enjoy your weekend!
The chicken soup looks delicious but how much chicken broth?
Thanks for your very interesting posts!
oops. there was a typo. it’s 96 ounces of chicken broth.
Hello, We have about 5 in of snow here and still snowing. It is 15 deg. Your chicken noodle soup sounds delicious and so does the mocktail. I really like your choice of clothes for today. Pats to Oscar. He looks very relaxed today.
Oscar is always ready to hop on the couch for a little TLC. stay warm!
It must be chicken soup day: yours is the second recipe I’ve seen this morning. It’s snowing here in Maine, so soup is on the menu. The mocktail sounds great – thanks so much! BTW, I looked up your soup bowls as I want new ones and they are the “deal of the day” at Macy’s, so they are half off — a really good buy!
i always trot this chicken soup recipe out in January. it’s the perfect time of year to share a home remedy for the common cold.
you can always count on Macy’s for a good deal!
I’m with you about cocktails on Friday! It kicks off the weekend.
Thanks for the recipes; both sound delish
Love the OOTD. Who doesn’t love a cozy hoodie.
Happy weekend Beth!
enjoy your weekend!
I love the recipes and the outfit and your dog!
I have to say Oscar has such a great temperament. Happy New Year!
This sounds like a good and easy soup. I’m going to give it a try.
I also like the idea of the mock tail.
Love your remodeled basement.
Have a great weekend.
i’m so pleased with the basement renovation! love to spend time down there.
Wow, your soup and mocktail sound absolutely delicious!
Love your remodel and Oscar is so cute on the couch!
Thanks for all the hard work that you do…truly appreciate it!
Happy New Year, Janet! Thank you for being here.
Still smitten with Fridays With Oscar! 🥰
Happy New Year, Sylvia!
I am new to Style at a Certain Age and Beth, I can’t tell you how much you have influenced the quality of my life already. I have adopted a more classic style and ease of living that makes me happier, which, in turn, makes me look and feel more contemporary in my everyday life. Thank you.
nothing makes me happier to hear than this! i so appreciate you being here.
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