so many of you have asked for photos of ollie. here’s an update on our favorite maine coon kitten! it was a perfect day to hold the photo shoot indoors. first, it was raining, second, mr. style has come down with a nasty bug in spite of his yearly flu shot. flu season has hit with a vengeance this year. mr. style gets major kudos for rallying to snap his daily pics.
but oscar, ollie, and i thought it would be a good idea to rustle up some homemade chicken soup for our cameraman. and a hot toddy to boot. then send him off to bed. both are tried-and-true cold remedies. our mothers were right gang! (we always are). the chicken soup is soooo good and perfect for this time of year. it’s fast and easy by taking a shortcut with a rotisserie chicken from the supermarket. but you could start from scratch if you were so inclined. recipes are included at the end of the post.
for all of you northern gals that are looking for ways to stay warm, this wubby pullover is for you. it’s perfect layered over a tee or lightweight sweater. it comes in a darling buffalo check pattern as well. it’s keeping me cozy on this dreary day. and i’m going casual all the way with a j.crew factory boyfriend jeans (these run big so size down) and a new pair of jazzy sneakers from target. you just never know what will end up in my cart when i run in for paper towels and toilet paper.
oscar thinks he wants a carrot. do you think he ate it?
- 1 Rotisserie Chicken (prepared)
- 2 cups chopped celery
- 2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 large yellow onion, chopped
- 6 Tbsp Butter
- 96 oz chicken broth
- 12 oz (1 package) wide egg noodles
- 1/3 cup corn starch
- 1/4 cup water
- Place the carrots, celery, onions, butter in a large stock pot on medium high heat and sauté 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 low and 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.
cranberry and ginger bourbon smash | hot toddy
- 8oz Hot Water
- 1 Bag Herbal Tea
- 1oz Bourbon
- 1 Tablespoon Honey
- 1 Lemon Wedge
- Pour hot water into mug and steep tea for 2-3 minutes. Remove tea bag and add honey, stirring to dissolve. Pour in whiskey, add squeeze of lemon, stir and find relief.
- 1 cup good quality honey
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch chunks
- Favorite bourbon or whiskey to serve
- Club soda
- Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
- In a small saucepan bring the honey and water to a low boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and add the cranberries and ginger. Simmer the mixture for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture has reduced by 1/3. Remove from heat and let the syrup steep for an additional 15 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve.
- Fill each cocktail glass with a little ice, an ounce of bourbon and 1-2 Tablespoons of the syrup. Top with soda water and serve.
it’s friday gang! you know what that means. oscar and i wish each of you a lovely weekend!