chicken noodle soup for the soul | fridays with oscar

it’s Friday, gang!  Black Friday.  we hope your Thanksgiving was full of family, fun, and of course food.  Thanksgiving was a real team effort over here at our house.  my middle son made the potatoes, salad, and turkey.  Kelly was in charge of the stuffing and put a twist on it this year:  stuffing fried rice.  it was all d.e.l.i.s.h.  hopefully you have mountains of leftovers, and if you’re enjoying today from the comfort of your own home, we’ve got you covered.  per usge, we’ve got a wonderful recipe and cocktail for you:  chicken noodle soup for the soul.   i’ve also compiled the top items of the month as chosen by you, my readers.  so sit back and join us while you recover from your food coma.  

outfit of the day: sweater & smoking slippers 

fridays with oscar is always about the celebration of simplicity and comfort.  this month, we’ve featured oversized sweaters and jackets, pullovers, and vests. today is no exception.  i’m showcasing this turtleneck sweater from J.Crew.  it comes in a variety of colors.  if chosen vine, but if you’re looking for something more neutral, there’s one for you. 

and how fabulous are these smoking slippers from Ann Taylor?  they’re comfortable enough for when you’re lounging around the house and chic enough for when you’re entertaining guests.  both J.Crew and Ann Taylor are having major 50% off Black Friday sales, so take this opportunity to pick up both.

turtleneck sweater | stretch wool jacket | smoking slippers | high rise pants

turtleneck sweater | stretch wool jacket | smoking slippers | high rise pants


our tablescape this week marks the transition from fall to winter—Thanksgiving to Christmas.  the plaid napkins and placemats are perfect for fall harvest tablescapes but are flexible enough to make the transition into Christmas.  same with these antiqued wood chargers and plates from Pier 1.  decorations and place settings are investment pieces, and you want to get as much mileage out of them as possible.  so when shopping for, say, fall decorations, keep an eye out for ones that can transition seamlessly into winter.  similarly for all seasonal decorations.  

antiqued wood charger | plaid napkins | plaid placemat | bee water glasses | bee water tumblers

entree: chicken noodle soup

i’m bringing you an old family favorite today:  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 look, you can find organic or substitute the chicken entirely for your leftover turkey.  both work great.  and  be sure make extras:  this soup freezes and will be waiting for you if you catch a winter cold.  

Homemade chicken soup
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  1. Rotisserie Chicken (prepared)
  2. 2 cups chopped celery
  3. 2 cups chopped carrots
  4. 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  5. 6 Tbsp butter
  6. 96 oz chicken broth
  7. 12 oz (1 package) wide egg noodles
  8. 1/3 cup corn starch
  9. 1/4 cup water
  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. While the soup simmers, mix the cornstarch and water until the cornstarch is complete 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.
  4. 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.
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antiqued wood charger | plaid napkins | plaid placemat | bee water glasses | bee water tumblers

cocktail: bourbon smash 

we’ve got a totally fresh and new cocktail for your this week:  cranberry and ginger bourbon smash.  bourbon and whiskey are great for the winter season:  hot toddy anyone?  today we’re pulling in the flavors from Thanksgiving—cranberry—into an old favorite:  the bourbon smash.  cheers!  


Cranberry & ginger bourbon smash
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  1. 1 cup good quality honey
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 cup cranberries
  4. 3 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and cut 1/4 inch chunks
  5. Favorite bourbon or whiskey to serve
  6. Club soda
  7. Fresh rosemary sprigs for garnish
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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top items of the month & black friday sales

below, i’ve aggregated your favorite items for the month of November.  blazers and sweaters were a big favorite.  no surprise.  but some of my favorites boots and shows topped the list as well.   

 if you missed any of the above, make sure to check them out today.  with all of the great sales going on, there’s a deal to be had.  no doubt.  i’m reposting my top brands and their Black Friday sales below in case you missed yesterday’s post

Talbots: 40% off your purchase until midnight Friday

turtleneck sweater | stretch wool jacket | smoking slippers | high rise pants


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  1. carolyn wrote:

    I hope you and your family had a relaxing Thanksgiving.
    I enjoyed your post today and I have to ask you where you got your Santa beside the fireplace? I love him!

    Posted 11.29.19
  2. Hello Beth,

    You had my attention with chicken soup and a cranberry bourbon smash. I’m a lover of soups and of course who doesn’t like to surprise guests with a fun cocktail when you entertain.

    Wishing you all the best for the holidays.


    Posted 11.30.19
  3. SARA wrote:

    Hola! Siempre espero los viernes con Oscar, me encantan tus mascotas , tus look y blog. Oscar y Oli son hermosos. Felicidades!

    Posted 12.2.19

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