Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup...

Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup...

Though I have been loving these cold, crisp days of winter, it seems like there are a lot of colds and sickness going around. Whenever I feel a cold coming on, one of my first thoughts is, "I'd better make a pot of chicken noodle soup." My mother, the RN, had a recurring mantra when we became ill as children, and even as adults...."force fluids". One of the best parts of chicken noodle soup is the broth, in my opinion.

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Instead of New Year's Resolutions...

Instead of New Year's Resolutions...

 I'm really not a big fan of New Year's Resolutions. When I've made them in the past, I was always gung ho in the first few days of January to work on them. But, as the month wore on, and work piled up as I did all the year end bookkeeping that needs to happen when you are self employed, my resolve to work on those resolutions began to fade and I ended up feeling like a loser. Not a great way to start a New Year!

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Steak and Potato Stew...

Steak and Potato Stew...

Driving to an early morning meeting this morning, I glanced at the temperature Gage in my car and it said it was 17 degrees outside! Now, I know that is no big deal for folks in Alaska or the Midwest or the East Coast...but that's darn cold for us out here in the West. When the temperatures start to drop in the winter, my thoughts turn to comfort food like hearty soups.

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Welcome 2017!

Welcome 2017!

After spending a few days in the mountains near Leavenworth, it seems a bit surreal to come home to freezing temperatures, icy windshields, and a little snow here on the coast of Puget Sound! I must admit I love the cold, crisp, and clear days of winter like this...with beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Walking outside perks you right up and you feel alive, ready to take on the New Year.

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Advent preparations begin...

Advent preparations begin...

I love the season of Advent, preparing for the celebration of Christmas. One of the newer traditions that I so enjoy is the now annual Christmas wreath making party at the Forde's home. You may remember I wrote about this event last year too here. The party actually took place on the first Sunday of Advent and as I was driving home, I began to think about all that this means.

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