Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Simple Goodness ~ Simple Pleasures

On cold, gray days, I can often be found in the kitchen …
… whipping up a pot of simple goodness.

There's nothing like a bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup ...
... to warm your body and spirit.

Do you have a simple pleasure you turn to in the kitchen, or anywhere?  I’d love to hear about it. If you’re here for the first time, please click on the Simple Pleasures page for important information.
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What's your simple pleasure today?


  1. This looks yummy. Sometimes, I so wish I desired to cook -- to nourish my family in such a way that pours out love. I'll just have to use my other talents, I suppose! :)

  2. Yummy!!!! It looks scrumptiously delicious! We eat lots of chicken soup in the winter months too.

  3. Mmm...mmm! Looks yummy. Care to share the recipe?

  4. I love to make home made chicken rice soup, it's good for the soul and what ever else ails you. It's the simple little pleasures that count.

  5. Oh Dayle, how yummy it does look! Makes me want a pot of chicken & dumplings. :) I've been missing linking up and wanted to join in the fun today! Thanks for hosting. Sounds as if you are wishing for the sun too!

  6. Now that does look good!
    I agree with you, Dayle. Chicken noodle soup has got to be a universal favourite!
    Thanks again for having this enjoyable meme each week. I look forward to it so much :-)
    God bless you..Trish

  7. Nice to meet you! I sooo wish I could have some of your soup right now: just what I need with this miserable cold I'm fighting!

  8. that soup looks the girls would love it...especially with the cold we've gotten these last couple of days...

  9. Oh my...this is really my kind of cooking! I enjoy spending time in the kitchen... :)

    Thank you Dayle for sharing.


  10. That looks wonderful as the cold is coming back to Texas...36 and dropping...I might need to make some warm soup for supper
    Simple Pleasures

  11. I'll bet you just made that up without a recipe didn't you? Every time I see something that looks fabulous, I find out the cook just threw it in the pot.

    I'm ashamed to say it, but eating is a simple pleasure of mine, and when I have soup, I want it to look just like that.

  12. My that soup looks so good! Thank you for hosting.(-:

  13. Nothing better than soup any day of the year. I was gonna post about corn chowder today but since you did soup, I went with something a little different but yummy too! Best wishes to you and yours, Tammy

  14. Yum. I made some earlier this week. Delicious, especially with lots of noodles. Okay, time for lunch. ;) Blessings.

  15. Even though we live down south now, I take every advantage of cool weather to make soup. The smell is almost as good as the taste. We always add dumplings to our chicken soup. You're exactly right - warms body and spirit. :)

  16. Hi Dayle! I'm sharing something today that my sister wrote for her blog but I shared on mine as a "guest post". Thanks so much for hosting!

  17. To those who've asked, there is no recipe. As Debbie suspected, I just threw something in a pot, but it's really the easiest soup you can make.

    Start by boiling pieces of chicken (on bone, preferred) in a big pot of water (say 3 quarts), with a medium onion (quartered or chopped) and a couple stalks of celery (course chopped) thrown in. Add some salt and pepper. Bring to boil, then turn to medium heat for about 30 minutes.

    Take chicken out to cool, then fish out the onions and celery and dispose of, making sure you don't throw out the water, which is now considered chicken stock.

    Take chicken off of bone and shred to your liking. Add back to chicken stock, and add another onion and more celery to pot. (I like to start fresh, but you could use the onion and celery from earlier, if you like.)

    Add noodles of your choice (I like wide egg noodles but didn't have enough this day, so I added regular spaghetti noodles with them) and let simmer for another 30-45 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper, as needed.

    P.S. If you have leftover chicken, you can also use store-bought chicken stock, right out of a carton. I think it's just as good as homemade.

  18. Your simple pleasure looks wonderful and I was going to ask for the recipe , saw you had left it thanks so much sure sounds yummy on a cold day

  19. Oh, this is wonderful! I also have a recipe from for Great Aunt Nina's Noodles and Chicken to make noodles with. Even Chickie likes it!
    It is interesting and fun to make the noodles too.
    But the best part is just simmering it all for a couple of hours and looking forward to the delicious result!

  20. Thank you, Dayle, for hosting the link party! My mom, from La Vie Quotidienne, suggested that I join, and I'm glad that she did. Oh, and your chicken sounds yummy!

  21. I love, love, love soups. I have been making a lot of them lately with it brisk and snowy outside. My hubby is more of a stew kind of guy and I am a soup kind of gal. So what do I do? I make it thick for a dinner and then thin it out for the boys and me at lunch the next day.

    Thank you for your greeting today. I have done a lot of meme's over the last 4 years but this meme has been one of the most friendliest. I was quite stunned at all that visited me. What a touching day and a day of encouragement. Thank you for having such a sweet way to share and encourage.

    Blessings in Him<><

  22. Ah, just as I suspected... However, the walk through of the soup making allows "copying for dummies". Thanks!


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