What I’ve been up to & a Japanese noodle soup recipe

Over the weekend Mike got called into work at 9pm to travel to the Bay Area for an emergency.  That boy didn’t get home until 5am so while he caught up on sleep, I went Christmas shopping.  I got to the mall as soon as it opened, which now makes me think I am smarter than I thought.  Not.  I scored awesome parking, no lines and crossed some names off our Christmas shopping list.  Boom! 

On a side note, Mike is feeling better with each day after the accident.  Thank you SO much for your sweet comments & well wishes.  <3

In true J style, I took a mid-shopping coffee break. 


My aunt told me about a program she’s involved with back home called Socks For Seniors.  They are taking donations that will go to folks in retirement facilities for Christmas.  I have a huge soft spot for the elderly, so I picked up several pairs of warm socks for both men & women.  I tied a little bow around them and my little grandma is going to put a candy cane inside them.  I didn’t want them to get crushed during shipping & she was happy to do it.  Gosh, I love that lady!

I hope they bring a little Christmas cheer to whoever gets them.  This is the stuff in life that makes me soooo happy!


In other news, I just found out about the Ralphy aka A Christmas Story race!!  How did I not know this!?  My life will be complete if I run it, so next year, the virtual race is on.


There were a couple requests for this Japanese noodle soup recipe pic I posted on the IG over the weekend. 


Truthfully, Mike just throws a bunch of stuff in a pot and it always turns out.  He’s kind of a cooking genius or something like that.  Anyway we can tell you approximate measurements but you’ll probably have to taste it along the way.



  • Chicken
  • Fresh sliced mushrooms
  • Small onion diced
  • Chicken broth
  • Soy sauce
  • Sake
  • Sesame oil
  • Garlic
  • Sesame seeds
  • Bean sprouts
  • Fresh spinach
  • Noodles-soba or ramen

Cook chicken thoroughly then add broth & a little water to taste.  Bring to a boil and add a splash of soy sauce, Sake, sesame oil, mushrooms, onion, sesame seeds & garlic.  Simmer for about 15ish minutes.  The last couple minutes add the spinach & bean sprouts.  We like the spouts to have a little crunch, but of course you cook ‘em longer.

Add a little cock sauce for a spicy punch or some scallions-really it’s a very versatile dish so go crazy.

Grab yourself a giant bowl the size of your face, fill it up to the top – do not skimp as this is another one of those life rules, wrap your cold paws around it & enjoy.

Anyone want to run the Ralphy race with me next year?  Come on, I triple dog dare you!

How’s your Christmas shopping coming along?  Anyone completely done?

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11 Comments on “What I’ve been up to & a Japanese noodle soup recipe

  1. That soup looks tasty!!
    I bought my first gift today – I’m on a roll for sure!!! Or, I better get on a roll!!!

  2. For once, I think I am going to finish my shopping a little before Christmas (now that I say that, I will probably realize I left someone out two days before).

  3. The Christmas Story House is not far from me and I heard about the run~ I even blogged about it once! I wish I had done it though, I saw some great recaps and it looked like a fun time!

    And yikes…still need to finish some shopping….

  4. That soup looks super tasty! I’m ALL done with the Christmas shopping – now I’m just waiting for all of my purchases to arrive in the mail so I can finish getting them ready and wrapped! 🙂 This is the earliest I’ve ever been done!

  5. I would totally run the Ralphy race! 🙂 And that soup, omg, that looks so warm and tasty and filing. Writing down the list now to gather more ingredients to my shopping list. And I have only gotten one item for my shopping done. I am on an insanely tight budget right now so I have to looks over my family’s list and pray they want something cheap.

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