An apology + a rookie chicken noodle soup recipe

Yesterday Bam and I celebrated National Coffee Day by walking around Carmel. Yes, I was totally ‘that’ person.


For those who are not familiar to Carmel, let me explain the…demographic might I say, with a few words.

  • Eclectic.
  • Affluent. I feel like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman.
  • One of the most dog friendly cities. Most restaurants have a dog menu.

You see, I am not pretentious at all. Okay, maybe when it comes to coffee and running shoes, but that’s about it. Bam on the other hand is not at tall. With anything. He has no sense of personal space or manners. He also has no idea how to walk like a normal dog on a leash.

While I was enjoying my iced coffee, little knucklehead here jumped into a beautifully manicured church garden probably out of boredom or hunting a butterfly. There was a sign clearly marked ‘no dogs’. This guy was even on leash.

Dog owner of the year, right here.

He sincerely apologized and then I took him shopping for a treat.


File that under #reasonsIcanthavekids and #iamasucker

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Moving on, I did some grocery shopping and decided to be Suzi freaking homemaker and make a chicken noodle soup from scratch. Full disclosure: Mike helped with the flavors since I am kinda inept in that area.

It turned out better than I expected. Hey, even a blind squirrel can get a nut every now + then, so I thought I’d share the recipe with you.



  • 3 cans of chicken broth
  • 1 of those cans of water
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Chopped carrots-as much as you’d like
  • Chopped celery-as much as you’d like
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 T parsley
  • Sea salt + lots of pepper


Season the chicken with garlic powder, parsley, S+P, then boil it in chicken broth + water until it shreds.

Add the veggies and simmer for about 20 minutes. Then add noodles. I am impatient so I went with egg noodles that only take 5-6 minutes to cook, but any kind will work.

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I can’t be a loner on this one, what did your pet do that embarrassed you?

How did you celebrate National Coffee Day? Crossing my fingers you did.


8 Comments on “An apology + a rookie chicken noodle soup recipe

  1. I wish the weather was cool enough in SoCal to have chicken noodle soup (along with tons of buttered bread to soak up all the broth)!

  2. I absolutely love Carmel. It is really dog friendly but of course when we took our labs to the beach. They pulled a “Marley,” ran straight to the water and took a dump. So embarrasing! We try to go once a year there to treat ourselves.

  3. Jumping into a flower bed would actually be pretty tame for our Dachshund/MinPin Mix. The most embarrassed I’ve ever been is when we were at the dog park and he WOULD NOT stop barking at this one guy (presumably because he was wearing a hat!) hahahahaha

  4. My dog is also inept at walking on a leash like normal. Usually it looks like she’s walking me because she’s always walking behind me!

    That photo of Bam is beyond cute though!

  5. My mom always said that the secret to great chicken noodle soup is to add 3 bay leaves (and remove before serving, you can’t eat them). I’ve never made it without them so I don’t know if they really add that much but I always loved her soup!

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