10 Things I need when I’m Sick
+ A Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
I never really noticed before, but I apparently have a “Sick-Kit” of must-have items to help me feel better. Chris went to Walmart to grab me a few care items, and it was when I was putting together a list of things I like to have when I’m sick I realized I’ve been using the same cold & flu remedies for as long as I can remember.
It is not often that I am knocked on my rear by a cold, but when I am it is normally pretty nasty. Last week I found myself sicker than I have been in a long time, and I wanted my Vaporub and my Ginger Ale, among a few other things.
- Vicks VapoRub. This is a staple item in my medicine cabinet, and something the kids and I use whenever we have a cold, flu, or stuffed nose.
- Canada Dry Ginger Ale. I love Ginger Ale (it is really the only pop I like) but there is something about having it when you’re sick . I automatically crave it whenever I’m not feeling well. Only Canada Dry will do, all other Ginger Ale’s are wrong.
- Orange Juice. Real, 100% orange juice, hold the pulp.
- Hot Tea. Earl Grey is normally my go-to tea of choice when I’m not feeling well, but any black tea will work. Chai and peppermint tea work as well.
- Vicks VapoDrops. Perfect for a scratchy throat and to help clear the nasal passages.
- Tylenol Cough Cold & Flu Syrup. I actually like the way this tastes. I know I’m a grown-up and there are pills for this, but I prefer the syrup.
- Chloraseptic Sore Throat Lozenges with Soothing Liquid Centre. I actually really like these, and they are my cough drop of choice.
- Bathroom Tissue. We don’t buy a lot of Kleenex, so T.P. is our choice for all our nose-blowing needs. The kids also use a decent amount of Boogie Wipes when they have a runny nose (and I admit I do too).
- Chicken Noodle Soup. Simple and comforting. (Keep reading for recipe).
- And last, but not least, my favourite blanket. I love blankets, and I especially love my old brown blanket. Its my cuddle blanket of choice when I’m not feeling well.
Quick & Easy Chicken Noodle Soup
Homemade Soup in about an hour
Because I’m Mom, I had no one to make me soup last week when I was sick. Also, because I’m Mom, I still needed to make dinner. I solved both problems by making a quick and easy Chicken Noodle Soup.
- Take 2 skinless, boneless chicken breasts and dice into small pieces. Toss with about 1/4 cup Zesty Italian Salad Dressing.
- Add a splash of oil to a dutch oven/large soup pot. Sauté chicken for about 5 minutes on medium heat.
- Add 6 cups of water and 2 pots Knorr Homestyle Chicken Stock Bouillon. Add 1 tsp each: Italian Seasoning, Onion Powder and Garlic Powder.
- Bring to a boil, and then turn down heat and simmer while you cut the vegetables.
- Peel and thinly slice a few carrots and a parsnip. Peel and dice 2 small (or 1 medium) potato. Thinly slice a few celery stalks, including leaves. Dice one good sized tomato.
- Add vegetables to soup. Stir, and bring back to a boil.
- Take a small handful of spaghetti noodles and break them into smaller pieces. Add to the boiling soup.
- Turn the heat to medium and cook for about 20 minutes, until the noodles and the vegetables are tender.
- If soup is too thick, you can add additional water to get the consistency you want.
- Add salt & pepper to taste. I didn’t add any additional salt but I did add a few shakes of ground pepper.
- Serve with crackers, buns, or grilled cheese sandwiches.
Do you have any must have items in your sick-kit?
Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the proud mom to five boys between the ages of 7-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.
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