Chicken Soup

Chicken Soup and Hallmark Movies

I’m still taking down decorations, cleaning house, and watching Hallmark movies. Anyone else out there seen all of them like I have?  You have to ask…do parents really give their single daughters such a hard time that they need to rent boyfriends for the holidays?  Does every small town love Christmas?  If you sit beside a man with a white beard on an airplane, is he really Santa?

Apparently I fit the demographic because all the commercials feature people my age but fortunately I don’t yet need adult diapers, AARP life insurance, or a “Hurry Cane.”  All these movies come to an end on Monday and then it won’t be long till they start the Valentine’s movies.  Alas, I still won’t need psoriasis cream, hemorrhoid cream, or sexy whipped cream.

Hallmark definitely has the formula for love and I tune in to all of them.  I’m not sure why.  They are as much depressing as they are affirming.  Maybe deep down I’m just waiting for my handsome leading man to appear although with my luck he will most likely come scooting up on a Hoveround offering rheumatoid arthritis pills so we can ride up to the Cialis bathtub on the hill of flowers….not quite what I had in mind.

Oh well, eat some soup.

Chicken Soup

4 tablespoons butter

1 1/4 cup chopped onion  (1 medium onion)

3 stalks celery, finely chopped

3 carrots, chopped

1 clove garlic, minced

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

2 bay leaves

1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

1 teaspoon dillweed

6 cups chicken broth

2 cups diced cooked chicken

1 cup whole milk

8 ounces pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions.  In a separate stock pot, melt butter.  Cook onion, celery, carrots, and garlic until tender.  Stir in the flour and seasonings.  Add the broth slowly and bring to a boil.  Stir in the chicken and cooked, drained pasta.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook 10-15 minutes more.  Add the milk, heat through but do not return to a boil.  Makes 10  (1 1/4 cup)  servings.   210 calories each serving.  Freezes well.

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2 Responses to Chicken Soup and Hallmark Movies

  1. Phyllis Gragg December 31, 2016 at 7:02 am #

    LOl I feel the same way in regards to the Hallmark movies! Seen them all and no adult diapers in my house. Happy New Year Julie!! Love you!!!!

    • Julie January 1, 2017 at 6:50 pm #

      Happy New Year to you, too! So glad you read the blog and know that I love hearing from you in the comments and in life!!!!

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