Snackin’, Runnin’, Slurpin’

What a long day – the fact that it’s getting darker earlier now is just messing me up. I feel like it’s so much later than it is!

Work was good – steady and busy – and I broke out a snack around 4 this afternoon.


Have you tried these Cascadian Farms granola bars? They’re good. I haven’t tried any of their other flavors, but we really like the chocolate chip ones. And no HFCS!

I worked more until Nick got home, and then we went for a 3 mile run today. The weather was just beautiful today. I wanted to do the 7 miles today, but by the time we got out there, it was too late. I just don’t want to be running after dark and Nick was only going to do the first half with me. I’m hoping to get it in Thursday if the weather is good.

Either way, a run is a run, and today was a good one. Got my heart pumping (ha, I just typed pumpkin) and moved around some more.

Tonight’s meal was so good and so easy.


It’s been a long time since I’ve made homemade chicken noodle soup, and I’m very glad I had that on the meal plan for this week.


Homemade soups are SO good!

For this soup recipe, I used:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2-3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 1-2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of thyme
  • pinch of parsley
  • 1.5 cups diced rotisserie chicken (could leave out and make an awesome veggie noodle soup!)
  • 8 oz. whole wheat noodles
  1. Bring a large pot up to medium heat and add a bit of oil. Add in onion, carrot, celery, garlic, and bay leaf and let cook 5-10 minutes or until the veggies are softened.
  2. Add in broth and water and bring to a boil.
  3. Drop in noodles, bring back to a boil, lower the heat and bit and let the noodles cook.
  4. Stir in the chicken, thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Remove bay leaf.
  6. Serve!


So simple, but super tasty.

I also heated up some whole wheat/oat yeast rolls I made a while ago and froze. Just pull them out of the bag, put them in the toaster oven until thawed and a little browned.

I spread a little honey butter on mine.


It turned out to be a great meal since it got much cooler here again once the sun went down.

We just watched HIMYM (a pretty funny one, K!) and are listening to the end of the Hokie radio show right now.

I’m thinking tonight may be a popcorn night  :)  My stomach is wanting something else already.


What’s your favorite soup to eat or to make?

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  1. comfort food alert! looks amaaaaaazing, Brandi!

    I was driving home today and it was getting dark at 5:30! I cried a little on the inside.

  2. I love love love the vanilla chip cascadian farm bars. They’re seriously unique. I don’t have them that much just like a straight up bar a) because they’re super soft and smoosh easily and b) they’re a bit high in sugar, but they’re perfect for mixing into a single-serve container of yogurt as an on-the-go snack

  3. Um, I want YOUR soup! That looks so delish and I adore your multi colored striped bowl.

    My fav soup to make is anything creamy (but low fat) I can throw into the crockpot. A creamy butternut squash bisque with chicken and white beans is a fave of mine.

  4. I love soup! Your soup looks delicious! When I have my own tomatoes, I love to make tomato soup. Right now, I love to make soups with squash…

  5. I always shy away from making soup because I feel like it’s going to take forever. I love this quick and easy soup idea!

  6. i havent had chicken noodle soup in FOREVER!!! i love it, even when i’m not sick!!!

  7. I am so glad you posted this chicken noodle soup tonight, I have been looking for a way to use up my carrots/celery and this sounds perfect! It got chilly here tonight once the sun went down too? At least this week is lookin’ better than last week though! :)

  8. i love savory pumpkin soups…or broccoli and cauliflower soup. totally awesome! especially with fresh baked bread!

  9. Whole Foods has a coupon out to try Cascadian farms product so I think I will try those and one of the cereals I saw on another blog.

    I love to make homemade Southwestern Sweet Potato soup. I can’t find anything like it premade so I like to make it once a month. So warm and just enough spice. I also like to make black bean because it’s so much more flavorful.

  10. Yeast rolls forever have my heart. And honey butter. You just won me over with that combo right there. [as if you hadn’t already!]

  11. i adore soup
    homemade tomato soup is my favorite!
    Miso and lentil dahl are my runners up!

  12. My favorite is a Rachael Ray recipe – Moo Shu Stoup. Although I made another one of hers, curried chicken cider soup, tonight and was pretty impressed.

  13. Your soup looks wonderful!!!!!!

    happy tuesday!!!

    Oh and I have to do this (read my last post to know why):

    Competition: -/- interaction. Attempts by members of 2 or more species to use the same limited resources in an ecosystem.

    There is INTERSPECIFIC (between species) competition and INTRASPECIFIC (within species) competition.

  14. ahhh your soup looks fantastic! its perfect for fall weather!

  15. I was thinking the same thing about the darkness outside after work today too. I’m dreading when time falls back an hour!

    But soup has made my day much better! I actually had a White Bean Chipotle soup for lunch and chili for dinner. I was clearly in the mood for some comfort food. :)

  16. i love plain old chicken noodle, and i love corn chowder too!
    and split pea… and beef with tomato-y broth, and lentil… and lots of others! i’m so glad it’s soup weather again! :-)

  17. Homemade soup ftw! I only eat homemade soup. :)
    Honey butter? Never heard of that! I don’t think we have it here.. :o Must check that.

    Still have to watch HIMYM :D

  18. Mmm soup. Nothing sounds better on a rainy day. I love it!

  19. I carved out a half hour from bio studying for HIMYM and I’m so happy I did – LOVED IT! What makes it even better is that there are a lot of Canadians around here so it reminds me of people I know ;)

  20. That really does look like great comfort food! I’ve been on a soup kick lately!

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