"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra" -Jimmy Johnson

23 August 2013

Scratch It UP! Chicken, Noodles, & Soup


Over the past  week or so, here in Charlotte, NC we have been getting a lot of rainy days that are not just wet but also more on the cooler end. Of course with the change of the weather came a runny nose & a cold. Also I have been trying to start another one of my make believe diets so I have had a growing craving for really good soup.

My cravings come full throttle during   my lunch hour but there is only1 restaurant in my work area that carries good soup and its only on select days. So I decided it was a perfect time to make my favorite Chicken Noodle Soup that my friends and family love.  Not only is it QUICK, EASY,  &  DELICIOUS, its also 100% from SCRATCH! If you have ever felt like this before or are currently sick and need a good throat warmer this recipe is for you!

Below is the recipe and I have included step by step pictures to make it easier.

Serving Size: 10
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Total Cost: $10.00 


Here is what you will need:

  • 1/2 bag of egg noodles
  •  3 tsp of minced garlic
  • 4 -5 whole carrots
  • 5-6 stems of celery (not pictured)
  • 3 stems of green onions
  • 2 Spilt Chicken Breast with bone in
  • 1 medium onion
  • 2 tbsp of oil (veg or olive)
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1 1/4 tbsp Dry Parsley Flakes
  • 1 tsp dry Basil
  • 1/2 tsp of Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp of Season Salt
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of Salt
  • 20 cranks of Cracked Black Pepper
  • Water

Let's Get Started!......

1. Chop up the yellow onion and combine in a large deep pot with garlic and green onion. Add in the oil and begin cooking over medium heat.



2. While the onions and garlic are cooking, chop up celery and carrots (make sure you wash them very good first) and add them into the pot and continue to saute on medium heat. Stir occasionally. I don't care for carrots much but love celery so I always put more celery then carrots. 



3. The chicken breast will come with a little skin & fat. With a knife, remove the excess fat and skin. If you do not cook on a regular basis this may be the hardest part so BE CAREFUL! 

Once skin and fat have been removed, season the chicken with the seasoning salt. The bone will bring out the flavor of the soup but the seasoning salt will give it just a little extra.

Now add the chicken breast into the pot on top of the sauteed vegetables


4. Add in the bay leaf, parsley, thyme, basil, and pepper



5. Add 8 cups of water directly on top. Cover the pot to bring to boil on high heat. Once at state of boiling, reduce the heat to low and simmer for at least 1 hour. Make sure you do not put the heat too low or the pot will not continue to simmer and that will cause the chicken to not shred easily.




6. After an hour or so, remove the chicken from the pot. You will begin to see the chicken to pull apart.


7. Now that the chicken has been removed, season the broth with salt. I typically am fine with 1 1/2 tbsp of salt because I have already used 1/2 tsp of season salt. You want to salt it according to your desire so start small then add.

One seasoned to desire, add the noodles to the pot and turn the heat back up to high and boil until noodles are tender. This should take 7-8 mins. 



8. While the noodles are cooking, using a fork begin to pull the meat from the bone using two forks. Shred it into small-medium pieces like pictured below.


9. Once the noodles are tender, add the now shredded chicken back into the pot. Add 2 - 3 more cups of water back into the pot because some have now evaporated and been soaked up by noodles.  Stir all together.

Taste and season again if needed. I usually do not.




YOUR DONE! 
Serve while HOT with crackers or whatever! Store the rest for later. You can get about 10 bowls


I hope you try out this recipe and it comes out just as delicious as you expected! I am sure it will. Perfect way to surprise those you care about that are feeling under the water who don't think you can cook! lol. If you would like a copy of this recipe without the pictures feel free to leave a comment below with your email address and I will send it to you. Or email me at naturallykandiilicious.com.

How did your chicken noodle soup turn out? I would love to hear from you below!

Until next time



22 August 2013

2 Sisters.2 Textures: Hair Talk with the Greene Sisters...Part 2


I am back with Part 2 of my natural Hair Talk with the Greene sisters of the awesome blog TheGreeneVademecum.com. If you haven't checked out part 1where VeCoya shares her love for her natural hair make sure you do so by clicking here. Part 1 will also give you a full explanation of this post title. 

So now that we know more about VeCoya and her natural hair, its time you know more about her little sister Charla and her natural hair. Keep reading below to see what Charla has to share. By the end of both interviews you will be able both similarities and differences these sisters have in regards to their individual experiences with their natural hair!





I know you very well, but my readers may not. Tell us a little about yourself.. 
I am currently a HR Specialist residing in Richmond, VA. Originally born and raised in Greensboro, NC! Presently I see myself as a creative soul searching for my niche. I know there is no one else on this globe like myself and that I was put here for a reason. Over the past few years I have learned to constantly strive to become the best version of me and embrace my individuality.  In a nutshell I am an optimist on my own personal journey of spiritual growth and self-discovery. 
 How long have you been natural and why did you choose to go natural?

I have been natural for a little over two years now. I originally decided to go natural in May of 2011. I already have a very short haircut, close cut in the back. I had had my haircut for about three years and I just wanted to try something different. I decided to grow my hair out without using any chemicals. So I transitioned for six months and by Thanksgiving 2011 I cut off all of my relaxed ends.

Throughout my childhood, I did not have a relaxer and my hair was in a very healthy state. I received my first relaxer right before middle school.  From that point forward my hair went through what felt like, a never ending cycle of breaking off and growing back. I never seemed to be able to achieve the length that I once had in my younger years.
I finally decided to just chop all my hair off at the beginning of my sophomore year in college. 
I kept my hair in a short cut for three years and I loved it! I cut it because I was tired of worrying about achieving length and I simply wanted to reinvent myself. Through having a short hair cut I was able to see that my hair did in fact grow and at a good rate! 
During my finally semester in school I decided to grow my hair out without using any chemicals. 

And the rest is history lol Been natural ever since and I have loved my results.


 Did you transition or big chop? 

Transitioned
How did others (family, friends, and colleagues) react to your decision to go natural? What was your response to them? How do they feel now? 

I didn’t receive any reaction or questions from anyone as to why I was going natural.








What is/was your biggest hair challenge/obstacle?  How did you overcome it or what are you doing now to try to address the problem? 
I guess adjusting styling it as it grows but that’s what youtube tutorials are for lol


You and your sister are both natural but have completely different textures, is there one style you can do that doesn’t really work for her? Or a product that only works for you? 

Our hair textures are different but I don’t believe we have encountered that issue.

 
What do you love most about your natural hair and/or about being natural?  
The versatility of my hair, I have so many options when it comes to styling.


 What is your current regimen? 
Honestly I do not have a routine for my hair. However I am a stifler of avoiding heat! I am just very very cognizant of protecting my ends and keeping my hair moisturized.

 Are you a product junkie? What are your favorite products? 
 guess you would define me as a less is more kind of girl. All of the natural hair products that I have I got from my sister VeCoya who is a product junkie lol. I like Taliah Waajid and Jane Carter products as well as African Pride Olive Oil.

 What is your “go to” style? 
Currently two strand twist and high bun lol. They are both such convenient styles. 


 How often do you straighten your hair? 
I normally avoid heat at all cost lol. I straighten my hair four times max a year.

 Has going natural impacted other areas of your life (i.e. health & fitness, style, environmental consciousness, etc.?) If so, how and in what ways? 
I guess you can say so. My sister and I have a lifestyle blog and natural hair is definitely one of the main topics that we discuss.





Do you ever miss the creamy crack? Will you ever go back to it? 
Nope! And no I will not go back. My hair is the healthiest it has ever been in a very long time!
 Do you have a “hair crush?” If so, who? 
I actually don’t lol 
 Who do you follow online (i.e. blog/website, Youtube, etc.)? 
I do look at tutorials all the time but the only person that I follow is MsDanti1 (on youtube) I love her videos!
 What advice would you give someone who is contemplating going natural and/or becoming discouraged with their natural journey? 
Definitely start and/or continue. Give it time and adjust. Don’t become too obsessed or overwhelmed by what the next person is doing or saying get to know your hair and do what is best for you.
 You and your sisters have an amazing blog and your youtube page is evolving into something big! Where can my readers find you online? 
Thank you so much! I can be contacted very easily. Me and my sister have a blog called The Greene Vademecum which you assess by going to greenevdc.com. The definition of vademecum is ‘A handbook or guide that is kept constantly at hand for consultation.’ We are sisters blogging about aspects and areas of life that inspire us. That includes positive vibes, cool spots, fab hair, cute trinkets, music & more! We hope that our blog can serve as an outlet and that our positive words and experiences produce thoughtful and positive actions. Please join us on our blogging adventure. We can be found on most social networking sites!
Instagram: thegreenevademecum
Twitter: greenevademecum
Youtube: greenevdc
Facebook: thegreenevademecum



Anything else that you’d like to add? 
My hair to me is just hair. I take care of my hair the best way I possible can just by simply keeping it moisturized and avoiding heat. I am not obsessed with my hair and “I don’t sit around and watch it grow” as I like to say lol. I feel like I have already wasted too much time doing that for too many years. Having no chemicals in my hair/being natural is just the best option for me personally and my hair is the healthiest it had been in a long time.  I am extremely happy with the results thus far and I am excited to see whats to come!
Charla, Thank you so much for allowing me and my readers to learn more about your natural hair! You hair always looks so good and like your sisters very strong and healthy.

I hope you all enjoy this hair talk with the Greene sisters! As stated earlier they have a great blog: thegreenevademecum.com where you can learn more about their natural hair including styles and products they have tried. The blog also has a variety of different life subjects that we can relate to. To conclude I leave you with another video tutorial below from the Greene sisters youtube:

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