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Simple Woman’s Daybook

Monday, March 9th, 2009


Hosted by Peggy

For Today…March 9, 2009

Outside my Window…there’s a wee bit of icy snow upon the ground. It’s cold (22 degrees) and wind is blowing from the northeast. According to, it feels about 11 degrees out there, and is supposed to stay this cold at least another day.

I am thinking…I am sorry for the robins who returned too soon to our neck of the woods.

From the learning rooms…Our youngest son is practicing a new song on his acoustic guitar and hopes to have it ready in time to provide some of the entertainment for the middle school fund raiser on March 20th, a crab feed dinner.

I am thankful for…our cozy home on this blustery night.

From the kitchen…I prepared a homemade chicken noodle soup this evening. Here’s the recipe if you care to try it:

Easy Homemade Chicken Soup

This recipe utilizes leftover baked or fried chicken. I often use chicken thigh meat (skin removed) leftover from making Oven Baked Chicken.


About 8 – 10 pieces leftover cooked chicken

8 cups water

2 Tablespoons McCormick Chicken Base

½ to 1 cup dehydrated Vegetable Soup Blend (Mine has carrots, onions, tomatoes, spinach, bell pepper and celery.)

2 large potatoes, peeled and diced

1 teaspoon (or more, to taste) Lea&Perrins Marinade for Chicken (This is like a Worcestershire Sauce for chicken.)

7 oz. fine pasta for soup (I use La Moderna Fideo pasta.)

Bring the water to a boil; add the chicken base, the leftover cooked chicken pieces, the vegetable soup blend, the diced potatoes and the seasoning.

Cover, and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook until the potatoes are barely tender, 15 minutes or so.

Uncover the soup, and heat it to a rolling boil again. Add the pasta and stir frequently until the pasta is tender, 10 minutes or less.

We enjoy this soup with garlic toast.

I am wearing…cozy, comfortable clothing. It is difficult to remember short-sleeve days. I have a red hooded sweater on over a white blouse, black skirt, and black leggings.

I am reading…I just finished reading Knots in My Yo-yo String: The Autobiography of a Kid by Newberry Medalist Jerry Spinelli. If you have ever wondered what kind of childhood might produce a creative person, you would be interested in this book. I enjoyed getting to know Mr. Spinelli as a boy.

I am hoping…to finish this post quickly because it’s bedtime and tomorrow is another busy day.

I am creating…this post.

I am hearing…the little sounds of a night-time house, and the hum of the computer.

Around the house…it is still cold and wintery.

One of my favorite things…is falling right asleep after working hard all day.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week…Daughter Rebecca and I plan to attend a Running Start meeting at the local community college Wednesday evening. She will be attending college full time as a high school senior next year, and will earn high school and college credit at the same time. She is very much looking forward to this challenge and opportunity.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing with you…


Our daughter and son-in-law who were living with us for a while have purchased this new home which is quite near here. We’re happy for them, but I do especially miss having resident grandchildren! This photo wasn’t taken today, so you don’t see the snow.

Hostess Peggy says this about The Simple Woman’s Daybook:

Are you content to linger on the simple things of life…then join me in taking a little look into the day plans and thoughts of those of us who are focusing on simplicity…the beauty of the everyday moments around us. That is my vision for this idea!

Health Hints from the Farmers’ Almanac

Monday, March 9th, 2009

I found the following very helpful information at the online Farmers’ Almanac in an article entitled ‘Never Sneeze Into Your Hand.’ I’m especially interested in the following hints because we have had one sickness after another this winter.

Eliminating germs in your home may prevent some illnesses. Here are a few ways to help show germs to the door:

  • Allow fresh airflow in your home daily. Open a window or outside door for a few minutes each day.
  • Change the filter on your heating and air conditioning system at least once every 3 months.
  • Change your toothbrush after recovering from a sore throat. In the winter, change your toothbrush monthly.
  • Disinfect doorknobs, light switches, and all cabinet knobs when there is sickness in your household to prevent spreading germs to other family members.
  • Soak drinking glasses used by sick family members in the sink with warm water and a teaspoon of bleach for five minutes before washing.
  • Wash bed sheets and towels in the hottest water possible, adding ½ cup vinegar to each washer load.
  • Don’t share pillows with sick family members. Sick persons should use their own bed pillow when resting on the sofa.
  • Take Vitamin C supplements, or eat fresh citrus fruit.
  • Always wash your hands after using a Kleenex or caring for the sick.
  • Never sneeze into your hand. If a Kleenex or handkerchief is not available, sneeze into the inner elbow of your shirt sleeve.
  • When you are sick with a fever, chicken soup, herbal teas, and ginger ale are soothing and help keep you hydrated.

©Deborah S. Tukua, Deborah is the author of Pearls of Country Wisdom.