Chicken Noodle Soup with a Kick

Hi everyone, happy Hump Day!

With all this nasty flu going around this year, sometimes you may want to make a quick and easy, yet tasty chicken noodle soup. I made a little spicier version, but not too much because I still feed it to my 16 month old. My husband is coming down with something and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Brooklyn and I will dodge it. I made this recipe for him and Brooklyn on Monday since I had a girls night out 🙂 Check out the recipe below!

Makes 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3-4 cups shredded chicken (I typically get rotisserie, or the pre-shredded container. Equivalent to 2-3 chicken breasts)
  • 1.5 cups carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1-2 teaspoons red pepper flakes (I just did a couple shakes)
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package egg noodles

Instructions:

  1. Shred cooked chicken. While shredding, heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken to frying pan until slightly browned (3-4 minutes).
  3. Add diced onion and cook for 1-2 minutes.  Then add garlic and cook an additional minute.
  4. Put 8 cups chicken broth in a large stock pot and turn heat to high so it reaches boiling.
  5. In a separate pot, start boiling salted water to cook your noodles (I don’t boil them in the chicken broth because they soak up too much of the broth and make the soup too thick). Pour noodles into boiling water and cook for time provided on packaging.
  6. Add carrots, celery, ginger, and red pepper flakes to chicken mixture and cook on medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Once chicken broth is boiling, add chicken mixture to pot and let it boil for 4-5 minutes. Reduce heat to a simmer and let it simmer for 15 minutes, adding the milk within the last five minutes.  Add salt and pepper to taste, and enjoy!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

Mom Guilt

Okay, so I’m hoping I’m not the only mom that has this and I have a feeling that I’m most certainly not. We wake up every day wondering what type of day we are going to have- are my kids going to wake up… happy? Sad? Cranky? Tired? Hyper? Hungry? Needy? Sick? Loving? It’s a crap shoot, you literally never know what mood you are going to be presented with. Some days I just don’t feel like there is enough time between when I put Brooklyn down and when she wakes up in the morning to start it all over again, but then I go in her room when she wakes up to morning snuggles and realize it’s a new day and a fresh slate 🙂

Morning snuggles with my little one- no makeup, no worries!

With this being said, mom guilt is a real thing. No matter the mood, I do my absolute best to make every day great for Brooklyn, despite being completely exhausted some days. I feel like the mom guilt has been layered on a bit thicker recently counting down the days I have left with Brooklyn being our only child. I want to make sure that I spend quality time with her, fill her days with laughter and fun, take her to museums, the zoo, music class, etc. Sometimes I can have the most perfect day with her and one mistake can turn it all around and make me feel like a horrible mother. Just right before Christmas I caught her from falling off the couch and splitting her head on the table and not but 3 minutes later she tripped on the dog bed and split her eyebrow open on the table. Mom fail. Slipping in the bath tub, losing patience and getting frustrated, saying a bad word, not knowing they are in pain from teeth coming in, the list goes on for reasons why I have mom guilt. I always reflect and think how I could have done things better, but in the moment I did what I thought was best for my daughter, and sometimes it’s not always what I would do after thinking of other ways to handle certain situations. I’m still learning and so is my daughter, and that’s just going to be how the rest of life goes.

I have come to the realization that no matter how hard I try I’m not going to be able to protect her from everything. I won’t always be there to catch her when she falls, but you better believe I am going to try my best. People will always ask me about her cuts and bruises that somehow magically appear, people will judge me when she is having a complete meltdown in the middle of King Soopers or screaming throughout the mall because she loves the sound of the echo, how I handle certain situations, or really when I do anything different than they would. At the end of the day we as moms are always doing the best we can. We love our kids more than anything, we want them to be the best they can be, we want to let them explore and figure out this thing we call life. In order for that to happen mistakes need to be made and you cannot always blame yourself and be so hard on yourself. I am very guilty of always being extremely hard on myself, but at the end of every day when we have bath time, story time, prayers, family hugs and smooches, and tuck her in that I have done my absolute best to be the best mom that I can be to Brooklyn. I put her needs ahead of me own, I teach her everything I can, take her to do fun things, love her, feed her meals and snacks, snuggle, read, laugh, dance, and just all things kids should be doing.

For all you moms out there, try to let go of mom guilt and know that you are a TERRIFIC mother. We are all doing our best and need to worry less about what others are doing or thinking. Comparing yourself to others or judging them for doing something different than you would isn’t going to get you anywhere. Keep your head up and mom on!

Chat with you all soon!

xoxo

Jamie

One Year Blogiversary

Oh my gosh, congratulations I did it!  I have had my blog a year, and instead of being super proud of it- I literally only blogged for 6 months of it!! Oh man, I can’t even begin to tell you what a whirlwind year it was. As I had every excuse coming to mind about why I stopped blogging, I came to realize that there really is no excuse. I have come across many mommy bloggers who are WAY busier than I am that continue to blog every day even though they are responsible of taking care of multiple little humans! So, instead of boring you with a thousand reasons why I stopped blogging, I decided I am going to pick it back up and catch you up from where I left off. In June :).

I absolutely love being a stay-at-home mama, but I actually ended up taking on some work-from-home opportunities from my previous job. I am incredibly lucky that my company allows me to work remote and I am able to complete my work during nap time, before Brooklyn is awake in the morning, and after she goes to bed in the evenings. Her transitioning to one nap a day killed me in the sense of ever having a free minute to get literally anything done.

My family had an absolutely incredible summer where we were able to visit Newport Beach, CA for a week on the beach and a fun-filled day at Disneyland. Oh, and yes, Brooklyn is a bit spoiled and got to go to the beach, Disneyland, and Disney World all within her first year of life! We escaped to the mountains a few times, whether it be to Steamboat or Winter Park for weekend getaways, got to relax at the pool, go to the park, host BBQ’s, attend a few weddings, and just enjoy the nice, long, warm days.

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Enjoying some mountain time in Grand Lake, CO

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Relaxing weekend in Steamboat- Brooklyn loved playing in the river

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Hiking to the top of Winter Park over 4th of July

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Family night out at the Rockies game!

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Cousins playing in the sand in Newport

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Brooklyn couldn’t get enough of sand crabs

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Snuggling her Minnie at Disneyland

 

 

After a couple of weeks of feeling completely hung over every day in July, I found out that we were pregnant with our second baby!! We are super excited to welcome baby Tamminga #2 this year :D. This pregnancy has been a lot easier in some ways and a lot harder in others. There are days that it kicks my butt, and then there are days I forget I’m even pregnant. I never truly realized how demanding and difficult it would be when I am responsible for another child and can’t rest when I need to. Shortly after finding out we were pregnant, we arrived at Brooklyn’s first birthday party.

For those of you who don’t have kids yet, believe people when they say that these days will FLY by! I feel like I blinked and Brooklyn was no longer my little baby but a little girl. It has been the most incredible experience to watch her learn and grow each and every day. I love being able to teach her all that she knows- how to be kind, how to love, how to laugh, have fun, crawl, walk, dance, sing, clap, and the list goes on. She absorbs everything that my husband and I say or do (which reminds us of how careful we need to be :)). We did a flamingo-themed birthday (Brooklyn’s request ;)) and had our family and closest friends there to celebrate her special day.

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Flamingling Family 😛

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Pink on pink and lots of flamingos!

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Homemade cupcakes

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Finally dug into that cake

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A stool my mom painted for Brooklyn- she painted one for me when I was a little girl

After her birthday in September, we hit the trifecta of holidays- Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. We had so many fun events planned for these that the months just went by faster than we could have imagined. I am very fortunate that both my family and my husbands family all live in Denver so we were able to spend time with both family’s for the holidays. Then New Years we dedicate as our little family time to come up for a breath and reflect on what a wonderful year we had before embarking on another crazy adventure come the new year.

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Brooklyn absolutely loved carving pumpkins and cleaning them out 🙂

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Our little elephant ❤

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Thanksgiving feast at the Wilson’s house (my family)

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Tradition continues decorating for Christmas the day after Thanksgiving!

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One of my favorite ornaments from Beaver Creek for Brooklyn’s baptism

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Official kickoff of the Christmas season- lighting of the City and County building

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Our family dressed in our best for Christmas Eve church service

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She liked the boxes much better than any of the gifts, haha!

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Getting to snowshoe up in Winter Park

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Low-key NYE with some Gordon Ramsay steak sandwiches

Phew! Okay, I think I probably caught you all up on the main events of July 2017 to today. I need to apologize to all of my followers for not posting and being consistent throughout the year. I had several people asking me about my blog and every time I just shrugged and said I need to get back to it. Well, what better time than now? I hope you enjoyed catching up on my crazy life, and I look forward to sharing ideas and stories with you all throughout the year 🙂