Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
- Robert Frost
The two feet of snow outside my window makes it hard to ignore winters arrival. As disappointed as I am that my prayers for eternal summer have yet again been unheard I realize that winter does have it benefits... few as they may be. For me the greatest benefit of winter is being able curl up in fleece blankets in front of a fire (or in my case, the Netflix fireplace option) and lay there for hours reading or day dreaming without feeling guilty that I'm wasting the day. Winter for me is all about warmth and comfort so it is no surprise that when the weather starts to change I find my palette drifting to savory and spicy comfort foods.
On many winter days when I was young my mom would make up a huge pot of soup or stew to feed my four siblings and myself. In my opinion, there is no better feeling than playing in the snow all day and hearing you mothers voice beckon you to come home for a bowl of hot chicken noodle soup and some of grandmas sugar cookies... nothing. This dish wraps up my childhood in bowl. I now present to you my mothers chicken noodle soup!
Moms Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 1 hour 15 minutes
- 1 whole organic fryer chicken (not frozen)
- water to cover
- 2 celery stalks
- 3-4 whole carrots
- 1 medium white onion
- 1 organic veggie bouillon cube (I used Edward and Sons Veggie Garden flavor)
- 1 bag of whole-wheat egg noodles
- salt and pepper to taste
I love this recipe not only for nostalgic reasons but also for its rustic simplicity. Place the chicken in a large stockpot and add the chopped celery, carrots, onion and bouillon cube. Add just enough water to cover chicken. (Note to self: make sure to remove little bag of giblets from inside to chicken- I’ve definitely forgotten before.) Turn the stove to medium heat and allow pot to simmer with the lid on for one hour. When the chicken is done the meat should fall of the bones. Remove chicken from the pot, take off skin and shred the meat off the bones with a fork. While shredding the chicken add the whole bag of noodles to the pot of stock and cook for the time required on packaging. Once the noodles are fully cooked, add the chicken, salt and pepper to the pot, stir and enjoy! This is the perfect meal for snowy lazy day spent reading and lounging.