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Old-Fashioned Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup: A Recipe for Making Chicken Stock and Noodles from Scratch

Chicken soup is comfort food for the body and soul. Full of nutrition, warmth and flavor, this recipe for homemade chicken and noodles is the perfect finish for a cold winter day.

Making Chicken Stock

Ingredients:

  • One 5-8 pound chicken, thawed and well-rinsed
  • Two large carrots
  • Two large celery stalks
  • One whole onion
  • Two cloves garlic
  • Salt (may use table salt, garlic salt or celery salt or a combination) and pepper to taste
  1. Place chicken, vegetables, onion and garlic cloves in a large, heavy stockpot. Fill with warm water until chicken is completely covered. Bring to a boil on stove, then reduce heat and simmer for two hours on low heat.
  2. Using tongs, carefully remove chicken, vegetables, onion and garlic from stockpot. Discard vegetables. Allow chicken to cool before handling.
  3. Carefully strain chicken stock with a strainer. Use a kitchen fat separator to remove excess oils from stock. Return strained, skimmed stock to stockpot. Season with salt and pepper.

Making Homemade Noodles

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons milk or half-and-half
  1. In small bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in eggs and milk with fork. Mix until all ingredients are combined, but do not over mix. Too much handling will result in tougher noodles.
  2. Remove dough and knead on floured surface. Again, just knead until dough is workable. Shape dough into a ball and roll with floured rolling pin. Flatten until dough is 1/2 inch thickness.
  3. Using a pizza cutter or kitchen shears, cut dough into strips for noodles. These noodles will expand in the chicken broth, so cut into thin ribbons. Let rest on floured surface for 15-30 minutes.

Preparing Chicken for Soup

After boiled chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and bones. Discard. Carefully shred light and dark meat into bite-sized chunks. Chicken will separate as it simmers in the broth, so chunks do not need to be tiny.

Preparing Chicken Noodle Soup

Ingredients:

  • One batch homemade chicken stock
  • One batch homemade noodles, uncooked
  • Cooked, shredded chicken meat, light and dark
  • Five large carrots, sliced
  • Three celery stalks, sliced
  1. In large stockpot, bring chicken stock to a boil. Add three cups water and simmer.
  2. To simmering water, carefully add homemade noodles. Stir gently. Add sliced vegetables. Cover and simmer on low heat for 60 minutes. Taste before serving. Season with table salt, flavored salt and freshly cracked pepper as desired

Serve homemade chicken soup with a crisp green salad and homemade bread.

This is a delicious addition to a Soup Swap Party.

Chicken stock freezes well and can be used as a base for many other soup recipes.…

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Go Green Simply – April: Tips to Help You Make Environmentally-Friendly Changes

Here are this month’s five steps you can take to modify your lifestyle and practice more environmentally-conscious choices. To date a total of 15 tips have been provided and hopefully you have been able to incorporate most of those into your lifestyle already.

With each resolution you incorporate into your daily routine, you will find practicing these environmentally-friendly lifestyle tips easier and you will soon notice a difference in how you go about your life on this fragile planet, not to mention the financial benefits of living eco-friendly.

Use only 100% Post-Consumer Recycled Paper

Your toilet tissue and computer paper might say they are from recycled sources, but were they derived from 100% post-consumer recycled paper? If not, you might be surprised to know that trees were still used to produce your products. Post-consumer content is paper that has been collected back from consumers and then remade into a new product. When a product just states it is made with “recycled” materials and does not include a high level of post-consumer content, this simply means that the leftover tree products at the mill were reused during production. Therefore, recycled paper does not mean that it has helped to reduce landfills or conserve forests. By buying only 100% post-consumer recycled content ensures that no virgin fibre was used.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

We have been hearing about the three “Rs” for years, but don’t underestimate the importance of this simple slogan. Take a mental inventory of your home and the things that you can do to minimize your environmental impact. Go from room to room to conduct your mental inventory and think of items you can reduce your use of and overall consumption. Are there any items you could be recycling that for one reason or another you have not yet been doing? What items in your house can be reused instead of discarding or recycling immediately after using? Remember that recycling still takes energy and resources so the more you can reuse an item before recycling, the better.

Avoid Harmful Chemicals

Going back years ago when reduce, reuse and recycle first became popular, there was plenty of talk about the damage caused by aerosols and the Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) contained within them. While the production of CFCs has basically been banned in much of the world, this is not to say that there are not plenty of other regularly household items that may have harmful amounts of chemicals and toxins. One way to avoid harmful chemicals is to only buy natural cleaning products and toiletry products, which are formulated only from naturally-occurring elements. If a cleaner is corrosive to human skin, one can only imagine the damage those same chemicals must do to the soil. With young children or any pets in the house, there are a plethora of reasons to ditch the chemical cleaners and other products and opt for a more natural alternative.

Eat Local

This has become the latest catch phrase in the environmental movement and everyone is talking about “eating local.” There is a simple logic behind it: eating local means eating products that were grown in the vicinity of your city or town and was not shipped or transported by truck from around the country or world. This is a better environmental choice because eating locally uses fewer resources, energy and helps to support a sustainable farming economy in your region without relying on other jurisdictions to provide food items.

Switch your Light Bulbs

If you haven’t already made the transition from incandescent light bulbs to Compact Florescent Light (CFL) bulbs, you have a lot of catching up to do. Despite the small amount of mercury contained in CFL bulbs (which means that these bulbs must be properly disposed of at the facilities provided by your municipality to handle dangerous waste), these bulbs have emerged as the best choice for the environment and for your energy bill savings. They are available in a variety of sizes now and have a drastically longer life than regular light bulbs, while consuming just a fraction of the energy of incandescent bulbs.…

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How to Organize a Utility Closet: Organizing Tips to Store Household Cleaning Supplies

Utility closets keep much-needed cleaning supplies out of sight and yet close at hand. Keeping this storage space well-organized and neatly arranged means that cleaning up is easier and quicker. For homes that don’t have a dedicated utility closet, it will be a good idea to identify and allocate a specific area to store household cleaning supplies and keep it organized.

Here are easy ways on how to create, arrange and organize a fully functional utility closet.

Contents for the Utility Closet

The first step will be to collect everything that will go into the utility closet. Here is a list of cleaning items that most homes will require.

  • Brooms,mops,bucket and dust pan
  • Trashcan liners and plastic bags
  • Paper towels, kitchen towels, dusters and rags
  • Sponges, scouring pads, brushes and scrubbers
  • Vacuum cleaner and attachments
  • Protective gloves
  • Various cleaning sprays—glass, oven, kitchen and floor
  • Various polishes—furniture, brass, silver, floor wax or coating
  • Car cleaning supplies
  • Spare flashlight and batteries
  • Step stool

Creating Space and Storage in the Utility Closet

While the list of household cleaning supplies may be long, one does not really need a big closet to house them. All that is required is a small closet or even, a few shelves in a larger cabinet. Regardless of the size of the closet, it will be a good idea to add hooks and pegs to the insides of the closet doors and to the back and sides of the closet. Adjustable shelving will be a big plus.

Storing Items and Arranging the Utility Closet

The next step will be to arrange the items in the closet. Here are a few organizing tips for storing the various household cleaning products.

  • Use hooks and pegs to hang broom, mop, dustpan, gloves and anything else that can be conveniently stored by hanging.
  • Store plastic bags and trash can liners inside a plastic bag container or any plastic box with a lid.
  • Line shelves with paper and arrange cleaning sprays and polishes neatly in trays or baskets. Follow the principle of storing like items together. For instance, glass cleaning supplies should be in one basket while floor cleaning supplies will be in a separate basket.
  • Add a paper towel holder to the inside of the door. Store extras by stacking and arranging neatly on one of the shelves.
  • Scouring pads, scrubbers and other such items can be kept in their original packing and stored in containers or baskets to hold them all together.
  • Cleaning caddies can also be used to hold frequently used items together.
  • A closet rod can be used to hang storage bags and keep towels, dusters, scrubbers and brushes together.
  • Closet floor space can be used to store the vacuum cleaner along with its attachments and the step stool.
  • Put up easy to read labels, where needed, so that other family members know where everything goes.
  • Keep the closet locked to prevent small children from getting into it.

Once all the items are organized and kept neatly, finding the right cleaner or cleaning implement to keep the house spotless will be quite easy. Do use these organizing tips for arranging and storing household cleaning products neatly and creating a centralized storage space for them.

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