Simply Yaya: Kimmie’s Chicken Noodle Soup

I get by with a little help from my friends…
Well, the turkey has had his day. Thanksgiving has come and gone, the turkey and deviled eggs have been eaten, and we are all fat and sassy. And while I love the holidays, part of me wishes Thanksgiving and Christmas were farther apart. For many families, it’s about the only time they gather. So from January to October, time passes by.

Time. The one thing we don’t have enough of. That passes by quickly. That we waste and then savor. Some of us manage it well, while some of us go thru our days in unorganized chaos. And if we are honest, most of us are selfish with our time. It’s just the way of the world. We should really rethink that.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” John 13:34

I have a saying I use frequently in my life. “If the people in your circle aren’t clapping for you, you don’t have a circle. You have a cage”. Are you the type who claps for the folks around you? Wants them to succeed? Or takes pleasure when someone fails? As the scripture says above, He calls us to love one another. Not tear people down.

All around me, I see people succeeding, struggling, celebrating and facing hard times. A good friend is moving into a difficult season. Now, this friend is the type of person who claps for those around her. Always. The kind of friend who makes me want to be better. Do better. Live better.

It’s made me do a lot of soul searching the last few days. Have I made the time for my friends and family that I need to? Probably not. However, rest assured, I’ve got my positive pants on and these hands are ready to clap. Be cheerleader, run errands. Do whatever is needed to help lighten a load.

Look around you. Is there someone struggling in your life? A neighbor? Coworker? Family member? Friend? Take a moment and figure out a way you can love on them while helping shoulder their burden. It’s what being a part of a small town is all about.

There are many ways to lend a hand. From saying a prayer to delivering a meal. Just do it. Give and it WILL come back to you. Tenfold.

Don’t just wait for the hard times, either. Do it just because. Make a pot of soup and drop it off with a handwritten note that lets folks know you’re in their corner.

Kimmie’s Chicken Noodle Soup
• 4 boneless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
• 1 cup carrots, chopped
• 1 cup celery, chopped fine
• 1 carton chicken broth
• 1-bag egg noodles
• 1 small can cream of chicken soup
• Salt & Pepper to taste
1. Cook chicken, shred and set aside.
2. Use broth from cooking chicken, add the carton of chicken broth and add carrots and celery, cooking over medium heat until vegetables are tender.
3. Add cream of chicken soup and cooked chicken to pot.
4. In a separate pot, boil noodles, drain and then add to soup pot. Salt and pepper to taste.

-Kim Rice-Holman

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