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Painfully Under The Weather~{Soup Recipe To Comfort You When Your Sick}

  If an axiom of Spring is,  ‘April showers bring May flowers’, what can we say of winter?  ‘January’s chill doth good health kill’, or ‘Winter Solstice’s freeze, ushers the season of endless sneeze’?  However you say it, there’s a lot of us hacking up lungs, and  feeling generally crappy right about now.  Crank up the floor heaters, and break out the Vicks!

I caught the crud Saturday night.  My chest tightened up, my mood levels hit the floor, and my pain level hit the roof.  Pain to one degree or another is a part of everyday life with FMS, but when my immune system crashes, it becomes a ‘tender point’ free for all.  I usually keep it together pretty well, but by Sunday night I was making loud exclamations every time I moved.  Several areas of my back felt like I’d been in a punch fight (I lost), and my hips were re-enacting Mel’s final scene in ‘Braveheart’, only they capitulated, “Mercy!” instead.  Here’s a picture titled, ‘If Fibromyalgia Were Visible This Is What It Would Look Like’:


Pretty gross, huh?  Well, hyperbole it may be, but a good flare can hurt like a son of a gun.  Warm compresses, limited activity, and stiff pain killers all help.  And, a good homemade bowl of chicken soup doesn’t hurt.  Below is the one I made Monday.  You can modify it anyway you’d like, be my guest.  Personally, I love it spicy.  My motto is, “It’s not good spice until every orifice on your head is leaking”.

“Hey Larry!  How’s the soup?”:

soup recipe gurateed to bring you comfort
 ~Tomato Chicken Soup with Homemade Lemon Chicken Broth~



~1 leftover rotisserie chicken carcass (Costco’s cost less that $5! Extend that to broth for soups, for extra value)

~enough water to cover carcass

~2  lemons, halved (throw right in, peel and all)

~full head of garlic, halved (throw right in, don’t bother to peel cloves)

~seasonings of choice: I use- salt/pepper/cumin/thyme

Bring to boil. Reduce heat and let slowly simmer for 3 hours.  Remove carcass, and strain liquid through sieve into bowl.  Allow to cool and use or freeze for later.


~cubed chicken

~2 stalks chopped celery/1 large chopped onion/1 red bell pepper chopped/1 yellow pepper chopped/2 diced Serrano peppers (like the ones I used for this omelet)

~1 cup corn niblets

~lemon chicken broth

~1 large can of tomatoes

~1/2 pckg of egg noodles

Add all ingredients except noodles to pot.  Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer covered for 1 hour.  Add noodles directly to pot, will soften in approx. 5 min.

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  • Reply
    January 6 at 11:21 pm

    First of all, I hope you are feeling a little better now and happy new year!
    Secondly, that soup looks both hearty and delicious. 🙂
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      January 7 at 1:39 pm

      Thanks! 😉

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    Nikki Frank-Hamilton
    January 7 at 9:38 am

    Kristine, I am so sorry you are under the weather, it makes our AI diseases flare so badly. I try to stay away from those who are sick, but it’s nearly impossible to avoid, those pesky air-born germs! UG! I hope you are beginning to feel better. The body aches are the worst, you can find me in a hot bath at least once a day, sometimes 2 or 3 times when it gets really bad. I also sit on or lay down with a heating pad, it really helps my legs not hurt so badly. Sending hopes and wishes for good health for you in 2016! BTW, that soup looks delish, great for warming up from the inside out!
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      January 7 at 1:40 pm

      Thank you Nikki, sometimes a steaming hot bath is the only way to raise that ‘core’ temperature when it gets this cold! 😉

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    January 8 at 11:29 am

    Hi Kristine,
    Sure hope your pain eases up real soon. It amazing how much the weather and our immune system is connected with all over body health. I know I can feel the difference in my pain level and allergies from weather changes. Chicken soup sounds great and it makes me feel better when I eat chicken soup or just homemade broth. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted!
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      January 9 at 12:35 am

      Thanks Marla! It is weird with the weather! I always thought I’d love to live somewhere where it rained all the time, but with this week of very little sun, I’m beginning to think I may not have done as well as I thought I would 😉

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    January 12 at 10:32 am

    Sorry to hear your not well, Thanks for the recipe. Thanks for linking up to Merry Monday! Sharing on our MM Pinterest Board! Have a great week!
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      January 12 at 1:44 pm

      Thanks Kim 🙂

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    January 12 at 3:13 pm

    I’m so sorry you feel so bad!! Hopefully you will start feeling better soon! That picture should open peoples eyes about your disease!! Your soup looks like a winner though!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things on Thursday! Pinned!
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      January 12 at 5:27 pm

      Thanks Elaine, much better now! 😉

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    Deborah Davis
    January 18 at 7:07 pm

    I am so sorry for your painful weekend. My dad lives with chronic pain so I know how he feels. Who can resist this dish! I am so delighted that you shared your delicious Tomato Chicken Soup with Homemade Lemon Chicken Broth with us at the Healthy Happy Green and Natural Party!Thank you so much for sharing your gems and for your support! All the best, Deborah
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      January 18 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you Deborah! With the holidays, my recipes weren’t exactly ‘healthy’ enough for the HHGNP! 😉 Glad to be back! 🙂

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