Chicken Soup with Turnip and Rosemary

It’s cold season around here. I’ve just recovered from a vicious cold that created so much pressure in my ears that my eardrum ruptured!  I had no idea that could happen.  Sheesh.  I’m feeling so much better now, and thanks to a few natural remedies, I was able to survive and avoid taking antibiotics.

This is what the horrible cold virus looks like up close....

The horrible, awful cold virus….

So, even though my husband now has my cold, I am in no danger of re-catching it, thanks to all the Cootie Killer Antibodies now flooding my bloodstream. Yay for me and my awesome immune system :).


Fun fact for a rainy Monday: Did you know that the traditional comfort food for colds & flu, Chicken Soup, is also an amazing natural immune system booster?  It’s true! And, it’s now a fact, according to the FDA and a study from National Taiwan Ocean University.

Chicken soup (I think it’s best when made from the whole chicken, not just chicken breasts or other pre-packaged parts) has now been found to have “high levels of potent antioxidants.”

I guess our grandmothers already knew that, didn’t they? 🙂

But as for me, well, I forgot. That is, until I was smack in the middle of my horrible cold week. At some point, I weakly remembered

Chicken Soup + Colds = Good Thing.

Pulling myself together, I shuffled out the door and bought myself a chicken.  Believe me when I say this recipe is killer. I think it  might be one of my top 10 best recipes I’ve every created. And, it DID make me feel much better. But, sick or not, this soup is delicious.

Chicken Soup with Turnip and Rosemary

Start with your chicken.  For the amazing flavor that makes this soup so delicious, you need a whole chicken, not the pre-separated chicken packages of breasts, chicken strips or what-have-you. Make sure you rinse, pat dry and remove the gizzard package from the chest cavity (if it’s in there).

Chicken soup with turnips and rosemart

Chicken soup with turnips and rosemary

Place chicken in pot. Pour 32 oz of chicken stock over the chicken. Add a bit of water or more chicken stock till the chicken is covered at least 50%.


Place bay leaf and fresh rosemary springs in the broth. For the fresh rosemary, I cut two springs about four inches in length each. Add teaspoon of salt and a teaspoon of thyme.  Turn on your burner. You’ll want to bring the broth to a good boil, then reduce it to a strong simmer.

Fresh rosemary from my tiny rosemary bush.

Fresh rosemary from my tiny rosemary bush.

While waiting for the stock to boil, chop up your carrots, onion, garlic, and turnip root. I bought pre-sliced baby bella mushrooms, but if you buy whole mushrooms, chop those up, too.

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Toss it all in the pot.  It should be boiling nicely now.  Turn down the fire till it’s a good strong simmer, then put on the pot lid.  You’ll cook this for 1.5 hours.  At the 1 hour mark, throw in your chopped kale.  When finished cooking, turn off the fire and remove the chicken from the pot. Remove skin and bones, shred, then return shredded chicken to the pot. Stir and enjoy! Yummy!


1 whole chicken

4 carrots (chopped)

1 whole yellow onion (chopped)

2 cloves garlic (diced)

1 turnip root (chopped)

2 springs of fresh rosemary

bay leaf

Kale (I used about 2 cups, chopped)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp thyme

sliced baby bella mushrooms, about 2 cups (or mushrooms of your choice)

32 oz chicken stock (plus aprox 1 cup of water or additional stock)

Place chicken in pot, pour in chicken stock. Add bay leaf, rosemary, thyme, salt. Add chopped carrots, mushrooms, onion, turnip root, garlic. Bring to boil, then turn down to rapid simmer. Cook 1.5 hours.  At one hour mark, add kale.  Remove chicken from pot. Remove skin and bones.  Remove as much meat as possible, shred and return to pot.  Enjoy!


Great Blog Share: Five Reasons You Should Have Sex With Your Husband Every Day


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Five Reasons You Should Have Sex With Your Husband Every Day

Savanna found an AWESOME blog article today! In the spirit of springtime (and with all this love and pollen in the air) we decided to share some luscious goodness written by .

It talks about that often taboo subject– married sexy time! Healthy sexual intimacy is important, people.

Do the following steps:

1) read blog

2) go home

3) make plans to practice her advice. 🙂 meow.

Five Reasons You Should Have Sex With Your Husband Every Day.

Let’s talk about the wonderful Aloe Vera plant!


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Have you ever tried aloe vera juice? I have. It’s wonderful. And, I’m not the only one who thinks so!


Out of the 400 species of the Aloe family, Aloe Vera (meaning True Aloe) has been used for thousands of years and is still used today. It is used predominantly as a remedy for the skin, digestion, the reproductive system and detox. A gel or pulp can be extracted from the plants for many benefits, both externally and internally.

It is most commonly used to treat skin conditions by soothing the skin and easing pain and inflammation. It can even speed up the healing process of burns, eczema and other conditions. The plant’s gel can be rubbed to reduce redness after a couple of days. Rubbing the leaf over cuts in the skin can prevent infection and speed up the healing process by acting like a bandage. Because of its healing and moisturizing benefits to the skin, it has been adopted by cosmetic companies and added in many products that you can purchase over the counter.

Jeffery the bulldog is currently a BIG fan of Band-Aid Hurt-Free Antiseptic wash (for his sore tail.) This particular product lists aloe as one of the main ingredients.


Band Aid Hurt Free Antiseptic Wash


The juice of Aloe Vera is extracted by cutting the leaf, collecting the juice and then evaporating it. It contains twelve vitamins (including A, B1, B6, B12, C and E), nineteen amino acids and over 20 minerals, which most of these are essential to the body. In Ayurveda, the Indian health practice, Aloe Vera is known as Kumari (‘the princess’) because of its positive effect on the menstrual cycle and female reproductive system. It is also known for its ability to clean the liver and protect the digestive system by reducing intestinal inflammation.

Jeffery (the bulldog) has always been partial to aloe vera, as he used to chomp and chew the leaves of my huge backyard aloe plant when we lived in California. He must’ve known something…


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Plants, plants, and Jeffery

Today was so beautiful, I finally had the inspiration to do my spring flowerpot planting!  Of course, Jeffery the bulldog was excited to help.  Since I have so much shade around my house, only a few types of plants thrive.  After last year’s pathetic tomato debacle, followed by the bell pepper suicide, I have given up on veggies.  This year, I decided to try herbs and shade loving plants.  Namely, the hardy lavender and shade loving calla lilies.


My planting gear — organic potting mix and plant food found at my local Lowe’s.


Jeffery, my trusty assistant, inspects the lavender and two years ago impatiens. These impatiens (actually, I thought they were called “impatienTs, until I just googled them) surprised me last year by growing anew from what I thought were the dried out and dead remains.  I dug around in their pots just now and saw some new green shoots coming through, so maybe they will grow again this year! I added some plant food and loosened up the soil a bit, hopefully that’s all they need to “wake up”.


These lovely lavender plants are already blooming, yay!  I’m hoping to keep these guys alive for many years.  Crossing my fingers.


The new calla lily plant.  I’ve never grown lilies, so I’m hoping it will do well here in the shade of our garage.  Next to it is my 4 years old house plant (some type of broad leaf plant) and last year’s hosta.  Both of these perished, but I dug around in their pots and saw some new green shoots. I’m hoping they will decide to come back.


Grow baby grow!

Are you planting now?  Just curious, does anyone else have too much shade in their yard?  What kinds of plants do you grow–that survive??