Chicken Soup Really is the Best Medicine…maybe


My mom taught me as I’m sure lots of mom’s and grandmom’s taught us girls and boys….chicken soup heals!  So when motorcycle man came home from work sick with his eyes all glassy and droopy like Garfield I knew chicken soup was in our future.  When I was little I remember Campbell’s chicken noodle.  According to my mom, I was rarely if ever sick as a kid but when under the weather, my working mom in the early years fed me Campbell’s and later when she had more time she would make our chicken soup from scratch.  She used thick chewy noodles and her soup was so yummy.  However for motorcycle man I used his mom’s recipe for chicken and dumplings because this is what he grew up on.  This recipe was passed on to my mom-n-law from her mom-n-law, Rich’s grandma Joyce and it’s very simple with few ingredients and I have found we at times make this soup in the winter especially if on a budget because it’s filling and is very inexpensive to make.

IMG_5972The way Rich’s mom makes it is by boiling a whole chicken and using the chicken’s own juices as the broth, she adds carrots and celery, salt, pepper and sometimes parsley.  The dumplings are made simply of flour, salt, pepper and egg with the broth of the soup.  That’s it.  I cheat and buy boxed chicken broth and already roasted chicken from Costco.  I did however use our organic home delivered carrots which were super sweet and tender and the last of my homegrown parsley from the garden.

IMG_5977Motorcycle man is still not feeling too well but hoping the rest of the family minus the vegetarian can pre-medicate so they won’t even get what motorcycle man has.  Well, Abbie started it to be honest but since she is a youngster it doesn’t get her down as much.  She didn’t miss any school over it or even skip a beat really and she is already all better. REPEAT….”I WILL NOT GET SICK, I WILL NOT GET SICK.  I’M NOT GOING TO GET SICK” so take that!

I was also very delighted to find that today on “a cookbook a month” they also talked about the benefits of chicken soup (sort of) what a cool coincidence.

Vacation in the West

Warning.  This blog post includes lots of pictures and little words.



The West family is on vacation.  It’s going to be such fun because you see, our vacation is one of those stay-cations and well because we live in sunny Southern California this makes it pretty easy to stay home and still have a little fun.  Last night we decided to go watch the sun set in Huntington Beach. The girls were supposedly just going to get their feet wet but as it turns out, they found it way too tempting to just stick their toes in.  Below are just a few images from our sunset watching.


IMG_5453 Before they decided to get all the way in.







All these bird shots are for my friend Gabriela who love these birds. 




This girl is just full of really good energy.  She makes me smile.  


with her Uncle


Those back shots are always so cute. 

IMG_7511Proof I was there too;)


Sun set so pretty, always so pretty at the beach


Us – more proof


This one has my heart, I actually like watching him more than the sunset.  I can’t help it.  

Today I got up and met with my Activate crew and worked out a little.  Then I got back home and crawled back into bed just a little bit since I didn’t have to get ready for work then we hit up our hike.  Destination, Sturtevant Falls.  We invited Miss Kaitie and that’s another cool thing about stay-cation.  We can take along friends if we like.  So we hiked to the water fall.  It was tiny but you see we have been hiking to this fall for quite some time now and have packed in each and every one  of our babies and I have done it pregnant with two of the three.  The fall was the very smallest we have ever seen. It’s not a very difficult hike, except the last part that’s a big hill, a big, big hill.  Below are a few images from that little hike.  What’s next?  Not too sure.  We have plenty of ideas.  So far so fun.


So it began at the rail.  Where I added some flair

IMG_5531Then I got just a little excited to spot some wild berries growing on the trail

IMG_7529Do you see a heart?  I swear I see a heart! Pretty rad huh?

IMG_7587This is the heart part.  Dylan showed me this one


“look mom! a heart”


okay, I cheated on this one.  I made it.  Boy my pants got dirty.

IMG_7600Been a while since we planked.  or as I call it, face down.  


and another


he thought it would be really cool to plank and a plank.

IMG_5563Arn’t they cute.  I think they are cute.  They were brave and went in.  All the way.

IMG_5536This one decided she was more of a city girl but still had an okay time

IMG_5557We brought little red.  He will be joining us for all our adventures

IMG_7566He loves to get around

IMG_7569Rich found a seat with his name on it….litterally

IMG_7579Dylan took a picture of his mom and dad

IMG_5584Dylan is a strong man boy and I aspire to do moves like this one day

IMG_7590He had some help from his strong dad, that’s where he gets his he man like strentgh

IMG_7623I like this one in black and white

IMG_7611But then again, he is a tree hugger like his mama

IMG_5534Opps almost forgot to show you the tiny falls

IMG_7606Heading back.  I’m always in the back taking pictures

IMG_5590of like flowers and stuff

IMG_7617Tiny break on the long road back, the long steep road.