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Cleansing Chicken Soup, Portable Puzzles & Lots of Kleenex

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My little Avery has been blowing her nose and coughing for the past week now.  I can’t tell if it is allergies or a cold, but it sure is messing with her asthma!  She is our soccer player so she would say it is messing with her game!  Usually her allergies are in the spring and fall, and once we have a freeze she gets better.  Well, we have had our freeze and she still has an asthma cough and runny nose.  I sure hope this doesn’t mean she now has indoor winter allergies.  That would mean I have to dust. {grin}

I’m over her constant cough, especially when I hear her coughing during the night in her sleep.  My poor girl!

I decided to dig out my super healthy and Cleansing Chicken Soup recipe.  I made this often when I was going through cancer treatment, and it was always comforting to know I was filling my body with nutrients.  It makes a huge amount and freezes beautifully!


**I used a very large crock pot, and it barely all fit!  I started it at 10:00 pm and it was ready the next day for lunch.  I also pureed mine after removing the chicken and bones, I was not too into all the chunky vegetables, so I used my hand blender, then added the shredded chicken, peas, and parsley in at the end for texture.  
Cleansing Chicken Soup
1 Whole Chicken (free-range, pastured or organic)
1 Tbsp, raw apple cider Vinegar
3-4 qts of filtered water
4 medium size onions coarsely chopped (I will only use 2 next time)
8 carrots peeled, coarsely chopped
2-4 zucchinis coarsely chopped (I used 2)
4 Tbsp of extra virgin coconut oil
½ c frozen green peas (I added these at the end after pureeing)
4 inches grated ginger
¼- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
6 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 lb green beans
1 bunch parsley
5 garlic cloves
2-4 Tbsp Celtic-Sea Salt (I added 2 tsp pepper)
If using whole chicken: make sure to remove gizzards, and fat glands from cavity.
Place chicken or chicken pieces in large stainless steel pot (I used a large crock pot) with water, vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, cayenne pepper, extra virgin coconut oil, and all vegetables (except parsley). Let stand for 10 minutes before heating. Bring to a boil, remove the scum that rises to the top. Cover and cook for 8-12 hours. The longer you cook the Stock the more cleansing it will be. **See my notes above about pureeing. 15 mins before finishing the stock, add parsley.(this imparts additional mineral ions to the broth)
Remove from heat, take out chicken. After it cools, remove chicken meat from carcass, discarding bones. Drop meat back into the soup. 

In addition to comforting soup, I brought out our Portable Holiday Puzzle.  I wanted to give little one something fun but low- key to do. Every November at the start of the holiday season we bring out a puzzle and keep it portable on a large bulletin board.  The cork of the board helps keep pieces from sliding off to the floor.  We love being able to move the puzzle from one room to another, but most of the time it stays at our dining room table.  When it is time for dinner, we simply move the board.  When company comes, we slide it under the couch out of site.

Another way we are helping my poor girl feel better is by keeping stocked up on super soft Kleenex tissues. I use boxed Kleenex tissues for home, but I especially love their little pocket packs.  We keep them in my purse, in the car, in lil’ ones soccer bag…they are just so cute and handy.  Avery loves the fun prints on the packages, and I am grateful for something soft to use on that cute little nose of hers!

Right now Target has a coupon for $1 of 4 packs or larger of Kleenex.  Stock up and be prepared for the season!