Five Blogger Recipes to Make

If I worked in an office, I would have taken a sick day yesterday. Boo for scratchy throats, sinus headaches and puffy eyes.

Because I work from home, I don’t really get sick days. However, I am lucky enough to have some flexibility in my work. My plan yesterday was to do a bunch of recipe testing and development, but I knew I needed to rest. Sometimes, the healthiest decision you can make is to tell yourself to rest and get better, don’t you think?

So instead, I lined up a glass of water, mug of OJ, mug of hot tea and a box of tissues on the end table. I cuddled up on the couch with the pup and some blankets, and got to work on my Savvy Blog Services and freelance work.

I did have a savory quick bread recipe lined up for you, but I tasted it again yesterday and the texture and taste was just…off. Worried that my cold was messing with my sense of taste, I asked Dan to take a bite, and he agreed that it needed some tweaking before I posted it.

Inspired by Brandi’s cooking challenge, I instead chose five recipes from other bloggers that I’ve been dying to make.


Photo from How Sweet Eats.

1. Baked Red Velvet Cake Doughnuts by Jessica. But first I need to get a doughnut pan!

2. Slow Cooked Chicken Fajitas by Heather. Crockpot meals are always awesome.

3. Pumpkin Bagels by Lauren. I love the pumpkin bagels from Ithaca Bakery, but I don’t think they’ll be available anymore come November 1!

4. Midnight Black Chocolate Pudding by Joy. And of course, I will serve it in Mason jars.

5. Apple Pie Bars from Jamie. They look like the autumn version of my beloved blueberry pie bars!

Photo from Heather’s Dish

What blogger recipes have you been dying to try?

Chicken Noodle Soup


Last week, Dan called to tell me he was starting the drive back to Ithaca from Columbus. “If I were already home, I’d have to take a sick day. I feel horrible. Instead, I have to drive for 7 hours.”

Poor Dan. In an attempt to make him feel better after driving for that long with a head cold, I made sure a pot of hot chicken noodle soup was nearly ready when he arrived.

He’s feeling better now, but now I have the cold. Looks like I need to break out the leftovers!


Chicken Noodle Soup

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yield: Serves 10-12

Chicken Noodle Soup

This is the perfect soup for any fall or winter sick-day. It makes a lot of soup, so freeze some for your next sick day (which hopefully won't be soon!)


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large leek, sliced
  • 6-7 large carrots, unpeeled and sliced
  • 12 cups chicken stock
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • Meat from one 3-4 pound chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1 bunch kale, chopped into bite-sized pieces
  • 3 cups egg noodles
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Warm the olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Add the leeks and carrots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables begin to brown and soften.
  2. Add the stock and rosemary, cover and bring to a boil. Remove the lid and allow to simmer for 30-35 minutes. Using tongs or a slotted spoon, remove the rosemary sprigs.
  3. Add the chicken, kale and egg noodles to the stockpot. Cook for 10-15 minutes. Stir and season to taste with salt and pepper.