Sister J here, still working on getting better. Corelyn has been attempting to pull me out of my sickness with soup, Everwood, and goldfish crackers. After a half day of work, and a four hour nap to rest from it, and a not-so-appetizing half cup of rice, I am being pulled back to help by Full House reruns and Halloweentown movies on Disney.

Hopefully by Tuesday I’ll be back in action, but for now, 5 Good Things about…the Flu?

1. The very best boyfriend a woman could ask for, who knows how to keep her surviving even when she doesn’t want to survive much.

2. The very best blog partner, neighbor, and BFF, who would make her soup, keep her company, and make sure she’s eating at least 3 dino nuggets each sitting.

3. Full House reruns, old movies I’ve haven’t seen in years, and Gilmore Girls Season 1.

4. Kix cereal.

5. Getting to eat whatever I want, when I can keep food down, since I haven’t eatten real food in  a week.

That’s all for now — hope to see you, cooking something delicious, real soon!

Flu foods

Posted on by Corelyn

Today is a sad day at Garlic My Soul as Jennie has come down with a nasty flu. Jeff has been doing an excellent job keeping her full of fluids and soup and crackers, and I’m going to do my part and make her some homemade chicken soup tonight.

I found this receipt on for what looks like a pretty simple Chicken Rice soup with all the essential ingredients. I like it because I can just buy a rotisserie chicken which will make the whole thing so much faster.

I’ll need…

  • 1 (2-lb) rotisserie chicken
  • 3 celery ribs
  • 1 medium onion, quartered and left unpeeled
  • 6 fresh parsley sprigs plus 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 1 Turkish or 1/2 California bay leaf
  • 10 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth (80 fl oz)
  • 2 medium carrots, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup long-grain rice, rinsed

One of the recipe comments suggested cutting the rice in half, adding some leeks and some garlic. I’ll keep you posted on the results.

Do you have any good flu food suggestions?

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My favorite is the Levi Johnston Ad:



We needed something green, full of basil, and delicious. Alas, we threw some stuff into the mini Cuisinart: basil, pine nuts, more basil, oil, more oil, some more pine nuts, and spun it around for a good while.


These are my girlfriends. Corelyn’s, too. They are wonderful.


Jeff cuts the garlic…


Presto! Delicious garlic is ready.


This is some cabbage, steamed, because Rebecca thought it was salad. Either way, it was delicious.


Final product.


We never forget to include the garlic bread. Too delicious.


Dinner is served.