Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Soup Rabbits Bunnies Chidlrens Book Watercolor Illustration Painting

For our prompt of “Soup” today, I was running short on time so I made a super quick little doodle of a mom serving her little one some chicken noodle soup. Well, a bunny mom and her little bunny child, of course. There’s a much looser style for this one out of necessity, but it was fun to try! I remember back when I was a kid and had the flu or a cold, my mom would always make me some of this soup. And looking back, I can only remember the warmth and flavor of the soup, not any of the ailments that it was meant to cure. In truth, it wasn’t really an immediate cure for such ailments, but it felt like one all the same. It was soup served with love, which as it turns out, does have rather magical properties. I always felt better after having my soup. I felt well and truly loved. And there’s really no better feeling in this world.

Last week, Philippe made some chicken noodle soup and it was amazing. Thankfully, I wasn’t feeling under the weather, but it still made me feel ever better. His version is made entirely from scratch, even though my mom would often serve me the soup that came in the can. I haven’t had that version in years, but even if it came from a can, it still tasted special. It’s amazing how a soup that’s so simple can feel so incredible. When food comes with lovely memories, there’s just something fantastic that happens. Some of my favorite dishes are so stupidly simple, but they bring a flood of lovely memories back to me. Indeed, lots of my food from childhood likely wouldn’t be allowed in our house by Philippe. There was a lot of canned meat back then and when I mention it to him the look of anguish on his face is actually quite priceless.

While Philippe and I both know what is on the menu for Thanksgiving, we had a conversation today that we couldn’t remember what we ate for our Christmas Eve dinner last year. The gravlax and foie gras starters are such a memorable event that everything after that gets a bit lost. When it comes to food that sticks in my mind, it’s more than just the wonderful flavors, it’s really about the experience. So, while I have many favorite foods from childhood, the ones I remember most are all based on events. That time way back when that I wasn’t feeling well and my mother took care of me, or that time I was feeling great and we celebrated by going to our favorite Chinese restaurant. And whether or not we were enjoying a family recipe or just eating something that, yes, came out of a can, we were living a life full of love and happiness. So today, whenever I want to feel that love again, I need only think back to the times when mom gave me some chicken noodle soup.

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  1. Unique Tales 2 years ago

    Still cute.

  2. Cathy France 2 years ago

    Bonjour, encore des animaux, pourquoi toujours des animaux ? j’aimais tellement vôtre art avant – vous étiez mon inspiration – là, je suis démunie devant ces animaux, c’est trop lisse, trop simple, moins joli – désolée, ce n’est qu’une critique qui voudrait être “constructive” – vraiment désolée

  3. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Wonderful Charlie! Soup does taste good when the weather starts to get cold. I should make some soup but my husband would much prefer the kind that comes out of the can. Some battles aren’t worth having.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 hehe… I haven’t had soup out of the can in years, but I think it would bring back lovely memories!

  4. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Food of any sort, when served with love, cures a whole host of ailments. And the secret to chicken noodle soup is of course the love that goes into making it…even if it is just opening the can. Sweet painting an memories, Charlie! First really cool temp day today…58 degrees and low humidity at 7 a.m. this morning and it never got above the mid 70’s…a perfect excuse to make homemade, from scratch, mac and cheese. mmmmmmm. Chicken soup tomorrow. 😊

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mary! 😃💕 hehe! Yay for cooler weather there and mac and cheese!!! I would be knocking at your door right now! Love!

  5. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Did you know that there is some basis in the idea that chicken soup is good for you when you are sick? It helps with congestion and is a mild anti-inflammatory. Of course, the most important ingredient is the loving care that goes into making it! I love what you’ve been doing with your art lately. It may not be as polished as your earlier work, but polish is just an illusory shine. Your recent work is imagination brought to life, something rare and always appealing!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww thanks so much, Sandra! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve found myself busier than ever and so I can only show up for mere minutes lately! So my usual hour has turned into around 15-20 minutes. No way to get the polish in that time, but I rather like seeing my pure imagination! Glad you do as well!

  6. writerleenda 2 years ago

    Charlie you ate canned meat?? The look on my face far outhorrifies that on the face of Phillippe. When my progeny studied Culinary Arts they told her an entire pig is packed into one meat can. One. Entire. Pig. Charlie canned meat will kill us. Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. Puff Puff.

    As for the Quebec French, it is different from what we learn in school. Phillippe is right. I’ll just stick to my Italian where I am a lot safer and don’t sound Acadian.

    I made turkey soup this morning and the onion was mouldy so I threw it out so no onion and then I put too much poultry seasoning in it. I gagged on the smell while the turkey parts were cooking in the oven. I just do not like turkey although Ilove it in soup. When I don’t mess it up that is.

    But I did start the preliminaries for my Christmas card paintings.

    Have a splendid Thanksgiving.

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      lol… yeah, I ate canned meat. I was an American kid in the 70’s! hehe But I haven’t eaten it in years. And yeah, we don’t every really eat turkey. Our normal Thanksgiving is usually a chicken breast of some kind. This year, Philippe is making his first turkey, so that should be awesome!

  7. Lisa 2 years ago

    Xmas Eve dinner when I was a kid was always at my mom’s house and it included shrimp salad, cheeses, hard salami, crackers, fruit salad, and Xmas cookies for dessert. When my grandma was still alive we also had angle food cake because that was what she made for my birthday cake. These days Joe and I usually have garlic shrimp and a baked potato. Sometime during holiday meals I sneak in a chicken biryani because we both love it, but it’s kind of a pain to make, so I save it for special occasions.

    • Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

      Hi, Lisa! 💜 Thanks for your message. I am so sorry. I didn’t know about your MS. I will be praying for you. As for me, I cut a varicose vein while shaving. It turned life-threatening pretty quick when they discovered a blood clot. For 7 years, I had injury after injury. All of them brutally painful. Pain meds do NOT work on me so I endured BRUTAL pain for the entire time that I was injured. I faced surgery twice. I went from running 5 miles every day to barely being able to stand. I was only 43. After being down for so long, I am just now feeling better. Just suddenly, I started to feel good, no more pain. Phew! It has been quite a long, bitter journey. Anyway, I will keep you in my prayers. Keep the faith, Lisa. 😀 Have a Happy Thanksgiving! your friend in San Antonio, Texas, Marisela 💜🐼🐻

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Aww I love those traditions! Food is such a wonderful thing. And I would eat ALL of what you described. YUM!! 😃💕

  8. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    Such a sweet painting, but an even sweeter commentary. Hey, you eat what you have even if it’s canned meat. I remember times when my parents were having financial difficulties and we ate what we had. As a child, I didn’t know what was really happening so I ate what was served for dinner. I have memories of eating “strange” foods. I mean, for a Mexican household, that is. I remember Spam, sardines on crackers, and bean dip. Oh, that bean dip. My father loved it and, as a child, I remember digging in with him. Even so young, I remember thinking it was strange that we were Mexicans eating bean dip in a can! Fake beans! haha haha This is food that I wouldn’t eat at all now. I cringe thinking about the sodium, but you ate what your parents gave you.
    I know people criticize and get scrunchy about Mexican food. Mexicans were typically poor and ate what they could. How do you think fajitas came about? The meat packing companies were usually in poor neighborhoods and would throw out what we now know as fajita meat. It was tough and hard to use. Mexicans, however, dug it out of the trash bin, cleaned it up, and figured out a way to tenderize it and eat it. Fajitas were created. The meat packing owners saw that, stopped throwing it away, and started selling it as “fajita” meat, which is now ridiculously expensive. You eat what you can sometimes. Even if it’s not the best for you.
    Now, food made with love, nothing tops that. Mexicans like to feed you. Again, people criticize and get scrunchy, but Mexicans show love with food. Feeding someone is an act of love. 💜

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Marisela! 😃💕 Hehe! Bean dip in a can is actually quite good… my dad had it as well! Yeah, other than the deadly amounts of sodium, the flavor was pretty awesome. And Mexican food is SO good! Philippe and I get some from a local restaurant for lunch every Saturday. I don’t like “Tex Mex” though where it’s a game of hide and seek with cheese… just the authentic stuff from actual Mexicans.

      • Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

        When we visited my mother’s hometown (Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico — home of Saltillo tile) or we travelled to other parts of Mexico, my father and I ate like kings! OH MY GOODNESS! I don’t know the name of the kid show, but I think it’s Word Girl. She has a pet monkey 🐵 that is her sidekick. He eats until he passes out and lays on the floor with his big belly, breathing heavy. haha haha 😂 Like that, Charlie! haha haha My mother remembers when she and my father first got married and went to Mexico so her family could meet my dad. My grandfather invited my mother and father to dinner. My mother remembers that my dad ordered SO MUCH food that my grandfather was stunned! She says, “It was embarrassing! My father kept asking me if your dad always ate like that!” haha haha I asked how much he ate, which wasn’t as much as he thought he could eat. haha haha They took most of it home. Authentic food is so gooood! Good for you and Philippe eating the good stuff! Yummy! 😀

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          Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

          Yay for authentic food! I don’t think one can ever have enough! 😉

  9. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Nice doodle, Charlie.

  10. Mugdha 2 years ago

    Hello Charlie,

    That is a very sweet Doodlewash and though it has nothing at all in common with the character, for some strange reason, it reminded me of David the Gnome – rather his wife Martha and her grandson. And what a coincidence that you would write about chicken noodle soup.. I made mushroom noodle soup last night! (Im vegan so no chicken). And I agree that some of the most magical foods aren’t fancy recipes but dishes connected to memories. Here’s to a Season of delicious memories. 🙂


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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Mugdha! 😃💕 I’d never watched David the Gnome so had to look that up… I’ll have to check it out! Mushroom in anything and I”m IN! I adore it! We don’t eat meat often here, so it’s usually always a bit of mushroom instead. So delicious!

  11. Susan Masters 2 years ago

    Beautiful bunnies, yup food made with love tastes the best!

  12. Priscilla DeConti 2 years ago

    Adorable painting …I don’t have a lot of memories from childhood around food..mine came more as an like what we had at a wedding or other significant event. Good food is always good for the soul not always so good for the waistline LOL

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Priscilla! 😃💕 hehe! So true!! I used to have a crazy awesome metabolism until about 4 years ago and now… every transgression appears on the waistline. Ugh! I just try to balance it all. Sometimes food transgressions are totally worth it! 😉

  13. Melissa Goss 2 years ago

    Lovely. What a great mom bunny taking care of her little one.

  14. Nellie Nellie 2 years ago

    What lovely little bunnies! A good mommy like ours! I ate plenty of canned chicken noodle, Vienna sausages(and yes, they are SOOO not Viennese or sausage) and potted meat on crackers too. I recently was recommended to have sardines for my cholesterol and I can do it if I have a gluten free cracker under them and some cucumbers, (of course some cheese would help 🤦‍♀️) However, one of my favorite memories, and favorite foods , possibly my second or third word was “rice.”Not just any rice, my mom’s Spanish rice is the best! (No offense to all you other moms😉) I think we all can keep one smell near and dear, I’d like nothing better than to take a nap and wake up to a house filled with that blessed scent!

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      Charlie O'Shields 2 years ago

      Thanks so much, Nellie! 😃💕 Aww that Spanish rice sounds perfectly wonderful. I love food memories like that!

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