rainy day dinner: chicken noodle soup casserole and almond cookies

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

It is finally starting to feel like Fall! Putting up Christmas lights in our t-shirts and blowing the A/C in the car while listening to Christmas music was starting to feel funny.  Yesterday the temperature dropped 20 degrees... good ole North Carolina.  It was a great day to spend the morning in the kitchen.
Ty LOVES baking with me. Cooking, in general, really.  He loves stirring ingredients together and hopping up on the chair to see what's on the counter.
Tonight is the annual Cookie Swap I have with some of my girlfriends.  We are having it early this year because my girlfriend, Breck, is due anyday now with her first little baby.  And there was no way we would make her miss out on cookies--especially being days from her due date!
I usually make Lemon Ricotta cookies for this, but decided to change it up this year. Trust me, though. The Lemon Ricotta cookies will happen later in December.
My sister makes Almond cookies every year and I love them!  So I decided to try my hand at it. I used this recipe:
Almond Sugar Cookies from Taste of Home

These were the perfect cookies to bake with Ty because he could eat the batter (NO EGGS!) and he could roll the batter into balls for me.  The dough was a play-do like consistency so it worked out well. And to top it off, he got to smash them with the bottom of a glass.  He loved it. 
Here are the treats for tonight! Each girl brings three cookies to share and we sit around the table tasting each cookie with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa. It is the BEST!  I have Christmas music blaring in the background and the lights all lit up. It really puts me in the spirit! 

For supper, I wanted to make something perfect for the Fall weather.  I usually do chili, but we already had that on Sunday, so I went with Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole. It was so easy and gave the feel of Chicken Noodle Soup, but much easier for my kids to eat.  I adapted Life in the Lofthouse's Chicken Noodle Casserole recipe.  YUM! Definitely a new meal for our weeknight rotation!
all ready for the oven
Adapted from: Life in the Lofthouse's Chicken Noodle Casserole
Grocery List
2 lbs. cooked chicken breast, chopped
2 cups uncooked egg noodles
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 cup of milk
1/2 cup frozen peas
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup corn
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
seasoned salt to taste
cooking spray

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Cook egg noodles according to package instructions.  Drain. Mix all other ingredients in a big mixing bowl.  Add egg noodles to mixture. Prepare 9x13 casserole dish with cooking spray.  Pour chicken and noodle mixture evenly in dish. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Uncover and top with italian bread crumbs.  Bake for an additional 10 minutes without foil. Enjoy!

Honestly, we dug into this so fast that I didn't have a change to finish it. It was perfect for our family. Even Elena gobbled it up!

Have a fantastic December FIRST! Only 30 more days of 2015. It is unreal!


  1. Hey! Thanks for linking up! I love the idea of a Christmas cookie exchange. :) Yummy!

    1. I was excited to find the link up! Merry Christmas, Amy!

  2. Love those cookies - they turned out beautiful!

    1. Thanks! They were super easy! You should definitely try them. :)

  3. Those cookies sound AMAZING!! Almond is one of my favorite under appreciated flavored!! Thanks for linking up!!

    1. Thanks for visiting! I was happy to find the link- up! Merry Christmas, Sara Elizabeth!

  4. Both the cookies and casserole look great! Found your blog in the mommy moments link-up. Have a great day :)

  5. YUM, these both look delicious. Thanks for linking up today.

  6. Almond sugar cookies?! I must make - anything almond is my favorite!

  7. that casserole looks DELISH! nothing better than comfort foods once winter starts rolling in :-)

    1. Yes, I love a good comfort dish this time of year! Thanks for stopping by!!

  8. Mmm, I'm officially drooling! Both look so delicious! Have fun tonight!

  9. So much yumminess here! I love that the cookies have no eggs as a couple of our friends have an egg allergy so these would be perfect on their Christmas platter! And we love chicken noodle soup so I am all about that casserole! Thank you so much

  10. So happy you could link up with us today, I hope you can join us again next week too! Those cookies look amazing, I am totally going to add those to my "to bake" list this month. Yum!