Remedy for the Holidays

It never fails, in our family anyway, that when all of our kids are home and our family arrives from Canada for the holidays, that someone gets sick.  So we have the perfect maple-inspired remedy for that family member who is feeling under the weather during the holidays.

Chicken Noodle Soup with Maple Seasoning


1 Tbsp butter

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup celery

4 (14.5 oz) cans chicken broth*

1 (14.5 oz) can vegetable broth

1/2 lb. chopped (or shredded) cooked chicken breast

1 1/2 cups egg noodles

1 cup sliced carrots

1/2 tsp Tonewood maple seasoning

1/2 tsp dried basil

1/2 tsp dried oregano

* If you have homemade chicken stock use that instead.


In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter.  Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes.  Pour in chicken broth and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, maple seasoning, basil, and oregano.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.

Steaming Maple Lemonade

This is an old recipe of my mum's.  Whenever someone was sick in our family of five kids she would trot up to our bedroom with a steaming glass of this soothing drink.  My awesome mum, now just shy of 94 years of age, was no cook (sorry mum) but this combination was so special.  The challenge was that she served it to us in a glass and it was so hot we could barely hold the glass.  I suggest using a mug!


1 lemon squeezed

1/2 tsp maple syrup

boiling water


Squeeze the lemon into a mug, add maple syrup, boiling water and stir.  Enjoy!




Dori Ross