Simple Top Ramen

Today I held a (rather large) clump of thin dirty blond hair in my hand.


One child screaming with her hands on her head, and the other child grinning from ear to ear, doing some sort of twirl victory dance.

As I bent down to scold said dancing child, her little two year old mouth looked at me and said, “Yeave me ayone!”



Then my 4 year old removed her hands from her poor scalp that was probably burning, and screamed, “MY SECOND NAME IS ELSA, QUEEN OF THE QUEEN!”…Followed by a twirl of her gown and loud stomps down the hallway.






Push, Shove, Twirl, Stomp, and Victory Dance…In that order.


I couldn’t figure out whether to talk to Elsa or Gia, and quite frankly I was worried the two year old will pull my hair. So I did what any desperate mom would do…

I drank.

Ice water. It calms me guys. Then I said a prayer.


For sanity, for comfort, and for strength.

And then in that moment, both my girls came and sat on my lap and as clear as day I heard, “They love you so much.”


Did they stop fighting after that? No. I swear my oldest was running around saying “Son of a Fish!”

Did I feel like a complete failure? No. Despite the chaos and drama, I felt loved, ย I knew they felt loved and loved each other as well.

I also knew that someone had taught my daughter to say, “Son of a fish!”…

Next step:

Comfort Food.


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Top Ramen
I will be completely honest and say as a child I LOVED opening a package of top ramen, sprinkling the 'seasoning' packet on top of the dried pasta, and eating as is. I can still taste it! This is a spin off of that ever so popular childhood favorite. This is a vegetarian version, but you can definitely add in your favorite ingredients. Switch up the broths, sautee some diced veggies with the onions, etc.
  • 2 TB. sesame oil, or olive oil
  • ¼ c. minced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp. freshly grated ginger
  • (Opt: Minced carrots)
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 12 oz. Chinese Noodles
  • 4 tsp. ground celery seed
  • 4-5 TB. fresh chopped chives
  • salt/pepper
  • optional: red pepper flakes, soy sauce, hot sauce, etc.)
  1. In a large saucepan, add oil and heat up. Then add minced onion, garlic, and ginger. (If you add other raw veggies add in here as well.)
  2. Continually toss and cook for 3-5 minutes on medium heat.
  3. Next add in broth and water.
  4. Stir and add in chinese noodles.
  5. Sprinkle in spices and let cook for a few minutes until the noodles are soft.
  6. Add in your additional seasonings and toppings. Serve hot!



I enjoyed this comfort food all by myself…Imagine that. One child asleep, and the other staring/glaring at me from time out.


You can thank that son of a fish.

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  1. This recipes definitely brings back some memories. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had one of THOSE days yesterday. And then I was out of coffee this morning. Seriously. I need comfort food!

  2. Oh I cannot wait to try this! It looks Sooo good. Do you use, like Top Ramen noodles or is there a more, uh, refined version?

    • Hi Corinne ;)! You could use top ramen noodles, but I find noodles at albertsons called chinese noodles that had the waves and everything and cooked exactly like ramen noodles. (Under 3 minutes.) I will post a pic on my FB page to show every one.

  3. This looks sooooo yummy! Will definitelt try ๐Ÿ™‚ Annnd, i totally understand the kid drama. They were in bed by 7 tonight. Nuff said.

  4. Ahhh this brings me back to college! Loving that this version does not have a 20 year shelf life ๐Ÿ™‚ Can’t wait to try! PS Your girls are the cutest! xo

  5. I was just thinking the other day I would be so happy to find a healthy version of this yummy not so healthy food. Thank you for helping a sister out:). BTW I would love to follow you on fb…what is your profile name?

  6. So good! I accidentally used whole celery seed and it ended up being way too much. Opps! I used chicken better than bouillon instead of veg broth and threw the veggies with some stock in the blender to “hide” them. Hopefully I can trick my kids!!

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