…you make something just because your kids want it for a seemingly silly reason.

…the oldest kid doesn’t eat dinner.

…the younger one makes a huge mess eating fist fulls of something best eaten with a spoon.

…you relive something you loved in your own childhood and had almost forgotten.

…the dog doesn’t talk, but both you and Hubby wonder about what you would have done if she did.

…you make alphabet soup from scratch!

Alphabet Soup

  • one cooked (we used smoked turkey breast bones) turkey breast or chicken carcass (sounds gross, huh?)
  • 2 carrots cut into large pieces
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 onion, quartered
  • garlic (whatever you want…)
  • several cups of water
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 large carrots, peeled and sliced
  • diced cooked chicken or turkey
  • 1 box of alphabet noodles (We used the new DeBowles (sp?) whole wheat ones from Whole Foods)

Put the bones, first 2 carrots, onion, and spices in a large stock pot. Cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer for a couple of hours, strain, and return to the pot. About 30 minutes before you want to eat, add the sliced carrots and diced meat. Cook until the carrots are just barely fork tender and add the box of pasta. Cook until the pasta is done and serve warm. Be sure to dish up a bowl to cool while you eat for the dog, and feed the cooled soup to your four legged beast, you know, just in case yours happens to be like Martha. 😉

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