Chicken soup.

I was awake last night. Most of the night. And I got to thinking, as I often do when I can’t sleep - of course ALL my best ideas (at leat they seem like really good ideas… hmm..) come in the middle of the night.

But this one wasn’t so much a bright new idea as a little bit of a revelation. I feel like I’ve been sort of in survival mode, waiting for what I don’t know, but there it is. I’ve been out of habits, out of sorts, in high-alert mode for weeks, and I feel stretched pretty thin for it.

So today I read planet books with Ele after preschool. And I made chicken noodle soup, following this Paula Deen recipe called “The Lady’s Chicken Noodle Soup” - EASILY the best chicken noodle soup I’ve ever eaten. I  modified it as follows:

Here’s how it went:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 2 32-oz boxes of chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan, optional
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream, optional
  • Seasoning salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Bring the stock and the water to a boil, add carrots and onion, cook for 3 minutes. Add celery and continue to cook for 5-10 minutes. Add egg noodles and cook according to directions on package.

While the noodles cook, remove the skin from the chicken and shred the chicken breasts finely. When noodles are done, add chicken, parsley, and rosemary. Add Parmesan and cream, if using. Cook for another 2 minutes. Adjust seasoning, if needed, by adding seasoning salt and pepper. Enjoy along with a nice hot crusty loaf of French bread.

Oh my dear sweet reader, PLEASE make this soup. Your belly and your family will thank me. Fo reals. I wouldn’t lead you astray, would I? And plus, how can you go wrong with heavy cream and parmesan cheese?

So after our domesticated dinner, we played Bingo with M&Ms as the markers, and went through the kids’ school papers to sort them into big shallow plastic bins. These are the best solution we’ve been able to come up with to store their papers - we have been absolutely inundated with papers since we have one in kindergarten and one in preschool. It is crazy. Some of it is just homework, which goes into the bins, but so much of it is stuff we have to read and sign and whatever, I feel like I’m the one in school. And I have a sneaking suspicion (moms of older kids, confirm this?) that it only gets worse from here. *sigh*

But Rowen truly is loving kindergarten. She told us tonight at dinner all about the friends she’s making, and what she does during art class, and what she had for lunch. And as we looked through her papers, I told her how proud I am of all her wonderful work, and the words she is writing (an EXPLOSION of words! Suddenly she’s taking notes on EVERYTHING, sounding out and writing down, and it’s so cute), and that we love all she’s learning.

She lit up like the sun, and then put her hand on her chest and said, “I think I’m killed with happiness, and my lips are turning red!” Apparently, this is a very good thing. :)

And yeah, it’s 9:45 and I haven’t done anything else. But what I have done feels like what really mattered. And that feels good. :)