Sausage, White Bean, & Winter Vegetable Soup

Sausage, White Bean, & Winter Vegetable Soup

How are we feeling about the holidays friends?  Thanksgiving is over and it is full steam ahead towards Christmas.  Like it or not, that train is moving and it’s moving fast, so I guess it’s time for us all to jump on!

I’ve talked to people that have all of their shopping done already.  Some of them even have their gifts wrapped!  

I am not one of those people.  

We got our first holiday card in the mail yesterday.  

I was tickled that I even got my cards ordered.  Getting them addressed and in the mail is a whole other story.  If I were you, I wouldn’t wait by your mailbox in anticipation of receiving it.   

I’m seeing pictures on Facebook of beautifully decorated Christmas trees, holiday mantles, and outdoor lights.  

We are getting ready to replace the flooring in most of our first floor, so I am using the anticipated dirt and dust as an excuse to keep all of our decorations in the crawl space.  

Elves on the Shelf have already made appearances in many homes and are getting up to their usual holiday hijinx.  

Our elf, Rosie, has shown up after the incessant questioning by my kids of when she would come and has unceremoniously plopped herself in the usual boring and uncreative spots.  

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Chicken Noodle Soup with Oven Simmered Stock

It would be impossible to tell you about this soup without first discussing my recent parenting Fail.  That’s fail with a capital “F.”  We all have times when we don’t exactly shine in the parenting department and recently I had my turn to be in the shade.  These days being a parent is already competitive enough without exposing our failures to each other, but I’ll share mine because nothing makes you feel better about your own parenting fiascos than hearing about someone else’s, right?  Consider it my gift to you!  

When my alarm went off early one morning to go to Zumba class, I found 4 text messages from Olive indicating that she didn’t feel well and was in the bathroom.  For starters, I never heard any of the messages come in, so it wasn’t until an hour later that I found her there, curled up in a tiny ball and asleep on the bath mat.  She said she never got sick, so I helped her back to bed, and she went back to sleep.  A few hours later, she said she felt better and was ready to go into school.  I could tell that something about her was a bit off, but she insisted that she wanted to go, so to school we went!  And, as luck would have it, she was at school less than 20 minutes before she got sick, a spectacle which thankfully left her classmates unscathed but I am told covered a desk and a half.  She was mortified and I felt terrible.  The lesson to be learned here friends is that if your kid is white as a sheet, but says they feel fine, no good will come from listening to them.  

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