Nearly There,…And A Recipe

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Only a few more weeks until spring!

It’s been a long cold winter this season in our region, and we are definitely ready for some longer days filled with sunshine to hopefully banish this flu going around.

Nearly half of my little one’s special needs class has been out with flu and my oldest son came down with it too.

Busy days caring for my guys, but last year my husband and I came up with a dinner plan, which we call: Super Simple Suppers. 

Keeping up with our little guy and all his therapy appointments is a full time job in of itself, add in writing, book design, and now publishing and all it entails, and this Mama could use some super simple suppers in her life.

Feeding a child on the spectrum can get ‘interesting’ with sensory needs, which are real concerns, and not pickiness. Our little guy doesn’t do well with soft or gooey, which makes getting his morning oatmeal at the ‘right’ consistency an art form. But therapy  has really helped to open Isaac’s dietary palate, and he absolutely loves noodle soup, especially when I use ABC noodles.

Only this weekend we were out of ABC noodles, so I used thin short pasta, “Fideo Cut Spaghetti.”  I am not sure of the brand, I always decanter my pasta into glass containers, but I know it comes in a blue box. Isn’t that helpful info. Wait! I just checked the web, it’s Barilla brand, which really and truly comes in a blue box. I find the Barilla Cut Spaghetti with the regular pasta, usually next to orzo, which I absolutely adore, but that’s another post. I am sure any brand cut spaghetti would work fine. In a pinch, I’ve put regular spaghetti in a ziplock bag, and pulverized with the back of a spoon. You can’t tell the difference in the soup!

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Super Simple Soup: 

1 onion, 3 ribs celery, 1 lb ground turkey or pulled roast chicken, 2 qts chicken stock, noodles. We use cut spaghetti or ABC, but pasta shells would be good, as would orzo. That’s the fun you can use whatever you like.

Chop onion, slice celery, and sauté in olive oil until soft. Add ground turkey to pot and brown. Pour in chicken stock and heat to simmer. Don’t boil, or the stock will get weird. Trust me, it will, and stock is too precious to waste. Just heat to a happy simmer, and add pasta, little or a lot. My little guy loves these noodles so I usually add two cups of dried pasta. Simmer noodles until done, and season to taste. 30 minutes tops to make this soup, 15 minutes if you are using pulled roast chicken, or even just plain ol’ left over chicken, which you would add when you add the noodles.

I did mention my little guy REALLY likes this soup, didn’t I?

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Nearly there for spring. Hopefully nearly there to be done with this flu season, and finally I am nearly done with all the back prep for Becoming Portia. Working on finalizing the book cover this week, and then after some galley proofing, and more back production odds and ends, Becoming Portia will be available in print and ebook.

It’s been a long road from the first sentence on the page to a completed book, but “where God guides, he provides.” – Isaiah 58:11 – and I am so grateful to be on this journey. I’ve learned so much about faith, love, and forgiveness. Also patience, something I’ll have to put in practice these last few weeks,…but praise the LORD,…we are nearly there! 

Until I post again,…may God bless and keep you!

 

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