Yesterday was our first full day back at home and I'm still exhausted!
Thank you for the kind comments yesterday, and yes, my sister and I were both in the ER over the weekend with our loves.
Yesterday we took Sweet P to visit her sister cousin and it was so great to see them smile, laugh and and hug.
I feel so helpless when the people I love are hurt and I can't take the hurt away.
So what do I do? I cook. Even though it's such a small thing, I feel like I'm helping in some way and it keeps me busy and my mind off worrying.
While the husband is recovering, he's supposed to eat bland food. So I hit the kitchen while they were napping. I made oatmeal for breakfast, hummus and black bean hummus for snacks, boiled 2 chickens and made chicken salad for lunch, chicken-artichoke-gnocchi to take to the hospital and homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. I made enough of everything for my family and enough to share with my sister and my brother (in-law) so they could have a little home-cooked goodness at the hospital.
I was so wrapped up in the day that I forgot to make myself lunch. Have you ever done that!? Trust me, I don't do it often. I like food. It was about 3:30 and we we on our way to visit my niece when I realized I hadn't had lunch.
Anyway, I took 2 pictures today. One of oatmeal - don't ask why because I don't know.
The other was the chicken noodle soup.
It was so good. I saw some noodles on P-dub's recipe for noodle soup (I didn't use her recipe, just the noodles.) They are Reames frozen noodles and they are amazing. They really taste like homemade.
So here's my recipe I concocted for the soup.
I used 6 cups of chicken broth from one of the chickens I boiled. I had pulled all the meat off the chicken and chopped and shredded it, added it to the broth with sea salt, 3 tablespoons of parsley flakes, a teaspoon of thyme and fresh ground pepper. After it came to a boil, I added the frozen noodles, 5 chopped carrots and a chopped onion. Then I let it simmer for 25 minutes. Then I added a mixture of 1 cup of milk with 1/3 cup of flour and another cup of milk. Then I let it simmer for another 15 minutes while I gave Sweet P a bath. Then just salt and pepper to taste.
After all that, I called it a night and watched a little tv. Today I plan on relaxing.