Sunday, December 8, 2013

Day 8: Lunchtime!

At first, when I saw "lunchtime" on the list, I thought - what on earth am I going to do with that? Lunch typically is not a big deal around here at all. I know the point isn't to have something every day that's a "big deal", but rather, just part of everyday life...but still. Some days we're lucky to remember lunch. Sam is just starting to eat table food, Natalie - well, it's a rare day that I can get her to sit through a complete meal - Dave isn't home weekdays for lunch, and weekends we'll have sandwiches, maybe. And I eat about an hour after I get up, and then usually not again until dinner. (I know. I have terrible eating habits. It's just how I am.)

But then something happened - Dave got sick. Well, kind of sick. It's just a little bug, but he's not feeling well, and I thought - what if I made some soup? Chicken noodle soup, to be precise.

Now. I hate chicken noodle soup, actually. Out of a can, anyway (sorry, Campbell's, no mm-mm good here). But when I make it myself, it's actually - well, edible! (It's still not one of my top ten. But Dave likes it, and he's the sick one, so he can eat the rest. ;) )
I had chicken in the freezer, carrots and onions and minced garlic, spaghetti noodles which I broke into 2-3 inch pieces, and chicken bouillon powder to make broth with! Spices were a bit problematic - when I was actually at the store, I didn't think about it, and promptly remembered all the spices I wanted and didn't have as soon as I got home. "The weather outside is frightful", so I wasn't about to go out again...

I made do. There just happened to be a little shaker of dubiously labeled "Italian Seasoning" (.50 at Walmart, TYVM) in the cupboard, and it actually did the job! Plus, I'm pretty sure the stuff out of a can hasn't got a speck of seasoning in it (besides salt). No one here is complaining - even Natalie liked the soup!

I'm not a toast girl. (I am, on occasion, a bread-warmed-to-the-point-of-almost-being-toast girl.) But I'm definitely not a crackers girl either, and you just have to have something with soup. Add some cold, creamy milk, and one of those little California clementines that are oh-so-good this time of year, and you have the perfect lunch for a cold, snowy, windy, sicky day! 

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