When I left the house this morning at 9:02 it was probably sixty degrees outside.  I didn’t even send Eliott to school with a coat.  It is now 3:00 and forty-four degrees, according to The Weather Channel on my phone.  I might not have noticed the drastic drop in temperature except that my heater just kicked on for the second time today, which always alarms me the first few days of winter every year.

Our Thanksgiving trip to Michigan was like our first teaser of cold weather this year and even then, for Michigan, in November, it was pretty nice.  The girls rebounded from a week of constant play time (complete with paint and play-doh, Mommy’s two least favorite pre-school “toys”), a house full of friends and kitties to play with, and the best dress up clothes ever (according to Eliott) and we’re getting back into our three week normalcy routine before school lets out again for Christmas.

Have I ever mentioned how much I love my normalcy routine?

I was upstairs, sort of half dozing off into my afternoon nap tradition when I realized we have nothing to eat for dinner.  It’s Tuesday.  I know for a fact that there is positively nothing good on sale at any grocery store right now.  Of course, taking a nap without having a plan for dinner is exactly as productive as trying to get some writing done when Carter is home on Tuesday mornings.  I simply can’t do it.  My first thought was spaghetti, my go-to we-have-nothing-to-eat food.  But the only spaghetti sauce I have in the pantry right now is Ragu, which needs to go to the Food Bank, because everyone here hates it.  (I just love those blind-taste-test commercials which prove everyone chooses Prego over Ragu–surprise!  I think the sole of my shoe has more flavor than Ragu.  And it probably wouldn’t give my 2 year old diarrhea.)

So I went downstairs and opened my fridge to see what I could throw into a crock pot and call soup.

I have:

  • exactly half of a leftover rotisserie chicken
  • onions, carrots, garlic, and about a quarter of a green pepper
  • some previously fresh, now frozen, sage and oregano
  • Lipton onion soup mix and chicken bouillon cubes
  • a can of garbanzo beans
  • a can of diced tomatoes

I mean come on.  It worked for the soldiers in Stone Soup.  Now I can go to the gym at 4:00 and know that dinner will be ready when I come home.  Will probably run by the day old bread rack and grab something that can be toasted with a little mozzarella cheese on top.  I’ll check in later and let you know how it turned out.

Leftovers…soup!

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