Well Avery recovered fast from his cold and before I was fully well he was running around at a mile a minute for very extended amounts of time.
I always liked the idea of having an energetic kid but I never took into account that there would be times when I was under the weather and couldn’t keep up with him! It’s still fun though even if I randomly drop into a coma sleep because the entire night before I was hacking my lungs up.
So that was how I was feeling on Saturday morning even though Avery slept a little later than usual. So while I lay in a lethargic state on the couch he went to town on his two favorite toys…..his new truck, and his new books. He alternated between the two of them while boppy up and down singing his baby songs.
After a while we got our butts up and went to the farmer’s market in the cold and dreary weather. Fall has definitely hit us here in KC and I can’t say that I don’t love it. My fall plants are liking the wet, chilly climate and I am liking the cozy evenings inside. I love summer best but fall and early winter are great too for their own reasons. Come January though I’m cursing the cold!
My family met me at the market and we meandered around the vendors looking for good deals. I got some super awesome looking winter squashes (two acorn squash, one butternut squash and one spaghetti squash) for $5 and I’m so excited to cook them up! There was a booth cooking seasonal foods and they made a butternut squash dish with sauteed onions, nutmeg, and honey but it was savory. I loved it, and so did Avery. In fact, he ate more than any of us because all my sisters wanted to feed him! At one point, there were six girls huddled around my son. Yeah, he’s not hurting for attention.
When I got home from the market my poor mega sick husband lay on the couch in an acute sinusitis coma and I knew that a bowl of hot soup was needed.
On grocery day I bought chicken thighs with bone and skin so I could utilize every part of them. So for my chicken noodle soup I cut out the bones of five thighs and put them in a pot of water with some salt.
Gross looking, I know. I let them simmer for about twenty minutes or so then pulled them out and took all the meat off them and put them back in. That way when the soup was fully done I could just pull out the bones and be done with it.
After the chicken was going for a while I added a few other ingredients.
Orzo, an onion, half a bell pepper, some okra and an egg. The orzo went in first to cook well along with half the onion. I sliced and sauteed the okra so that it wouldn’t slime in the soup and then added the whipped up egg and pepper in the end.
Then we all hunkered down and snuggled the rest of the afternoon…..well, Avery snuggled a bit with daddy,
And then he was off to play again.
He plays hard, and sleeps hard though. I was able to make up my lost sleep last night really easily since my cough calmed down. I love that he’s a good sleeper at night.
Question: What do you do to celebrate the fall?