Shopping, wrapping, baking, entertaining, events, parties...
I like to keep things as simple and stress free as possible and one thing I find easy is making a big batch of nourishing soup.
On a rainy Sunday before a busy week
I will take some stock and meat that I have frozen from a previous dinner of turkey or chicken and make soup.
The large Le Creuset Dutch Oven is a perfect size for this job.
Saute several diced onions, a few stalks of celery cubed and a handful of carrots cut into small bite size chunks.
After about 10 minutes I add a bit of water and boil them to soften them completely before adding the stock and the meat. You can add a variety of vegetables whatever you have on hand and like.
Season with salt, pepper and Herbs de Provence...simmer for several hours.
The Humble Bungalow smells SO GOOD on soup night!
Now you can go about whatever it is that you need to do.
Wrap the presents...
Read a book by the fire...
wood is cut and stacked on the porch
the fire is warm and cozy
so cleverly lit by Mr. HB.
I have a few things on my do list that I need to tend to...
it's a busy time for The Hostess and I must keep my eye on the ball.
Doing a little bit everyday keeps me on track and relaxed.
How are your festive plans shaping up?
Are you savoring your days?
Enjoying the sights of all the lights...
or taking a few moments to reflect on those less fortunate and giving to the local charities?
Perhaps you are one of the needy who need assistance from those who can share their good fortune.
Our local green grocer makes it easy to contribute to the local Food Banks...
when you ring the groceries through you simply add a paper barcoded coupon in the denomination that you want to give.
If I was in need I'd like to think that someone might care enough to share.
Be Well, Be Kind and Be Lovely!