Are you ready for the final home stretch—6 more days till Christmas. David and I spent the afternoon at a little mall—the one I thought wouldn’t have anyone there—so we could get some craft supplies. Big mistake—it’s a mad house out there! And the rest of my week will continue to be—rushing here and there (to too many fun things to count), with 2 sets of plans for every day until Christmas when I think I will finally stop to catch my breath.
Our plans include the Christmas Eve service at our church. I love to go every year and sing songs, to be reminded of the birth of Jesus and what all of the celebration is about, to visit with friends, and sing Silent Night with candles lit as we close. It brings Christmas back into focus and afterwards I’m ready for a cozy night at home doing a hodge podge of Christmas Eve traditions—wrapping presents for the boys, watching Harold and Kumar’s Christmas with Irving, and leaving out cookies for Santa (I’ve got a recipe coming for you in just a few days!).
^^^ This picture is from 2 years ago—I love David’s sweet little profile, intently watching the candle in front of him.
The timing of our service has us returning home right at dinner time, and it’s always a rush to get the kids fed before bedtime. This year I’ve planned ahead and have a big pot of my Barley Minestrone soup in the freezer just waiting for us! Perhaps you’d like to make some too?
My barley minestrone, based on my White Beans and Greens, is filled with hearty Italian sausage, white beans, tomatoes, carrots, onions and kale! It’s healthy, filling, warm and comforting! It’s the perfect meal after a busy day. It’s just as delicious fresh off the stove as it is re-warmed in the microwave so you can’t go wrong. And it is perfect to pair with my Maple Dinner Rolls (use the aquafaba from the beans in this soup to make the rolls)! I hope you have a chance to make my soup! If you do, take a picture, post it on Instagram, and tag it with #frieddandelions!