Find comfort…

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My heart breaks a little every time I say goodbye to them.  It’s not that I want them to stay small or even stay at home.  I know its time for them to go on their own adventures and start their lives separate from us.  I know that eventually they will have homes and spouses of their own.  I know this in my mind…but my heart still breaks a little when they leave.  Pema Chodron said “When we protect ourselves, so we won’t feel pain, that protection becomes like armor, like armor that imprisons the softness of the heart.”  So, I let myself feel the pain, feel the emptiness and I know that my heart will recover…

We had about 18 hours that we were all together this Thanksgiving.  We have to make the most of the time we have.  Same goes for all things in life.  We take for granted that there will always be time for things tomorrow, or next month or year.  It doesn’t always work out like that.  Find comfort with your family or with friends.  Especially this time of year when we are racing about to get ready for the holidays.  We are scaling back this year to focus on the important things.  Find comfort in the little things, the things in life that bring you joy.

To me, soup is my favorite comfort food this time of year.  A good soup starts with a good stock.  I keep chicken pieces (the bones from previous meals) in my freezer until I have enough to make a good stock.  Usually about a 1-gallon Ziploc bag full.  Click on the recipe tab for the full stock recipe.  I use what I have.  If I have a red onion or a couple pieces of onion, that’s what I use.  If I have a shallot, I use that too.

Chicken Tortilla Soup is an easy, yummy, hearty soup.  You can spice it up or down as you like.  Be creative with the toppings!

So, snuggle up with a steaming bowl of  Chicken Tortilla Soup and the ones you love.  Find comfort when and where you can.

Enjoy!

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