Autumn Chrysanthemums, Ornamental Kale & ornamental Peppers
First Quarter Moon in November
What a beautiful warm day it was, today. Temperatures reached up in the high 60s to low 70s, this afternoon. Our fur babies enjoyed a snooze in the backyard, while I had the patio open to let some fresh air into the house. In the early evening, the First Quarter Moon was shining bright in the November sky. It was time to call the pets in for dinner. Fed and groomed, they all sleep on the couch, armchair and ottoman. They are so spoiled. But we wouldn’t want it any other way.
When Kevin came home, I had a good soup cooking on the stove. The mornings are cool, now. Since my family likes a hot soup, stew or chili at this time of the year, I always cook enough food for next day’s lunch. The thermos keeps the meals hot overnight. So, Kevin and the girls don’t have to worry about heating them up at work and in school anymore. A good plan is work half done.
If we didn’t have 25 mph winds, this had been a very nice day, today. The wind was chilly. So, I decided to spend my day in the house and cook a good “Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soup”. First I made my chicken broth from scratch, before I cooked the rice. When Katelynn and Sara came home from school, they were very happy to see Momma’s soup. But first they had to help me cleaning up some trash across the street. The wind knocked over the neighbor’s trash cans, and most of the trash landed in another neighbor’s yard. Those were some strong gusts. Tomorrow supposed to be a beautiful day, with only a light breeze. It will be a warm start into the Winter Season.
One of my many Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Soups, I love to cook in the cooler Texas Season
Today is a perfect day for snuggling with a blanket on the couch and watch a movie or read a book, while the fire is crackling in the fire place. November is definitely showing its face. It is raining and cool outside. The girls and Kevin will have homemade Chicken Vegetable Rice soup with sandwiches for lunch in school/work. In the meantime, I make another good soup with meatballs for dinner. Hmm, I can’t wait to have a bowl of hot soup tonight.
Autumn Trumpet Vine Leaf Droplets
Rainy, cold November day
When I don’t feel like cooking, Kevin brings a rotisserie chicken home for dinner, sometimes. Most of the time, we eat only one meal from it. So, most of the breast and the legs are gone. The rest ends up in the pot immediately, or in the freezer for a later use. I ran out of chicken broth/stock. It’s time to cook up another batch. My broth is made of:
- 1 rotisserie chicken leftover (meat and bones)
- 4 carrots, cut up in 1-inch pieces (they can be peeled first, I only wash mine)
- 3 stalks of celery, cut up in 1-inch pieces
- 1 big onion, quartered (if onion is big, cut in half and then quarter both pieces)
- 3 sprigs of fresh parsley
- dried thyme, basil, sage
- salt & pepper
- 2 bay leaves
- 12 cups of water
I put all ingredients in a large pot, fill it up with water and let it simmer for two hours. Usually I don’t measure my herbs and spices. I learned to go by my own tastes.
The chicken broth before I simmered it for two hours.
After two hours, I turn off the stove to let the broth cool down a little bit, before I strain it through a fine mesh colander, into a big bowl. Naw, I don’t use cheesecloth, because I don’t mind having small pieces of herbs in the broth. It adds some extra color to it.
Chicken broth, after I strained it.
Next, after I discard the chicken-vegetable leftovers (if there is still a lot of meat on the bones, I pick it and use it for dinner), I pour the broth in my Ziploc® glass container, which are designed for extreme cold/heat. When the broth is almost room temperature, I freeze it and use it as needed.
Chicken broth filled into Ziploc® Glass Containers