Every year, for most of my growing up years, my mom would make “homemade” bread (mostly from frozen dough you can buy at the store…but still very “homemade”) and 2-3 different kinds of soup. There is something so simple about the meal that just “feels” like Christmas. When we were young we started the tradition of sleeping in one room, staying up eating soup and bread and watching a movie. Through the years the soup has somewhat changed, we usually don’t all sleep together anymore, it doesn’t always happen Christmas Eve, and we get to my parent’s house a lot later as we are with our own spouses/families. The memory, though, will foreverly be in my mind and I know as much as we can, when we can, we’ll try to make it happen.
So, here is the recipe for one of my favorite soups (thanks to my mom!). Sometime I’ll pass along the one for chicken corn chowder, which is amazing!
Vegetable Beef Stew4 medium carrots
3 medium celery
1 lb. stew beef cubed
2 cups chicken broth (bouillon cubes in 2 cups water)
1 cup corn (fresh or frozen)
2 cans of tomatoes
4 potatoes cubed
- ½ tsp. garlic powder
- ½ tsp. parsley
- ½ tsp. salt
- ½ tsp. pepper
- Dash of thyme
Slow cook beef in crock pot or in oven
Chop up vegetables
Put vegetables, spices, and broth into a large pot
Add meat last
Simmer until soup is warm – enjoy!
(Freeze if desired - Thaw and heat)
And to Josh, Kari, the little one coming to them; Mike, Joni, and their coming blessing, and to Julie – I will miss you this year and can’t wait for the next Christmas we are all together. And to Clint’s family, who we’ve never been able to spend Christmas with due to distance – you are missed and dearly loved.