I have ornamented the tree with things most dear to me.
I had cookies for brunch yesterday; peanut butter balls and homemade caramels today. I did just have some minestrone soup... with cookies for dessert... and a peanut butter ball chaser. Oy. Soon it will be all gone.
Speaking of minestrone soup -- this is a great recipe and QUICK, just as the title would lead you to believe. It's a delicious, warm, nourishing soup that provides a great meal even when you're pressed for time -- as we all are this week -- throw in some ham or turkey, if you've got it, or some other kinds of beans, it's easy to play around with, too. I have no idea where it came from -- it's scratched on the back of one of the kids' old "Book It" forms (my note from 12/4/93 says, "GOOD!)).
QUICK MINESTRONE SOUP
16-oz. can cannellini beans
16 oz. can red kidney beans
16 oz. can seasoned-for-pasta tomatoes
4 c. chicken broth
1 box frozen chopped spinach
1/2 c. orzo
season to taste
Combine beans and tomatoes in a large pot. Add chicken broth, spinach, and orzo. Bring to a boil, stirring to break up spinach. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, or until orzo is tender. Makes about 10 cups of soup.
See? Couldn't be easier. You've never tasted a more delicious "homemade" soup that came from so many cans.