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I never thought I liked tomato soup, because I associated it with Campbell’s. I’m so glad that after talking to my friend Ali, I opened my mind up to trying to make a homemade version. I didn’t have high hopes, but I was floored at how different the homemade stuff is from the canned version. Absolutely addictive and delicious! My husband said I could make a fortune selling this soup, but instead I’ll just give you the recipe.

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I was at our Classical Conversations homeschool group, from 8:40-3:30, including travel time. My family likes to eat at 5 p.m., so I needed a solution. Before I left for our group, from the freezer I took homemade, frozen stuffed red bell peppers. When I got home, I threw the peppers in the oven, made a quick salad. Then I got in the mood to be industrious, so I decided to make stock, since it only takes 30 minutes to cook. Yes, 30 minutes using raw, frozen chicken, and vegetables.

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Broccoli Cheese Soup

Broccoli Cheese Soup

My sister is visiting for Christmas, and she is a vegetarian. Well, sort of a vegetarian. She eats bacon, but who can blame her? Bacon rules. Not only does she not eat meat, but she is a tad particular, so I’m always excited when I make something she loves. Tonight I made broccoli cheese soup, and she gave it a thumbs-up. My kids love it too, and so will yours.

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Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

I have geeky housewife dreams. Once I dreamed that I dusted a table, and turned around only to find it dusty again. A few weeks ago I dreamed that all the avocados on sale at the store were gone. Last night I dreamed that I thawed out a chicken, but then forgot what I was supposed to use it for, so I re-froze it (which obviously you should never do). But then, I was bummed because I remembered I wanted to make chicken soup with it. I know, my life is pretty exciting. I dreamed about the chicken because so many people I know are getting the swine flu, and I’ve been meaning to make a batch of chicken soup and freeze it for when we get hit with a seasonal illness.

I know it is cliche that chicken soup cures colds, but it has been scientifically proven to have healing properties. Recent studies have shown that while it may not prevent illness, it can provide relief. Chicken contains cysteine, an amino acid, which is released when the chicken cooks. According to an article on www.sixwise.com, “This amino acid is similar to the drug acetylcysteine, which is prescribed by doctors [click to continue…]

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