A bedtime story is the perfect way to end a day.
If my mind ever wanders, while sharing a story, I try to bring myself back to the present. I remind myself to be mindful. There may be dishes stacked up downstairs, waiting to be put away, but the Kids’ won’t want a story from Mom indefinitely.
There’ll always be more dishes to put away.
The days can be long, as a parent, and as tired as I can become, I muster up the energy to read to the children. Or, as they have gotten older, read with them, alternating between sentences and pages.
One of my favourite stories to share is “Nail Soup”, a Swedish folk tale. Seriously the Swedes can do no wrong in my eyes.
And that’s where this post takes a completely different path.
Because with a little bit of this and a little bit of that, you can make up for what you lack.
This is how I make nail soup.
Does this look like a bag of nails?
No. It’s home-grown white potatoes and red onions.
But it could be anything. It could be cauliflower, butternut squash, parsnips, carrots, leeks or tomatoes.
It doesn’t really matter.
With a knife to dice and chop.
A slow cooker or crock pot to fill with stock.
Time to pass, say a few hours to soften the ingredients.
And a hand blender to smooth when cool.
You have nail soup.
Storecupboards may seem bare, but soup can easily be made from odds and ends hanging around the kitchen and items to use up. Food that will now not go to waste.
Nail soup is very simple, and usually very tasty.
Why not make your own?