Thanksgiving eve.

So there are a million things to get done on the eve of a holiday, especially if you are cooking. It’s difficult to ‘take time off’ when you have no regular job without regular hours anyway, much less with a holiday involved. Knowing the challenge it will be for me to write this week, I decided to just absorb the guilt for a few minutes and then get busy food shopping and cooking.

Today and tomorrow we cook, and enjoy the turkey dinner, parades, football and naps. After dinner, we will be making the soup. In my personal opinion, there are only 3 reasons to cook a turkey. Crisp skin. Mashed potatoes and gravy. Homemade soup. So after years of trial and error, here is how I make the soup. (And even though there are quantities listed here, I never really measure… just to taste.)

To begin, place the carcass in a large pot – large enough to cover it completely with water.

To the pot add:

6 cloves garlic, diced

1 large onion (or 2 small ones)

Simmer on a low to medium heat for hours.

Then put in the refrigerator overnight to cool.

 When cool…

Remove the bones and grease from the pot completely. Then to the pot add:

5-6 stalks celery, diced (including tops)

16 oz. Sliced mushrooms

Simmer to reheat.

(NOTE: It’s not mandatory to cool it overnight and then resume in the morning; it is just the most effective way to get the bones completely out and to remove some of the grease.)


Cook noodles in separate pan:

1 – 16-oz. Package egg noodles

Salt & Pepper to taste

2 – 32 oz. non-fat Chicken Broth

In a separate pan of boiling water cook the egg noodles for about 7 minutes to al dente.  Drain and add the noodles to the soup.  Taste and then add chicken broth and more water (if needed) until the pan is almost full (Depending how long it simmers, I may add more). 

Let the soup simmer at least another 30 minutes or so to meld the flavors together. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy!

Paperback now available on Amazon!

The paperback version is now available for my new book, Released: A True Story of Escape from an Abusive Marriage.

As I said in my previous post, I share my story in the hopes that it will help even just one person to see the truth of abuse and the way it destroys love.

I would be honored if you would write a review on Amazon to help increase the visibility of the book so that others who need its message will find it. Thank you!

Released is born!

Released is born!

The manuscript that I have been writing and rewriting for nearly 21 years now is finally published. It is available now on Amazon in Kindle* format and the paperback version will be up there in a few days. (I was going to wait until they were both up to write this, but my husband Stephen pre-empted me on Facebook).

When I was 18 and a freshman in college, I told one of my writing professors that I was going to write a book and he laughed and said “18 year olds don’t have anything to say yet.” It felt as though he had slapped me in the face, however if his intention was to give me an impelling reason to finish the book, it worked.

And although I was certain at 18 I had a lot to say, it took me until now to get the guts to stand ‘naked’ in front of the world with this story.

This is my true story of escape from an abusive marriage… an intensely personal story of God’s mercy and grace as He brought beauty out of ashes in my life. It is my desire to help at least one person who is caught in the cycle of verbal, mental or physical abuse to see a light and a way out.

Although this quote was not written about my particular story, I feel like it was:

Here’s what’s surprising about making sense of your life in God’s story:  the story is not about you—it’s about Him. He is both the author and the main character, and He has written you into His story to say something about Him.”

~ Mike Wilkerson in Redemption

Everything that I am now is because of the Almighty God and his grace in my life. I pray that He uses this story for His glory.


PS I’d be thrilled if you would buy the book, and if you do, honored if you would write a review on Amazon to help increase the visibility of the book so that others who need its message will find it.

*If you do not own a Kindle (and I do not yet), they offer free Kindle apps for PC, tablets or Smartphones.