Monday, December 7, 2009


Last Wednesday, Jenifer, my 37 year old daughter woke up with a very high fever and sicker than she has ever been. All of a sudden, I was back to being mommy and taking care of my sick child, along with her two children, my grandsons. I made phone calls to the doctor, he prescribed an antibiotic over the phone. With all of the sickness going around, even the doctors don't want the patients coming into the office. Back in my day, as a child, the doctors used to make HOUSE CALLS. I remember our family doctor coming into the house carrying his little black doctor bag. His visits almost always brought on that dreaded shot of penicillin and a prescription. I used to have to take my capsules with applesauce.

Jenifer became the child again, needing her mommy. I made chicken soup as well as MY mother sending chicken soup. All of a sudden, what were Jenifer's chores, became mine. Had you asked me before this if I thought I was capable of all of this, I would have said no but through the grace of God, I had the strength.

Jenifer is on the mend now but not 100% so I am continuing to take care of her. I think that this is a turning point in our relationship even if she doesn't know it yet. You see, all this time, she figured she was so grown up that she didn't need mommy for nurturing, but guess what - she surely does. As long as our moms are here with us, we always need her to take our temperature and make us chicken soup in bed.
About 3 lbs of chicken on the bone cut up with skin on.
6 large carrots
2 leeks
some pieces of turnip
some dill
a couple of pieces of celery
6 to 10 red potatos (if desired) small potatoes cut in half
salt & pepper
Cut the carrots and celery in chunks
the leeks,turnips and dill can be bought at the store in a package called soup greens or bought separately.
put the chicken -carrots-soup greens in pot and cover with water until there is about a couple inches over the ingredients. Bring to a simmer and let simmer until the chicken is falling off the bones.
You might have to skim the top of the water and also try to get as many bones out after the chicken has cooked. The bones give the soup a good flavor. Do not put the potatos in yet because the best thing to do is after the soup is done - put the whole pot in fridge overnight and take off the "fat" from the top in the morning. The fat rises and forms like a crust and comes off easily.
About an hour before serving put the cut up potatos in the soup and cook them until tender.
Remember to taste the soup before adding too much salt or any other flavors you desire. I happen to love my chicken soup bland and therapeutic but my step dad likes a little kick so he adds other things.
Serve and enjoy.


Erin said...

There's nothing like a mother's love when you're sick!!! I'll have to try that chicken soup recipe sometime, it looks great!

Dionne said...

This sounds like the perfect remedy, but I would want this more often then whenever I got sick! :)

Judi B said...

When I'm sick, old comfort foods always come to mind -- those my mother made for me. Some old remedies from the family were also used. One for a cough was to wring out a linen handkerchief in cold water, place it around the neck, and cover it over with a wool sock, pinning it in place. Then, a good hearty does of honey and lemon juice were swallowed before I was sent back to bed. I still remember the feel! Even though the sock was scratchy by morning, there was love -- and my cough was always better!

Anonymous said...

I love chicken soup! Jenifer is very blessed, but I hope she is feeling 100% better soon. (Bloomfield Beads)

Penrose Designs said...

Jennifer is so blessed. As a single woman with no family, I miss those days when Mom would take care of me. You are a wonderful Mom!

Sue Runyon said...

Sounds really good!

Tisha said...

When you think you can't, always remember God can. I hope Jenifer feels better soon. The chicken soup recipe sounds yummy. I woke up with a severe sore throat this morn, so I think I will make a batch to sooth my throat.

sammysgrammy said...

There's a reason why chicken soup is called "Jewish penicillin". It fixes whatever ails you !!!!!

v + s + m + i + a + c said...

You are a super-mama...and now I am very hungry. Thanks for posting the recipe!

Angels and Everlastings said...

That soup looks delicious.

Julia Badgley said...

You're a good mommy, sue:)