Although this post will be published tomorrow
as usual I’m making a start on it today since I’m really not sure how the
coming weekend is going to unfold!
Jillian, my Boarder over the past 5 months,
is getting married tomorrow afternoon at 200pm. However the Environment Canada
Weather Office has issued a “severe winter storm” warning. Right now the
temperature is well above freezing and it has been raining hard since last
night but during the evening there is supposed to be a drastic drop in
temperature to around -10ºC accompanied by a change over to ice pellets and
then heavy snow. This will continue throughout tomorrow with 25cms of snow and
high winds forecast.
Because Jillian has been involved for a
number of years with several of CTM’s Ministries there are many members of the
Crosstalk “family” invited to the wedding including the Huyer family (my
Godsons and their parents) from Ottawa. Their original plan was to drive down
Saturday morning but when we spoke yesterday Victoria told me that they were
considering trying to come this evening in order to get ahead of the worst of
the storm. With these worsening conditions, I just sent her a text asking if
they still thought it wise to even try and come as the Weather Office is
calling for “hazardous driving”.
If they do come, they will be staying here
and will stay over until Sunday as we also have our thrice-yearly Praise &
Thanksgiving Gathering scheduled to take place at St. Peter’s Church on Sunday
afternoon.
All of this upset ends off quite a
turbulent week as Jillian packed up her room in my house and we tried to carve
out a few special “good-bye” times to share. We had lunch AND dinner together
on Wednesday and watched some videos together then her sister Janice (who
arrived from Toronto Wednesday evening) came yesterday to help transport all
Jillian’s belongings to the apartment she and Victor have rented just two
blocks away from my house!
So suddenly it is pretty quiet around here
in the lull before the (literal and figurative 😊
!!) storm.
Last evening Jessica came for dinner and to
flesh out details of the Day Camps portion of Sunday’s Gathering as Day Camps
and both Junior and Senior Youth Camps are each contributing a section of the
Service and Jessica, as a valued Committee Member, will be giving a report on
the plans for our 2018 Program “One of Us”.
Somehow in the coming 2 days I shall also
need to complete preparations for our January Committee Meeting, taking place
on Monday. AGH!!! Right now I’m off to pump up air mattresses and make the extra beds kinase the Huyers get here tonight and  then t
his afternoon I plan to make a HUGE pot of
a very special Chicken Noodle Soup. 
IF the Huyers do come for the
wedding and IF Victoria and Timothy are able to drive out to the far
eastern part of the city where the reception is to be held, then I shall be
feeding dinner to the 3 boys and there is nothing like chicken noodle soup as
the quintessential winter comfort food. I divided up the work by cooking the
chicken, taking it off the bones and straining the broth yesterday so today it
will be all about cutting up all the vegetables and assembling the soup,
although I shan’t add the noodles until I heat it up for dinner tomorrow as
they get squishy if they are reheated.
If you are stuck inside during some nasty
winter weather maybe you would like to make a batch too 
😊 Remember-don’t add the pasta until you are just bout ready
to eat it!
Hearty
Chicken Noodle Soup

Broth & Meat Prep: –
1 4 lb. chicken OR 4 lbs. chicken pieces
with the bone in
1 whole onion, peeled
1 carrot, peeled
1 stalk celery
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
 Place all of the above ingredients in a
large stockpot with approx. 12 cups of water. Bring to the boil and then simmer
for 1 ½ -2 hours or until the chicken is falling off the bones. Strain the
broth into a very large bowl, place the chicken in a separate dish to cool and
discard the vegetables (unless you have a large dog sitting next to you who
will very happily eat them
J).
Refrigerate the broth and once the chicken
is cool enough to handle remove and discard the skin and bones and refrigerate
the cooked meat.
Next day: –
 4 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
4 parsnips, peeled and thinly sliced
3 stalks of celery, sliced
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
12 oz. egg noodles (I like to use Farfalle)
Remove the broth from the fridge and skim
off any excess fat that has solidified on the surface. Tear the cooked chicken
into bite-sized pieces and set aside.
In a large soup pot melt the butter and
sauté the onion for about 5 minutes, until translucent. Add the reserved broth
and bring to a simmer. Add the carrots, celery and parsnips and simmer for 10minutes
then add the chicken.
If you intend to freeze all or part of the
soup now is the time to remove it from the heat and divide it.
When you are ready to eat it, bring it back
to a steady simmer, add all or part of the pasta and simmer until the pasta is
al dente.

Sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve
with a crusty loaf or baking powder biscuits. Yum.