A Christmas Story Sunday Sermon: Turkey Soup

It wouldn't be Christmas at our house without watching the classic movie "The Christmas Story." Since we are originally from a small town in Indiana, the movie's setting is so nostalgic for me. The scenes at the school are especially enjoyable since my elementary school looked exactly like one in the movie.

Around Thanksgiving, frozen turkeys went on sale for 38 cents a pound. I couldn't resist buying a few. You cannot beat a 14 pound turkey for $6 bucks! That is dinner and then some around here. Yesterday, I slow cooked the turkey. It fit perfectly in my Kitchen Aid 8 quart slow cooker. I placed the bird in the slow cooker, put on the cover and set the dial on low for the entire day. Unlike a roasted bird, it didn't have the browned crisp skin, but the meat was tender, juicy and flavorful.

Last night we ate turkey with all the traditional fixings: mashed potatoes, gravy, stove top stuffing, fresh green beans or peas, and cranberry sauce. My 8 year old Sarah will not eat turkey without a huge glob of cranberry sauce on it!

We were looking forward to a leftover schedule that usually goes something like this: (1) leftover turkey and leftover sides on the second day and night, followed by (2) homemade turkey soup on the third day and night. I place the picked over carcass in a large pot of water and make homemade turkey broth. I usually let this simmer on the stove top for several hours. Then, I let it cool in the garage overnight, aka our "spare fridge."

My hubby Evan's favorite meal is the turkey soup I make from this broth. On the third day, I remove the bones from the cooled broth and scrape off the excess fat. I place the large pot of broth on the stove and add chopped onion, celery, potatoes, sweet potatoes, lots and lots of carrots, a little chicken or turkey, and frozen egg noodles, and season with salt and pepper. Evan could eat this for dinner every night if he could. Simply said, it is delicious. Nothing fancy. I'll serve up a bowl of this soup with a slice of fresh baked bread and butter. Not only a lip smacking meal, but pretty economic, too.

Yesterday's slow cooked turkey was partially consumed and today was my day to pick off the rest of the meat and make the broth, right?

WRONG! This afternoon I entered into the garage only to find my plans were abruptly interrupted. I absent mindedly left the garage door open. One word: DOG!

A neighborhood dog came in our garage and swiped our turkey carcass! Oh for the love of turkey soup! There will be no turkey leftovers, no turkey soup, no trace of the wishbone. It is probably stuck in that poor dog's neck. The only thing that remained was a bit of gelatinous goop at the bottom of the pot. The foil that was on top was found in scattered pieces in the middle of the driveway.

I guess we will be getting Chinese Food tomorrow for dinner. FA-RA-RA-Ra-Ra, Ra-Ra-Ra Ra! Merry Christmas!


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