#13 Getting Ready for Baby

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

#13 Getting Ready for Baby

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

Everybody at Home Again is getting ready for Baby Lewella’s imminent arrival. Below you’ll find links to products and establishments that have made getting ready for baby easier. Let’s start with the Pumpkin Patch book and toy store where Grammy Jo found rhythm instruments she and Tad will use to march around the house singing Jingle Bells until the snow melts.

Other businesses and stores mentioned in today’s podcast:

Once again, we’d love it if you would share your gluten-free and soy-free healthy snack recipes we can make ahead and freeze for Tad. You can scroll down and click on the “Contact Us” link to share them or send an email to homeagainpodcast@gmail.com any time you like.

Slow Cooker Chicken Thai Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Thai Soup

Our family loves Thai soup. So I’m always on the look out for recipes that taste like what I’ve been served at good Thai restaurants. In September, I found and tucked away a slow cooker chicken Thai soup recipe until December and winter arrived. It was an immediate hit for several reasons. First, because of the slow cooker, it was fairly easy to put together. Second, it is gluten, dairy, and soy-free so it required no modifications for our dietary needs. Third, it tasted delicious and received the coveted Hiram seal of approval. And fourth, it can be easily doubled or even tripled to create freezer meal.

My version of the recipe (which I couldn’t find on Parade’s Community Table recipe page) is slightly easier than the original and uses easier-to-find ingredients. Also, I through rice noodles into the mix to make the soup a hearty and complete meal.

Slow Cooker Chicken Thai Soup

2 lemons, zested
3 cups chicken or turkey broth
1/4 cup fish sauce (can use soy sauce)
1 (2 inch) piece ginger, peeled and grated
6 strips lime zest
1 thinly sliced shallot or 2 thinly sliced green onion
1/4 cup red curry paste
1 1/2 pounds chicken hindquarters
4 ounces mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1 finely chopped large carrot
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 (16 ounce) package of Thai rice noodles
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons chopped, fresh basil
1 thinly sliced green onion
1 red, yellow, or orange sweet pepper, thinly sliced

Preheat the slow cooker. Place lemon zest, broth, fish sauce (or soy sauce), ginger, lime zest, shallot or green onion, chicken hindquarters, and mushrooms in cooker. Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or on low for 5 hours.

Remove chicken from cooker and cool before picking meat off the bones. Then put it back in the cooker.*

Add coconut milk, chopped carrot, and red curry paste. Cook on high for 30 minutes longer or for 1 hour on low.

20 minutes before serving, prepare the Thai noodles according to package directions. Place them in a large bowl.

Right before serving, stir in lime juice, cilantro, basil, and green onion.

To serve, place rice noodles in the bottom of each soup bowl. Then ladle soup onto the noodles. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced green onions, along with the sweet pepper slices and add some red pepper flakes for heat if that’s your jam.

*If making freezer meals, allow this mixture to cool and place in labeled gallon zipper bags. Proceed with the rest of the recipe when you serve the freezer meal.

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#12 The Long Winter Begins

#12 The Long Winter Begins

#12 The Long Winter Begins

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

This episode is named after Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book The Long Winter. We highly recommend the entire series for reading aloud to kids, though winter is not the time to read The Long Winter. Save it for when the weather improves.

Anne also mentioned The Enchanted Chronicles, Dealing with Dragons series as a good winter read aloud.

Jolene and Anne recommend these products for combatting depression when the long winter begins:

Finally, here’s a list of DVDs that make us happy in winter:

  • Parks and Recreation
  • 30 Rock
  • Longmire (rather dark)
  • Gilmore Girls
  • Parenthood (Anne thinks this one is too emotional)
  • Psych
  • Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
  • Father Brown
  • Pushing Daisies
  • The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  • The Dick Van Dyke Show

#11 Combining Christmas

#11 Combining Christmas

#11 Combining Christmas

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

We promised links to many of the products, recipes, and crafts mentioned in the Combining Christmas podcast. Let’s start with crafts. First up, is the paper cup/jingle bell ornament that is Tad’s favorite. All you need is a small red or green paper cup, a jingle bell, curling ribbon and a pair of scissors. The pictures below show what to do.

Check out links to some other fun and simple craft links:

Next up, links to recipes that will part of our Christmas celebration:

And finally, here are links to some of the products we mentioned:

Anne’s favorite Christmas CD: John Denver & the Muppets–A Christmas Together
Anne’s favorite version of Dicken’s Christmas Carol: The Muppet Christmas Carol
Our favorite family game: Carcassonne Basic Board Game

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

#10 A Closer Look at Boundaries

by Jolene Philo & Anne Fleck | Home Again

These pictures show favorite Christmas memories Jolene and Anne shared at the beginning of this podcast.

L: Jolene (in fur stole) playing wedding dress up with cousins.

R: Anne and her cousins searching for the American Girl dolls hidden by Uncle John.

Healthy Boundary Resources mentioned in Home Again Podcast #10:

The Four Kinds of Boundaries & How to Build Them at the Psych Central website.

Boundaries Updated and Expanded Edition: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life by  Henry Cloud.