I don’t even know where to start. Last week ended on such a sorrowful note for all American citizens. Tragedy is upon us once again and I can’t make heads or tails out of it all. My heart and my head hurts for the families that had their babies and loved ones brutally taken from them. And for what? I’ve realized that I (along with many other parents) have had a false sense of security with the one place I didn’t think I had to worry about…my children’s elementary school. Feelings of safety and security have been permanently altered for me as well as for most families. This pointless tragedy in Connecticut has slowed me down to a crawl and has upset my equilibrium balance in life. How and why would anyone be so disconnected to others to commit such an act of violence? Who are we and what the hell do we stand for? And what is happening to our youth that makes them feel they have no way to get help but to act out with violence to gain some attention to themselves. I’m afraid, very afraid!
So like most parents I held my kids close and slowed time down. We spent the weekend just chilling at home appreciating each other. Good quality family time together as simple as that with no need (or desire) to rush out and do anything! Just be with my family and be so thankful to do just that.
My daughter Aliayah has been begging for me to make “Snowman Soup” for her and her brother Tyler. I’ve been a little resistant because of all the sugar but instantly gave in to her request this weekend and made them “Snowman Soup.” Just watching them enjoy every sip, lick and bite of it all made me happy!
Staying strong during these tragic times is sometimes all we can do…
Ali in the Valley
Photo by: Ali
Easy Snowman Soup Recipe:
1 package hot chocolate mix 10 mini marshmallows 1 square chopped milk chocolate for sprinkling 1 peppermint candy cane or cinnamon stick (optional) Whipped cream to serve
If you are making this for yourself, you will need to dissolve the hot chocolate mix in boiling water. Add the marshmallows and whipped cream. Sprinkle the chocolate on top and add the peppermint candy cane or cinnamon stick. If you are making this as a gift for someone else, put the hot chocolate mix, marshmallows and chopped chocolate square in a plastic bag or cellophane package. Put this package inside a mug. Tape the candy cane or cinnamon stick to the outside and add a Snowman Soup poem.
Snowman Soup is a fun gift featuring a cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallows and other treats inside (the snowman pieces you’ll be melting in your “soup”) and a special poem to make it more fun. Making Snowman Soup doesn’t require any great culinary skill and is a fun and easy gift for Christmas or other winter celebrations. Here’s the Snowman Soup recipe and poem(s) that you can attach to the gift mug.
Snowman Soup Poem #1 When the weather outside is frightful, Snowman Soup can be delightful. May it warm your spirit and your soul. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
When you feel a chill or are saying “brrr,” Use the candy cane stick to stir. Add hot water and sip it slow. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!
Snowman Soup Poem #2 Was told that you’ve been good this year – Always glad to hear it! With freezing weather drawing near, You’ll need to warm the spirit.
So here’s a little Snowman Soup, Complete with stirring stick. Just add hot water, sip it slow. It’s sure to do the trick!