Two Sunday’s ago (I’m still so behind on blogging!) was a full day of happiness.
I started the day by making an easy but insanely delicious chicken soup in the crockpot.
I found whole organic local chickens on sale at the grocery store, so I scooped up a big one without even thinking about what I would do with it.
It didn’t take me long to come up with a great use for the whole chicken: I could cook it in the crockpot and then make a big batch of soup to last for the entire week.
To start, I cut up onions, carrots, celery, and garlic, and put them along the bottom of the crockpot. I placed the chicken on top of the veggies and covered it with salt and pepper. Then I turned the crockpot on high and went about my day for about 4 hours.
Once the chicken was cooked through, I lifted the bird out of the crockpot and pulled off all the meat. The chicken meat literally fell off the bones so it was really easy to separate it all. I put the bones back into the crockpot with the veggies and left the chicken meat in its separate container.
Then, I covered the bones and veggies with water and let it go on high for another 2-3 hours.
When the broth was done cooking, I strained out the old veggies and put the broth back into the crockpot. Then I added all the chicken meat again, plus a big back of organic frozen veggies- peas, carrots, and corn. I salted and peppered the soup thoroughly and let it cook for another few hours. When it was all done, it was the most flavorful, comforting soup I’ve had in a long time! After refrigerating it, the broth all gelled together so I know it’s good stuff- when your broth turns to gel in the fridge it’s full of collagen and other good-for-you things. That’s my technical and scientific explanation. Got it?
I was on call on Sunday, so I had to go in and see a few patients in the mid-morning. It was a beautiful but chilly day. Even if it’s cold, as long as the sun is shining for me, I’m a happy girl.
After seeing my patients, I said a prayer to the call-Gods to keep my pager quiet for a few hours. I had a baby shower to attend! My co-resident Margaret is due in just a few weeks, so our chief resident Saranya hosted a baby shower for her.
We spent the afternoon decorating onesies and headbands, playing “The Price Is Right” with baby items (no idea what baby things cost!) and eating yummy food.
I was so happy to spend time with the girls and celebrate Margaret. Lots of love that afternoon! I can’t believe she is going to have a baby in the middle of first year of ophtho residency- she is superwoman! For the 6 weeks that she takes maternity leave, the three other first years (myself included) will be in charge of all of call. Since she’s missing 6 weeks of call, she front-loaded all of it and made it up BEFORE hand. So basically, she is on call twice as much as all of us AND she’s pregnant- amazing right!?!?!
Hope your week is going well! It’s Wednesday!!