I think Ryan may have preferred tonight’s version of leftover turkey even more than Thanksgiving dinner. Served with a side of green beans, because oy my heart after latkes and rugelach and stuffing and pie.
Leftover Thanksgiving Pho
Cover turkey bones in a large stock pot with water
Add 1/2 an onion, a couple of inches of ginger chopped coarsely, some star anise, a cinnamon stick, fennel, cardamom and black peppercorns
Simmer for a few hours, skimming impurities here and there
Strain and discard solids
Just before serving, add rice noodles and cook for a couple of minutes, add shredded turkey to warm
I serve mine with basil, lots of sprouts, a little hoisin and chili sauce
This picture doesn’t do it justice, but Evan has this new, wide-open smile that just slays me. It’s the cutest thing ever. He’s so much fun right now. Interests include making noises in any way possible (for example, knocking his finger nails against my teeth, grinding his teeth, sucking in air quickly), his big brother, and whatever you’re holding that really belongs in his mouth right this minute. Plus, after the stomach flu he spent about a week waking up at night to eat and it was exhausting, but we’re back to normal! About 5 hours of naps a day plus a solid 11 1/2 at night makes for happy parents.
Sweet Ryan is missing his life as a single child. He acted out a couple of times this weekend and asked that we leave Evan with Steve as he and I were getting ready to go to a play date. He’s not taken it out on Evan in any way, but he said that things have “changed” and he sometimes misses when it was just him. If anything, the most surprising thing about this is that it took him nearly 9 months to feel this way.
Despite some bad behavior I let him stay up a little late tonight to play and for extra snuggles. I feel spread thin and worry that he (and Steve?) get the short end of the stick.
My heart aches tonight, Ryan’s preschool teacher and her family are experiencing unimaginable pain. Their baby girl stopped breathing amidst seizures last week and is still in a coma with severe brain damage. She was born very early, but over the past many months was doing wonderfully. She caught a typically harmless virus which had dire affects due to her being a preemie.
I gave my babies extra snuggles tonight and felt extra grateful for today.