Why You Should Say Yes to a Meal Offer
My kids recently came down with colds (aches, sore throats and lots of tissues). My mom offered to bring us a pot of soup and I felt myself hesitate to say yes. I'm not sure why it's difficult for me to say yes to a meal when someone offers (even with it being my mom). Perhaps I don't want to cause extra work for someone else. Perhaps I'm not quite at the point where I feel I can't handle the situation. The older I get, the more I realize what a blessing it is for a meal coordinator to set up a meal schedule or for a meal provider to deliver a meal. In the end, I was relieved to have the extra support and I thanked myself for saying yes!
Do you struggle to accept help from others when a friend or loved one offers? Instead, turn those feelings around and let yourself say "ok." Doing so not only strengthens relationships, but it opens a door to true community and friendship. We share a lot about taking meals at Take Them A Meal, but what a joy it is to be on the receiving end too!
I'm so glad I took my own advice and told my mom I'd love a pot of soup when she offered to bring us some. There was no need to search the pantry or make an extra trip to the grocery store when I was feeling run down from taking care of sick children. I was able to serve a bowl of my mom's onion soup as soon as it was dropped off. I made sure I poured myself a cup and was so thankful as I sipped it!
Here's how my mom makes the DELICIOUS onion soup she brought us:
- 1 quart beef or chicken broth
- 3-4 large white onions, peeled and sliced
- 2 quarts of water
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- Simmer until onions are soft and broth has taken a caramel color. Mix one tablespoon of cornstarch with 1/4 cup of water until smooth and stir into soup to thicken broth. (If using a crockpot, set up in the morning and cook on low for 8 hours to enjoy later).
- Season with salt to taste.
I'm so glad I told my mom yes to her soup. It was rejuvenating seeing her and I felt it gave me the necessary strength to finish out our day at home, caring for all my kiddos.
Do you have a simple warming recipe you love during times of illness? I hope if you're like me, the next time someone offers to help you in any way you will gladly accept!
*Healing Tip* Freeze some of the soup broth in ice cube trays and thaw as needed anytime you need extra support. This could also be a wonderful way to give broth to a friend if the need arises and they could store in their freezer.
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