I was so excited it was fall … time to go apple picking, and pumpkin picking, and nature hiking, and all the fun things to do outside when the cooler weather hits. And then the rain came. I can’t imagine what Noah must have felt like when it rained for 40 days … it’s only been 4 days of rain here and our whole crew is going stir crazy. Rainy days ruin my house … and my attitude. After a pretty testy day yesterday, I woke up this morning and prayed a prayer of gratitude for a new day. I prayed for patience, for creativity, and for more patience.
One of our favorite rainy day activities is reading. Both of my girls love books, and they could sit and listen to stories for hours. Lately I’ve been trying to find activities that go with some of our favorite picture books. We read a story and then act it out in some shape or form. It’s something my mom, aunt, and grandma always did with me growing up, and it has been a fun thing to do now with my own girls. Last week, we used Ten Apples Up on Top as our inspiration. Today’s storybook adventure: Stone Soup.
First, we gathered some stones from our yard.
Next, we scrubbed them really good – because you don’t want rain and dirt in your soup.
Then, we gathered our ingredients and began reading the book.
As the story went on, we tossed in vegetables & spices just the way the townspeople did in the story.
And finally, we added the chicken and turned the crockpot on high.
The whole family is excited to taste our Stone Soup for dinner.
I used this recipe as inspiration. We altered it a bit, using chicken broth instead of water, dry thyme, half an onion instead of a whole, added mushrooms instead of zucchini or beans, and used only 2 stalks of celery.