Ever since I read Lois Ehlert's book Growing Vegetable Soup to the boys about a year ago, I've wanted to make this recipe with them. Yesterday I finally got around to doing it. The boys helped me gather the ingredients (not from our garden, but from farmers market), wash them, cut them, and cook them. I even made homemade bread to go with the soup, because I think (and I know Mark agrees) that the only thing better than homemade soup is homemade crusty bread to go with it. It was a lot of fun making dinner with the boys and being able to focus on them more than the dinner, since this was an activity aimed at them. Often, I'm so focused on getting dinner ready that I don't have much patience for their "help".
I love the faces these boys made when trying so hard to cut their veggies...
...and then we cooked them into vegetable soup!
Unfortunately, the boys did not think it was "the best soup ever". In fact, they barely ate two bites before asking ever so politely, "May I be excused, please?" Oh well. More for me. My hope is that they enjoyed the experience of making the soup together, even if they didn't enjoy the soup itself.