Tonight it was a busy evening and so we ate the Beef and Vegetable Stew that I made the previous week. With the barley and all of the vegetables (fennel, carrot, potato, and more), it made a lot of soup. But that came in handy tonight when Paula had to work all day and I had to stay late for a parent conference. I have written before about the value of leftovers. This is just one more example of why it can be a great idea to make a bit extra of some dishes like soups and then save them for the following week when you know that the day is going to be busy and leave you with little time to do any cooking! If you want to learn more about the recipe, go check out my blog post from September 24th.

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