It was an inspiring trip and I'm never ceased to be amazed at what they do there! We toured the research lab and spoke to a doctor who is working on finding links between ALS and childhood cancer using fruit flies! When we asked "why fruit flies?" She said that we share the same basic DNA. Of course, our DNA differed enough though to give us hands and them wings to fly. I feel a little gypped.
It is a truly wonderful place though. Aside from the research being done and the live saving treatments, they work hard to make every child there feel "normal." From the bright colorful murals on the wall, to the "make your cupcake station" in the cafeteria, to holding proms and graduations they treat EVERY need.
From St. Jude I headed home and geared up for the VBSPCA Walk for the Animals where I met "Socks" a 12 year old Pomeranian who was surrendered to the shelter after her elderly owner could no longer care for her. She has been through a lot...including loosing an eye...but she is the sweetest most loving dog! I could have held her all day! Learn more about Sox here
It was an emotionally fulfilling weekend and by Sunday night I was ready to relax and enjoy some comfort food :) That's where this soup came in...Hearty White Bean Vegetable Soup.
Easy to prepare and just what I needed! Here's the recipe