I spoke too soon about the check engine lights.
Last night, on the way home from daughter's Kung Fu class, the check engine light in my car came on. Again. I pulled into AutoZone, had them run the codes, and proceeded to buy an $80 mass airflow sensor. Early this morning, I drove said car and sensor to the mechanic's. They fixed it, cleared the codes and sent me on my way.
I made it about a mile before the check engine light came back on.
This time, the codes were reading bank 1&2 o2 sensors lean. I happen to know for a fact those sensors are good...which means the lean reading is probably from a faulty fuel pump.
(((This is me beating my head against the wall in time to Adam Sandler's "Ode to My Car".)))
The fuel pump costs $400. It is Christmas time. We be broke. The fuel pump is just gonna have to wait until January. For the foreseeable future, I am car-less.
To take my mind off of our car/money/holiday predicament, I decided to go home and cook. So for today's post, here is my recipe for Turkey (or Chicken) Noodle Soup.
TURKEY (or Chicken) NOODLE SOUP
1 Turkey (or chicken) carcass
1 onion, quartered
3-4 carrots, peeled, cut in 2" pieces
1/4 celery seed or 2 stalks of celery, cut in 2" pieces
1 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 TBSP salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 gallon water
Combine all ingredients in large soup pot. Simmer for 1-2 hours until any meat falls off the bones. Cool.
Strain the broth. Separate meat from the bones. Discard bones and veggies. Add meat to broth and bring back to a simmer. Add:
1 carrot, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
Cook until veggies are soft. Add:
1 bag egg noodles.
Cook until noodles are soft.
Eat with crackers in front of a cheery fire and forget your (car) problems.