Fast forward a few years and now I have my own little family, just Tom and I, but I still wanted to share this tradition. But we didn't have our own Thanksgiving, so there were no turkey leftovers to use. Fortunately, Costco has those awesome rotisserie chickens for just $5, so that put us in business.
I texted my mom to ask for the recipe of the soup, but the response I got was, "Sorry, I don't have a recipe, but you can call and I'll tell you what I do."
So I called, and found out that homemade soup from scratch was going to be a lot easier than I anticipated! All I had to do was basically boil the chicken carcass and make the noodles--who knew! My mom did :)
I'm so grateful to have a mom that passed down such fun traditions and a love for homemaking, and Tom sure appreciates it too!