This morning after the girls were off to school, I added another canning jar of water and doubled the rosemary, thyme, and sage and added a dash of salt and pepper. I scooped the bones out with the slotted spoon and set them aside to cool. I cut up our last good onion, four or five small cloves of garlic, and the rest of our potatoes (the little red ones, quartered), and left it to slowly simmer away for the rest of the day.
Shortly before dinner time I added a half a stick of butter and some powdered milk and again left it to simmer.
It smelled absolutely delicious and kept my mouth watering all day in anticipation of dinner time.
We had a late dinner, and all of the onions had pretty much absorbed into the soup. The only complaint was the lack of meat. The ham bone was fairly sparse and I did not add any additional meat, but it tasted great anyway and filled our bellies.
Oh, and those cooled cooked bones I set aside? They make fantastic treats for Aspie. Because they cooked so long they break apart like a dry biscuit so he won't choke on any of the smaller pieces, and none are sharp. Please note ham is high in salt which can lead to health problems like pancreatitis, so only give these sparingly! Also note that I took the ham bones out before I added the onions to the soup as onions are not good for dogs.
**My apologies for the lack of measurements for this recipe. I eye-balled it.