Crock Pot Soup or Clean out the Fridge and Freezer

May 20, 2010

I love a good crock pot soup recipe. Last night, I had already decided to have breakfast for supper, but I knew I’d need something for lunch today, and breakfast for supper leaves no leftovers. Well, the way I cook it doesn’t. So after I enjoyed my (locally bought, organic!) scrambled eggs and whole wheat toast covered in homemade blueberry preserves, I started thinking about what I could use to make soup.

In the fridge I had some still firm but on its way out celery and carrots. I found a freezer bag with about a cup of frozen chicken and conveniently labeled ‘chicken for soup’. I had brown rice and lentils, both of which I love in soup. In the cabinet, I had string beans and diced tomatoes.


Here’s how it came together:

2 1/2 to 3 cups diced celery
1 cup diced carrots
2/3 cup lentils
1/3 cup brown rice
1 cup frozen chunk chicken (I boiled a chicken a while ago and pulled off all the meat. This is what was left that I didn’t need back then)
1 can green beans, rinsed and drained
1 can diced tomatoes, rinsed and drained
1 T Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
Salt to taste

Put everything in a crock pot and cover with water. Cook on low 8-9 hours. This morning, I had soup ready to go for today’s lunch. I have many servings left, for a healthy, almost meat free meal. You could easily leave the chicken out, change up the vegetables, and adjust the seasonings to what you like best. What I liked best about this soup is that I used up the celery and carrots and they didn’t ruin in the crisper drawer. I think this soup would be good with black beans, but I put black beans in almost everything, so I decided to leave them out this time.

What’s your favorite crock pot soup recipe?


Vintage Embroidery Owl

May 18, 2010

I took up embroidery as a hobby and I love it. Recently,  I completed a project I’m really enjoyed working on.  This is a vintage owl. I got the pattern from Stitchy Britches.

Owl on a branch

I used a blue cotton/poly blend fabric. This actually used to be a shirt of my dads. His company merged and the logo changed so he can not wear any of his old shirts. My mom was gonna toss them but as a true greenie, I said “No! I can cut them up and use them!”

So, this part became the foundation for my owl. I really like owls.  This owl uses back stitch, stem stitch, split stitch, detached chain stitch, and satin stitch. I used six strands for everything, because I really like a heavy look.

Close up of a flower

The other big flower

Close up the owl belly

I used variegated thread on the owl belly designs and the feathers.  This was a fun project.  I framed this one and hung it up when I finished.


Sharing the awesome

April 16, 2010

I wanted to share a great tutorial I just read from Just Something I Made.  Cathe took a vintage book and used it to make a cover for her planner.  The instructions are easy to follow and the pictures really illustrate her directions. Check it out.

Vintage book planner tutorial

I love blank journals, and planners, and diaries. I cannot wait to try this project for myself. Which I will do as soon as I find a vintage book I don’t mind cutting up. 🙂


Composed on the phone

April 2, 2010

I just got WordPress on my Blackberry. This post is mostly a test to see if what I write shows up on the blog. I live in a rural area and my only options thus far for internet have been dial-up or mega expensive satellite connection. I work at a university and after have a great connection all day, coming home to dial-up was mega frustrating so I canceled that service over a year ago. I have been saving up for satellite service and while I can afford the set up (finally) the monthly fee is still beyond my budget. So, if I can update this blog using my phone… Well, I see a lot more posts in my future. Here’s hoping.


A wine cork bathmat

March 25, 2010

Look what I saw today! A DIY wine cork bath mat.  This looks like a fun project and a great addition to the bathroom when you’re tired of your current bath mat or rug.

Happy Crafting!


Charles Moore on the David Letterman show

March 17, 2010

Beth Terry of Fake Plastic Fish has a great post about Charles Moore on David Letterman. I found it interesting and wanted to share it all with you. Click the link and check it out.



Tree Music

July 17, 2009

When I first saw this, I was amazed.  The most amazing thing to me though, is how strongly memories of my childhood came flooding back to a climbing tree I spent hours in growing up. It was a huge mimosa, one of those ancient ones with five branching trunks, and limbs that went up and up. My sister and I used to climb that tree up to the skinny branches where they held us only because my sister and I were lightweight kids with great balance.

I remember one brach grew up, then out, almost straight. It forked, and we could hang upside down from that fork, with only our legs keeping us from falling on our heads. I loved that branch most, among all the branches of the tree. There were parts of the tree where the bark was rubbed smooth from our climbing hands and feet. We were called monkeys, and when our cousins came over, the tree was full of monkeys.

Amazing how one video can spark decades old memories, in moments.

Diego Stocco – Music From A Tree from Diego Stocco on Vimeo.