Archive for May, 2010

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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.

Lentils

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?

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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.