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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.


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?


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.


To Cut or not to Cut

July 10, 2009

I have a fairly big lawn. I say lawn, but really it’s more of a pasture that I cut with a lawnmower. Do not picture uniform green grass, weed free when you think of my lawn. No, my lawn is full of byhalia grass, the kind grown for cows. I have plenty of wild green onions, thorns, thistles, baby trees, and baby privet hedges shoots coming up in my lawn. Part of the reason is I have never tried to kill all that stuff and grow only grass. I have never seeded or put down turf. I have never fertalized my lawn.



What I have done is cut it when most of the grass is over mid calf. Yes really. Byhalia grass is the kind that grows very tall, and splits into a ‘Y’ at the top. It grows faster than everything else and from one week to the next, it can grow knee high, if there is enough water. That’s something else I have never done, water the grass. I figure, if it dries up and dies, less for me to cut.

We got some rain last week (after a month of nothing) and now the grass is growing. I would love to cut it with a reel mower, but as I said, it’s a big lawn and I can’t see me chopping down a thistle with a pushmower. A reel mower would be quieter, more of a workout for me, and certainly easier on the land. However, I don’t want to spend all day on the lawn, so I think my riding mower will be what I choose one more time. Plus, the riding mower is paid for, and I would have to purchase a reel mower if I wanted to use one.

Back yard

Back yard

I have decided to let some of the back yard go back to full pasture though. See where those three trees are, the evergreen and the oak and whatever that other tree is? I used to cut behind them, but now, I’m just going to cut in front. That still leaves me plenty of space to have a yard. It’s hard to tell, but this is standing on my back porch and looking out. See how there is a line with high grass and such, then my yard? That higher part gets cut with a bushhog about once a year. So, now everything behind my trees will match that.

If you have a largish yard, how do you decide what to cut and what to just ignore? I heard someone say the other day, if you are keeping your yard up just because you think you are expected to, but you don’t enjoy it, then stop. I think that’s a very freeing idea. I don’t ‘play’ in my yard. No outdoor games, no running in the grass. No one can see my yard, or my house from the road. The state of my yard has no impact on my neighbors house values, so, I am tempted to completely stop. What would it look like if I never mowed it again?

If you felt you could stop mowing completely, would you?


A talk about mushrooms

July 9, 2009

I saw this a month or so ago and I found it to be amazing. I have always liked mushrooms and fungi and I remember enjoying when we talked about them in school. There is so much more to them than I ever realized. I just enjoyed this video so much and I had to share.

From the TED site: Entrepreneurial mycologist Paul Stamets seeks to rescue the study of mushrooms from forest gourmets and psychedelic warlords. The focus of Stamets’ research is the Northwest’s native fungal genome, mycelium, but along the way he has filed 22 patents for mushroom-related technologies, including pesticidal fungi that trick insects into eating them, and mushrooms that can break down the neurotoxins used in nerve gas.

Check out his video


The food we eat and how we eat it.

July 9, 2009

Saw a link to an interesting article talking about how we eat, and how that’s changing. The trend is still toward food that is fast and easy, but we are moving to healthier choices. Food Trends

A blog I follow frequently is all about Wasted Food and how people, universities, grocery stores, and businesses are trying to cut down on their food waste. Wasted Food

If you have not seen the trailer to this new movie about food yet, check it out. Food, Inc.