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Friday, December 11, 2009

Suncatcher Tissue Leaves

I made these "leaves" for window hanging with my son's 1st grade class.   I'm thinking I'll make similar ones in ornament shapes for Christmas.  They are super simple to make.  Just place cut up tissue paper on one half of a sheet of clear contact paper (sticky side) and fold over the other half.  I used a mixture of regular tissue paper and shiny celophane.  Cut out the shape.  Punch a hole and add string!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Like Mother Like Daughter

I walked in my studio workspace yesterday and found my 3 year old playing "artist."  My first instinct was to panic thinking she had actually opened my paints and was painting on something.  Once I got over that I was so proud (hehe).  I guess it's true what they say "like Mother like Daughter."

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Good Ole' Chicken Soup

I've been making different variations of this chicken soup for years.  I made this one a few days ago when we had a little blast of "cool" weather (below 70 is cool down here).  So yummy.
Saute a stalk of celery, 1 carrot, and 1/2 onion (because that's all I had), and about 1 cup of chopped flat leaf (Italian) parsley in olive oil.  I pulled this parsley from my garden but you can certainly use dried.  If using dried, put in about 2 tablespoons.   Sprinkle with salt, pepper and McCormick All Purpose Seasoning.  (This is my secret weapon.  I use it on everything.)

Three chicken breasts (bone-in gives the best flavor but use whatever you have), salted and seasoned with the All Purpose Seasoning.  Brown the chicken breasts with the celery, carrot and onion.  Add 2 boxes (32 0z. each) of chicken broth.  I favor Pacific brand but use what you like.  Bring it to a boil then reduce heat and cook on medium-ish until the chicken pulls off the bone easily.  I usually cook mine for 1 1/2 hours or so.  Oh, and add some more of that seasoning (yes really) and any more salt and pepper if necessary.  Your house will be smelling really good at this  point.

I don't have pictues of the next step, but pour the whole pot through a colander sitting over a large bowl or pitcher and strain the stock.  Pour the stock back into the pan and bring to a boil.  Add chopped carrots and let them cook for about 15 minutes.  Then add half a bag of egg noodles - a cup of rice works well too.  If you need to, add a little more liquid.  Either more broth or some water. 

Boil the noodles until they are tender then reduce heat to simmer.   Add in the chicken (that you strained out earlier) pulled apart into bite size pieces.   Eat and Enjoy!  This is a basic recipe and I've mixed it up with things like canned tomatoes, hot sauce, vegetables for stew, and creole vegetables. 

Chest with red flowers-Homegoods

I saw this painted chest at Homegoods - love that store.  I took some pictures thinking I would paint my old  oak chest- of- drawers with a similar pattern to put in my entryway.   In a perfect world I would set aside an entire day of sanding, priming, and painting with all my furniture projects neatly organized on dropcloths in my backyard.   In reality I usually have a piece of furniture sitting in the yard half-painted for several days because I've run out of cans of spray paint and can't get to the store to buy more. 
 Oh well, it gets done eventually.