Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Homemade Chicken Soup

My Mom was a terrible cook. But one of the few rare things she made that I loved was her chicken soup. You might wonder why I would make a post about making homemade chicken soup when there is a zillion recipes and how to on the Internet. I am writing this because I recently saw a post on Facebook where the gal was so proud that she was making "homemade chicken soup" and show a picture of Swanson's chicken broth and she added chopped celery and carrots. Cal me a snob, but you need a chicken to make chicken soup.
So here's mine.
Start with a large pot, filled with filtered or bottled water.

To it, add a ....what else ...chicken

Be sure to rinse off the chicken and remove that bag of yuk from the cavity.
Then add chopped celery, onions, garlic, carrots, tomatos and parsley.

I bring the whole mess to a boil and let it simmer for 2 - 4 hours (depending on what else I might be doing. And this is where I differ from Mom and everyone else. I strain all the liquid out and cool off the chicken (which is falling apart at this point) and let it all cool off. I put the cleaned off pieces of chicken and some of the vegetable in a blender. I try hard to make it a crumbly consistency but usually I go to far and it ends up a paste. Dump it all back in the broth and stir, smashing the clumps against the side of the pot.
I freeze it in Food Saver bags, just enough for 2 servings. (I usually get about 6 packages). Its easy enough to put the frozen broth in a pot while I make some small pasta, noodles or rice to add to it.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


I have been collecting Boxtops for Education and Labels for Education since my grandchildren were in grammar school. One is now in middle school and the other is in high school but I still cut the labels out and save them. I need someone to give them to, is it you? The first person to send me an email requesting them is it.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

It was a good idea at the time

I've have been looking for a good set of numbers that I could use for a quilt, for a long time. I was so thrilled when I found these,  that I started making quilt blocks right away. My idea was to show a few numbers in various colors and fabric styles and let the buyers tell me what numbers they want, in what color and what style. They are 6 inch blocks and I would sell them for $1. each. They would be great for a baby's quilt, or an anniversary quilt, a graduation quilt or any special occasion you might be commemorating.  But then it occurred to me that I would have to pay 20 cents for each individual number. Oh no, no, no, that's not going to work.

I'm still trying to figure out how to promote/sell these numbers in Batiks, 1930's repro or conversational brights and in different colors. Does anyone have any suggestions for me?

Wednesday, September 7, 2016


The 12th annual Disney family vacation at the Grand Floridian Resort, thank you Disney Vacation Club.

Friday, August 5, 2016

Party Dresses

I have made many of these in the past, I had called them Dolly Dresses. But I wasn't really happy with the pattern so I redesigned it, streamlined it, if you will and now call them Party Dresses.

I had an idea to make them using holiday prints, 9 all together in Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines, St. Patrick's, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween and rounding out the 9 with an autumn and summer print. I don't know if this I a good idea or bad, so I will await any comment on the topic.