Sunday, January 31, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
I just made some chicken noodle soup and my daughters friend said it was even better than her grandmothers. Don’t you just love sharing some comfort food with your family. Chicken noodle soup reminds me of my Busia’s kitchen in Detroit, Michigan when I was growing up. Almost nothing makes me feel better on a dreary winter day when I’m not feeling well as a bowl of steaming hot chicken soup.
Here’s my recipe…I Hope you’ll enjoy making your family a nice pot of chicken noodle soup soon.
- Whole frying chicken cut-up
- 1 T olive or salad oil
- 1 stalk celery
- 2 medium onions
- 1 bunch carrots (about 4-6)
- 2-3 parsnips
- 2 bay leaves
- Dried parsley flakes
- Salt and Pepper
- Egg Noodles-you can use fine(like the picture) or kluski noodles
Prepare the stock:
In a large stock pot, on medium-high heat, add the oil and chicken. I like to leave the skin on the chicken and brown in slightly-It will add a little more flavor and color to your finished stock. After your chicken is slightly browned, add the tops of your celery stalks-leaves and all! Dice 1 of your onions, add 2-3 chopped carrots, the bay leaves and cover with about 8 cups of water. Cover and let simmer about 1 hour until the chicken is tender . At this point, remove from heat, strain the stock and discard the vegetables. Let the chicken cool and remove the chicken from the bones. If you want to discard the chicken skin-now’s to the time to do it. I personally like the leaving the skin off.
Now for the soup:
In your large stock pot, combine the stock, the chicken you pulled off the bone-chopped into pieces, the remaining carrots, celery, onions and parsnips all chopped coarsely. Add about 1T parsley flakes and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil and simmer about 20 minutes-until the vegetables are tender-but not mushy.
While the soup is simmering-cook the egg noodles according to the package directions.
When the noodle are cooked, add to soup.
Now sit down and enjoy a nice warm bowl of homemade chicken noodle soup!
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
HeartsforHaiti's Shop AnnouncementThis is an Etsy collective of donated items from hundreds of Etsy shops to raise money to rebuild Haiti. 100% of the proceeds from this shop (minus Etsy fees and Paypal fees) go directly to DoctorsWithoutBorders (http://doctorswithoutborders.org ) in bi-monthly increments. This shop has permission to use the DoctorsWithoutBorders name and a separate bank account and Paypal account have been opened to maintain the integrity of this shop. Items have been donated from many individual shops; each shop has included their particulars ( country, shipping time) in each listing. All items include seller-donated free shipping (most worldwide, see individual listing) because the need is SO great, we want you to buy and help support Etsians helping Haiti. The theme for the next few weeks is on heart items but we have more than just that. Please browse our sections to the right and know that your purchase in this shop not only gets you a great Etsy item but it also helps alleviate the needs in Haiti through donations to DoctorsWithoutBorders (MedicinesSansFrontirs ). If you can, donate something. There are links to how to donate at the shop or in the forums. Or, go check out the shop. There are many wonderful items for sale there. I have posted this Tigers Eye Pendant Necklace.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Friday, January 8, 2010
You can use these easy steps to bring another dimension to your wire work.
STEP 1: Hard boil the eggs. The eggs I used here were from my daughters chickens-but any eggs will do. To hard boil the eggs put them in a pan and cover them by an inch with cold water. Bring them to a boil over high heat. Remove the pan from the heat, cover and let the eggs remain in the hot water-about 20 minutes for extra large eggs and about 15 minutes for large eggs.The number of eggs you will need to boil depends on the amount of silver you want to oxidize-I used 3 eggs for a medium zip-loc container.
STEP 2: Mash the eggs-the sulfur in the egg yolks is what causes the silver to patinize-so if you want to use only the egg yolks you can.
Here is the before picture of the sterling silver.
STEP 3: Place the egg into a small container or zip-loc bag. Wash the silver with a mild dish washing detergent. This removes fingerprints and the oils on the surface of the silver that will show up when you oxidize the sterling. In the container put the silver in with the egg. You want to do this while the egg is still warm-it helps speed the process. I like using a small plastic container.
STEP 4: After about 10-15 minutes you should begin to see a change in color-the sterling will turn a golden brown at first, and the longer you leave it in the egg the darker it will become.
This picture shows the golden color after about 10 minutes.
STEP 5: Shake the container occasionally to redistribute the silver in the eggs. for a nice even color. Leave the silver in the eggs until you have the color you desire. I like to leave it in overnight for a nice dark color.
STEP 6: Remove the silver from the egg-rinse and you're ready to start creating! The mashed egg comes off pretty easy from the silver-just keep rinsing until it's all off. If you want to highlight some areas of the silver you can buff back the the shine with a mild abrasive such as Comet and a wet sponge-for an antiqued look.
Here is the final results after leaving the silver overnight. You can see the difference from the undarkened pieces !
Another way to darken silver is to use liver of sulfur-but this is a less smelly, more "green" way of doing the same thing. Hope you will give this a try and let me know what you think!
If you want to learn about how to remover tarnish naturally from your sterling silver. Just follow these easy steps! Please let me know how you like these tips. I'd love to have comments on my facebook wall.