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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Classic Chicken Soup

This recipe is a great starter recipe; it's the first soup I've made and I have fun adding something different to it each time I make it. 

What you need
1 whole chicken (Perdue oven roasters work well, remember to remove the giblets from inside)
5 carrots
5 stalks of celery
4 onions
12 cups water (a combination of chicken broth and water works well too)
Salt and pepper to taste
Optional veggies - up to 1 cup each (Turnips, cabbage, potatoes, mushrooms, snap peas, just about anything really....)
Optional egg noodles

Start by boiling the whole chicken in the 12 cups of water/broth.  Quick chop two onions, three (peeled) carrots and two celery stalks.  Chop celery flowery, leafy greens and add all to soup.  Let boil for two hours, stirring every once in a while.  Skim off any impurities that rise to the top.  Take out chicken and let sit on a large cutting board to cool.  Place a large strainer in a large bowl.  Pour soup into the strainer/bowl to strain.  Pour broth through a sieve back into a pot to boil.  Peel, chop (bite sized pieces), and add all veggies to pot of broth.  Boil on medium for 2 hours or until veggies are soft.  After chicken had cooled, peel skin and meat from bones.  Put the meat in a bowl with a lid and put in the fridge. Add chicken and salt and pepper for the last 10 minutes.
If you'd like to add egg noodles, you may add them hard or boil them first in water and add them after. Adding them preboiled will cause the noodles to soak up a lot of the broth in your soup, and will leave it very thick.   I like to boil them first and add only a little bit.  Sometimes my awesome husband makes dumplings to go in the soup.  The very cool thing I love about this recipe is how backs it is, so you can add really anything you want!  Have fun experimenting, let me know what you've added in your recipe in the comments below! 

~The Craftmeister

Friday, December 27, 2013

Pet Stocking

Growing up, all us kids had personalized stockings.  My parents picked out stocking for us with a cool design or character on it, and my mother wrote our names in glitter.  I always liked that tradition, and I would love to continue that tradition when my husband and I start our own family.  Right now though, our pets are our family.  And like kids, they each have their own personality traits and different looks.  I wanted to make truly unique stockings for my furry kids that captured their spirit.  

All of these stockings were made with felt and lots of love. 

Henrik: The crazy eyed, always excitable Australian Shepherd.   

Gordo: The happy ginger cat.
And Puffin:  The princess kitty.

 After creating these stocking and posting them on facebook, they were so well received!  People loved them!  So here's a few more that I've created...

Vegas: The pampered Mini Schnauzer.

Unfortunately, I don't have a complete picture of this stocking

Toby: The playful and doofy lab mix.

Lucky: The Cutie Yorkie.
This stocking was made with a combination of felt and yarn

Molly: The Poised Mini Poodle.

Kayto: The shy American Eskimo .

Cosmo: the playful American Eskimo mix (Kayto's brother).
Cosmo has light beige spots by his ears, I created that effect by using tea as a dye.  It worked well and it smells yummy!

Callie: The sassy and silly tortoiseshell cat.

So that's what I've been working on for Christmas and why I haven't been posting.  If you'd like one of these personalized stocking for one of your furry kids, let me know!  They are $20 a piece and I do require a week or so to create them, so place your orders for next Christmas now!

Hope everybody is enjoying their holidays!  Here's a bit of holiday cheer I made for my kitchen while making some Broccoli & Cheddar soup - recipe coming soon!   ;-)

Broccoli stem and carrot peels    Ho Ho Ho!

Stay crafty!
~The Craftmeister