Friday, October 21, 2011

What's cooking tonight!

- 1 Tbsp. veggie oil
- onion, chopped
- 3 cloves of garlic, diced
- 1, 4 oz can diced jalepenos
- 1, 4 oz can chopped green chiles
- 2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1 tsp. ground cayenne
- 2, 14.5 oz cans chicken broth
- 3 cups cooked boneless chicken breast, chopped
- 3, 15 oz cans white beans (white kidneys, cannelloni, chickpeas, etc) drained
- 1 cup shredded Monterrey jack cheese (more is OK, too)
Heat oil in a large stock pot over medium-low heat.
Add onion, cook until tender, stirring occasionally.
Mix in garlic, jalepenos, chiles, cumin, oregano and cayenne.
Cook, stirring, until tender (3 min or so)
Mix in broth, chicken and beans.
Simmer 15 min, stirring as needed.
Remove from heat.
Slowly stir in the cheese until melted.
Serve warm, with a crusty bread or corn bread.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Now Taking Orders!

   I'm a big fan of supporting local businesses, crafters and artists. Their products are made with talent and love. The same certainly can't be said of some machine in a factory somewhere, programmed to make whatever mass-produced crap it was intended to. My sister is also a supporter of this cause, and gave me a good idea. 
   In thinking about the holiday shopping season soon to be upon us, she said she might have to commission me to make some gifts for some lucky recipients on her list. And I got to thinking, why not see if anyone else is interested as well? On my blog are several examples of the things I have made in the past. There are also quite a few items I haven't posted about, but I will work on getting some of those photos up as well. One of my favorite things to make, and give as gifts, are the hobo totes. Every time I do, I have someone else ask me if I would make one for them, as well. 
   Long story somewhat shortened, I am now taking orders. Give a heartfelt, quality, handmade gift to someone you love- Or to yourself :)  Check out the "Past Projects" page, as well as any of the other posts to see what I can do. If you have something else in mind that I haven't posted about, just ask. 
  Here are some ideas and prices:
  • Hobo tote (large) - $35/ $30 (medium)/ $25 (small)
  • Baby girl dress/toddler tunic - $20
  • Baby girl skirt - $15/ Toddler skirt - $20
  • Burp-clothes - $15/two large-sized
  • Table cloth - $20 (small)/ $25 (medium)/ $30 (large)
  • Table runner - $15 (small)/ $20 (large)
  • Place mats - $30/set of 4
  • Cloth napkins - $20/set of 4
  • Grocery bag holder - $15
  • Throw pillow - $15
  • Pinwheel pillow - $20
  • Curtains or drapes  - depends on the size of the window 
*When you contact me about placing an order, we will discuss what colors/styles/patterns you are interested in. I can then send you photos of fabric options.
*I also refinish and repurpose furniture and other items (lamps, etc). If you have an item that needs some new life breathed into it and aren't sure where to start, I'd be happy to help.
***With any of the above listed sewn products, prices may be negotiable if you supply fabric you would like me to use***

Friday, October 7, 2011


   I just ordered my iphone 4s, at the "upgrade" price because I was patient enough not to jump at the iphone 4, when I first became eligible. I wanted to share this with any of you who may be thinking about buying one, because some requirements have changed. 
   This info applies to AT&T customers, and I am not sure if any of these changes have occurred with other carriers, as well. If you are new to AT&T, or this is the first time you are buying a smart phone,  then this info doesn't really apply to you, either. However, if you already have an iphone (or other smart device) and are attempting to buy the 4s online, you will see a message saying your data plan is no longer sufficient and AT&T is trying to replace it with a comparable one. My old iphone plan had an unlimited data plan, which is no longer an option. If you also currently have an unlimited data plan, DON'T BUY YOUR 4S ONLINE. CALL AT&T to purchase it! 
   The existing customers who already have an unlimited data plan are going to be "grandfathered" in to their new plans, and are able to keep their data unlimited, for the current price they're paying. If you buy your phone online, your unlimited plan will be removed when you choose the new option, and you will NOT be able to get it back. If you call AT&T and order through a representative, they will make a note of this in your file, as well as send you a confirmation email, that you are still going to receive UNLIMITED data with your plan (make sure you ask your customer service rep. to specifically mention the data plan in your post-call email).
    You will have to call AT&T to activate your phone when you receive it, and mention the unlimited data plan you are eligible for, as a previous customer. As I said, there will be a note in your file, and also an email to help you prove you deserve to be on the unlimited data, once again. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

How I Got Crafty This Weekend

Once again, I decided to make a baby girl's skirt, that certainly isn't going to be worn by any little person in my house. Maybe I'm just stock-piling these adorable duds in the hopes that one day I do have a daughter to play dress up with : )

What's Cooking Tonight...yum!

Grannie's Potato Soup

  • 1 pound of bacon, cut into small chunks, 1/2" wide
  • 3 large Russett potatoes, cut into 1/2 " cubes (skin on or off)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 Tbsp. flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups milk
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder (to taste)
  • 1 cup half & half
  • 2 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella

In a large skillet, fry the bacon until it's very crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and place a few tsps. of the grease in the bottom of a large, stock pot. Reserve the rest of the grease to add small amounts back if needed during the next step.
 In the stock pot, saute half of the potato cubes until they are starting to soften. Add the onion and saute about 2 minutes until they start to soften. Finally add the remaining potato cubes and continue cooking until they are starting to soften. By then the first batch of potato should be starting to brown lightly. Cooking the potatoes in two stages is called "layering" and results in some very soft and some moderately soft, so the soup has texture.
 Sprinkle the flour over the onions and potatoes and stir it in a but to get all the flour moistened with the bacon fat. Add a bit of additional fat if needed. Allow the flour to cook for a minute or so to cook off the flour taste but don't cook it until it starts to darken. Add the chicken stock and stir gently to mix. As the stock heats it will start to thicken from the flour and some of the potato. Let simmer for 15 min. Add milk in 1/2 cup increments to keep the mixture soupy, and continue to simmer another 10-15 min.
 Adjust the seasoning to taste with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add in the half & half to adjust to a thin, creamy consistency.  Continue to simmer, checking to make sure all chunks of potato are cooked thoroughly. Finally, add about 3/4 of the crisp bacon bits and the shredded cheese. Reserve the rest of the bacon for garnish.
Simmer for another few minutes and serve. Top each serving with a few bits of bacon and slices of green onion.
*I'm serving this with grilled monterrey jack cheese and tomato sandwiches*