Monday, September 10, 2012

Babies, soup, and quilts.

Me: What is your name?
Gideon: *pointing to himself* Name.
Me: What is it?
Gideon: Nastix!
Me: Your name is not gymnastics!
Gideon: *laughing* Yeah!
Me: No, what is your name?
Gideon: Giddin Nastix!

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After more than three years of marriage I have finally made a soup that Silas likes! I love soups so this is a major break through! In fact, I think I've had a pretty major breakthrough in cooking for Silas in general, lately. But that is an entire post for another day. For now I'll just share my super easy soup.

First I made chicken stock by boiling two small chickens in my large stock pot with water, salt, a few spices, a few cloves of garlic and one large onion cut into chunks. When the chicken is done, after a few hours on low/medium heat, take it out and put it into a bowl. Strain the broth and put it back in the stock pot. If you just do one chicken you put it all back - I did two so I set half the broth aside to freeze and put the rest in the pot. Then I picked over one chicken and added it to the broth in the pot. I saved the chicken from the one to use in another meal.

Now that you have your broth and chicken in the pot it's time to test for tastiness. I added some pepper and a bunch of salt. We are big salt eaters here and firmly believe the salt increases the flavor in pretty much everything. After adjusting the flavors I brought the pot to a simmer and added about a cup of brown rice. If I'd had any I'd have added some celery at this point too, but I didn't. You might also add carrots, and diced potatoes but Silas doesn't care for either of these in soup.

Now just let it simmer for 45 minutes to an hour and you're done! If you use white rice instead it will be done in 20-30 minutes. Check flavor again and then serve! It's even good cold.


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I'm quilting again! I finished a few blocks from Silas's quilt that I had blogged about here. And I also started work on my first Swoon block. The Swoon block has taken the internet quilting community by storm. I have never bought a quilt pattern before since I enjoy figuring it out and doing the math myself, but I made an exception this time - and I'm so glad I did! I'll post pictures of my block soon. Until then, here's a picture of a few blocks for "The Husband Quilt".

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Weight watchers is going fine, though I really, really need to stop buying those Trader Joe's Honey Mints. They are killing me. I can't stop eating them. They aren't very high in points if you only have a few, but I can't seem to keep myself from consuming the entire bag in one sitting. I'm still loosing weight at a rate of two or three pounds a week, so that's good. I'm planning to join the gym this week. by the end of the week I'll be under 200 lbs. and that has me pretty happy. Maybe I'll even treat myself to some mints...

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Also, Ezekiel is cute.

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