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Thanks for coming to my Blog! I am a Daughter of a King, Daughter, Sister, Wife, Mother of five, MomInLaw of two, and Gram of three. Designing and creating feeds something inside of me! This blog will be sharing about my faith, my family, my life, my creations and collections. I am on a journey to learn balance and will be sharing about that as well. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Favorite Soup and Dishes!

Today, as well as the two previous Monday afternoons, I have made
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.
Yes, we haven't been feeling all that great and the soup just hits the spot when we are feelin' rough.


Neither MominLaw nor I were feeling good the first Monday and so I made 
soup for us all. I have loved my pheasant soup bowls, but the table isn't set fancy because I only had 
enough energy for what you see! We even used paper napkins. 
This recipe is full of onions, and celery and small carrots, I use chicken broth as the base and add salt and pepper to taste as we'll as Rosemary and Thyme. The chicken soup tastes best when I use a whole chicken with the skin and any large pieces of fat removed. I cook the chicken in the broth, vegetables, herbs, salt and pepper until the chicken is ready to shred off the bones. Then I add the 
gluten free Fettucini noodles and let them cook while I shred the chicken. 
When I feel lousy, though, I settle for chicken breasts cut into large bite sized pieces and add them just before the noodles. It is less time intensive and takes less energy, but that earthy flavor element the bones give it isn't there. 
It is still very good, just not exactly the same flavor. 


The next Monday, I was still under the weather, and hubby had contracted the germs from me! 
I had even slept in the guest room so he wouldn't get sick! Oh well, the best laid plans...
When I feel good, I like to make Gluten Free French breadsticks to have with the soup. 
They are fairly easy to make, though they do take time to raise, but they taste great! 
I usually wish I had some in the freezer ready to heat and serve. 
But they are so yummy, they are all gone when I make them.
 Even the people who eat wheat love them! 


 I also have a Pheasant Soup Tureen that I usually serve the soup from. 
I looked for about five minutes in the usual place I have it and couldn't see it. 
So, that was that, and I ladled directly into the bowls, I was so tired! 
Today, I went to Daughter*2's house and made it for her and her hubby. 
She has been having migraines and I wanted to give her and her hubby a break from cooking. 
She also eats gluten free and they like this soup. 
I hope it turned out okay! I didn't hear from her after I left her house! 


Here are some pictures of how my dishes were in the cabinet this winter.
It was fun to have just the clear glass pieces and some blingy napkin rings as the accents,
along with the silverware and the other silver pieces I usually keep in there.



I love the vintage lidded mustard jars on the right that I got from LuluLiz.
I usually use them for jam at breakfast and each person has their own jar of jam and spoon
to serve themselves. On the top shelf, I have raw sugar and mini-marshmallows 
(Hubby LOVES mini-marshmallows in his hot chocolate!) 
in two of the jars, along with the Hot Chocolate Pot! 



When I showed my dishes cabinet here on my blog before, it had the American Atelier Athena 
dishes on display. This time, I have my American Atelier Baroque dishes out. 
They mix and match beautifully, but it's fun to have them out at different times. 
You can see my collection of little and large unique spoons in this picture. 
They have some funny stories to tell!


Daughter*2 and SoninLaw*1 had extra shelves cut for my Christmas gift this year! 
I was so happy!!! I can keep more of my glassware in here instead 
of climbing to the cupboard above the refrigerator!


I love my cabinet and I use my dishes much more often since they are 
easily accessible in the kitchen now. 
And look what that wonderful SoninLaw*1 did for me....



He climbed the ladder and placed the plate rack on the wall for me! Isn't he just awesome??? 
(Yes, he is!) Don't you love the wine bottle holder on the right? 
I think you can guess where I got that... Yep, from a brocante in France! (Thank You, Liz!)
It holds eight bottles, and I usually have two bottles of each of the four main varieties of our sparkling cider in it. We had guests and I shared a few with them and haven't refilled it yet.
Thanks for looking at my dishes cabinet, it's about time to change it all up for spring and summer.
 Now if I can just stay well! I am hoping this isn't a repeat year of last year!

Hugs and Happy Day to you!

Betsy

Posting on Foodie Friday

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Neckpurse Strap

I realized I hadn't posted pictures of the "strap" I made for the neck purse I was given by
Pat Winter, of Pat Winter Gatherings Blog.
It is really a used necklace chain we had, with some beads added.
It was harder than I hoped it would be.
The perfectionist in me is a real pain....

Above was my first try... And I was not particularly fond of it. Do you know how many times beads rolled off my counter???? I am sure it took an extra hour or two from climbing off my bar stool to pick up the crazy beads! Yes, I have beaded before, but I didn't want to go get a towel, I just wanted to bead!

Next time.... I will get a towel. *rolling eyes at self*

I looked at other beading projects and realized that I needed larger beads, which I thought I didn't have. But I looked around and remembered a few places I had things stashed and found the rest of the beads I needed.


This version is more pleasing to my eye, and this is how it has stayed. From the bottom of the strands up, I found the green teardrop beads in a bead set we have had for years. I was using the "E" beads at the time, from the set. Now, I have use for the seed beads as well!
The pink are Swarovski crystals I have had about as long. The oval pearls are from a stash of vintage beads I bought at a yard sale a few years ago. I am amazed at the beads and vintage jewelry I bought there that day. Two boxes... Some I won't use, but much I will!


The gold rose beads, large and small, are from that same purchase. The green glass beads came off one of those Jewelry Christmas trees that were so popular in the 60s. It was my mother's tree in a frame, but she didn't make it. So I had no qualms about taking it apart to use the jewelry! I am using the frame for something else.
The pink beads I stole from Daughter*4's earring drawer! I didn't realize they were given to her as a birthday gift when she was 12. She doesn't wear them so I thought they were fair game...Oops! She can inherit the purse! I don't have any pink large beads, so I was scrounging! I did send her pictures and asked if I could use them... She told me they were a gift, and forgave me. 
The glass beads above the pink were from a collection of vintage aurora borealis glass beads I purchased from my favorite local Vintage shop, Patina. 
I used necklace clasps to attach the bead strings to the purse and to an old metal necklace chain I did get permission to use from Daughter*4! She gave me that some time ago. I like how the
clasps accent the beads much better on this version. instead of at one end, they are on either end of the bead strand.


Above the aurora borealis beads are a smaller gold rose bead. I thought their vintage look was just right for this purse. I wanted to add some "Glam" to the purse back so I spent a gazillion hours making this collection of "baubles". This was what I was making when I kept having to get off my bar stool! I realized that I needed more of the correct jewelry findings, so I made a trip to JoAnn's Fabric and bought a collection that matched what I was already using, a combination of gold and antique golds colored metals. It made it so much easier when I had enough of what I needed to attach each item so it could hang just right at the right length and spacing. The pink aurora borealis was a vintage necklace on a gold chain, also from Patina. It was a wonderful color accent to the "baubles". I had a clear glass teardrop pendant , but you can see below, it was too large for this size of bag. Pretty, but larger than I wanted.


This was my first attempt at the "baubles". It needed more color as well as additional items. Here is 
a close up shot of the final "baubles".


I love the gold heart locket, I think it's Black Hills Gold, also from the yard sale find! I think I will put pictures or my initials inside of the locket. And there has to be a heart somewhere on this! I just love hearts!
Daughter*2 says the baubles should be on the front, they are also very beautiful there. I need to tack them down, however. They swing very well when I walk or lean over. 
I wear this purse whenever I go shopping lately. I am going to have to make a few more so I don't wear this gorgeous one out! It's already looking a bit soiled... Can't have that! I may just have to keep it hanging on the towel bar in my bathroom... It looks so beautiful there as well!
I am so excited to make a purse myself! 
And I have been doing more house cleaning and organization, so now I can give myself a little time to work on one. In the evenings, I have also been sorting seed beads... A bag of various kinds and colors of vintage beads from Patina. I need to call Judy at Patina and have her set aside the other two mixed bags for me! They will be great for Crazy Quilt Projects!!! And the sorting really appeals to my OCD!!!!! I have been sick a few days, and hope to stop sneezing and sniffing soon! But I can still sort beads! 
Have a beautiful Monday!
Hugs and thanks for coming by!

BETSY

P.S. I am not sure why the text changes during my posting when I post from my phone....I think that is odd...and I don't really like to post from my phone. But it's to keep me from spending so much time on the computer!!!! I AM trying to organize around here and the computer is SUCH a magnet to me!
And, I am not sure why only one picture didn't have the white behind it. That would be from the Be Funky App I used on the phone. I'd rather the white background was not there...I will remember that for another time I try it...