Magic Potion

We believe in magic around my house. In fact, we start out every day with a little dose of it.

Magic beans ground course, brewed in a French press for five minutes and served with a dash of cream is my morning not-bite-your-head-off potion.

But I have a much better potion to share with you today.

Since December 22nd, I have been suffering from any number of sinus-related afflictions. Sinus infections, ear infections, sore throats, coughs, you name it, I have been suffering from it for near on a month now. I have tried many remedies. (And yes, I have been to the doctor–jolly all that did me.) Once my ears healed, my throat hurt, then my sinuses hurt again, and back and forth. I have never, ever been sick this long. And I know many of you out there are suffering similar (though I hope shorter) ailments. So I give you my recipe for what we call, the last real acceptable magic potion.

Chicken Soup.

There is just something so healing about chicken soup. I don’t know what it is. The gross infusion of vegetable? The garlic? The onions? The chicken itself? I suspect it is all of them added together in a hot, salty broth that does it.

Magic Potion Soup

Ingredients:

1/4 cup salted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 medium onions coarsely chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
4-5 medium potatoes, chopped
8 cups water
2 chicken breasts, baked
1/2 cup rice
2 tsp. basil pesto
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions

Bake chicken at 350 degrees until cooked through (about 45 minutes to an hour)

Meanwhile, melt butter over medium heat in dutch oven.

Add garlic, onion, carrots and celery to melted butter, stirring well after each ingredient.

The massive amounts of onion and garlic are great for colds and sinusitis, plus they help set up a really good broth.

Cook in butter for about 5-7 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.

Add 8 cups water and stir well.
Add potatoes, basil pesto, rice, salt and pepper.
Stir well.

Bring to boil, stirring occasionally.

Once soup is at a good rolling boil, reduce to medium low heat and cover, stirring occasionally.

When chicken is cooked through, remove from oven. Very carefully tip any grease from bottom of baking dish into soup and allow chicken to cool for ten minutes.

Once chicken is cool, chop coarsely and add to soup. Stir well.

Allow soup to simmer for at least 30 minutes after chicken is added.

Serve, enjoy, and heal.

This isn’t a pretty soup. It’s not pureed or blended or smooth. It’s hot, garlicy and chunky. It looks like it could have come out of Widow Arden’s cauldron, you know, the one she also uses to boil her witches brew, in the log cabin she lives in along the edge of the Enchanted Forest. But it tastes good. (Brock ate half the pot in one night, and it’s enough to serve eight people easily.)

I am off to have my second dose. I feel SOOOOO close to being well, but I am just not quite there yet. I am hoping tonight’s dinner tips the odds in my favor.


And drink your carrot-ginger juice!

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Coming Back to Routine

The holiday season seems to have been extra long. I am not complaining mind you, I love a good party, but when the party has dragged on for months, it is nice to settle back into the every day. I am ready to get back to my daily routines, to feel productive, and to finally kick this cold. (Yes, I am still fighting it.)

On the other hand, Winter Woolfest was so much fun. I had a blast meeting new people and waxing poetic about all things fluffy. I had a really great day, and I bet it was even better if you weren’t a vendor, because you got to go to all the classes, not just the one you were teaching!

Part of getting back into my routine of course means posting all the new items I made for Winter Woolfest that didn’t sell to my etsy shop. (Like the targhee top picture above.) It also means building back up the inventory online, the shop is looking a little small after Woolfest, getting the apartment back in order, and making time for lots of exercise. I am planning to go for a walk as soon as I finish my mandatory morning cup of coffee, and yoga tonight before dinner. Another part of my new routine is taking some time in the afternoon for writing. In the flurry of Christmas knitting that occurred, my writing time got chucked out the window. I haven’t set my word count goal for each day yet. I am thinking 500 to start out, and raising it to 1000 once I am back in the swing of things. I am not sure if that sounds reasonable or overly ambitious yet.

What is part of your new routine?

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On Vacation

Just a quick post to say that Tiny Dino Studios will be on vacation while I am out of town (see previous post). I have no clear picture of exactly how long I will be gone. However, everything, including the sale I had running, will resume once I return.

Now, it is getting late and I still have an embarrassing amount of packing to do! Have fun while I am gone.

Do something that really makes you feel alive.

And think of my family if you can spare a moment. We are losing one of the best of us.

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Sunday Lists

1. I am a list-maker
2. I think the extra-long, impossible to finish to-do list is the companion of any self-employed person.
3. Today I am making my “First Show To-Do List”.
4. I am estimating it will be about three pages long.
5. I have plenty of time.
6. The show is a month away.
7. On October 22nd at Pachamama’s in Lawrence, KS from 10am to 4pm.
8. It looks like I will be working overtime at the day job for most of October.
9. This may complicate things.
10. I will be bringing my knitting to work.
11. I have a yellow mitten in my purse right now.
12. But it’s Sunday morning, which means there will be many in for breakfast.
13. So my mitten will sit, until I get home, do the dishes, do yoga and take a shower.
14. It should only take an hour or so to finish up.
15. It is the second yellow mitten which means one more project done.
16. Only 764,324,891 more to go.
17. That wasn’t a complaint.
18. I am loving my journey to unemployment.

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. . .And We’re Off!

Chances are, if you are here right now, you know me. You know me and are wondering what the heck dinosaurs have to do with my fiber obsession. The truth? Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

I just happen to be tripping over toy dinosaurs in my apartment constantly, because I have a four year-old son. He has been obsessed with dinos for half of his short little life. Plus, it’s fun. Little neon dinosaurs are fun, and they will be even more fun when I start dressing them up like sheep.

Now that we have established why you are here, it is time to tackle why I am. It’s simple: I am starting a business. I am going to sell yarn and roving and perhaps any number of other things. Patterns maybe. Certain services. There’s one catch though. Have you caught on to my tense yet? I’ll give you a hint: my tense communicates intention. It means that I will start a business, but I have not actually done so yes.

I mean, I have a name and an idea and most of a business model, but there are a few things I am sorely lacking: a degree, experience, an extrovert’s nature, a tax ID. You lucky folks are here to watch me learn, fail, panic, and eventually gain each and every one of the aforementioned and more. Then, on July 1st, 2011, I will officially be open for business.

It’s going to be an adventure.

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