Today I turn forty. I am super excited. I am healthy, I have a wonderful family, the greatest friends, I feel joy in my heart and (on most days) a spring in my step. Today I picked pajamas off the floor and thought how fabulous it is that my girly still can't seem to pick up after herself because this mama can use the extra squats to keep her backside in shape! Delusional or not, I am happy to be my age and look forward to an awesome year...beginning with my cake! (I wrote this on sunday and will post photos of me and my cake as soon as I eat some tomorrow.)
Now back to the busyness (I mean business) of serious blogging.
For those of you who showed interest in my mushroom soup recipe from Thanksgiving and patiently waited more than a fortnight for me to finally get around to posting I have the recipe - proceeded by a small disclaimer.
Disclaimer: I make soup at least once a week (often twice) when the weather is chilly. I rarely use a recipe as I have found a cooking "method" that works for me and that my family will eat. No matter what type of soup I'm making I always begin the same way - by sauteing the veggies in olive oil and then adding broth and leftover chicken or meat or beans. Thus, this is less of a mushroom soup "recipe" and more of a "method" for making whatever kind of soup you like. I usually use trader joe's organic chicken broth for most of my soups but mushrooms go best with beef stock.
Mushroom Soup - the Method
olive oil (enough to generously coat bottom of large soup pot)
1 large onion, diced
8 oz carton mushrooms, sliced
4 oz package mixed dried mushrooms (i got mine at trader joe's)
Saute onion and mushrooms in olive oil on high heat for 5 minutes.
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 turnip, sliced
Add above 4 ingredients and saute 5-7 minutes more. (this gives the soup a ton more flavor than simply tossing them into broth to boil).
2 -32 oz. cartons beef stock/broth
3 cups water
5 small red potatoes, diced
Add beef stock, water and potatoes and simmer 15 minutes.
leftover chicken breast, shredded (optional)
1 bunch rainbow chard, sliced
Add chicken (if using) and chard and simmer 5 more min. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy.
Note: do not omit the dried mushrooms - they impart the most wonderful flavor and smell to this soup. Also, there is no need to rehydrate dried mushrooms if you are using them in soups.
Soup Tip: Leftover soup of any kind tastes great ladled over a bowl of pasta or steamed rice - and satisfies the needs of all the carb lovers at my house!
But wait; there's more.
I knit this super simple, super cute shawlette.
This is the storm cloud shawlette pattern by ever green knits. I knit the ruffled version shown in blue but modified the pattern a bit. To create the ruffle I knit into the front and back of each stitch followed by 8 rows of garter stitch. There are a lot of stitches here but this small shawl knits up quickly and it's a perfect beginner project - just knit stitches and yarn overs.
I used 2 skeins Noro Kureyon wool left over from this sweater and half a skein of Rowan Pure Wool for the ruffle. (about 300 yards total)
Yarn: 2 skeins Noro Kureyon & half a skein Rowan Pure Wool (300 yards total)
Needles: US size 8
Mods: for ruffle I knit into the front and back of each stitch followed by 8 rows of garter stitch (not elongated garter like the pattern suggests).
Finally I learned that I am not the only one getting older around here. My girly, who turned six in September, is a very big girl and requires a size 8-10 sweater. And nothing will bring a knitting mama back to the reality of how big her kiddos are getting like ripping an entire sweater (i had been ripping for a while when i stopped to take this picture). So this year I vow to live each day with purpose, to have joy in my heart, and to be present with my kiddos because the years are passing way too quickly. I also vow to knit my girly more sweaters now - before she gets even bigger and her sweaters take longer to knit - or heaven forbid she asks to borrow mine!
"Happiness is a sort of atmosphere you can live in sometimes when you're lucky. Joy is a light that fills you with hope and faith and love." - Adela Rogers St. Johns