Every Sunday I make soup. I take whatever I have in the freezer/fridge/cupboard and go from there. That is the beauty of Sunday Soup - use what you have and it almost always comes out delicious! There are no right or wrongs and no recipes - just wing it. Just try - don't be scared! This week I had leftover chicken breast, baby carrots, chicken bouillon, and kluski noodles. I used chives from my windowsill pot and salt/pepper for seasoning. Here is how I do it. . . I fill a pot with 6-7 cups of water. I turn on high heat and add the bouillon (5 or 6), cut up carrots and chicken. I let it cook for about 30 minutes. . .don't worry about it losing water from evaporation - you can add more later. After 30 minutes or so add the uncooked kluski noodles. That is key - make sure they are uncooked because they thicken your soup as they cook. You could always substitute regular egg noodles, barley or any pasta you have - remember there is no right or wrong. . .make it your own creation! You can add other veggies like onions, peppers, etc. Turkey tastes great in soups too. Let it cook on medium heat until the pasta is cooked. I added more water as it cooked because it needed it. Garnish with chives, add salt/pepper to taste and you are done!
We just got back from a wonderful trip to Lake George, NY(North of Albany/Saratoga). The lake was stunning and I got to meet some wonderful women from Wiawaka (www.wiawaka.org). For all you "courageous chicks" out there - it is a wonderful summer retreat on the shores of Lake George. It has many historic buildings to stay on the beautiful grounds bordering the shores of this magical lake. It is the oldest women's retreat in existence of it's kind (they let men come in July)- started in 1903 by a women named Mary Fuller. She wanted the women laborers of Troy, NY to have a place they could go and get away to for a summer break. They made sure it was affordable and gave scholarships to many if they couldn't afford it. She was a great example of a "courageous chick" in my mind. Planting the seed for others to enjoy the shade for decades! My favorite fact is- one of my most admired artists, Georgia O'Keefe, stayed there for three weeks in the early 1900's. During that time she had an "Aha" moment and decided as an artist to follow her own path and paint what she felt in her heart rather than what her teachers had been guiding her to paint. She also felt the magic of Wiawaka!
If you have a chance - go to the website and check it out - www.wiawaka.org. I can't wait to see the schedule for 2014!
My dog- 9 yr. old Gypsy - a Jack Russell/Toy Fox Terrier mix was not in the best health this summer. We had just lost our beloved Westie at almost 15 years old - Jelly Belly - and would have been devastated to lose another. While my medicine healer Susanna Madau was visiting this summer when I had shingles - she looked at Gypsy and said - "she needs help- she is pretty sick." It turns out that she has some emotional issues since we got her - that we were fully aware of but didn't know how to help along with health issues - mainly stemming from the toxins in her dog food(more on this later)
First - the emotional issues - Susanna said mainly Gypsy was trying to deal with a major shock in her life. When we got her at age 4 months - she was so incredibly smart that she was house trained within hours(it helped we had another dog to show her). She got along fine with family and our other dog Jelly Belly - but if you wore your shoes in the house (mainly white shoes) she would hide in the corner and shake. She is 9 yrs old now and still does it! In fact - if you wear shoes in the house - she immediately wants to be put in the yard and you have to put your unshoed foot out the door to prove that you "took them off." Poor thing must have been abused prior and still harbors those emotions! Secondly - her insides were a mess - mainly her small intestine - from chemicals in her diet. She was overweight, lazy, angry at other dogs and moody with us.
Susanna did a Total Body Analysis on Gypsy - just like she does on me. It is non-invasive and you get a remedy to take several times a day. It was a no-brainer for me. It cost $75 and wouldn't hurt her - in fact I just sent a current photo to her and she emailed the results and mailed the remedy. I am so afraid of the vets - because every time I take a dog - it seems to hurt them rather than help them. Holistic remedies in my mind need to come first - always. I won't go into the extreme details Susanna gave me but the basics - chemicals in her body shutting it down and emotional issues. The remedy(which is water in a dropper which Gypsy didn't mind at all) and homemade dog food have changed her completely in the past 5 months. She has lost weight and is so much happier. She still has issues with shoes - but is getting better. So - why not try an alternative to the vets. If you need info on Susanna - click on her name or see her card on the side of this blog. I am telling you - I am so grateful I took a leap of faith and did!
Nothing like fresh bread from the oven - and it is an easy process. I made Rosemary Bread because I had plenty of fresh rosemary growing in a pot on my windowsill. I use my breadmaker to mix the dough only and make a double batch(so I can freeze a loaf for later). You can mix by hand or with a dough hook too. If using the breadmaker- just make sure to put the ingredients in the order of recipe and make sure to take out after mixed to rise. Since this is a double batch - you could have a mess on your hands if you leave it in to rise in your breadmaker.
Here are the ingredients. . .
2 1/2 cups water
3 tablespoons butter/margarine
5 cups flour
1 1/4 cups oats(either kind - the quick oats blend in better - the old fashioned oats make it more rustic)
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 teaspoons yeast
2 tablespoons dried rosemary or 4 tablespoons fresh(chopped)
Blend it all together well in machine, by hand or with dough hook. It must be smooth to the touch and not sticky - so add more flour if needed. Cut into two and spread like a french loaf unto a lightly greased baking sheet. You can make smaller loafs too. For the larger loaf I split with a knife down the center for more even baking. Let rise until doubled(1 1/2 - 2 hours) then bake at 350 degrees for 25-35 minutes(less if you have smaller loaves). I take out 5 minutes early and swipe a thin layer of butter over the top and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Put back in the oven for 5 more minutes or until nicely browned on top. YUM