Thursday, April 24, 2008

Defeating the Purpose of an Apron

Tell me if this happens to any of you. I defeat the purpose of an apron by always forgetting to wear one when I'm cooking until I've already spilled on myself. Then once I have a spot or several spots on my shirt or pants I think to myself, "oops, I forgot to put on an apron." Then I go put one on and manage not to spill on myself for the rest of my cooking session. I hope I'm not the only one :)

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Monday, April 7, 2008

Feel-Good Chicken and Rice Soup

Chicken and Rice Soup

1 rotisserie chicken
enough water to fill a pot
1 or 2 chicken bouillon cubes
1 onion, chopped
celery, chopped
carrots, chopped
minced garlic (to taste)
salt (to taste)
Baby Bam (to taste)
dry Italian seasonings (to taste)
1 bay leaf (optional)
crushed red pepper (to taste)
parsley (to taste)
rice (cooked)

Take a rotisserie chicken and put the whole thing (bones, drippings, everything) in a pot. Fill pot with water until chicken is covered; put on the stove and bring to a boil. Cook at a low boil for about an hour or so. Then put a strainer in a big bowl and pour contents of pot through the strainer. Pour the broth from the bowl back into the pot and put the chicken aside to cool a little bit. Put one or two bouillon cubes into the broth depending on how much flavor you want. Add the chopped onions, celery, carrots, and garlic. Put in all of the seasonings and let that simmer all together while you sort through the chicken and bones and just take out the good stuff, which then goes in the pot. At the very end, add however much you want of the cooked rice ( I cooked my rice in a rice cooker).

NOTE: This is a variation of a recipe in Emiril's "There's a Chef in my Family!" called Feel-Good Chicken and Rice Soup. So, for those of you who prefer specific measurements for your ingredients would probably want to refer to that recipe. It's basically all the same ingredients, I just have my own methods for preparing this soup.

Also, this soup is awesome for kids because the rice is easy to eat (easier than noodles) and the vegetables are soft and tasty. Lastly, I find that this is very convenient dinner to make when you serve a rotisserie dinner for chicken by itself, then use the leftovers to make this soup. Make sure that there is enough chicken left on the chicken, if not, you may have to add more chicken.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Laundry Day VICTORY!

For the past few months I have been doing all of my laundry on one day, so now Tuesday is my LAUNDRY DAY! Before this I used to just wait until the laundry was piled up then I'd run several loads over a few days and eventually get it all put away. But having a specific day to do the laundry no matter how much there was to do felt much more organized.

At first, my laundry tasks would easily spill over into Wednesday. Then I decided that laundry really shouldn't take more than one day if I do it on the same day every week. So, then I began to make a focused effort to get the laundry all done by Tuesday night. By "done" I mean washed, dried, folded, and put away. So, for about a month and a half I have been trying to accomplish this goal, but it seemed like something always got in the way. Either there was a lot of laundry from the girls being sick (throw up/blow outs), or I would forget and not start doing laundry until mid day, or my schedule would fill up for the day and I would be gone a lot.

Anyway, I am proud to announce I finally got my victory yesterday. I
remembered to start first thing in the morning and I would try to immediately go change the loads whenever I heard the dryer buzz (instead of hearing it and thinking to myself that I would go do it right after whatever I was doing and that usually turned into a couple of hours). Also, no one is sick so there weren't that many clothes, and I didn't go anywhere yesterday. So, when I went to bed last night there were no clothes to be seen because they were all clean and put away. It felt great!