Snow on the mountain…

Here we go again! Northeast Pennsylvania is under a big blanket of snow……eight inches and counting!

Brrrrr….

So what do we do on days like this?

Well, this girl is doing .. ..

ummm……let me think….

….something to do with a shovel comes to mind…….but…Really?

…Do I want to go outside when its registering six degrees?

NOPE! staying in and making a big ol’ pot of soup! and biscuits’…..want to join me? well, pull up a chair and while I’m cutting up veggies you can tell me how your New Year’s is getting on…..Ours is filled with “To Do” lists, shoveling (As another storm is coming thru on Saturday) sewing and quilting! yes, I’m going for it! My good friend Bettyann gave me two beautiful books on hand-quilting……so I’m determined to give it a try…..there is a local shop “The Quilted Cow” here in town that I’m going to visit as soon as the snow is gone, and see what classes they have coming up….but for now…this girl is going to give it a whirl!

…….Right after I shovel…….maybe……..

 

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Lois’ Homemade Chicken Soup

2 -3 large chicken breast – bone in

4 – 5  celery stalks w/leaves

1  large onion

handful of parsley (and stems)

several sprigs of dill

4-6  carrots cut

2 parsnips cut

1 turnip (Rutabaga) cut

1 box (32 oz.) good chicken stock

Dried : Oregano, basil, pepper & salt, onion & garlic powder ( Start w/ a tsp. of each – adjust to taste as you cook: after the soup has been boiling for awhile)

7 -8 chicken bouillon cubes

Put the chicken, carrots, celery and onion in a large soup pot and cover with cold water. Heat and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken meat falls off of the bones (skim off foam every so often).

  • Take everything out of the pot. Strain the broth. Pick the meat off of the bones and chop the carrots, celery and onion. Season the broth with salt, pepper and chicken bouillon to taste, if desired. Return the chicken, carrots, celery and onion to the pot, stir together, and serve.

( I also leave some parsnips and turnip pieces in my soup) take out what you will freeze and leave tonight’s soup in pot, I use medium wide noodles …. par boil them and put into your soup……

homemade bread along side and a comfy chair in front of the fireplace….and forget all about the shovel calling your name!

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