Sunday, November 24, 2013

Cheesy Chicken Soup and CPFs

My CPF's are on the rampage again.   AKA Creative Pieces of Fabric.   Scraps if you will.  Sometimes I wonder how small does the scrap of fabric need to be before it is trash?  Trash?  Oh I say that softly too.    

Now Hubby always puts anything I might use for the sake of art on the cabinet by the trash drawer in the house.   I love it, he knows I reuse-repurpose-recycle or make do is they word I use to use.  It is not an in word so recycle is the word today.    I even found a nut in a little box I had.   It was hexagon shape and red.  I said what is this?  It is a nut to the International tractor we owned years and years ago.   Yes we had the "GREEN" ones also but the color of International tractors was red.  So I put it on a shelf and remembered I had taken a quick photo of Hubby and his Dad by the tractor and I thought I can put them together in a  treasure box.  I am so glad I keep little things like that.   When I get it put together I will share it with you, probably it was in like 1962 is era.  

Here are 6 of the CPF bookmarks.   One of them chose to be a little smaller than the others but they are hand made.     I didn't use any of my faeries with these little treasures.   I had then in the ciggie drawer and just had to let them shine. 
Close up of my eyeglass case and of course had to use one of my faeries.   She was so cheerful and had to use the butterfly.  The crochet flower is from Little Snippts (Geraldine) and the pretty button from Flights of Fancy.  Love those buttons.
Here is the eyeglass case just hot off the press, I may even keep her she is so happy looking.   Maybe.   Funny how we don't keep very much of our own work.   I say this because I use to China Paint and bet I don't have 10 pieces of it.   My sister in law?  She has tons of it that I painted and she enjoys it.   So that makes it all worth it to share. 

Now it is getting colder weather and I love love to cook when it does.  Hubby and I hate cold weather!!!!!!!  That being said we love the soups that I make when it is cold and the fireplace burning and just being  RELAXED RETIRED.    He came up with that phrase from somewhere and I love it so that is what we are doing. 
I make this soup and it makes a lot !!!! So we eat on it for a couple of meals and freeze the rest and days when I am relaxed retired more than usual the freezer comes to the rescue.     I can't remember where I got this recipe but have changed it up ( of course ) and we love it. 
Cheesy Chicken Soup
1/2 cup celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 head of broccoli, chopped
4 potatoes ( peel or not) 
Add in a large pot and add 5 T. margarine or butter
1 box of chicken broth
Cook til tender.
Mix 1/2 cup flour with  some of the broth in the pan so it doesn't lump and 2 t. salt. 
Now add 4 cups milk and 3 cans Swanson Chicken (drained).    ( some days I do this and some days I cook my real chicken and chop it up into chunks, just depends if the weather is ugly outside and I have real chicken on hand)
Let all of this simmer a bit til nice and hot then add the CHEESE .     Now lets discuss that a second, you may add 1 1/2 pound of grated American Cheese or we love Velveta so that is the cheese we add.  
After you have added the cheese watch it like a  hawk.  It will stick to the bottom and burn like crazy and ruin your soup.   Trust me, I had first had experience with that.  Just stir often and don't put on high heat.  Just til the cheese melts.  Serve and enjoy !!!!! 

There you go this is what is happening in my world right now.  Well more but I don't want to bore you to death. 
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