soup weather take 2!

it hasn’t gotten any warmer so i’m thinking of more soup!

broccoli potato soup:  creamy (no dairy) broccoli and potatoes with a little belizean hot sauce

tuna salad:  tuna salad with onions, relish, and mustard, with lettuce and avocado spread on wheat toast

fruit salad:  bananas, grapes, grapefruit, pineapples, strawberries (provided by one of the lunch guests)

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puffed sleeves!

“Oh, I AM grateful,” protested Anne. “But I’d be ever so much gratefuller if–if you’d made just one of them with puffed sleeves. Puffed sleeves are so fashionable now. It would give me such a thrill, Marilla, just to wear a dress with puffed sleeves.”

“Well, you’ll have to do without your thrill. I hadn’t any material to waste on puffed sleeves. I think they are ridiculous-looking things anyhow. I prefer the plain, sensible ones.”

“But I’d rather look ridiculous when everybody else does than plain and sensible all by myself,” persisted Anne mournfully. (Chapter 11, Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery)

i still can’t get over the fact that i made a dress with puffed sleeves!  they’re not super puffs, but puffed nonetheless.  i found a collection of the original historical american girl doll dress patterns online and knew immediately who to make a dress for!  and even better, her birthday was right around the corner.  i really wanted to sew a dress from felicity or samantha’s collection (samantha was my favorite character back when i was reading ag books), but their dresses looked rather complicated and intimidating…especially since i’ve never sewn a dress for anybody or anydoll.

i narrowed down my dress search to josefina’s portfolio because she had the least megabytes, which probably meant easier patterns, simpler instructions.  even though josefina’s christmas dress looked simple but its simple lines were elegant, and the very thrilling fact that it had puffed sleeves!

after i completed the dress i proudly showed mdh my masterpiece.  he said it looked nice.  i pointed out the puffed sleeves.  he said, “oh.”  humph!  what he should have said was, “the puffiest in the world!”  obviously not a kindred spirit in this regard.  but i was not too bothered because i did find other kindred spirits (of the female gender) that shared my same sentiment when i showed them the dress.  we only needed to be two sentences into the conversation and “puffed sleeves” would be mentioned.  most importantly, when i gave the dress to the birthday girl she was thrilled to pieces.  she complimented on all aspects of the dress.   from fabric choice to ribbon color (for someone who just turned 9, she really know how to give praises), and of course, she pointed out the puffs. 🙂

when her little brother saw me taking pictures of his sister’s doll he wanted me to take pictures of his lego creations (and so we threw in miss e’s boogie bear so she wouldn’t feel left out)!

p.s. i also made molly’s undergarments.

it’s soup weather

these past few day’s weather just makes me want to make soup.  it’s only the start of september, and some places are still experiencing heat in the 100’s, but around here we’ve been in the 60’s.  (yesterday my heater turned on in the morning because it dipped below 65 in the house…no, i don’t live in alaska.)

so for today’s first of the school year lunch i made chicken tortilla soup (i also needed to get rid of my 5lb bag of tortilla chips).

  • this time i made my own chicken broth by boiling a whole chicken.
  • then i removed the chicken, threw in ~5 handfuls of tortilla chips, tomatoes (from our yard!), 1 onion chopped, boiled that for 30min.
  • i let the soup cool until it’s warm, then i use an immersion blender and blend everything.
  • then i added 2 cups cooked black beans, 2 cups cooked red beans, 1/2 cup chopped onions, 1 cup chopped tomatoes, 3 cups shredded chicken, salt & pepper.
  • if you want some heat add your favorite hot sauce to the mix!

to add to the soup> in separate bowls i have:

  • tortilla chips
  • sliced avocados
  • sour cream
  • shredded cheese
  • lime/lemon wedges
  • a bottle of hot sauce