06 December 2010

How to enjoy a winter sunday

On Sunday it was almost too cold to leave my house so I wanted to make it as nice as possible. I scrubbed and cleaned the kitchen and bathroom, did all my laundry so that my clothes would be fresh for the week, and tidied up my bedroom. At noon the sun was bright enough that I braved the cold for lunch with LK. We sat in a sunny window chatting and laughing until I went home to make some beautiful bows and a delicious bacon soup.
I put together my brand new keychain that I bought at Pearl River Mart in the city yesterday. How cute is she!?I made my bows using pink scraps of fabric and this amazing tutorial. Have you checked out ThreadBangers? If not you have to, especially now that the days are getting dark and cold. I was inspired by the ones from American Apparel, but it would be a cold day in hell before I paid that much for something I can make myself. My swiss chard and bacon soup is very simple to make, and you can always substitute olive oil for bacon. First you need bacon, chopped onions, carrots (I used golden ones), celery, chopped garlic, potatoes, lots of chopped swiss chard stems and leaves, bay & sage leaves, and vegetable broth. Since its soup, measurements can be according to what you like.First, I cooked the bacon until it was nice and crispy. I scooped out the bacon leaving the fat behind.In the fat, sautee the onion, celery, carrots, and sage & bay leaves at medium heat until they are translucent. Then add the garlic and potatoes and cook them until the garlic gets that delicious scent. Then, a swamp monster will grow in your pot and you will have to fight it off. No, just kidding, add the swiss chard and stir it all together until the swiss chard is coated in bacon fat.Add the broth and bring it to a boil with the cover on the pot. Once you've done that, reduce it to a simmer and let it cook for 35 minutes. When its done pour it into a bowl and sprinkle some of the bacon on top. I was a little too eager to photograph the finished product, you'll have to make it yourself and see. (If you don't like bacon use olive oil!)

22 comments

  1. Thank you for posting the link to the bow tutorial!

    By the way, I like you.

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  2. That bow turned out AMAZING. You're so talented with your crafts and your cooking! I love chard, I'll be sure to check out that recipe over my break :)

    And that keychain is seriously adorable.

    xoxo

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  3. Amazing work on the bow!! Also that looks so tasty! Saving it! (I laughed WAY to hard at the swamp monster part)

    Ayesha x

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  4. The bow and pendant are just too cute! Swiss chard and bacon soup seems absolutely perfect in these temperatures!

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  5. that is such a cute little keychain, and bow!

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  6. The bow is very sweet, i love that colour :D xxx

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  7. What a wonderful homemade soup Kallie!
    Thanks for coming by and leaving such sweet comments at my blog, I really appreciated it.
    Kat x

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  8. 1. That soups looks so good, I wish I had soup right now (i'm cold and my insides need warming!)

    2. Totally trying that bow DIY, I can't believe some places charge so much for bows!

    also, I nominated you for a little award over at my blog :)

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  9. Totally saving this recipe. We've been getting a lot of Swiss Chard lately and you can't go wrong with bacon :-)

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  10. nice bow! it's really cuteee

    xx Kenny

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  11. Aww that bow is so adorable..and ur key bunch is so cute.....
    xx

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  12. Your keychain is adorable! & so is that bow which I am gonna have to try sometime.

    :)

    Thanks for birthday comment! :)

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  13. your soup sounds amazing! Nothing is better than some good soup in the winter! thanks for your sweet comment ;) xoxo

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  14. Whoa. So talented. I can hardly cook, let alone document it as I go.

    That bow turned out perfectly!!! I love the color.

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  15. oh waauw soo nice!

    XOXONinaaa
    www.ninasengers.blogspot.com

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  16. Your keychain is adorable! & so is that bow which I am gonna have to try sometime.

    :)

    Thanks for birthday comment! :)

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  17. 1. That soups looks so good, I wish I had soup right now (i'm cold and my insides need warming!)

    2. Totally trying that bow DIY, I can't believe some places charge so much for bows!

    also, I nominated you for a little award over at my blog :)

    xx
    MILK TEETHS

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  18. oh waauw soo nice!

    XOXONinaaa
    www.ninasengers.blogspot.com

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  19. your soup sounds amazing! Nothing is better than some good soup in the winter! thanks for your sweet comment ;) xoxo

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