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!)