Matzo Ball Soup

All of us really enjoy Matzo Ball Soup.  I had never even heard of it until I met my husband, but after we were married I learned how to make it.IMG_1709

I’ve tried all kinds of recipes, but we like this mix the best (even my husband’s mother used to make it with this)IMG_1699

The matzo ball mix is combined with eggs and oil and then let to sit for a bit.IMG_1701

While it sits, I prepare the other ingredients.  I had made chicken a few days ago and used the leftovers for this soup.  I then brought the homemade chicken stock I had made to a boilIMG_1700

and dropped rounded tablespoons of the matzo ball mix into the boiling liquid.  After that I just tossed in the veges and the chicken and cooked for about 20 minutes.IMG_1703

A nice warm nutritious meal and we ate it with a salad and some bread.  Yum, Yum!

Whipped Cream

My kids LOVE whipped cream and so do I.  I was at Safeway and they have chocolate whipped cream and mint whipped cream – these are holiday items and won’t be there all the time.  I had not seen these before and had to bring them home and give them a try.

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Hot chocolate with fancy whipped cream.

I made these for the two that happened to be at home at the time.  They both wanted both kinds of whipped cream.  It was a hit!  I’ll have to go back and stock up on a few more of each flavor.

Chicken Stock

Every time we bake and eat a whole chicken, I save the carcass and bits to make chicken stock.  Sometimes I don’t have time right away so I will freeze them.  As I was perusing the internet, I discovered a way to make the stock in my slow cooker!  This has saved me so much time – I just load up the slow cooker and let it go.

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Loaded slow cooker.

I used to make it on the stove top, but  I needed to be around so that I could make sure it didn’t boil over or boil down.  Now I pop everything in the slow cooker and forget about it.  I usually do this in the early afternoon and let it go all night.  In the morning, I will turn off the slow cooker, let everything cool a bit and then strain into jars.

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Yum!

One batch usually makes three jars of stock which is good for a meal plus leftovers.  I have ideas for this particular batch!

Quail

I love quail!  I love watching the mommies and daddies with their little babies running behind them.  I love the little top feather, they are just so cute.  Recently I went to an arts and crafts fair in Santa Barbara and picked up a handmade metal set.IMG_1637

Aren’t they cute!!  Looking at them everyday (or more than once a day!) as I come home from some errand makes me happy.