Sunday, January 30, 2011

CHA is moving right along!

Well I've done 2 days of walking and my feet can prove it! I've got more business cards than I've seen all together in a long time! I shook more hands in the past two days than I have in a long time since working at Casual Corner and I won an iPad! I've also made a few make and takes along the way which has been really fun and met many of the other awesome designers! Really -I should say what I have not done! Lol!

This experience has been absolutely amazing! If you'd like to see what I've been up to - please check out my page! My sister has been kind enough to upload all my my happenings from the east coast!

I'll post again when I can! Have a great day!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

CHA - Exciting Madness

I'm sitting here eating my 11:11am (didn't have breakfast yet - so I can't have lunch yet!)...and freaking out about how little time I have left to prepare for my debut trip to the Craft & Hobby Winter Show in Los Angeles CA!

I've been so hard at work for the last few months that I have not blogged nearly as much as I would love to! In October (2010) I was focused on my daughter's Halloween costumes! In November I was frantically planning a last minute birthday party for my 6yr old after she changed her mind...from a family shindig - to a friend party, and Thanksgiving. Then December was all about Christmas presents I was making for my girls and getting the whits about me to get my CHA membership and get cranking on all the trip plans!

A whirlwind fo' sho!! lol! So while the bright white snow is lightly covering the world around me, I'm going to keep sewing in the hopes that I get the sewing all done today so I can move on to the awful and dreaded state of packing everything into 2 small suitcases! A very daunting task I am not looking forward to. Then I get to help fold all of my press kits, and print my tickets and register my extra bag!....and of course leave behind some fun cute little notes for my girls!

I can't show you all of what I'm making - nor can I tell you what it all is - but the pictures above are just a little sampling of the fun things I've been making in my little kid giddy world lately! I took them with my phone - so don't expect some top notch photography just yet!

I hope you are all having a great day and week! I will post while I can from the sunny - oh so warm state of California!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Edible Wednesday: Wonton Soup (Semi-Homemade)

So I kind of made this soup by accident. And I just love a yummy accident. I was really hungry and was really only in the mood for a nice brothy style soup, but wasn't happy with the canned soup I had to choose from! At the same time, I was being tempted by this (new to me) bag of mini frozen wonton's in my freezer, ever so softly calling out my name....
I grabbed the bag and saw that you could cook them up a couple of ways, IE: microwave, stir fry, or in a soup. And I thought - hmmm...I could do that.

So I just grabbed what I was in the mood for (chicken broth), julienned some carrots, re-heated some frozen broccoli (needed some good color), and once that was all nice and warm, I added the mini wonton's. It literally took me all of 10 minutes to prep and cook. My husband was eyeing it the whole time, so I did have to share, but wow - it was so delicious!

So if you are a fan of Semi-Homemade recipes...this one is for you! You can't help but love it!

Here's what you need:
Annie Chun's mini wontons (pick any flavor that speaks to you!)
1 1/2 cups of Chicken Broth (you can also use Vegetable broth if you'd like - or a combo)
1 cup of frozen Broccoli (or fresh)
1 Small - Med carrot stick - julienne

(you can also add Garlic, Ginger, or any other extras you'd like. I kept mine simple.)

Here's what you do:
1) Defrost your broccoli in the microwave if you are using frozen.
2) Pour your broth into a stove top safe dish and turn stove onto medium heat.
3) Julienne your Carrots and immediately add this to the broth.
4) add the Broccoli with the carrots if using it fresh or add once defrosted.
5) Once your soup has come to a boil and your carrots are a little soft, add your frozen wontons. and continue to heat until almost boiling again.

The great thing is - The bag of mini frozen Wontons was only $3.69 and there are 4 wontons to a serving, with 6 servings to a bag. 4 Wonton's is only 100 calories, so you can easily have 8 (for 200 calories)- and really that's only $1.23 for 8 minis. That rocks! Once you add the broth and the broccoli and carrots, you are only at maybe 330 calories total and maybe $3.00?! What a deal!

My husband is just as hooked as am I, and while I was just buying 3 more bags from my frozen food isle, I called my sister and now she's on a mission to get some too! Dude - you have to try this!

I hope you have a great day!!! I'm off to make Wonton soup for lunch!