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Friday, October 29, 2010

Potato Soup to warm your heart

Well, fall is here and it brings that chill in the air.  Working hard on my fall projects and while pondering dinner, I remembered this post from last year.  Well, I think it holds very true for this year as well.  I am still looking for and painting on spoons; and tonights pot of potato soup will warm the soul.  I hope you enjoy this 'repeat'.  Make sure to follow for more posts and projects to come.

I have been busy painting spoon ornaments for the holiday season.  I have several designs for  Ohio State Buckeyes, Ohio University Bobcats, Cincinnati Bearcats and many more.  I enjoy the challenge that painting on this small surface gives me, and am always looking for new spoons to use.  I have used all the spoons that I have with the exception of my personal stash in the silverware drawer.  So when looking for spoons, I headed for the drawer and immediately thought, "how will I enjoy my warm and comforting soup?"  Which caused me to think of a good warm soup for dinner. 

I decided on potato soup. A large pot of soup that I can enjoy today and which can be warmed and eaten tomorrow for lunch.  I am sure it will leave me feeling very cozy inside.  Here is my recipe which is very simple and quick.  I hope you enjoy!

               Ingredients:  6 medium russet potatoes
                                   1 cup milk (whole or 2%)
                                   1/4 c chopped onion
                                   1/2 pound smoked sausage
                                   1 tsp each butter and olive oil
                                   1 cup half and half
                                   1 tsp parsley flakes
                                   1 tsp celery seeds
                                   1 egg yolk                                  
                                   1 tsp salt & pepper to taste                              

Peel and dice potatoes and set aside covered in water.  Chop onion and dice smoked sausage and saute in pot with butter and olive oil.  Saute until onion is clear making certain not to allow the onions to scorch.  Once onions are clear, add the drained potatoes to the pot.  Add  just enough water to cover potatoes.   At this time you can add celery seeds and salt and pepper and bring to a boil.  Stir occasionally and once the pot begins to boil,  lower the temp to simmer.  Allow to simmer until potatoes are soft and can be easily mashed with a fork, approximately 30 minutes. Using a potato masher, work the potatoes until most are mashed, but a few cubes are left. 

Add to the pot the  half and half  and 1/2 cup milk holding back 1/2 cup milk.  Add egg yolk to 1/2 cup of milk, mixing well and stir into soup mixture.  Let soup return to boil, stirring occasionally as it thickens.  Taste for additional seasoning at that time. Can be served with crackers, a dollop of sour cream, chopped chives or
any topping of your choice.  Guaranteed to warm you from the inside out.

So make a big pot, sit down and check out my new ornaments on


Friday, October 22, 2010

Go Bucks, an Ohio State Buckeye tribute

Yesterday I posted a picture of my new OSU wreath design.  It is a great way to show your spirit for the team on your front door or wall.  Today, keeping with the  Buckeye spirit, I am showing my hand painted lampshade.    I have taken a kraft paper shade and  painted a winding vine around the base and top with leaves and painted buckeyes and an O in the front with the buckeye leaves and another buckeye.  What a tribute to Ohio State.  The lampshade fits down over a standard light bulb and measures approx 10" across the bottom and 10" high.  All these designs can be found at Be sure to follow my blog as I will be adding more team items in the next few weeks.

Go Bucks, and we are all cheering for you against Purdue on Saturday!


Thursday, October 21, 2010

Long time gone!

Good morning everyone.  Boy has it been a while.  As most of you know, September and October, are the busiest months in the crafter's world.  I have been traveling throughout the midwest exhibiting at shows and working very hard to keep up my inventory.  As a result, I have had to neglect some of my other projects such as this blog, and

The shows have been great this year.  The rewards are meeting  my customers face to face and getting their feedback and reactions to my work.  They often offer great new suggestions and twists on items that I have on display.  My RV slates have been a great hit as well as some new sayings on my dog bones.  And look at the new Ohio State wreath I have designed.  A new twist on an old idea.

I am going to keep this short today as I have several areas to update.  But, just know; I am back and intend to list several new items on Etsy within the next few days as well as updating of my website. See you soon!
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