The past two days were spent making a skirt from that flowery fabric. Sewing by hand makes me pay attention to every little detail. What's the point in rushing through? I found a handmade clothing shop on Etsy called Gaia Conceptions while looking around for more sewing ideas. This sort of clothing is exactly what I like to wear, but do not have the money (nor desire) to buy. Minimal, layered, comfortable, non-seasonal... I'm determined to start sewing clothes like this for myself.
Alright, girly clothing talk over. Better go check the stove. Venison and mixed bean soup for dinner. Perfect for a drizzly evening.
1 pint canned venison (looks and smells like dog food, I know)*
1 quart canned potatoes*
1 bag frozen chicken stock**
7 or 8 whole garlic cloves
1 roasted red pepper
4 or 5 cups mixed beans that have soaked for 24 hours
rosemary, marjoram, pepper, salt
chop everything and simmer until done
*By canned, I mean home-canned, not store-bought. If you don't have real canned venison, use raw meat. If you don't have home-canned potatoes, use raw ones. Just increase the cooking time.
**This was chicken stock that we prepared from scratch and froze. To make fresh stock, just simmer a chicken carcass or about a pound of chicken feet in a big pot for the whole day, until the water is fatty, it smells amazing, and everything is falling apart. Strain and use as your base. You can add peppercorns and other herbs while this simmers for added flavor.