The packing has begun in earnest.
I’ve got the stereo playing my favorite music.
I am burning my “nearly gone anyway” favorite jar candle, fragrancing my suroundings – no sense packing it. I’ll burn it until the flame dies, and toss it out as one less thing to pack.
I’ll pick a brand new one to light at the new cabin on move-in day. A welcome candle to light our new chapter.
Some furnishings are to be left here –a couple of couches, end tables, coffee table, dining room table and chairs.
I like knowing that some of my favorite pieces, some that I have acquired while furnishing this place – will also have their spot in the new cabin, and when I visit, they will be there waiting for me like familiar friends with common memories.
My word – have I always been this sentimental?
Yes. To a fault.
But I’m having some fun too!
Isn’t this pretty? Cotton & Steel and Pat Sloan as PACKING MATERIAL! Why not? It’s got to be moved from the sewing nook anyway?
Plates separated by pot holders, and cups wrapped in fabric.
It’s not going across country ---
It’s less than an hour away from here. It just has to get from here to there.
Cloth napkins and towels wrap as well.
Sorry for the blurry photo.
Stemware remains. I think I need to wrap these in batting and perhaps grab some wine bottle boxes from the liquor store for these. I am trying to avoid BUYING cardboard boxes that have to be recycled after moving. Instead we’ve invested in clear totes that can be reused. We are not moving everything in one day – so we can take a load, empty totes, bring back the totes, do another load on another trip, etc.
And then the totes can be used for things like FABRIC STORAGE! HA!
Machine heads have been removed from cabinets.
The heads will also be wrapped in batting and boxed for transport. This one will go in the loft/reading nook area at the new place. Can’t wait to see everything set up there.
Sad seeing an empty mantle.
I know just where to hang this at the new place.
Chicken Taco soup in the Crock Pot!
I posted about this yesterday on Facebook and Instagram and was asked multiple times for the recipe. I pretty much don’t cook by recipe when it comes to things like this – it was an attempt to empty out some of the canned goods from the cupboard (less to move!) but here it is:
Start with the leftovers of one rotisserie chicken. Mine was half eaten, but still loads of meat on it.
Break that chicken carcass into pieces, cover it with about 4 cups of water or so and simmer it until all the meat falls off the bones. Strain the broth into a container, separating it from the meat and bones and put it in the fridge to chill overnight. The fat, what little there is, will rise to the top and solidify so you can easily discard the fat from off the broth.
When cool enough to handle, comb through the meat and bones, pulling the chicken meat into shreds and discarding any bones or cartilage or undesirable bits. At this point I usually put the good chicken meat into a ziplock bag in the fridge next to my container of broth that is chilling and save it for the next day.
To make the chicken taco soup, place the broth and the chicken meat into a crock pot and add:
I 15 oz can dark red kidney beans, drained
1 15 oz can black beans, drained
1 sm can peeled and diced green chilies
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes with juice (the whole can, do not drain)
2 ribs of celery, diced
1/2 yellow onion, diced
2 carrots, thinly sliced into rounds (I used purchased shredded this time, cooks faster!)
1 small package of frozen white sweet corn (I used 1 can of canned sweet corn from cupboard)
1 package taco seasoning mix
Minced garlic to taste (About 1 tsp from a jar in the fridge)
Let simmer on high for 2 hours.
Check salt content and add more if desired.
I don't often use canned beans, and this can be made with dried beans if you start the process the day before by soaking the dry beans overnight while chilling the broth. This recipe is really versatile!
If using dry beans, you'll want to cook the beans until they are tender BEFORE adding the tomatoes to the broth as the acid in tomatoes can prevent beans from softening up during the cooking process. No one likes hard beans in their soup!
Serve with crushed tortilla chips, shredded cheese and a dollop of sour cream.
We also garnished our soup with some thinly sliced avocado. YUMMY!
Mona and I enjoyed this for lunch with a side salad and some sliced fruit. It made such a huge amount that I am good for the next couple of days without having to stop and cook a meal while I pack.
This happened last night.
I haven’t touched the hand quilting for a while – because every time I’ve been up here I’ve been binding in the evenings. So nice to sit and stitch!
Working on these.
These are sashing units for Straits of Mackinac. I thought I must be close to being done, but when I counted, I wasn’t even at half way yet. Just keep sewing, Bonnie – Just keep sewing!
And trimming – just keep trimming!
So the plan is – more packing and organizing and throwing out of stuff that can be pitched this morning. After lunch I can sew. 14 SLEEPS until we close on the new place. I’ll be bringing HOME things that can go home with me that don’t need to go to Virginia. I’m leaving enough stuff unpacked that we will be able to fix a simple meal, have towels for a shower –but when we head up to Jefferson for our closing, we’ll be heading right up to Virginia to drop off the first load and start the moving in process.
My head is spinning. Time to get to it!
Quiltville Quote of the Day!
Vintage 16 patch quilt found in North Carolina.
It's your life! Refuse to take a backseat!
Happy Thursday, everyone!