Wednesday, April 29, 2009
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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
As you can tell from the poster with the cupcakes, exclusive emails and b-day tweets, we are like kids in a candy store when it comes to our Super Sweet 6th Birthday! In honor of our big day, we've giving away your choice of 6 Psycho Baby brand tees - irreverent fun for the whole family!
Here's all you have to do to enter:
1. Go to the Psycho Baby Brand t-shirt page, and pick your 6 favorites (onesies count, too!)
2. Tell us what your six faves are as a Comment in this post.
3. We know its jazzy, but please only one Comment per day per person!
4. Entries in our 6 Days of Tees giveaway are accepted through 5.3.09 (our actual birthday!) at 11:59 CST. Winner will be selected at random, and announced the week of May 4th!
Friday, April 24, 2009
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Monday, April 20, 2009
My littlest son Jasper (he's 4) is home with a sad spring fever. So, I did what any other anxiety ridden Italian mama would do, made him chicken soup. Passed down from my sweet Nana, it is also now my cure for everything. I have been asked countless times to share it with friends and family. So,finally, here it is. I hope you enjoy. -Marlo
This is a very hearty chicken soup that my grandmother used to make for me to cure everything. It was her cure for colds, a bad day at school, to seal a long term deal with your boyfriend (Worked for me! Married 12 years and counting!)I have been making it since I was a teenager. My family likes it with too many veggies and too many noodles. I cook a variation of this soup at least twice a month and have my prep time down to 15 minutes. Then, I can read the Sunday paper while it is cooking!
If it is too hearty for you, cut the quantities of veggies and noodles a bit.
Grandma Dargento's Chicken Soup
1 Whole Chicken (Fryer works best )
4-5 carrots, diced
4-5 stalks of celery, diced
1 onion, diced
1 14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes, optional (I like Organic Muir Glen with Italian Herbs best)
salt and pepper to taste
1/2 -1 lb noodles (tortellini's, thin egg noodles, rice or any other of you favorites)
About 8 or so cups of water. Just enough to cover chicken.
So, here is the MOST important part. Getting the fat out of your broth.
Rinse the chicken in warm water and place in a pot (I use a 7 1/2 quart Le Creuset Dutch oven that my grandmother gave me a hundred years ago! But any pot will do). Fill the pot with cold water, just enough to cover the chicken. Cold water gives you a clearer broth. Bring to a soft boil, uncovered. I always chop my veggies while waiting for my water to boil. As the water begins to heat, you will see the fat rise to the top. Use a large spoon to skim this off. This part takes a few attempts but is well worth it. You may lose a lot of water while doing this. Don't worry, you can add more if necessary.
After you feel you have skimmed as much of the fat off as possible, add the vegetables, tomatoes (you need less salt if you use tomatoes, nice!), salt and pepper. Add more water if necessary. Cover and lower the heat to the lowest possible setting on you stove for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.
You will know when it is ready. Your chicken will be practically falling apart. I use two large spoons to take the chicken out and transfer it into a large bowl to cool. If you lose any chicken pieces, just use a slotted spoon to pick up them up out of the soup. After the chicken cools, remove the breast meat(or dark meat if you prefer). Tear it into rough, bite sized pieces or dice the chicken and add to broth. This is a good time to check your salt and pepper again.
Lastly, cook the noodles in a separate pot of water until al dente. Add to broth.
*I made the mistake in my early twenties of cooking my noodles in my broth. Big mess! It soaks up all the broth leaving you with a noodle stew!
*Another variation that I love is to make is a Spanish chicken soup! Everything is the same, just add a full squeeze of lime juice to your broth and 1 minced jalapeño (seeds removed) with the other veggies. Use rice instead of noodles. Serve with fresh minced cilantro, favorite hot sauce and lime slices. I sometimes serve it with simple quesadillas. Yum!!!
Share some of your family favorite recipes!
Friday, April 17, 2009
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Leave your comments below with your choice for the Psycho Baby of the Month! Be sure to write the child's display name in your post, along with any compliments or captions and at the end of the month, the voting will close and the POM's profile will be featured in a post!
That said, we know everyone's in agreement that the point of the POM is to celebrate all the cool, crazy kids and so we have decided to give the babes a more prominent spot within the blog instead of on the side going forward, which will also live under our 'Contest' tab!
The new way to vote is by leaving a comment with the name of the one you are voting for (bye-bye poll!), so that way everybody can share their love of the photo, add a caption and we can generally have more merriment, 'cause the POM makes us all really happy! At the close of each month the comments will close for counting and the winner's profile will be displayed in our blog! We hope you all enjoy the POM's new home!
We know it is hard to choose, but does your little one have a favorite Ugly Doll, or a favorite story involving their Ugly Friend? Let us know in the comments section!