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Homemade Chicken Soup Recipe for Cozy Winter Days

21 Jan

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On those cold days of winter, if you are working or need to be out of the house all day but want some homemade soup when you get home, try this tried and true homemade chicken soup recipe which is made in a slow cooker.  My slow cooker capacity is 7 quarts so if you have a smaller one you will need to adjust the recipe accordingly.

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Ingredients:

Put all the following into the slow cooker:

1   32-oz box chicken broth (I like the Kitchen Basics brand)

8 cups of cold water

3  chicken bouillon cubes (I use the Telma brand, found in the Kosher aisle)

1 whole chicken, small or medium sized

2   12oz. bags of small baby carrots  (or 3-4 cups of carrot slices)

8 large stalks celery, sliced

1 large onion, chopped

3/4 cups barley (not quick barley)

Set the slow cooker for 4-5 hours on high.  Be sure the temperature of the chicken is at least 165-degrees when you remove it.  I place it on a jelly roll pan and break it apart to cool.  When it’s cool enough to touch, I shred the chicken pieces and return them to the soup.  Now the important part – taste the soup!  You can salt to your taste but I rarely add more salt.

SoupOnce soup cools a bit, I ladle out servings in disposable containers, label them and freeze them.  I leave enough in a larger container to put in the fridge for the week.  The frozen servings are wonderful to use in the future on a cold day when you just want one serving of homemade soup. If you prefer white rice, brown rice or noodles instead of barley, I’d recommend cooking them separately and then just adding after the soup is done.

Enjoy!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

#GivingTuesday

11 Nov

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Turn on any TV right now and you are seeing ads for Christmas already.  {sigh}  Halloween just ended, didn’t it?  While everyone at The Stationery Studio is ready for holiday shoppers, we also turn our focus to helping those in our community.  The Stationery Studio is hosting a food drive November 1 – November 28 to help fill their community food pantry this holiday season. Partnering with #GivingTuesday, TheStationeryStudio.com is hoping to raise awareness of the need in our community and fill their local food pantry.

Our food drive will benefit the Vernon Township Food Pantry. The Stationery Studio has been committed to helping the Vernon Township Food Pantry for years and chose them as their #GivingTuesday partner this holiday season.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Do you have something special you do for #GivingTuesday?  Or do you give back in some other way during the holiday season?  Share your story in the comments below.

xoxo,

Jennifer

New Trends in Personalized Products

28 May

may-stationery-show-002Last week we spent several days at the National Stationery Show which was held in New York City on May 15-18, 2016 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.  While there are many product types displayed at the National Stationery Show, of course the mainstay of the show and new product lines remains all things paper: note cards, note pads, invitations, calendars, place cards, place mats, and more. Printed just so and packaged just right, paper products are perfect for gifting.

Wondering about the new trends?  So were we when we took off for the show.  Now you can be in-the-know too.  The show featuring all things paper boasted several trends, which was the talk on the show floor.  As far as trends this year, many were standouts. There were six trends that will certainly be prevalent in the year ahead:

(1) There was the gorgeous use of watercolors on everything from note cards to note pads to invitations, moving cards and home decor.

(2) An extensive use of foil accent wording on products and design elements too.  Foil is everywhere and mostly shown in gold but other colors are around as well.

(3) There were large hand-lettered phrases and words all over many products, like a bride & groom’s name, or everyday wording such as “hello”, “thanks for everything”, “between friends” and unlimited other imprints.  These fun bold and dynamic imprints set the tone for so many new and existing product lines for 2016.  You’ll see these in big box stores featuring pre-printed products and on custom personalized items which are more exclusive.

(4) The use of preppy design elements are still as hot as ever, including stripes, nauticals, and fun florals.may-stationery-show-001

(5) There was an undertone of the quirky and slightly outrageous wording and designs appearing on everyday classics such as mugs, journals, note cards, and gift items.  Quirky (sometimes risque) phrases on items sets a tone for a segment of custom products.  This can include phrases printed on an item or design elements.

(6) High end letterpress and engraving and thick gorgeous stocks are still a prominent category for those who enjoy the specialty printed products and the finer things.  The use of luxurious touches to invitations, announcements and eve holiday cards marks a trend back to quality presentations for those that appreciate elegance.

We browsed through luxury leather goods, frames, journals, calendars, back-to-school, jewelry, stationery, address labels, self-inking stampers, note pads, invitations, announcements and all things personalized.  I’ve included some of the awarded best of show items for you to peek at.  Many of the new items we viewed in New York will begin appearing on TheStationeryStudio.com in the next few months, whether they be award winners or items we feel should be best in show.  You can expect to see hundreds of new products we think you’ll simply love.

may-stationery-show-003We are still celebrating the world of beautiful paper items and can’t wait to go through all the new lines soon to come.  Fun, fresh, unique, these stand-outs will certainly beckon you as you browse through our website.  Bright colors, foiled products, many embellishments and great basics will be the fresh take in 2016.

Keep browsing our New Products over the summer and fall and we really think you will enjoy what you see!

Best wishes,

Renee