How to Make Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

A couple of weeks ago, I shared with you how I roast chicken. This week I want to show you an easy way to make chicken stock from the leftover carcass. (Isn’t that a gross-sounding word?)

No need to keep checking on it, you just set it in your slow cooker, and you’re set. Let’s do this thing!

First, pick the meat from your chicken and use it for some other purpose. You’re left with the bones. Put them in your slow cooker.

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Next you’ll add celery, onions, and carrots. You don’t have to go crazy peeling things too much because you’re going to be straining the stock later. Just make sure they’re not dirty and yucky.

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Cover everything with water.

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Set your slow cooker to low and cook for about 8 hours, or overnight is really easy. Your house will smell absolutely amazing, I promise.

Once it’s done, strain the solids from the liquid. Put in your fridge. Once the fat has solidified on top, remove it. Now you can use your super tasty homemade chicken stock to make soups and other dishes. Freeze if you’re not going to use it right away.

Recycled Thrift Store Onesie

Upcycled Thrift Store Onesie

About once a month one of the local thrift stores has a bag sale. All the clothes and shoes and whatnot you can fit in a garbage bag for $2.

I never miss this sale.

I’ve been able to find some awesome vintage clothes, and Erik has even found nice dress clothes. My main haul, though, is baby clothing.

Do you know how much baby clothing you can fit in a garbage bag? Well, it’s a lot. And generally, even though it’s all used, it’s in great condition because babies don’t wear them out. I pick up everything that looks good up to about size 2T. I’ve been able to collect at least six kids’ worth of clothes for Olive, and boxes for all of my friends who are also expecting.

I inspect everything as I’m picking it up, but occasionally I miss a stain or lost button.

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That’s what happened on a recent trip. I picked up the most adorable little pink shirt that was a size 2T. I just loved it for when Olive will be big enough for it. It went in the wash along with all of my other finds.

But then – as I was sorting through them again and folding them all up, I discovered a yellow stain that didn’t come out. Erik was ready to turn the shirt into a rag. As I pulled the buttons off to save, an idea hit me.

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I remembered that I had also picked up a plain pink onesie.

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Why not just combine the two?

And so, to miss the stain, I cut off the bottom ruffle from the shirt. I sewed it on the onesie in two rows, and I added a row of lace that I had on hand for some more girly fluff.

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The effect was great. I can’t wait to put this little outfit on Olive. I spruced up a plain little shirt, and I didn’t completely waste my adorable shirt. What a fantastic way to work with thrift store items that may not be in perfect condition and create something totally unique as well.

Upcycled Thrift Store Onesie DIY

Now, I realize that not everyone is going to find this exact combination of items to create this exact outfit. But I hope this gives you some inspiration for when you’re next thrifting.

I Made It! Monday

Life has been continuing as usual in my house. This weekend was wicked crazy, with an 80s concert Friday night, party Saturday night, and sing-a-long Sunday. Then, of course, there was my Downton Abbey fix, at which I cried like a baby. No spoilers from me, though. Let’s just say it was really, really, really sad. Especially for a crazy pregnant lady like myself.

Well, enough of that. Here’s a fun project from last week:

DIY-Rain-Boot-Liners

If you’ve got yourself some boring old rain boots, these DIY rain boot liners are right up your alley. Super cute project from Practically Functional.

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Diaper Cover DIY

Erik and I have decided that we want to cloth diaper the little baby Olive for a number of reasons. Whatever you think is best for your family is fine by me, but we think it’s 1) better for her 2) better for the environment and 3) better for our wallet.

So I did lots of research on what brands are recommended, what types there are, etc. etc. I determined that pocket diapers would work best for our lifestyle. So I registered for those.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I appreciate each and every one of you who got me a gift. But no one (except my sister-in-law) checked out my registry. When they found out I was cloth diapering, they all got me the old-fashioned kind that you need pins for and everything.

Sigh.

But I’ve decided to make the best of it. There’s no sense wasting perfectly good gifts even if they’re not what I wanted. I may decide once we start using them that I absolutely can’t stand the hassle of it or that I’m tired of pinning myself. Until then, though, I figure thousands of women have used these, I can too.

I still needed diaper covers, though. I had some PUL from when I was going to make a bunch of pocket diapers. Since I now have these other kind, I didn’t need to make those anymore. I decided to use the PUL for diaper covers.

Enter this tutorial from made. Most of the other diaper cover patterns I saw used FOE, but I found that to be an impossible hassle when I had made my single pocket diaper. I was really hoping to not go that route. Dana’s pattern and tutorial uses regular old braided elastic inside of casings. Now that’s something I can get behind.

The trickiest part, I thought, was serging around the leg holes after you’d already sewn the sides together. I would think you could do that before sewing the sides, but I followed her tutorial exactly just to be sure these turned out okay. A couple of times I also accidentally opened up my safety pin while threading the elastic. There’s another trick: trying to close it without ruining anything.

All in all, I felt the pattern was simple and quick to follow. These turned out cute, and I hope they do the trick for my little Olive’s old-fashioned diapers.

Here’s a couple of close-ups of some adorable patterns:

Do you cloth diaper? What system do you use?

Peanut Butter Cup Cake

It’s National Peanut Butter Day. Now, I’ve never been a huge fan of peanut butter, but I’ve gotten more into it as I’m pregnant. Not that I didn’t like it, but it wasn’t at the top of my list of things to eat. Once I started thinking about how to incorporate more protein into my diet, and since I can’t eat tree nuts, I’ve been putting peanut butter on a lot of things I never thought of before.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake

Recently I attended a carnival-themed baby shower. For the cake walk, I created this little beauty.

I don’t really have a recipe for you, as it’s a combination of elements. First, bake a chocolate cake. Use a mix, or your favorite from-scratch cake. I used two 9” round pans for mine.

Next, I whipped up this super yummy peanut butter frosting from Bon Appetit. They had used it for a banana cake, but it was perfect for my decadent creation.

Once the cake layers are cooled, place the bottom layer on a plate. Frost the top generously.

Chop up a bunch of peanut butter cups. I would say I did about 10 or so. I didn’t really count. Sprinkle over the bottom layer.

Place the top layer. Now frost the top and sides with more peanut butter goodness. Decorate the top with some whole peanut butter cups.

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That’s all there is to it. Yes, it’s a bit rich. But sometimes I think you just need to indulge.

So, tell me, are you a peanut butter fan? Erik is not. My mom is. There are all types.