Thursday, February 27, 2014

What to Wear: Bay Area Job Interview

Two good friends of mine happen to have big job interviews coming up next week. And, I just happened to go to a great event hosted by XX in Health last night focused on how to dress for a job interview in San Francisco's tech community. The secret? Put together an outfit inspired by a J.Crew mannequin, with a dash of your own style:
Sweater - This J.Crew merino sweater in warm jade is on sale for $44.
Shirt - Add a chambray shirt, this one is $24 from Old Navy, underneath the sweater.
Skirt - This "wow" pencil skirt from Boden is $124 and comes in cute pattern choices. Their sizing tends to run more curvy than American brands.
Shoes - An important job interview is the perfect excuse to splurge on these $240 navy suede pumps from Club Monaco.
Belt - A basic skinny brown belt in natural leather.
iPad Case - A lovely leather envelope for your obligatory iPad or Macbook Air.
Purse - If you get the job, you could reward yourself with this $900 Tiffany & Co. leather tote.
Bracelets - Gold and teal bangles add some polish.
Watch - A Kate Spade watch with orange leather strap adds a contrast color detail.
Earrings - Gold and orange enamel studs, also from Kate Spade, help bring in another dash of bright.
Glasses - Don't forget your trendy hipster glasses!
Lipstick - Coral lipstick with staying power so you don't have to worry about reapplying mid-interview.

Of course, every job interview and every interview-e requires something a bit different. Feel free to email me if you have an important job interview coming up and want advice on what to wear.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

What to Wear: Rainy Day in San Francisco

It is rainy, gray and cold in San Francisco. Definitely a day for dressing casually and warm. I find it so much harder to put together a casual outfit than a fancy one. Is that just me?

Sweater - This boxy white cableknit sweater from Zara looks like it would be so warm.
Tee - A long-sleeved gray heather tee from Madewell.
Purse - This gray bowling bag from Zara matches the sky today.
Jeans - Hudson pencil leg jeans in a medium blue, on sale for $120.
Coat - Why don't they make more coats in dark brown? I like the classic toggles on this duffle coat.
Boots - A paid of these Sperry duck shoes is a great alternative to the tall Hunter wellies when it is drizzling.
Umbrella - A Marimekko umbrella in black and brown to match.
Headband - I love that this style of headband is called a "turban" - sounds more fun than the reality. With my curly hair, a headband on a rainy day is key.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Citrus Rosemary Chicken in a Cast-Iron Dutch Oven

This one is not so much a recipe as it is just pretty photos. My natural style of cooking is to throw a bunch of things together with no plan or measurement. Rob and I went for a long hike in San Francisco on Sunday, covering the peaks of Buena Vista, Parnassus, Sutro and Twin Peaks. Along the way home, we picked some wild rosemary to use for dinner.

The resulting simple dish is similar in preparation to coq au vin I cooked a few weeks ago. I started with two pieces of bacon, removed from the pot after cooking. I then browned the drumsticks in the rendered fat. Once browned, I added chicken broth, white wine, rosemary, meyer lemons, mandarin oranges, half an onion, a bay leaf, salt and pepper.
When the chicken had simmered for an hour, I added diced carrots, some green olives and turmeric to give it a bright yellow color.  The resulting dish has a moroccan feel - cilantro would have been a good addition - and was served on top of a rice/quinoa blend. Like coq au vin, it's better the next day.

Monday, February 24, 2014

What to Wear: A Brighter Maternity

Hana wrote in with a request for a few spring pieces to brighten up her maternity in Europe:
Your latest posts definitely put me in the mood for some spring shopping. However, as I am seventeen weeks pregnant right now (my second baby, I already have little boy of 18 months), I sadly can't wear most of the clothes you posted...So, how about a "what-to-wear"-post with a spring/ summer for pregnant ladies theme? I crave colors at the moment, I'm really fed up with all the winter blacks. I especially covet - because of your posts;)- a pink or coral coat or jacket. Also most of the clothes would have to be washable (as I have a little boy) and I live in Germany, so it would be great, if there was shipping to Europe. Thank you so much for your blog! It frequently cheers me up as I'm having some difficulty with the pregnancy at the moment.
Hana 
Let's make some sweeping generalizations: Maternity clothes are largely dreadful. Most everything is navy and gray. Especially American maternity brands. Except Old Navy. The Japanese and French brands have a lot more fun.  

Here are some fun maternity picks in corals, reds and pinks for Hana: 
1. This $20 coral striped maternity tunic from Old Navy is so adorable. There's an exposed brass zipper on the back to make it even more appealing. 
2. Finding a coral maternity coat for sale at the start of spring was nearly impossible. But thankfully, a Japanese maternity brand came to the rescue. This maternity trench coat in watermelon is $57. 
3. San Francisco brand, Japanese Weekend, makes stylish and practical clothes that carry you all the way through nursing. My sister had a version of this nursing/maternity jersey wrap dress in plum.  
4. French-brand, La Redoute, has some adorable maternity clothes. This coral striped maternity shirt is 25 euros. 
5. La Redoute also sells these bright coral pink maternity trousers for 45 euros. 
6. This gauzy coral tunic from Old Navy would have fit in perfectly with our Jane Austen series last week! 
7. You have to hand it to Old Navy for at least trying to make cute maternity clothes. This coral athletic tank is $24.
8. The only other bright coat I could find: a magenta wool maternity coat with brass buttons on sale for $89. 

Friday, February 21, 2014

What to Wear: Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy's Wedding, Inspired by Pride and Prejudice

Episode 6 of Pride & Prejudice saves everyone from ruin. Mr. Darcy has to arrange not one, but two, marriages for Bennet sisters before he can find his own happiness. Lydia is married, Jane is married and Elizabeth too. A happy Jane Austen ending!
Dress - I'm not usually a fan of strapless gowns, but this Miranda dress from J. Crew is so nicely cut. Somehow it seems right that Lizzie Bennet's wedding dress would have pockets.
Coat - The strapless cut wouldn't matter as much since you'd be wearing this elegant white coat over it for your winter wedding in a picturesque stone church.
Tiara - I can only find a photo, not a source, but this laurel wreath tiara is exactly right.
Bouquet - A loose and wild wedding bouquet of Lily of the Valley and herbs, just like in the series.
Gloves - Lizzie wore leather gloves throughout all six episodes almost every time she was outside, but not at her snowy wedding? This white leather pair has a suede ruffle.
Shoes - Basic white satin bridal pumps from Kate Spade.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

What to Wear: Sleepwear for the Ruined, Inspired by Pride & Prejudice

It's episode 5 of Pride & Prejudice and everyone's lives are ruined.

Mr. Wickham has run off with Lydia and the Bennet household is in despair. Mr. Collins helpfully comes by to remind them that they would be better off dead. Mr. Bennet will definitely be killed fighting. Mrs. Bennet won't leave her room, which "lends such an elegance" to their misfortunes. Why even bother getting dressed when you'll never see Mr. Darcy again?
Pajamas - A basic pair of pajamas in white with navy trim on sale at J. Crew.
Shawl - It must have been so, so cold in those british country homes. A $45 print shawl with pink fringe helps a tiny bit.
Robe - $420 for a taupe cashmere robe? Why not. You're going to end up the poorhouse soon enough anyway.
Slippers - I really, really want a pair of these ballet-style shearling slippers in camel with a black bow.
Tea cup - A pistachio and gold tea cup and saucer. The color is similar to the Bennet's china pattern.
Smelling salts - Did you know that they made artisanal eucalyptus smelling salts in Portland? Of course they do.

What to Wear: Inspired by Elizabeth Bennet at Pemberley, Pride & Prejudice

Episode 4 of Pride & Prejudice is the best one. It has so many FEELINGS. Things start off with Lizzie and Mr. Darcy angry at each other. Then, you get to see Mr. Darcy broodingly write a letter, broodingly practice fencing and broodingly dive into a lake. What follows is a scene so memorable that it inspired artists to create a 12 foot tall floating Colin Firth statue in England. Damp Darcy is pretty great, but I think he's most handsome in the outfit that follows.

So, all we need is a romantic modern outfit that can accommodate all these feelings and works for touring the estate owned the man that you secretly really do love...inspired by what Elizabeth Bennet wore:
Dress - This silk patterned maxi dress in ivory with light blue is floaty and romantic.
Jacket - A leather jacket in cognac adds some structure and attitude on top.
Clutch - A burgundy clutch with a delicate gold chain detail.
Shoes - Cole Haan peep toe wedges in burgundy are perfect for exploring "extensive grounds" in style.
Headband - Another dash of red in this simple braided ribbon headband.
Ring - A simple gold and sapphire ring.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

What to Wear: A Coral and Green Travel Outfit Inspired by Lizzie Bennet, Pride & Prejudice

In Episode 3 of the 1995 Pride & Prejudice series, Elizabeth Bennet travels to Kent to visit her best friend who is now married to her terrible cousin. She's in the heart of Darcy territory and facing a former admirer, time for a seriously stunning travel outfit:

Dress - I love this rust colored shift dress with a split neckline. It's currently on sale in everything but my size at Saks for $134.
Coat - An elegant wool coat in bottle green from Land's End. On sale for $124.
Scarf - A brick red plaid scarf is a dashing compliment to the outfit.
Shoes - Dark red suede pumps from the Nike Air collection at Cole Haan.
Purse - My favorite leather satchel in oxblood has room for an iPad and a housewarming present.
Earrings - Garnet and gold drop earrings.
Sunglasses - An inexpensive tortoise shell pair of sunglasses.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

What to Wear: Inspired by Elizabeth Bennet's Red Dress in Pride & Prejudice

Episode 2 of the iconic 1995 Pride & Prejudice series introduces the terrible Mr. Collins and the even-more-terrible Mr. Wickham into the story. Elizabeth Bennet manages to keep her cool in a red muslin dress with floral print. Let's translate it into an outfit that works for a family dinner with an annoying cousin today:

Blouse - A beautiful floaty cotton blouse with a floral print over a deep coral background is a modern version of Lizzie's pretty red dress.
Trousers - These dark emerald green wool pants are a sophisticated compliment to the bright top.
Belt - A basic gold leather belt helps tie it together.
Cross - I looked everywhere for a simple garnet cross as nice as Elizabeth's but this was the closest I could find.
Shoes - The combination of beige suede and gold detail on these peep-toe pumps is so pretty.
Tea cup - Wedgwood & Bentley collection china with hand-painted gold detail over royal blue.
Book - Key for avoiding Mr. Collins and his stories of Lady Catherine after dinner.

Monday, February 17, 2014

What to Wear: Pride & Prejudice, Elizabeth Bennet, Episode 1

Just when I was feeling so tired of all my clothes and so bored with nothing but olympics on TV... a miracle!  I discovered that my Amazon Instant Video account suddenly includes all six hours of the iconic 1995 BBC Pride & Prejudice series.  With Rob gone on a retreat with his bike team, there is nothing to stop me from watching on it a constant loop this week and creating Lizzie-inspired outfits.

Let's start with the opening scene: Elizabeth Bennet is walking home in a white dress and a mint green jacket with saddle leather gloves after spotting Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley for the first time.

JeansWhite jeans are the everyday muslin dress of our times? 
Blouse - This mint blouse is only $44 and an extra 25% off. Plus, machine washable since you don't have servants.
Sweater - A silk cableknit sweater that matches the mint green blouse.
Boots - Wellies are what you would wear for traipsing around the Hertfordshire countryside these days. This pair of Hunter boots in navy has a cream stripe on the back that reminds me of the ribbon on Lizzie's hat.
Purse - A classic saddle leather cross-body bag from Coach.
Hat - This basic straw hat is much more sensible than a bonnet.
Gloves - A kind of strange choice with the outfit, but true to the costume. These lambskin gloves are on sale for $70.
Earrings - These crystal and pearl drops are supposed to be bridal but I decree them as hiking-wear.

Your Song by Billy Paul

I've developed a full-on obsession with this version of Your Song by Billy Paul. This song and Pharrell William's Happy have been on constant rotation this week. A solid combination:

Friday, February 14, 2014

What to Wear: Faux Leather Leggings

I bought a pair of faux leather leggings at H&M a few months ago...and promptly failed to ever wear them. Too fancy for a weekend?  Too rocker for work? I finally got over the fear last week and found an office-friendly outfit to go with the fancy pants.
Coat - Hello spring!  A bright yellow coat with a vintage cut for $149 at Zara.
Shirt - This pretty patterned blouse is only $13.
Leggings - This pair of faux leather leggings on sale with an extra 30% off at Club Monaco are much nicer than my pair. The back panel is fabric to keep you from burning up completely.
Earrings - Kate Spade stud earrings in a yellowy green for $38.
Sunglasses - A vintage-styled pair from Forever 21.
Handbag - I'm so in love with this mid-gray goat leather tote and my laptop would love to be carried around in it, but the $1,300 price tag is too much.
Shoes - A classic pair of pumps in a suede gray from Club Monaco.

Have a lovely weekend!

A Casual French Valentine's Day Dinner Party

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!  After yesterday's morning tea party, I dashed off to work with a client in the afternoon and returned home to prepare for the day's second entertaining event.  Matt and Jon were arriving for dinner at 7:00.
I planned an easy, frenchy menu for the dinner. A big pot of coq au vin was prepared ahead on Wednesday night and ready to go. To go along with the chicken, I made the Pioneer Woman's recipe for mashed potatoes, which keep warm in the oven until you're ready to serve. To start off the meal, I made a basic green salad with a bit of feta cheese and vinaigrette made with meyer lemon.

The table was set with Ikea linens, everyday dishes and the dinner set from my silver case.
I didn't take a photo the main dish - French stews don't really photograph well anyway! We ended the meal with dessert of the same blackberry fool from the morning tea. This time with spicy ginger cookies and extra blackberries on top.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

A Gluten-Free Toddler Tea Party for Valentine's Day

Your first tea party! What a fun occasion and what an honor to be hostess for it.  My friend Amy brought her two- and three- year old daughters over today for a Valentine's Day morning tea with at 10:00 am.
The menu for this tea had to be gluten-free and full of things that young ladies like to eat.  I made chocolate-dipped strawberries and brownies (the gluten-free Betty Crocker mix is quite good) the night before.
In the morning, I filled small silver baskets with carrot, snap pea and olive crudit├ęs. What toddler can pass up black olives?
I also assembled two kinds of tea sandwiches on gluten free white bread (not nearly as good as the brownie mix): cucumber over dill cream cheese and cheddar pesto.
The final piece of the menu was a fresh blackberry fool, topping gluten-free cinnamon cookies.
The guests arrived right on time and in cute black-white-pink outfits. Margaret was also able to take the morning off work to join us for tea!
Rob graciously agreed to serve as the "butler" - pouring out our cups of Raspberry Zinger. He even brought us a bell to call for refills while he was off working down the hall.
The stuffed friends - Barkly, Scruffy, Australia and Hedwig - had a seat of honor at the table too.
After tea, we picked out ribbons to dress up the stuffed friends. The girls also got to take home the rose and gold teacups - which I had picked up at a local thrift store just for this party.
A very fun morning with two charming girls and two lovely friends!

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Paper Heart Valentine's Day Chandelier

Valentine's Day festivities are heating up at our apartment. Tomorrow, I'm hosting not one - but two - parties on the theme.  We start the morning with a Valentine's Day tea party with two young ladies who are friends of mine. Then, a couple friends are coming for dinner in the evening.  To summarize...there's been a lot of construction paper in play!
The main decoration for the house is a giant paper heart mobile attached to the chandelier.
I think this is my favorite thing I've ever made with construction paper. The hearts are sandwiched on to embroidery thread. The bottom heart on each thread has a penny taped in for extra weight.
I just adore the way the hearts spin and float above the table. I may never take it down!

Stay tuned later this week for more details on both our Valentine's Day entertaining events.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

We're Going to Turkey, Greece and Croatia!

Our year of travel adventures continues!  Rob and I just booked tickets into Turkey in late March and out of Croatia in mid-May.

The plan is to wind our way from Istanbul through Greece and up to Croatia - with a mountain bike in tow.  We'll be working remotely and staying in apartments during the trip. Friends here in San Francisco will stay in our apartment while their home is being remodeled.

You guys always have such great travel recommendations, so I would love to hear advice for where to go and what to see in Turkey, Greece and Croatia during our eight week trip!

Carving a Linoleum Block Valentine's Day Card

I forgot all about this Valentine's Day card from a couple years ago until I found it in the craft drawer today.

Carving a linoleum block is easy and very cathartic. If you love chipping off your nail polish (me!), this is the craft for you. Blick sells a block printing starter kit complete with carving tools and ink for around $30. Just draw your stamp design on the block, carve it out and print away!

Monday, February 10, 2014

What to Wear: Date at the Jazz Club

Anne wrote in with asking for help with an outfit for a Valentine's Day date this week at the brand new San Francisco Jazz Center in Hayes Valley:
How about an outfit for a Valentine's Day concert at the SF jazz center? Show will probably end late and we will end up getting Thai food around the corner as all of Hayes Valley will be booked up. Would love your suggestions! 
Dress - A modern shift dress in black and white is a perfect compliment to a night of jazz in this posh new venue, on sale for $140 at Lord & Taylor. If that breaks the bank, here's a $40 similar graphic shift dress.
Coat - Wool coat in a lush dark pink color is fun for Valentine's Day. On sale for $220 and a good bright investment for the rest of San Francisco's cold spring season.
Tights - I like the Hue Super Opaque brand for a dark black pair.
Shoes - Cole Haan's Nike collection is pricey, but their shoes are so comfortable for walking all over Hayes Valley. This Juliana pump is $149 on sale.
Earrings - These fuscia and gold drops are on sale for $20 at Anthropologie.
Clutch - A $23 foldover gold clutch is a basic.
Scarf - An extra layer is always handy in San Francisco. Add this basic black pashimina to the mix.

Friday, February 07, 2014

Sunday Lunch: Smoked Salmon Chowder

It's a rainy and cold Friday here in California. After a few months of sunny weather, winter has finally arrived. This is the perfect climate to invite friends over for a low-key Sunday lunch. Hearty food, wine, coffee and dessert around the fire, I can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday!

Joel and Alison joined us last weekend, on an equally gray Sunday afternoon, for a cozy luncheon. My first post-pneumonia entertaining! I used the silver and china, but with placemats and plain glassware to keep it a little more casual.
I was going to serve dungeness crab, but the season apparently ended the day before I went shopping. Instead, I made a version of Martha Stewart's Salmon Chowder for the first time. I used a leek in place of half the onion and heavy cream instead of half the milk. I also used a cup of smoked salmon instead of the bacon. Along with the chowder, I made garlic bread:
And a simple green salad with sunflower seeds and avocado:
Everything was ready about a half hour before their arrival at 1:00.
I was too busy eating to take a glamorous photo of the chowder. It was so tasty!
After lunch, Alison and Joel brought pastries from a fancy bakery in San Francisco for dessert. We sat around the fire with coffee. A great lunch for a cold winter afternoon!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

What to Wear: Finding a Date

With all our Valentine's Day brainstorming, Sarah wrote in with a request to take it a step back:
How about what to wear to get a date???  He needs to have a job, likes to have fun, has some fun friends, active, likes wine, and is ok with my quirkiness. Handy around the house, maybe I'd run into him at Home Depot picking up something for the backyard or something. 
Here's an outfit for Sarah that can transition between attending free DIY workshops at Home Depot and having a drink at the local wine bar with a copy of her favorite book.  She'll meet her Mr. Right in no time. 

Lipstick - A swipe of red lipstick is key to brightening up this relaxed outfit. I love the lip tint from Tarte
Sweatshirt - Beige sweatshirt from H&M is casual but flattering. 
Shirt - A navy button up shirt with white polkadots from Madewell. 
Jeans - A pair of boyfriend jeans from J.Crew. 
Sneakers - A pair of navy chucks to wear at the hardware store. 
Flats - Switch to these dark red and gold flats for the wine bar. 
Glasses - A pair of heavy frame reading glasses will protect your eyes during the DIY demos. 
Satchel - I love this leather bag in oxblood. Perfect for carrying your books or laptop while you're out and about. 
Earrings - Pinky pearl studs are delicate and feminine. 
Coat - A ladylike trench coat in cabernet adds instant glam over the casual outfit. 

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Craft Project: Pop-up Prince & Michael Jackson Birthday Card

I have had a lot of time on my hands while recovering from pneumonia. For Margaret's birthday, I spent two days working on a hand-painted, 3D, pop-up birthday card.
Since her party was at a bar hosting a Prince vs. Michael dance battle, of course the two of them had to make a special appearance. Poor Prince looks like he also might have a case of pneumonia.

What to Wear: Hosting a Valentine's Day Dinner Party

V wrote in with a Valentine's Day request close to my own heart:
How about what to wear to host a Valentine's dinner at home with friends? As a seasoned hostess, I'm sure you have some go-to items! It's a dinner on the 14th, with one other couple, and dogs. Nothing too fancy, but fun. Dinner will be comfort-esque and followed by many rounds of Cards Against Humanity. :)
Entertaining at home is my favorite thing. What could be more fun than a cozy dinner with friends for Valentine's Day?  Certainly preferred to an overcrowded restaurant. When hosting, I like to wear an outfit in comfortable cuts but with bright colors and luxe textures to make it festive.

Tunic - A versatile red tunic blouse. It's washable rayon, easier to clean than silk in case something spills in the kitchen. The sleeves roll up to stay out of the way while you cook.
Pants - I usually lean toward skirts and dresses, but a pair of pants is perfect for playing hostess. Something that you can comfortably wear to sit on the living room floor while playing cards. This pair of maroon velvet skinny pants are festive and on sale for $88.
Shoes - Silver and suede slip ons from Loeffler Randall are on sale at Barneys for $150.
Apron - The frenchy gray stripes on this $24 Sur La Table apron are a classic.
Earrings - $30 gold studs go with everything.
Necklace - A gold heart pendant from Forever 21 is an inexpensive way to add a dash of Valentine's cheer to the outfit.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Oatmeal Cherry Apricot Breakfast Bars

I'm not a morning person. I prefer breakfast recipes that can be prepared ahead and just grabbed with a cup of tea to take back to bed.  I adapted this recipe from Giada's Apricot Oat Bars.
I used both dried apricots and cherries for the jam filling and cut out 1/2 a stick of butter (it was still plenty buttery). Plus, topped the bars with sliced almonds and a little granulated sugar. No need for all the parchment paper, the bars came out of a greased pan just fine.

The resulting breakfast bars are a delicious, if not exactly healthy, way to start your day.

Monday, February 03, 2014

What to Wear: Valentine's Day

Whether you love Valentine's Day or hate it, you can still dress up on February 14th in something fun. I've put together two outfits: one for the classic romantic and the other for someone with a rebellious edge. Which outfit is more your style?

Outfit No. 1: The Romantic

Dress - A pretty dress in soft petal pink with a classic pleat in the front. On sale from Club Monaco for $140. 
Coat - A Calvin Klein wrap coat in dark red, on sale for $170. 
Earrings - Tiny rose gold hearts from Etsy for $30. 
Belt - Leather and metal belt with a modern twist from Club Monaco for $70. 
Shoes - Gold pumps with a lady-like heel for $50. 

Outfit No. 2: The Rebel
Coat - I love this pink boucle coat from Zara for $190.
Shirt - Forever 21 lists this $15  "Je T'aime" shirt as sleepware...which seems somehow appropriate for our rebel outfit. 
Pants - Eaton trousers from J. Crew in black, on sale for $118.
Earrings - $4 black heart studs from Forever 21. 
Purse - Studded cross-body bag for $125 from Bloomingdales. 
Shoes - Kitten heels in gunmetal silver for $97 from Kenneth Cole. 

Do you need help with what to wear on a Valentine's Day date? Send me an email at emilystyleblog@gmail.com or post a comment below. 

Chicken Barley Soup

Do you share my inability to throw away the remains of a roast chicken? My sister and I have a near compulsion to turn leftover chicken and turkey bones into soup, a handy trait inherited from our Mom. Having chicken soup stockpiles in the freezer was so helpful when I've been terribly sick with this flu. My recipe for chicken soup takes two days, with minimal effort.
Chicken Barley Soup

Makes 8 servings

Step 1: Broth
1 leftover roast chicken, with a small amount of meat still on the bones. I like the Whole Foods roast chickens best.
2 carrots
2 stalks of celery
1/2 of an onion
1/2 a head of garlic
1 bay leaf

Remove most of the skin from the chicken and any ties. In a large pot, top the chicken and vegetables with water. Heat on high until boiling. Reduce the heat and simmer for 2 hours, or until the chicken is falling apart.  A crock pot would probably work well for this.

Refrigerate the boiled mixture in the pan overnight. When you're ready to finish the soup, skim off any congealed fat from the top of the broth and heat back up on the stove until just warm.

Strain the broth through a colander over a large bowl. Pour the broth back in the pan and put the bowl back under the strainer. Pick out the remaining good chicken meat from the boiled material and add it to the broth in the pan. When you've found all the meat, throw away the boiled bones and vegetables. Pour the remaining broth from the bowl under the strainer into the pan.

Step 2: Soup
1 package of 10-minute barley from Trader Joe's
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1/3 of an onion, diced
Chicken broth and meat, around 8 cups
Salt and pepper

Boil water for the barley in a separate pan and cook 10-15 minutes according to the directions. You can also use rice, wild rice, farro, quinoa, lentils, Israeli couscous, etc. cooked separately and rinsed well before adding it to your soup.

Cook the diced vegetables in the broth with the meat while the barley boils separately. Rinse the barley well when done and add it to the soup. Optionally, add a drained can of white or black beans to the mix at this stage. If you're freezing the soup, remember that the vegetables don't need to be well done at this point because it will be reheated before served.

Season to taste. You will likely only need a small amount of salt because most roast chickens are heavily seasoned. I also like to add a dash of chili powder or sriracha. Freeze in individual portions for bad days when you or someone you know is sick.