Friday, October 21, 2016

Pinterest is the best for slow cooker recipes. I'm currently cooking this white bean vegetable soup. This kale soup and veggie pot pie are on deck. (I learned that expression from my old ob/gyn when Zoe was about 37 weeks. I asked, "How much longer?" and my ob/gyn said, "She's on deck." The ob/gyn also did stand-up, hopefully not mentioning any of her patients).

The veggie pot pie in particular is intriguing. I've tried several iterations of it, all of which involve making your own dough, and this version looks good and not labor-intensive.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I just watched Michelle Obama speaking in Phoenix on Facebook Live. She always makes me feel better. A great antidote to Donald Trump. I hope she runs for president one day. 
I watched the third debate. For me, the most disturbing things about it were:

1) how is Trump even a contender? I know I've said it many times, but it beggars belief.

2) his refusal to concede if Hillary wins.

He just seems like a malignant growth on the face of humanity.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Eric has been reading the Anne of Green Gables series. He's on the fifth book in the series. I'm relieved that he's reading them, and enjoying them, because it was one of my favorite series as a child. 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Eric made pumpkin soup. I'd never had it before, and I wasn't sure if it would be good. It was :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

We went to the zoo again today.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

It just struck me that when I started this blog in 2005, I had no idea I'd eventually be writing most of my blog posts on my phone. And I think my first entry was about Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes!

I made Tuscan white bean soup from Pinterest today. It was a kitchen-sink soup with tomatoes, celery, carrots, onion, zucchini, summer squash, cannellini beans, kale, broth, olive oil, garlic, rosemary, thyme, red pepper flakes, sugar, salt, pepper, and white wine vinegar. I liked it. 
I like using the crockpot to cook steel-cut oats overnight, but they do tend to catch on the sides of the pot. That's what happens cooking on low. So last night I decided to cook them on warm (the lowest setting). It worked perfectly. They cooked, and have a nice nutty flavor, but they didn't catch. (I put in 1 cup of steel-cut oats, 4 cups of soy milk, and 3 Tbsp brown sugar.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

I have a very simple crockpot recipe, but it's so good. 1 1/2 cups lentils, 4 cups water or broth, 3-4 sliced carrots, 1 chopped onion, 3 cloves minced garlic, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper. You're supposed to cook it for 8 hours on low or 4 hours on high, but it always takes less time than that.
Just finished Bridget Jones's Baby. Such a nice, happy book. And funny too. Now I don't need to see the movie (though I probably will when it comes out on DVD). Too bad Hugh Grant dropped out of the project.