Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hodgepodge


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1. In what ways do you indulge yourself?

I love to take long hot baths. Unfortunately I do not have a tub, only a shower. And as the weather is getting colder and nothing feels better than sitting in the tub, reading on listening to music or just being quiet, this is becoming a real problem. I'll just have to wait till I'm home at Thanksgiving to indulge. In the mean time I love laying on the couch and reading or popping in a favorite movie with a big bowl of popcorn and a coke. 

2. Have you ever taken a cooking class? Any interest? What class would you most like to try?
See my post from yesterday on the Soup Workshop I just took. It was so much fun and I would definitely want to take more. If you are in the D.C. area, CulinAerie has some awesome classes on the calendar this month if your interested: sweet and savory fall tarts and pies,  a curry workshop, a couples class on Thai food, and another called "Autumn in Normandy" that sound delicious.

3. What does it mean to be a good citizen?
Caring about your country, exercising your right to vote (there is no excuse people!), being kind and considerate to others.

4. 'Tis the season of the political advert...do these ads influence your vote?
Not at all. For starters, my vote hasn't really been a question mark and I feel pretty informed and convinced of my political beliefs. Also, those ads are just nasty and both sides tend to contradict each other and cancel each other out. I don't think anyone should put much stock in them and I wish the candidates wouldn't waste so much time and money on them. I can't wait for them to be off the TV.

5. What's something you see today that makes you wish you were a kid again?
I saw this link posted on facebook and was instantly thrown back into 5th grade, not that I want to go back but it reminded me of some fond memories. I also just finished re-reading the entire Harry Potter series again, don't judge, and I miss all the make believe and imaginative games I used to play for hours and hours with my sister and friends as a kid. So care free.

6. What's your least favorite cliche?
"No offense, but [insert offensive comment here.]" I'm not sure that really counts as a cliche but people do that all the time, say something offensive or off-color and then add "no offense, though." Um, yeah right!

7. What percentage of your Christmas shopping is complete? How does that make you feel?
0%. I'm not too worried though because I have started working on my shopping list. Don't let the early display of Christmas decorations in the shops alarm you. Christmas is still over 2 months away...wait is that it??!!

4 comments :

  1. What a great idea to take a soup workshop. I think it's great. Speaking of soup... I just made a recipe this morning called "Cheddar Chowder". Unfortunately I got sidetracked and let it burn. Yikes! I don't usually do that, but today I did. :(

    It was great visiting here again, Shannon. :)

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  2. You may not have done your shopping but at least you have your list made for Santa : ) Priorities, right?
    Why can't I live closer???? I'd love to do the curry class and Autumn in Normandy. Sigh. Maybe one of these years.

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  3. Hi Shannon,

    Here's the cheddar chowder recipe. :)


    Cheddar Chowder

    1/2 cup onion, diced
    1 cup carrots, chopped
    1 cup celery, chopped
    2 cups potatoes, chopped
    2 cups water
    2 cups ham, diced (or bacon)

    (Cheese Sauce)
    1/2 cup butter
    1/2 cup flour
    2 cups milk
    2 cups shredded cheddar cheese

    Dice, chop and cube onion, carrots, celery and potatoes.
    Add onion, carrots, celery, potatoes and water to a large soup pot.  Bring to a boil and cook for approximately 10 minutes, until veggies are tender.
    Melt the butter in a saucepan.  Add the flour and whisk until combined (it will form a paste).  Slowly stir in the milk until combined, then add the shredded cheddar cheese - stir until melted (over medium heat)
    When the cheese is melted, pour cheese sauce into pot with the cooked vegetables (and the boiling water).  Stir until combined.

    Enjoy!

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  4. Agree on political ads, and are there really people out there that have started christmas shopping? YIKES.

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