Thursday, January 20, 2011

Declaration of Independence Wordle...

Wordle: Declaration of Independence

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Winter Soup!

I just love soup in the winter, especially when it uses up stuff in my fridge that I need to use! I just put a pot of Apple Squash soup on to cook. I adapted the recipe from Clean Food, a favorite cookbook by Terry Walters (website here)

Most of the recipes are of the vegan variety, so I adapt them to what I have on hand. In this case, I used turkey stock instead of vegetable stock, since it's been in my freezer since Thanksgiving. I also added lowfat milk instead of rice milk, and used 1 1/2 squashes (is that right?), since that's what I had in my freezer. I also used 5 apples instead of 4. I really don't think it will matter all that much, since it all gets blended together in the end!

Doesn't this look good? The specks are nutmeg. I debated tinkering some more, and adding Apple Pie Spice, since that's what I add to my mashed butternut squash at the holidays, but I decided to stick with at least one aspect of the recipe! The full recipe. Enjoy!

Soup is fun! Filling! Nutritious! And just plain yummy...

New Beginnings...

The new semester begins on Monday, so in the interests of cleaning up before I get bogged down with school again, I'm just going to jot down a few stray thoughts that have been wandering around in my head.

I just realized recently that the voice on the Binder & Binder commercials is Dick Summer, who used to broadcast on a local radio station at night. I have a book of his poetry that he wrote to accompany his radio show. Funny how I remember voices all these years later -- it's like a scent -- its impression stays much longer than I realize. And yes, I have been watching a lot of TV this vacation. Why do you ask?

I really love good coffee. I recently had a cup of Starbucks Ethiopian, and I loved it. Shame it costs twice that of a regular Pike's Peak roast -- that's an indulgence that will have to wait until I'm in the ranks of the earning again!

I've been on a WIP clearing kick lately. I've finished 3 or 4 projects that have been languishing for over a year. My friend Lis calls this a "burst of creative energy." That's exactly how this feels. I had a second sock to finish that had been sitting for about 18 months -- I finally frogged it, started over on Saturday, and I just finished turning the heel last night at knit night. Isn't it amazing how quickly I can move on something when I'm in the creative groove!

My cat loves catnip. Simply loves it. Almost as much as I love coffee. Just for fun, I rolled one of her toys in my little tub of catnip last night. She didn't disappoint me -- she was rolling around like a kitten, flipping the toy around, jumping after it, rubbing her face on it... it was very cute. For a 13 year old cat who sleeps 95% of her day away, she was almost animated!

I am really excited for this semester. I'm taking classes that I want to take, that interest me, and that will help my future practice. That's a nice change from taking required "base" courses. I also have Pro Bono work scheduled at the Suffolk Probate Court two days a week. That's just as exciting to me -- I love working with clients. It is, after all, the reason I'm doing this.

I want to travel more this summer. I miss seeing new places and learning about new people. At the least, I can go to local places I've never been. Maybe Vermont.

End of brain dump. I'm going to pour another cup of coffee.

Happy New Year!