Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Chicken pot pie soup

I like when people share recipes in Instagram stories so I can just screenshot them, but then I have to keep finding that when I want the recipe so I end up transcribing it here. This recipe is adapted from one Just Ingredients (blog here) shared and I like following her because she talks about alternatives to all the crap in food/household/personal care products that is terrible for us. And she does it in a way that's not annoying. When available, I used organic of all ingredients as is my typical MO. 

4 TBS butter
1/2 onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
1/3C flour (she uses alternative flour, I use regular)

4 garlic cloves
1 small container baby bella mushrooms, sliced
4 medium yukon gold potatoes, chopped
1 cup frozen corn
1 cup frozen peas
1 quart chicken bone broth
2 cups milk or heavy whipping cream (I used one of each)
3 cups shredded chicken (I made chicken breasts in the air fryer then shredded them)
salt & pepper to taste
1 tbs Italian seasoning

Put all ingredients from garlic cloves on down into a pot and get that going.

Separately, saute onion, carrots, celery in butter about seven to eight minutes. Add flour to veggies and cook another two minutes.

Then add this to the other ingredient pot. Cook on medium-low until carrots and potatoes are soft.

Happy birthday to my friend AEB today! 

Monday, January 20, 2020

TWTW - the perfect soup weekend

Friday John Bender was waiting for dinner and so was I. MFD made salmon and caesar salad. Then we all assumed our January positions with blankets and pillows and books and Stash peppermint tea. 
Saturday I headed down to the women's march in Philly solo. I saw graffiti under the bridge on the Schuylkill River Trail that said humans is losing their mind and grammar aside, I feel that. I am worn out. Not a lot of pics because I didn't want to take my hands out of my pockets and I didn't make a sign this year, I just showed up. 
Back at home I putzed around with laundry and soup making while MFD bought a new to him car. He was out seeing Vincent's band at night and I hung out with my mother-in-law and did a face mask and decided the book I was reading all day for the Show Us Your Books Readathon was not worthy so I started a new one at 11 pm. 
Sunday Pro-tip: the best time to change the sheets is as soon as you get up so you're already feeling accomplished by 7:30 am on a Sunday and if you end up doing nothing else, you did that. I made scrapple in the air fryer and we watched the Aaron Hernandez documentary on Netflix.
I finally got going with a shower, went to visit my niece and nephew, etc. MFD's uncle brought dinner over in the afternoon and his aunts and cousin and gram and sister were over too and that was nice. I fell asleep on the couch watching Game of Thrones and went up to bed around 2 am, falling asleep close to 3 when MFD was getting home from his Code Blue shift. 

Weekly food prep: Breakfast is breakfast burritos from the freezer. Lunches are leftover soup (recipe tomorrow) or spaghetti squash with chicken and buffalo sauce. Dinners are the spaghetti squash/soup/ chicken breasts in the air fryer with quinoa and steamed veggies.

Any day is a good day to read Dr. King's letter from Birmingham Jail, but especially today and especially if you haven't. May we not only share his words in quotes with his photo on them, but actually live with that spirit of equal rights in our hearts but more importantly, reflected in our actions. 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Thursday Thoughts - helpless to the bass and the fading light oh we were bound to get together

1. Let sleeping dogs lie and all that jazz.
2. Yesterday was a perfect day to walk to the library - 53 and sunny on January 15? Don't mind if I do. Speaking of books, have you caught up on all the Show Us Your Books posts? Do you know Jana and I are hosting a readathon this weekend? 8 am Saturday to 8 am Sunday? Hashtag suggestions?
3. Adjusting for population size, England and Wales would have 272 to our 53,290. With private prisons and people getting rich off of incarceration and the prison industrial complex, we have been designed for this. How are we okay with this? Why do we think prison is the answer for everything?

4. Yes, Virginia, I did postpone my cavity dentist appointment this week. Let me live. I am going to the chiropractor today and acupuncture tomorrow. Keeping those appointments.

5. Huge thanks to Vincent for helping us out with priming and painting the spare room in the basement (BEHR Cherubic) just in time for my mother in law to return for another visit today.
6. This year's first foray into Girl Scout Cookies, ordered from our VA family!

7.  Nail talk: Essie Bright Cider stayed on forever and I liked the color much more than I thought I would when I bought it or first applied it. This week's nails have a lot to live up to when I paint them tonight.

8. For your consideration: this take on the Warren/Sanders woman president media and supporter made shitstorm and the open Muslim-hating of your president (who is also tweeting doctored images and not walking back from it) - also, remember when the White House and press secretaries used to have daily pressers because they work for the people of America? Also,  Lev Parnas. I can't do anything else this week, I'm tired.

9. Reminder:
10. Ecards: 

What appears after the hyphen in Thursday Thoughts is a song lyric to whatever I'm listening to when I start to write the post. This week is Shut Up and Dance by Walk the Moon

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

My winter creature comfort requirements

Yes, we are talking winter requirements today even though it's going to be 56 degrees. On January 16. To be a further buzzkill, the only requirements are food/water/shelter, so these are my creature comfort requirements. 

Stash peppermint tea. I drink it most nights.

Beanies with brims. I like the CC brand.


Slippers with hard bottoms for taking the dogs out

Elderberry extract

Vitamin D

A brisk rental booking season at the shore 

J.B. Field's Super Wool Hiker GX socks. I want warm feet but hate clingy socks that make my feet sweat. I've been wearing these for almost five  years

A home project 

Hydrating face masks 

New recipes to try 

Lots of free weekends for energy restoration 

A personal project/quest/something I’m actively pursuing

Time to lounge and dream

O’keeffes Working Hands

Things on the calendar to look forward to 


What are your winter requirements? 

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Show Us Your Books January 2020

January mood, every year. How about you? In that vein, SUYB Readathon coming at you Saturday! 

This weekend, starting at 8 AM on Saturday in whatever time zone you live in through 8 AM on Sunday, there is a SUYB readathon! It’s super informal but for those who like rules:

  • Read as many pages as you want
  • Read whatever kind of books you want
  • Read for as many hours as you can fit in
  • Tag us on IG with a hashtag we haven’t determined yet but will reveal before Saturday so we know who participates because there will be prizes (for those who don’t follow us, follow us at @saysjana & @lifeaccordingtosteph)
Rape and murder and poor treatment of women abound this month, so consider almost everything coming with a trigger warning. 

Here's what I've been reading since the last linkup.
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*are books read in December 2019 after the 12/9/19 linkup

Engrossing Reads
A Madness of Sunshine by Nalini Singh* - This made my favorite reads of 2019 as well. Superb writing and characters, which is not always the case in mysteries. The cover is a stunner which never hurts. OCNJ library hardback       buy it

The Janes (Alice Vega #2) by Louisa Luna* - Another Alice Vega, and she's as bad ass as she was in the first. I like this duo and hope there are more. Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review-book comes out January 21            buy it

Forgotten Secrets (Singing River Mystery #1) by Robin Perini - My first finished book of 2020, not a bad little mystery although romance in murder books always weirds me out a little. Regardless, a good way to kick the year off. Kindle ebook          buy

The Story of Stuff: How Our Obsession with Stuff is Trashing the Planet, Our Communities, and our Health - and a Vision for Change by Annie Leonard - Man, I wish people would read this. Particularly people who need to work on consumption (like myself). We can have all the eco-friendly bottles and reusable bags in the world but if we don't stop consuming and demand the way consumption works in regards to corporations and governments changes, we're not doing a damn thing. Really. I bought the least I've ever bought in my life last year and didn't die. Just because you can buy it doesn't mean you should. And about a million other important things that Leonard points out from how things are extracted from the earth to how they are produced, distributed, consumed, disposed of. Not a pretty picture but there are alternatives and she points a lot of those out too. Philly library book       buy it

Passed the Time Just Fine

The Girls with No Names by Serena Burdick* - I wanted to scream through much of this book for attitudes held toward women and girls and those who are "other," which has led to such pain for so many throughout history. Free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Everything My Mother Taught Me by Alice Hoffman* - A lot of punch in a little story. As always with a good short story, I'd read a full length novel of this. Free copy from Netgalley

The Wife and the Widow by Christian White* - It took me quite a while to get the "thing" about this book, which is a mark of good storytelling. Clever indeed. Free copy from Netgalley  in exchange for an honest review.

Cause to Fear (Avery Black Mysteries #4) by Blake Pierce* - Not my favorite in the series for many reasons, but I will continue on to book five. This was my last read of 2019, I finished it about 10 minutes before midnight on 12/31/19. Kindle ebook

A Version of the Truth by B.P. Walter - What a tangled web of rich men behaving very fucking badly. This was a good story. Paperback, own, passed on

The Not So Secret Emails of Coco Pinchard (Coco Pinchard #1) by Robert Bryndza - This reminded me of Bridget Jones but not as good. It was still a nice palate cleanser from the murder/police procedural books. This is the author of some of those very books - the Erika Foster series and the Kate Marshall series I just started - and he's quite good at not murdery things too. Kindle ebook

Where the Story Starts by Imogen Clark - If you like books that tie up nicely in bows no matter how improbable that might be, this one is for you. Another nice palate cleanser from murdery things. Kindle ebook

Not Worth It

Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman* - This was tough - I liked the confidential nature of the story telling, like the reader is being told things they shouldn't know...but the pacing was slow and the big mystery was a fizzle. Not one part of any of it seemed believable. Netgalley free copy in exchange for an honest review.

The Liar's Daughter by Claire Allan - Round and round and round. Too much round for too little payout and too much to swallow (pedophilia). Kindle ebooks

What You Did by Claire McGowan - Cripes, what a mess. I tore through it but was more and more disgusted by most of the people in the book as I went on. 

Did Not Finish

What have you been reading? 

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