October Foodie Pen Pal

It’s Foodie Pen Pal time!  I got this delicious package from Wine to Weightlifting.

She sent me green tea, pumpkin butter, chocolate bar, a bunch of chocolate candies, apples and a toy for my kitties!!!  How cool is that!  Pippi and Mimi love it!

All of it is amazing.  The candies are all gone and the apples went into my apple dutch baby.

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#SundaySupper: Halloween Popcorn Cake

#SundaySupper is a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back supper around the family table in every home.  This week the theme is Halloween!

I am not a huge halloween fan.  But I know a lot of people who are. :)  Therefore, in order to satisfy all those halloween fanatics I know I decided to make a popcorn cake.  It is so easy and fast.  You can put whatever you want in it.  Even use up some of that candy you have falling out of every nook and cranny in you house.  Plus, because it was molded in a bundt pan it looks pretty cool.  Like you put thought in to it.  Everyone needs a dessert they can throw together in 10 minutes.

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The Weekly Dish: 10/27/2012

The election is coming!  And I found this interesting video to answer the question- “Why do we vote on Tuesday?”

And without further ado!  Here is the weekly dish!!  From this blog-

Chicken Chowder

Bacon-Wrapped Figs Stuffed with Asiago Cheese

Apple Dutch Baby

From blogs I follow-

Side Dish

Honey Cornbread Gruyere Muffins from Lovely Pantry

Twice Baked Sweet Potato Skins with Pecan Streusel from Closet Cooking

Main Dish

Southern Potato Soup from Amuse Bouche

Balsamic Beef Stew from Baked Bree

Desserts

Irish Apple Dumplin’ from farmette

Banana Cake with Mocha Frosting and Salted Candied Peanuts from Eats Well With Others

Drinks

Cider and Bourbon from Two Tarts

October Book Update

Finished!!!

  • Crying Hands: Eugenics and Deaf People in Nazi Germany by Biesold, Horst- This is a book about what happened to Deaf people during Nazi Germany.  The book was originally written in German and it was a dissertation, so it was a bit hard to read and did not flow well.  But the information was important and I am glad I know more about the atrocities that deaf people had to deal with during that time.
  • The Ropemaker by Dickenson, Peter- I was underwhelmed by this book.  It is a young adult fantasy novel.  Parts were really interesting, but it did not hold my attention very well.  Some times with fantasy novels it can be hard to make thing believable.  It just seems like whenever the author got bored writing he made something new up.
  • The Thing Around Your Neck by Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi- This was a wonderful collection of short stories.  The stories cover a lot of different topics from a wide range of perspectives.  They are all rather sad.  So be prepared to hearing depressing stories, but I highly recommend this to anyone who likes short stories or African literature.

To Be Read

  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Rawls, Wilson
  • The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Diaz, Junot
  • A Walk in My World: International Short Stories about Youth edited by Mazer, Anne
  • The Color of Magic by Pratchett, Terry
  • Jane Eyre by Bronte, Charlotte
  • The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Doyle, Arthur Conan
  • The Space Between Us by Umrigar, Thirty
  • The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories by Gilman, Charlotte Perkins
  • Orlando by Woolf, Virginia
  • Tropic of Orange by Yamashita, Karen Tei
  • The Turn of the Screw by James, Henry
  • The Other Side of Paradise by Chin, Stacyann
  • The Ice Princess by Lackberg, Camilla
  • Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Flagg, Fannie
  • Helen Keller: The Story of My Life by Keller, Helen
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Esquivel, Laura
  • The Fortune Cookie Chronicles by Lee, Jennifer
  • The Namesake by Lahiri, Jhumpa

What books have you read lately?  Have you read any of these books?  I would love to hear your thoughts and opinions.

#SundaySupper: Chicken Chowder

#SundaySupper is a group of bloggers who are on a mission to bring back supper around the family table in every home.  This week the theme is comfort food.

Whenever I think of comfort food I always think of soup.  Soup always makes things better.  If I have a cold or if I am homesick I want soup.  Soup always makes me feel better; always warms my soul.  I use to have to go out for soup.  But I am working on it.  I have been collecting soup recipes and slowly but surely attempting to make them.  Some times they are horrible, but lately I have been making some really delicious soup!!!

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The Weekly Dish: 10/13/2012

I love this video.  This is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie talking about the single story.  I just finished reading her collection of short stories, so I really wanted to watch it again.  And then I just had to share it.  I love stories and I love reading books.  This idea of the single story is one reason why I try so hard to read a really diverse assortment of books.  No one can be squished into a single story- no person, no country.  We are all too complicated.  I hope you enjoy!

Here is the weekly dish!  These are the recipes from this blog for the last week.

Cheese Stuffed Figs with Toasted Walnuts

Roasted Squash with Ricotta and Honey

The Red Coat

Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms, Brown Rice, Pecans and Dried Figs

Here are some recipes from blogs I follow.

Snack

Antioxidant Trail Mix Granola from Baking Serendipity

Side Dish

Roasted Red Potatoes with Smoked Paprika from Aggie’s Kitchen

Main Dish

Beer Cheese Soup from Ezra Pound Cake

Baked Chipotle Ranch Chicken Taquitos from Confections of a Foodie Bride

Desserts

Pear Apple Cobbler from MJ’s Kitchen

Spiked S’mores Pie from Sprinkle Bakes

Drinks

Chocolate Coffee Shakerato from bell’alimento

Squash Stuffed with Mushrooms, Brown Rice, Pecans, and Dried Figs

I had leftover figs from when I made cheese stuffed figs.  I did not know what to do with them, until I found this recipe that originally had dried cranberries in it.  But I think figs are much tasty than cranberries, so I changed it.

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