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October 26, 2014

The Relentless Weekly Wrap-Up 10/26/14




Has another week gone by already? Is it just me or is fall zipping on by at a crazy pace? Cripes. (Time seems to go faster and faster as I get older and older. Not fair!)



On the Blog:

Review: Sleep in Peace Tonight by James MacManus


Weekend Cooking: Corn & Potato Chowder (Nom nom nom, so good!)




Books Read:

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang

The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg

Currently Reading:

I'm not sure what I'm going to start today. I need to assess my mood, check out my stacks, and make a decision later on.

Around the Blogosphere:


The read-along books for Nonfiction November have been announced. I'll definitely be reading one of these.


Check out this Bookish Q&A from Katie at Words for Worms. I might have to steal these questions for my own blog very soon.

In My Neck of the Woods:

I've started re-watching Star Trek: The Next Generation. It's as amazing as I remember.

Picard approves.
It's the first show I was obsessed with. It's the show that inspired my first tattoo. It's the show that roused my great love for Patrick Stewart. I'm ridiculously happy to be watching it again. 

What's up with YOU? What are you reading? Cooking? Watching? Let me know in the comments. 

October 25, 2014

Weekend Cooking: Corn & Potato Chowder




I first heard about this yummy Corn & Potato Chowder from  Kelly @ The Well-Read Redhead. It sounded like something the family and I would dig so I decided to whip up a batch. 

A big thanks to Mama Loves Food for the recipe!


I had a photo of the chopped up ingredients in the crock pot. I somehow deleted it so you only get the nearly finished product here. Oh wait, you can see it on Instagram if you have a burning desire to. I don't know about you, but I always have a burning desire to see diced potatoes, onions, corn, etc. (AND BACON, yum)


I was excited to use my immersion blender again! 


You get two pictures of that because it's just so exciting. Immersion blender for the win!


The color of this, admittedly, is less than appealing. Blending celery will do that. 


But adding in the heavy cream drastically improved the look and taste.


How yummy does this look? It would have looked even better had I saved some of the crispy bacon pieces to garnish it with. Whoops. 


This is a hearty, stick to your ribs, kind of soup. At first taste I thought it needed a kick so I added some extra seasoned salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper. That did the trick.

You can find the original recipe here. Give it a try, I don't think you'll be disappointed.

What are you cooking up this fall?