Sunday, November 1, 2020

Peek Into My Week- Reviews and Food




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What I'm Reading : 
The Orphan Collector by Ellen Mari Wiseman
If you are not nervous enough about the Covid Pandemic, read this realistic piece of historical fiction set in Philadelphia in 1918 at the start of the Spanish Flu epidemic. Sad, touching, informative, and gripping, this powerful NY Times Bestseller was difficult to put down. 

What I'm Watching: 

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Watching: The Queen Gambit- Netflix Series
I enjoyed this series about a young orphan who turns out to be an intuitively extremely gifted chess player. While still a teenager,  she begins to play in highly competitive chess tournaments with large cash prizes. Although chess is the theme, the stories also revolve around relationships, pain of her past, drugs and alcohol, learning from mistakes, and her evolution into a powerful woman. Worth the watch!




Also on Netflix: Holidate 
A perfect movie for when you want something light and fun! Holidays are wicked for singles but co-stars Emma Roberts  and Luke Bracey find a solution when they agree to be each others date for any and all holidays and occasions. Kept me laughing and I totally enjoyed it.



Fall Cooking: Lots of Soup

Fall vegetable soup
Fall Potato Dill Soup (click link for recipe)

brussels sprouts soup
Brussels Sprout Soup- Quick about 12 minutes (click link for recipes)



My Kids and Grandkids Had My Lawn Decorated For an Early Birthday Celebration. (It was the last day before winter that they company decorated lawns and it was 30 degrees yesterday!) 


Doing: 
  • Walking one hour each morning
  • Finalizing my plant-based cookbook for publication next   month
  •  Dinners on the Deck with my kids and grandkids


Also sharing on Weekend Cooking at the Intredpid Reader and Baker where anyone can share a food related post. 

24 comments:

  1. We just finished The Queen Gambit yesterday...really enjoyed this one! So sweet of your kids and grandkids! Happy belated Birthday to you, Judee.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes. The Queen Gambit was really good and highly recommended. Also thanks for your regular comments. So appreciated.

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  2. Orphan Collector looks like a book I'd enjoy. I can't wait to hear more about your plant-based cookbook. You must tell us all about it.

    Soup is our go-to meal around here, and it's really not very cool. Soup is such an easy choice for us, and there are so many soups to try. Yours look like delightfully fresh ideas.

    Happy birthday!

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    1. Thank you Deb- I will be talking about my new 84 recipe plant-based cookbook next week on the blog. It's arranged seasonally and includes my favorite soups.

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  3. Happy Birthday!!
    I want to watch The Queen's Gambit.
    I added The Orphan Collector to my library wish list.

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes Jackie. Watch The Queen's Gambit.. It's good

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  4. Happy birthday 🥳

    I’m adding the Orphan Collector to my WTR list, thanks for the rec.

    Wishing you a great reading week

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes! Not sure what I'll read next.

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  5. The Orphan Collector does look promising. My hubby has been watching The Queen's Gambit and I've caught bits and pieces of it. I love soups and have been making a huge pot once a week since August. My dad gives me lots of produce from his garden and I experiment with soups. Pumpkin soup, veggie soup, pea soup, potato and leek soup...yum!

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    1. I also eat soup in the summer- and have been making it all summer except for the few weeks when temps went into the 90's and I just wasn't going to eat hot soup.

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  6. Oh Judee, thanks for sharing the movies you are watching...I will check these out...
    Soup is always welcome here in my house...
    Happy Birthday...and many many more!

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    1. Thanks for the birthday wishes Juliana. When it comes to soup- count me in.. love it

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  7. Happy Birthday... what fun lawn decorations! I've been making lots of soup lately, too. We love it all year long. The Orphan Collector sounds good.

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    1. Thank you JoAnn for the birthday wishes. The book was worth the read.

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  8. Happy Birthday! The Holidate movie sounds like something fun & light that I could use around now. thanks.

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    1. Yes, I'm sure you will enjoy it.. funny, light, entertainment

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  9. Well Happy Birthday a bit belated - what a fun idea to celebrate! (On a side note, your house looks almost identical to ones in my sister's neighborhood near Nashville - for half a second, I thought you might be neighbors!) And thanks for the Netflix recommendations, too - we're hunting for new stuff to watch!

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    1. Thanks David for the birthday wishes. I was a fun idea. I took my morning walk at 8:00 and when I returned at 9:00 the entire lawn was decorated including chalk writing in the driveway that it was from my grandkids and kids. So fun especially during Covid when we really can't do much to celebrate!

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  10. Happy birthday! Thanks for the movie and book tips. Those decorations are so fun. And I'm with JoAnn, we love soup all year long, but now is the perfect time. I have Brussels sprouts in the refrigerator and an empty spot in my meal plan . . .

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    1. although Brussels sprouts come frozen all year, I still tend to make this soup just in the fall.

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  11. I hope you have a great birthday!

    Stay safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  12. The Queen's Gambit is on my list to watch. I hope you have a fabulous birthday!

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  13. Happy Birthday!!!

    I watched Holidate last week and agree it was a lot of fun. Perfect for just now!

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