Looks like HJ put the coffee in the pot, but forgot to add the water. Not sure what 2/q means, or if there's a way for me to publish his post. So we get this cheap imitation blend instead! Merry Christmas Eve!
Let's see if I got this "Best Of" started off right...
Let's put up a movie post!
I recently watched a whole bunch of things, which I'll note at some point in the future. But specifically I wanted to share this little fun clip advertisement I saw for the movie Red Notice. Red Notice was apparently a big Netflix movie, and, like a lot of theirs, felt like it was rushed a bit, maybe needed another rewrite to tighten stuff up, etc. Kind of made up for the lack of writing by just having fun people doing fun things. And in the end it was good enough, because of that.
Anyway, what have y'all thought of Netflix movies (and similar?).
Aaaaaaand... also apparently I can't get the clip in this post. Half baked. I'll try the comments.
What are you watching?
Few things better than a nice warm bowl of soup on a rainy autumn day like today. I recently made a batch of Sweet Potato & Pear Soup, and thought I'd share it here, since it's perfect today (Note: the image is not the right soup, but the color is close enough). I was attracted to the recipe by the simplicity, and I added a few things (namely the ginger) to make it my own.
2 large sweet potatos
2 firm pears
1 small onion
1 inch ginger, grated
3 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1/2 stick butter
1 cup cream
salt & pepper to taste
1. Dice the veggies into 1/2 inch pieces
2. Melt the butter and cook the ginger and onion until the onion is translucent, but not carmelized. Add the other veggies & cook for 3 - 5 minutes.
3. Add the stock, bring to boil, then simmer for 1/2 hour, until everything is tender.
5. Cool somewhat, then slowly mix in cream, salt & pepper to taste.
That's it. So easy, and so good.
*I bought myself an immersion blender with gift cards I'd gotten for my birthday. One of my best birthday gifts ever. Not even a super top-of-the-line one or anything, but it works so well and the whole process is so much easier than transferring to blenders and cleaning up additional equipment. Highly recommend.
Fall is also Halloween, and this is a nice Halloween song, what with it being about a mummy and all.
But it's also just so pretty, and Josh Ritter deserves more play too, right?
It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!
All the emotions.
This week has been a fun challenge, thinking of Autumn songs. What makes y'all think "autumn" musically?
This might be the most "autumn" song I know, in terms of lyrics, emotion, music, etc. Also this is probably my favorite Billy Joel song - and I like a lot of them. Also, it's kind of cool, but this is the last song on his last album. "There may be other words some other day", but for now there still haven't been.
The live version ain't so great, so I'm giving you the studio cut here too:
Something about gentle, easy country - especially deep voiced, and especially with that nice twang - says fall to me. Warm and comfortable, like pulling on your favorite sweatshirt.