Saturday, October 27, 2012

Potpurri

The title of this post is basically a shout-out to Jeopardy. I know... sometimes I'm too nerdy for my own sake.

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Last weekend I completed my very first zippered skirt project and I just l.o.v.e it! I found some wool fabric on sale and thought it’d be perfect for a winter work look with some tights. Here it is all finished.


Not too shabby, right? It's hard to see the little pattern in the fabric but here's a close up...

I found a fun little book at the library - Flirt Skirts - and mostly followed their A-line skirt pattern/directions.

It’s inspired me to make more skirts so I went out and found some fun fabric today and plan to get sewing in the next few weeks. I’ll let you know how they turn out!

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Here’s that delicious soup in it’s finished form. It was just as good as the first time we had it.

Yum!

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David and I had a date night out last night. We grabbed happy hour at Il Bistro in Pike Place market, browsed the market a bit (scored some free cinnamon rolls since it was the end of the day for the bakery!), and went to Paint the Town for some creative enjoyment. We keep track of all the happy hours we hit up and even have a little "black book" with our ratings for each. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves at Il Bistro which I think is reflected in our rating of a 4 out of 5. They have super cheap glasses of wine and apps as cheap as $2.95. Nothing like a cheap date, huh?

We’ve gone to Paint the Town every year for our dating anniversary and I always look forward to it even though it can be very hit or miss with my painting skills. I didn’t get a picture of the mug I painted before it went into the kiln but I’ll show you how it turns out when we get it back next weekend. It was such a fun evening!

I'm off to enjoy the rest of my weekend!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

It’s been a busy past week or so here at The Hill House. I’ve been wanting to post a particular recipe since last Friday but I just kept not getting around to it… So I finally wizened up and kinda sorta maybe wrote this at work. Sssh.

I really wanted to share this because I made my first ever homemade soup and it was so darn good, we fully plan on making it again ASAP.

Some wonderful backstory… This soup is kind of like a Minnesota cliché/staple. And even though I grew up in Minnesota, the first time I had Wild Rice Soup was during a trip home after going away to college. It was at the Oak Grill atop the Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis (known as Dayton’s in its hayday). I simply love going to the Oak Grill anytime we visit MN. They serve some stellar popovers before your meal and their asiago crusted chicken is so beyond words – YUM! And then there’s their wild rice soup, another delicious treat.

We hosted our community group last Thursday and made this soup and it was a total hit! It has left me wondering if all soups are this easy.

So without further adieu… here’s the beloved recipe that went straight into my personal recipe book.

Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Adapted from recipes on allrecipes.com
makes 4 hearty servings

3 1/2 cups chicken stock
1 cup sliced carrot
1/2 cup sliced celery
3/4 cup diced potato
1/3 cup wild rice
1/3 cup diced onion
1/2 tsp dried thyme
2 tbsp butter
3 tbsp flour
1 cup half-and-half
1 1/2 cups diced cooked chicken

Directions
· Mix broth, carrots, celery, uncooked rice, onion, thyme, and 1/4 tsp pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer 1 hour (until rice is tender).
· Melt butter, stir in flour then helf-and-half. Cook and stir 1 minute until thick.
· Slowly add half-and-half mixture to rice mixture, stirring constantly. Sire in chicken and heat through.

And like an idiot I completely neglected to take a picture of it when it was fresh. But it looked as good as it tasted.

Now go forth and make this soup!



P.S. We ended the meal with P-Dub’s insanely delicious Pumpkin Cream Pie. It really is a pumpkin pie for those who don’t like pumpkin pie (like me!!).
What a healthy meal, huh?


 

Sunday, October 7, 2012

A Run and Some Muffins

I took the liberty of revamping my little space here on the interweb. It's still very much a work-in-progress but I think I'm liking it so far.

I ran a 5k last Sunday and then somehow managed to not run at all the rest of the week. I've run a total of 5 organized 5k's and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that this was my 2nd best time-wise. So today was all about trying to get back into the game. I headed out to Alki beach to enjoy some scenery and hit the pavement.

Some pics on the run...


It was seriously the perfect evening to be outside. Not too much wind and it was cool enough out to keep me going. 


And then I promptly returned home to bake.

I found a rather nostalgic recipe in my recipe folder earlier today and just had to make it. We had two sorry looking apples in stock and they were begging for a makeover anyway - it was meant to be! It's a recipe I actually remember making back in my youth. I think I'm officially old enough to say things like that. Please don't tell me otherwise.

I have no idea where this recipe really came from but if you go to my parents house and browse their recipe box you'll find a card in my handwriting with this baby on it...

Apple Muffins
makes about 9-10 muffins

1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1 medium-ish apple (peeled, cored, and diced)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I doubled this recipe and only used about 3/4 cup oil total)
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup brown sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt

Directions
Preheat oven to 400*. 
Whisk egg. Stir in milk, apple pieces, and oil.
Stir in remaining dry ingredients just until flour is moist.
Pour into muffin cups and sprinkle tops with a mixture of 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
Bake for about 20 min and remove from pan immediately. 



I think they make a pretty tasty muffin... tasty enough to eat multiples in one siting. But don't ask me how I know that.


Time to go mentally prepare for the impending workweek!