Archive | January, 2011

Crock-Pot Turkey Corn Chowder

31 Jan

I thought I’d share one of my favorite, easy recipes, at least of the moment.  I’m making some now and it’s the second time this month, so you know it’s pretty good.  The fact that it doesn’t take much prep time, or ingredients helps too!  Plus, living alone, I can make this and bring it to work for dinner a couple of nights which saves me from stopping at the grocery store on the way to work!  It would be delicious  served in a sour-dough bread bowl…but then, what isn’t? Ingredients: 1 lb ground turkey (I like to use the spicy type) 3 cups frozen diced hash browns with onions and peppers (I never measure, just dump in the whole bag!) 2 medium carrots chopped 1 10 3/4 ounce can condensed cream of mushroom soup 1 15-16 1/2 ounce can creamed corn 2 1/2 cups water I usually cook the turkey and make sure it’s broken into small pieces, plus drain out the fat before adding it to the crock pot, but you don’t have to. Add everything into the slow cooker, give it a stir, set to low for 8-10 hours or high for 4-5 hours and forget about it.  Delicioius! Here’s a picture of what it looks like.  Keep in mind this just went in the crock-pot.  It’ll look much yummier after it cooks for 8 hours! DSCN0100 Update:  Here’s what it looks like after cooking for about 8 hours!

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The Girl Who Played With Fire

28 Jan

This is my second attempt at writing this blog, which as I’m sure you can imagine, is annoying in itself. I uploaded the first one, it was there, and then it wasn’t. No idea what happened to it. But anyway, here’s my attempt at re-writing it.

I finished reading the second book in the “Girl Who” series last night! Such a good series so far. I even started right in on the third book, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest. It’s nice that it starts off right where book two left off.

I’m not sure which book I liked best, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, or The Girl Who Played With Fire. They are both really good. What I liked about the second one was that there wasn’t such a slow start. Pretty much action-packed the whole way through! The ending literally had me holding my breath. It’s that good. I hope number three is as good or even better, and I really hope that the story gets wrapped up in some way. Since the original author died it would be impossible for someone to take over writing these stories. It just wouldn’t be the same.

I’m still a total fan of Lisbeth Salander! I want to be her when I grow up. Except for the fact that she’s 4’11” and I’m already a foot taller than that and weigh forty more pounds than she does. She kicks so much butt. I mean, if you were to come across two motorcycle gang members would you fight or run? Yep, me too, I’d totally run. Not Lisbeth!

If you haven’t started the series yet, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. It’s so good! Start now…do it!

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

16 Jan

So, here I sit avoiding doing the homework that I know I need to do.  I just don’t even want to get started on it.  I’m dreading it especially because technically the quiz I need to take, I’ve already taken.  I know that sounds like it doesn’t make any sense, but the instructor screwed up and I’m the one that gets to pay for it.  Actually me and one other schmuck who gets things done too early too.  I managed to finish quiz two for my Crime, Grime, and Fear class last Monday.  Thursday night I got a message from the instructor (a “doctor”) who said that the link was screwed up and that it was the wrong quiz.  For my hour of effort he’s giving me one whole point!  Can you believe the luck?  Yeah, I’m totally being sarcastic if you couldn’t tell.  Total rip-off.  Anyway, onto the real story.

If you haven’t yet read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, I totally recommend it!  I know it’s a best seller and some people stay away from those just because they are popular, but it really is a good read.  The hard part about the book is that it starts off so incredibly slow.  I even texted my mom after I had been reading for quite some time because I thought it was horrible and I couldn’t get into it.  She told me to keep reading because it gets better.  So true!  It gets way better.  I love the strong female main character, Lisbeth Salander.  She gets victimized but her revenge is better than you could even imagine, and I just love that.  That and the fact that she’s super smart but everyone thinks she’s a complete idiot, she’s got most people fooled!  She doesn’t let anything get her down for long or stop her from doing what she wants to do.  There are some real tense moments which keep you on the edge of your seat, and some very surprising twists and turns.  I never expected it to end the way it did, and that’s always nice when you can’t predict the outcome.  I just started The Girl Who Played With Fire!  I hope it’s as good or better!