By Golly, it’s been a long time since I posted anything here. To be honest, I was plumb tuckered after all of the many wedding festivities! Hubby and I hunkered down for a good two weeks, only making last-minute plans with friends. What wonderful memories we have with friends and family from the wedding weekend!!! Thanks again to everyone for their well wishes for the young couple. Pat & Sam’s wedding will go down in the books as one helluva party!
But now we are back to our usual busy pace, very happy and productive. I’ve planned a Spring Break trip for Hubby and I to San Diego, and both of us have spent approximately a bazillion hours looking for cheap flights to London for a summer vacation to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. If you fly to JFK first, the flights are reasonable, but then you risk missing connections which adds stress. I’m sure we’ll figure it all out. I heart London so much, and we will spend a few days there before renting a car to tour (drum roll, please!) . . . WALES! Wales has amazingly beautiful countryside and a rich history; you can’t swing a cat without hitting a castle. Right now I’m revisiting a novel I read in my youth about Welsh history called Here Be Dragons by Sharon Kay Penman. At 704 pages, I’ve assigned myself 50 pages a day so Hubby can also read it before our trip in late June! It’s so good that it’s hard to put down.
I’ve spent way too much time googling stuff the past few days and giggled while viewing my browsing history. Here’s a brief list:
- Dulse Seaweed butter–a chefs secret weapon (can’t wait to try it)
- Black Panther movie trailer (looks good)
- Cheddar Broccoli Soup recipe (YUM!!!)
- How tall is Charlie Barnes? (never did find that–he tours with Bastille)
- List of the busiest US airports (Atlanta, LAX, then Chicago)
- Phoebe Buffay’s fake names (just couldn’t remember Regina Phalange)
- What is motor boating? (er, umm, that’s what I thought it was–too much time reading weird stuff on FB lately!)
- Henry Plantagenet family tree (to assist while reading a historical fiction novel)
- 24 Things Not to Miss in Wales
- SOOOOOOO much flight pricing!!!!!!!!
I’m just INTERESTED in stuff, you know? Now I’ll give you the soup recipe. I changed it by adding two potatoes and decreasing the amount of cheese and butter and flour. My family thought it was delicious! I love to make soup. I find it homey to have a large pot bubbling on the stove, filling the house with yummy aromas. My daughter bakes to relax. She must’ve had a really stressful week since she made three different types of macaroons on three separate days this week!
Broccoli Cheese Soup
1 cup butter
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup flour
5 cups broccoli, chopped small
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 large potatoes, peeled and cut in half
2 cups chicken broth (or vegetable broth if you prefer)
4 cups milk
2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
salt and white pepper to taste
one teaspoon chopped garlic
Get out a big-ass pot. Melt the butter, adding onions and sauteing until soft. Stir in one cup flour to give the soup some legs to stand on. Add in chicken broth and milk, then the carrots, potatoes, and the star of our show–BROCCOLI! Reduce the heat or else the milk will foam up into a huge cloud, which will spill all over your stove top and be a nasty mess. (This happened to a friend—not me, of course.) I simmered everything for maybe 45 minutes, testing the carrots with a fork for softness. When all veg are tender: add salt, pepper, and garlic, then stir in the cheese. I used an immersion blender because the potatoes were still in chunks, and also because it’s a fun toy that I rarely get to use. Plus it scares the bejeezus out of the cats, which makes me laugh.