Saturday, October 30, 2010

Two Unimportant, Albeit Perhaps Helpful, Things To Know...

I hereby pass along to you two random pieces of information:
  • For dinner tonight, I took a crockpot soup recipe from one of my favourite blogs:  MennoniteGirlsCanCook (see my blog list at the bottom right of this page).  It was a very easy, crockpot recipe that I followed exactly and it was delicious.  I'm not normally a fan of using canned soup (this recipe calls for two cans of cream of chicken soup to be mixed in with the other ingredients), but for a quick-prep meal, quite frankly, I would do this again in a heartbeat.  Here's the link directly to the recipe:  Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup.  I made a wonderful cornbread to go with it, and the combination was delightful.  Yum...hmm...there are leftovers in the fridge...
  • For anyone who loved Yann Martel's Booker-Prize-winning book, Life of Pi (and I did love that book), please feel free to ignore his most recent novel, Beatrice & Virgil, regardless of what critics might say.  I just finished it, and found it increasingly morose as the book went on; throughout the last third of the book, I just wanted it done already.  I should have stopped before reading the last third, 'cause now I have content in my head that I wish I didn't.  Now I'm just sitting here feeling gloomy.  I must go immediately to my little home library to find a more uplifting book.


  1. Ruth, I read a fantastic book last week called "the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie society" by Mary Anne Shaffer and Annie Barrows. It is set in post WWII Guernsey so that part is obviously serious content but the narrative surrounding it is so worth it and uplifting. I tried reading Yann Martel's book "Self" a couple of years ago and I just couldn't get going with it. Also, I was in Cuba and it was the only book I brought, having so much faith that I would like it, and anyway, always bring more than one book to Cuba because there is nowhere to buy another one!! Have a great weekend Ruth. Thanks for all your blogs :) - Katie H in Ottawa

  2. Mennonite girls can cook? Really? I thought that was only Jamaicans...

    Thanks for the recipe!

  3. So bummed to see your comments about Beatrice & Virgil - it looks so quirky, and it's also on my Christmas list. But I don't like gloomy endings, so maybe should read some spoilers (yes, I do that sometimes) before committing...

  4. Thanks for the comments...and sorry, Joy, for the bad news. Katie, I've also read the Guernsey book and loved it!! It was one of my favourite books of '09.

    And Donna, I really need to have you over for some more meals...prove to you that Mennonite girls can, indeed, cook!!

    Blessings all!


  5. My mom's cousin is pone of the Mennonite cooks on there...and I'm one of the Mennonite's who cook with ideas from it!