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06:11 pm: The non-wet blanket
This past week we had our yearly canine evaluations at work. I was a tad nervous going in, since Benny isn't exactly a puppy anymore, but I shouldn't have worried. Benny passed with flying colors. In fact, he did so well that he set the standard they measured the other dogs against. Way to go, partner!

I had really been looking forward to the weekend, because it was my long-awaited three-day weekend, and I thought I'd get lots done in the yard with all the free time. As it turned out, my weekend coincided with the three-month-late arrival of real winter weather...it poured rain all three days. So, I mainly stayed in the house the whole time.

One of the things that I like to do on the weekend is cook up a big batch of food that I can take to work for lunch during the week. Since I had extra time on my hands, I decided to make something more involved than usual. I whipped up a batch of bread dough and added in a sauteed onion and a tablespoon of Indian tea masala. While the bread was baking, I made cheddar/parmesan soup and poured in a can of Guinness that I picked up at the corner store. The combination of cheese soup and freshly baked spiced onion bread was heavenly.

The rest of the time I spent crocheting a baby blanket for my nephew while chipping away at the shows left on my DVR. I've made significant progress since last fall--I'm down to the half-hour programs now. I also got pretty far on the blanket; the body of it is nearly complete, leaving the fancy double-layered edging. I'm hoping to get it finished by next weekend.

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From:firesign10
Date:February 10th, 2014 03:07 am (UTC)
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What a delightful, cozy weekend!!
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 10th, 2014 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Yay for Benny!

The cheese soup and spiced bread sound amazing. Did you use a recipe for the soup, or just throw it together?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:February 10th, 2014 02:05 pm (UTC)
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Did you use a recipe for the soup, or just throw it together?

I based it on a recipe for Cheddar Beer Soup that I read a couple years ago, but I didn't stick to it completely. Basically, I sauteed some minced carrots and celery in butter, added flour and milk to make a creamy base, then melted the shredded cheese into it. I poured in the Guinness once it was all melted. (This made the cheddar turn all stringy, but that didn't particularly bother me.) A pinch of salt and a couple dashes of black pepper to taste, and that's it.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 10th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
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Sounds pretty easy! I'm going to have to try that. We make a beer cheese dip that's really good, but for some reason it never occurred to me to make a soup.
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:February 10th, 2014 03:40 pm (UTC)
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Gold star for Benny! And I'm glad you had such a nice weekend, even if not in the yard.

Ooh, I need to make more crockpot dishes before winter is over.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:February 10th, 2014 08:54 pm (UTC)
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I highly recommend this white chili. (We throw in a couple of diced potatoes when we make it because...potatoes.)

Also, I think I mentioned this mac and cheese recipe last summer; it's VERY rich and yummy.
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