Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Just Like That Groundhog...

The Hodgepodge keeps popping up here every Wednesday. If you've answered today's questions add your link at the end of my post, then leave a comment for the blogger before you. Otherwise we'll have six more weeks of winter.  

Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond

1. The Wednesday Hodgepodge landing on Groundhog's Day sounds about right. Besides the Hodgepodge what else lands on your calendar just once a week? Is it as much fun as the Hodgepodge-ha!? 

I attend a Women's Bible Study every Wednesday morning and volunteer in a local soup kitchen every Thursday. Are these activities as much fun as the Hodgepodge? Pssht...nothing is as much fun as the Hodgepodge, is it? 

2. The Winter Olympics begin on Friday, surrounded by much controversy. Will you be watching? Why or why not? Have you ever been to China?

Let's start with the easy part...have I ever been to China? Yes. Not Beijing, but Shanghai which I thoroughly enjoyed. That trip was ten years ago and the world was not what it is today. 

I feel for the athletes who spend their whole lives preparing and have no control over where the Olympics are held. But y'all I also feel for the Uyghurs who have been placed in 're-education camps' while the world stays mostly silent. Didn't we decide that wasn't who we wanted to be all the way back in 1944? 

These days it is so hard to weed out the truth in our news, but if the stories coming out of these camps are to be believed then what are we doing? Then there are the issues of Covid, the athletes privacy, etc. Ugh. The Olympics rightfully get 24/7 coverage most years but I am not sure how much, if any, I will watch. 

3. Something in your life lately that has felt a bit like an 'olympic event'? 

Not to sound like a broken record, but I might need a medal when these house projects wrap up. Assuming they wrap up. They're not even huge, just painstakingly slow in getting everything that needs getting, and then installing everything that is eventually gotten. I ranted about mentioned it in my post Monday. 

4. Do you like fondue? Sweet or savory? Restaurant only or do you own your own fondue set?

I do like fondue, particularly if it's served in a charming French ski town high in the Alps. My kitchen is okay too I guess. We never go out for fondue, and rarely make it at home. For a while we made fondue on New Year's Eve and that was always fun, but we haven't done that in several years. I have two pots, one is traditional and one is designed for chocolate. If I can only have one I want the cheesy kind, and now this post has me thinking we need to have a fondue night. 

5. Give us five short (2-3 word) phrases to sum up your January. 


Let's write

It's a BOY!!!

Let's read

Beauty in a winter sky

6. Insert your own random thought here. 

I made a delicious parsnip-butternut squash soup Monday evening using this recipe from Love As Food. Y'all. I am not a food blogger, nor will anyone every mistake me for one. When I cook I'm a bit of a mess, my kitchen is a mess, and I forget to take pictures. 

Except one. I took one. 

We both loved the flavor, really really tasty. I loved the texture of the soup but hubs wanted it thicker so I'll adjust something next time. Also, the recipe says to use your blender and it seemed like my immersion blender would work just fine, but see note above about my messy kitchen. Next time I'll use my big blender. 

Happy February to you all! 

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  1. Happy Hodgepodge Day! As always, I enjoyed answering the questions and I enjoyed reading your answers and I look forward to reading everyone's answers.

  2. I liked your 5 statements and yes, I great big congratulations on having another grandson. This is evidently the year for boys. I could not agree more with your answer to #2. What used to be a national "sport" and we were all glued to the TV to support our team, it is now a political statement. Hate it for the sportsmen who work so hard to get there. Stay warm and dry in this next storm.

  3. Somehow I just knew those house projects would be your choice for what feels like an olympic event! I enjoyed your answers. Always love seeing that lake and sky in any season!

  4. Those veggies look great! And happy to hear they're having a boy. How fun!

  5. We go hiking just about once a week (unless the weather is really awful) and of course I need to grocery shop a minimum of once a week too!

  6. I love that you volunteer in the soup kitchen. I agree, the cheesy kind of fondue would be my choice too. I like your short phrases. Your soup sounds yummy. I'm going to go and check it out. Enjoy the rest of your day.

  7. Your soup sounds really good. I'm like you, a mess in the kitchen. Uggh! I tried using an immersion blender once and the results weren't great.

  8. time you'll use your big blender. I can only imagine. I've had a few immersion failures. That soup sounds yummy. Projects these days are like a marathon and not a sprint for sure. You should get a medal! Happy Hodgepodge to you.

  9. Love your beautiful lake and sky photo. Thanks for another fun set of questions this week...I enjoyed reading your answers.

  10. Your projects were sure to come up under the olympic sport question lol. Hope there is progress being made. Hubby often makes soup when we've had a chicken dinner. He'll make stock first and then add whatever veggies we have to make soup so it's never the same twice. He uses our blender for mixing it but he still makes LOADS of mess which of course I end up clearing up lol

  11. Thank you for another fun Hodgepodge, Joyce! Always lovely photos and I will go look at your recipe! Thanks for the fun!! xo

  12. Congratulations on another sweet grandbaby boy, Miss Joyce.

  13. Your photos are real nice and it seems that the weather was beautiful too, just the opposite to here in Belgium. We used to eat often fondu, each time I was too lazy to cook ! especially since I am living alone.

  14. What a beautiful walk in the snow. We had snow yesterday but it melted far too quickly. Maybe we will be blessed with another snow before spring. The groundhog seems to think that's possible.

    Congrats on the grandson. My first grandson was born right before Christmas. He is a delight. Already lower maintenance than all the granddaughters!!

    Have never had a parsnip!! Or a turnip. Would love to make a squash or pumpkin soup but my husband NEEDS meat in our soups. Maybe I could throw in a smoked sausage to make him happy.