Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Puzzling Over The Hodgepodge

Welcome to this week's edition of The Wednesday Hodgepodge. 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. Here we go-

From this Side of the Pond
1. January 29th is National Puzzle Day. Do you enjoy puzzles? What kind (crossword, jigsaw, sudoku, etc)?  How often do you work a puzzle? 

I love puzzles, word puzzles more than jigsaw but I like those too. I work a puzzle of some sort every day. My favorites are crosswords and logic puzzles. 

2. Something you currently find puzzling? 

Honestly I look around and the list is long. Just one thing? 

How in our country today the desire for a secure border somehow means you lack compassion.  

3. What's your go-to dish to take to someone who needs a meal (new baby, bereavement, etc)? 

It kind of depends on the occasion and the family size. I made four meals for my daughter's freezer so she'll have something easy when the baby arrives. I made chicken and rice soup, beef stew, baked ziti, and chicken spaghetti. Chicken spaghetti is one of my go to meals for someone in need. 

4. Do you watch any HGTV and/or The Food Network? If so, what's your favorite program there? 

I watch now and then. I enjoy watching people cook, but I don't watch any of the Junior versions of cooking programs (featuring kids). My favorite 'food' show is The Great British Baking Show which is on Netflix. I love Home Town on HGTV mostly because I admire their mission and think Ben and Erin are super adorable. 

5.  Wrap up your January in five words, with a five word phrase, or with a five word sentence. 

Wait, what? It's over? Whoa!  

6. Insert your own random thought here.  

Not a lot of random to share today. Or maybe too much? Happy Wednesday everyone! 

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  1. My mom used to make lasagna for us when I had the boys or had surgery. January did fly by, didn't it? (Thank goodness!!!)

  2. Amen to your answer for #2!! A big shout to the end of January!

  3. I had a tough time with #6 today and then I remembered I had just seen the movie pop up on Facebook. Random. I'm a huge Great British Baking Show fan, too. Roll on September - the next series!

  4. Guess you are sitting on go as you await baby girl and having food to take is "icing on the cake." It's always nice to have something to fall back on in those early days of a new baby. That wasn't even heard of when I had my babies, all this freezing meals came long afterwards and I'm a huge fan of it. Great questions and always fun to participate.

  5. Looking forward to hearing all about and seeing lots of pictures when the new one gets here. Thanks for another great round of questions, Joyce.

  6. Crossword puzzles are great for your brain. I've never been good at them. The boarder crises is so disturbing. Your meals sound yummy. How did I forget to mention The Great British Baking Show. We have never missed an episode. I'm happy to hear that you like Home Town. Happy Wednesday to you too!

  7. My Mom makes us chicken spaghetti for the freezer sometimes.

    I like to do jigsaw puzzles but need a space to do it where I can leave it out and work on it as I have time. Our library has one set up that we will try to fit a couple pieces when we are getting our books.

  8. My son-in-law doesn't like cheese and it seems like most of my freezer meals have cheese as an ingredient. I didn't think about Chicken and Rice soup or Beef Stew - great ideas!

  9. I like logic puzzles but I'm never very good at them...I like The Great British Baking show too.

  10. I love all kinds of puzzles and our weekend paper has a pub quiz in it that we all do as a family (via WhatsApp usually). I used to watch the GBBS but like a lot of that type of show I think it gets hard to keep reinventing itself so I haven't watched it in a while.

  11. All your go to meals sound good. Yes, there are a lot of puzzling things in our world and I keep wondering where common sense has gone. I'm excited for you and your upcoming trip to the UK. Hope you can share a lot especially after you get there! :)

  12. Puzzles are something I have recently started doing find a words and easy crossword ans some easy jigsaws, start easy is the way, I do them on my tablet.

    The state of the world in general is puzzling

    I don't have a go to dish, can't remember ever having one

    I don't watch a lot of TV now days but I do like a few of the baking shows

    January is full of birthdays and the start of another year of struggle.

    May the world have more goodness and kindness in it in order to make like happier.

  13. Thanks for another fun Hodgepodge! The meals you prepared for your daughter sound wonderful and I know she will appreciate them and the love that also went into them!! I like Ben and Erin too and hope they are like that in real life and not just in front of the cameras. I think they are. I would like to go to Laurel some day and stop in the downtown shops. Happy February!!

  14. That there's any debate at all about wanting a secure border is puzzling to me as well. I love The Great British Baking Show - and I forgot about that one when I was answering that question!

  15. I love puzzles of all kinds-- jigsaw puzzle, cryptograms, etc. I almost always make some sort of lasagna/pasta dish in a disposable tin and then bring some salad and bread to go with it. We used to watch tons of shows on both HGTV and the Food network (when we had cable)-- my son loved all the baking shows and actually applied to try and compete in one when he was young. I was so relieved he didn't get picked but would have happily supported his endeavor.

  16. The border issue is mind blowing to me. Yet another reason, I try to avoid the news these days.

  17. A good friend of mine has often said, "The only good thing about January is that it comes to an end!"