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Potato Leek Soup (294/365)

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Potato Leek Soup

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It’s cold outside. Like cold. I went from sweating to shivering in a week. But cold weather always makes me think of soup, because soup is awesome. As I was wandering around the store today, with the clouds just waiting to burst open, I decided to make a potato leek soup.

Now, I didn’t exactly know how to make potato leek soup, but that’s what the internet is for. After perusing a few websites, I figured I could figure this out on my own with the gist of a recipe. Yeah, potato leek soup is really easy. Throw everything into a pot, blend it, eat it. That’s it.

Potato Leek Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 5 large Russet potatoes
  2. 4 leeks
  3. 6 cups chicken stock
  4. 1 cup cream
  5. 1/2 tsp of chopped fresh thyme or ground thyme
  6. a bay leaf
  7. salt
  8. pepper
Instructions
  1. Peel and cut up the potatoes into medium sized chunks. Cut up the white parts of the leeks only and thoroughly wash.
  2. In a large pot, combine the potatoes, leeks, bay leaf, broth, thyme, salt, and pepper. Bring to a boil and cook for 15-20 minutes until the potatoes are soft.
  3. Using an immersion blender or in a regular blender or food processor, blend until smooth. Stir in the cream and cook for an additional 20 minutes until the soup thickens.
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Monday Night Practice (293/365)

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BB and Me Post Practice

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I’m gonna be honest, I’m not always super psyched about Monday evening derby practices. Somehow every week Monday rolls around and quite frankly I usually want a break from the weekend. I have no fewer than four standing meetings on Mondays at work, including one during lunch. By the time it’s time to head to practice I usually want to go to sleep.

But I always go. And I almost always have a great time.

Tonight was no exception. I got home, I got cozy, and I reluctantly went back out to the car to head to practice. But one of the best parts about going to practice is that I BB and carpool together. We spend the 45 minutes each way chatting, catching up, and recapping our weeks, sometimes derby-wise, sometimes regular life-wise.

Practice tonight was full of new drills and skills and it turned out to be a ton of fun. We have new fresh meat (newbies) practicing with us now and it doesn’t seem like all that long ago that I was in their position. They were excited and nervous and remembered just how it felt. I also realized I’m starting to get a hang of this whole derby thing after a year. Progress is fun!

Leaving practice, super sweaty and a pooped, BB and I got back in the car and both mentioned how fun practice was tonight. I’m not sure if it was the agenda or the excitement of new skaters or something else, but I definitely left with an endorphin high.

(Also, I successfully completed practice without getting injured which was my biggest fear this week leading up to the marathon on Sunday. Because that’s happening.)

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Sunday Night Dinner – Chicken Pot Pie (292/365)

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Chicken Pot Pie

After a lengthy hiatus, Sunday Night Dinners resumed tonight. We had dinner at Jen and Evan’s after a fun filled day in DC.

This morning, after sleeping off the wedding festivities of last night, we got up, put on real clothes and headed into the city to see a matinee performance of Evita at the Kennedy Center. We got a theater subscription this year and this was the first of six shows for the 2014-2015 season and I am stoked!

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We ended up getting into the city early so we could have brunch before the show. After a delicious and somewhat leisurely meal we found our seats and settled in. We had to trade our tickets in for this show because our original tickets were on Yom Kippur. That being said, our substitute seats were nothing to shake a stick at. We sat front row of the balcony, slightly off to the side which meant nothing was obstructing our view and we had a little extra leg room.

Matinees shows always feel a little weird to me, because somehow they don’t hold the same sense of gravity and excitement of an evening show. Maybe because of that, I felt like the show started off a bit slow. It took a while to draw me in, perhaps because of the songs, perhaps a little bit because of the performances, but by the intermission I was definitely enjoying myself. The show was good. It ranks above Wicked, but below Anything Goes for me. Still, a super fun afternoon.

After the show we killed some time before heading to Jen and Evan’s for dinner. When we got there, Jen was putting the finishing touches on the pot pies and they smelled so good.

Chicken Pot Pie

She used the smitten kitchen recipe, which she said was very labor intensive, but it was well worth it. Just the filling was delicious on its own, but once she added the flaky crust, it brought it to another level.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

We all scraped our bowls clean and finished the meal full and satisfied. It was a perfect meal for today as the weather has dramatically cooled off over the past week or so. We went straight from summer to late fall and I have to keep reminding myself it’s late October already. Another weekend over way to quick. Monday here we come!

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