Food Musings

I’m not a cook. And this is not a food blog. But I have been very excited about the weather turning towards fall temperatures and I wanted to tell you about my favorite soups. I also wanted them readily available in one post for my own personal gain so I can stop googling each website when I want to make them. Do with this information what you will.


Signature Spicy Smoky Sweet Chili by Iowa Girl Eats


White Chicken Chili by Add a Pinch


Best-Ever Black Bean Soup by Iowa Girl Eats (I don’t make the rice portion – I just use regular white rice because I’m lazy)


Baked Potato Soup by Two Peas and their Pod


Carrot Soup with Tahini and Chickpeas by Smitten Kitchen – Disclaimer : I have never personally made this soup but it’s been served to me and I’ve dreamt about it ever since

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Traveling Book Club Sept-Oct

Soo. Shipment numero dos of my Traveling Book Club is about halfway through. If you’re interested in the particulars of how it works head here. Otherwise, I’m going to dive in and tell you the three books I got for this second leg of the book trip.


Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure. The person before me wrote in the traveling notebook that she had to download the eBook version one day when she forgot the book at home because she had to continue reading. Let me preface by saying, I hate WWII novels. Especially ones with horrible people who torture. I was really into this book until I got to the middle and the main character was caught. The next step was obviously torturing him and I put it down. I’m not sure I’ll pick it back up. I’ll have to be exceptionally brave and power through.


The Girl in the Red Coat by Kate Hamer. Now as much as I hate WWII novels, I love a good book about missing children. What can I say, I’m a weirdo. I haven’t started this yet but I checked it out when it was first released and heard good things. I’m sure I’ll tear through it when I get a chance.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I first heard about this book on All the Books. It has since been on a million to-read lists and best books lists. It seems very intense though, so I’ve been putting it off.

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Diversity in Children’s Books




At least the numbers are getting better. Check out all the info here.

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Library Cards Rule!

It’s National Library Card Sign-up Month! Here are 5 reasons to have a library card via Book Riot. Visit their article to see the explanations. Some of them are amazingly ambiguous🙂

  1. It’s free!
  2. You don’t have to wear pants to visit the library (aka Overdrive).
  3. The library can help you get shit done.
  4. Getting a library card helps your library.
  5. Your card gives you access to things outside of your local library.

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Miss Peregrine – new trailer!

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Dark Matter


Someone on SortaLiterary said to pick this up if you like 11/22/63 and What Alice Forgot. Now, I like the latter and never finished the former but was intrigued. I can tell you right now, Dark Matter is not like What Alice Forgot.

I’m not sure I’m smart enough to explain what this book is about. A lot of it was over my head but here goes. Jason, a professor in Chicago, is abducted and sent through a box to an alternate dimension. Turns out in this other dimension he is a renowned physicist.. I think it was a physicist… Anyway, he built this box that can send people to other dimensions of themselves. He explained it this way and I understood. Imagine you’re a fish in a pond. You think the pond is your whole work but what you don’t know is beyond that sky above you is another dimension and another pond. This box takes you outside your pond to other places. Every decision you make takes you down a different path or to a different pond in this case. And that’s as close as I got to understanding how the box works. So Jason gets sent to this alternate dimension and the whole of the book is him figuring out why he’s there and how to get back to HIS dimension with his wife and his son, who don’t exist.

I didn’t care for the ending, but my friend did. I’d love to discuss it in the comments if / when you read it.

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Great Gilly Hopkins Trailer

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