10 Reasons Why I Haven’t Blogged Since Tuesday

by Holly on October 16, 2011

in blog stuff,gluten-free,Indian,life,randomness,recipes,vegan

(1) I’ve been busy eating bagels with plain, full-fat cream cheese. Five of them to be exact – four everything, one salt.

(2) I made Katie’s recipe for Butternut Squash + Bacon Pasta. It was beyond delicious. If you feel so inclined, I recommend doubling the amount of bacon like I did…ya know, because bacon has been proven to lower cholesterol and clear the plaque build-up in your arteries.

(3) I’ve been spending hours brainstorming misleading lies to tell my readers (see above).

(4) I cried long-lasting tears of BBC joy when I received season 2 of Gavin + Stacey in the mail from Netflix. Nessa + Smithy 4eva.

(5) I found a bar in Madison that serves TAP WINE. Even better is that during happy hour, glasses are $3. Even better than that, if you drink two glasses during a going away party for your friend, you’ll be just tipsy enough to order a giant short rib burger on a sesame brioche that’s served alongside with the best french fries with an aioli dipping sauce.

(6) Two of my nights were devoted to two different, yet equally amazing, concerts – Dessa and Fitz & the Tantrums.

(7) Yesterday morning, I woke up with my half of my face stuck to a plate of half-eaten cheese and crackers. And yes, alcoholic libations had been consumed the previous evening.

(8) I had two freelance writing deadlines. Both projects of which I procrastinated until the last minute. I blame Sophia Grace Brownlee and her swag-filled YouTube video I can’t stop watching.

(9) I leave for Europe in 16 days! Running errands…travel to-do lists…booking fun activities…reciting the poem I am reading at my friend’s wedding in London…debating whether or not to include an interpretive dance along with the wedding reading…figuring out what I am going to wear to attract that British rugby player. It takes more time than one may think.

(10) Life > blogging. Always.

In other words, please forgive me. I just got a little curried away with life.

Curried Tomato Soup
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes 

1 T olive oil
1 t minced garlic
1/2 yellow onion, finely diced
1 (26-oz) can of crushed tomatoes
1 (26-oz) can of strained tomatoes
1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
4 cups (1 32-oz box) low-sodium vegetable broth
1 cup plain So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage* or milk of your choice
1 1/2 T curry powder
1 t ground cumin
1 t garam masala
1 small packet of stevia or 2 T sugar
salt + pepper, to taste
Garlic gomasio, chopped cilantro, red pepper flakes or Greek yogurt, to garnish

*the beverage…not real coconut milk

In a large Dutch oven or pan, saute garlic and onion in olive oil over medium-low heat until onions are soft and translucent. Add tomatoes, tomato paste and broth. Turn heat to low. Once the tomato mixture comes to a boil, add the milk, spices and sugar and stir well. Simmer for 20 to 30 minutes, and serve hot.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

{ 29 comments }

Evan Thomas October 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm

WHY is Gavin & Stacey seasons 2 and 3 not on instant?! Gah, this is almost enough to make me consider getting dvds again.

Erica October 16, 2011 at 5:04 pm

Sounds like a pretty rocking week to me. Why is tomato soup so darn good? I swear, the simplest foods are always the best. And YES life > blogging. Whoop whoop for your upcoming trip!

glidingcalm October 16, 2011 at 5:09 pm

you are hysterical.

yay for living life to the fullest. respekt!

lynn @ the actor's diet October 16, 2011 at 5:35 pm

mmmm can’t wait for that sandwich recipe!

Betsy October 16, 2011 at 5:43 pm

WHERE is madison serves tap wine? i must visit when im back next. that is my dream come true

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm

can i please come to madison and hang out with you? i’m a little in love with your shenanigans, and feel i can bring lots to the table (or instance, i make the BEST eggs at 3am).

also, i’m green with envy of that short rib burger (and the aioli), that you got to see fitz, and that you’re going to europe in 16 days (nevermind the fact that i just got back from italy).

sending lots of love and virtual glasses of tapped wine (we have that in ATL!) your way.

Emily @ Relishments October 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm

I’m very excited about this grilled cheese recipe you’re promising.

And thanks for the reminder that life > blogging.

Corey @ Learning Patience October 16, 2011 at 6:22 pm

I have been in love with currry since I moved to Trinidad….I am so making this soup!
xoxo from Trinidad

Hillary October 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm

I’ve watched the Sophia Grace appearance on Ellen three times in the last four days. No shame.

I need that sandwich. Yep. Need.

Susan October 16, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I wish I grooved on tomato soup and grilled cheese. I think that’s one of those meals that some people LOVE and some people can go either way. However, I ADORE Fitz & the Tantrums.

I think “Curried Away” would be an excellent blog name.

Andrea@WellnessNotes October 16, 2011 at 7:38 pm

Life > blogging. Always. Yup. :)

We are having soup and grilled cheese sandwiches this week! Your tomato soup sounds good!

kate October 16, 2011 at 7:48 pm

that soup looks delicious. bookmarking for sure.
i just made a pasta with acorn squash, it was missing something. bacon definitely would have filled that void. next time.

Megan October 16, 2011 at 9:06 pm

WHERE IS THIS BAR?!

Katie October 16, 2011 at 9:15 pm

You get as carried away as you want, my dear. And hooray for bacon, right?! So glad you liked the pasta. Kind of makes me want to go make it again.

Good luck getting ready for your Europe trip…how exciting!

Brittany October 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

So exciting that you’re leaving for Europe! I am dyyyingg to go to Europe. I hope you have an amazing time! Sounds like you had a great weekend. Definitely a great excuse for not blogging :D

Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 16, 2011 at 10:49 pm

I’ve never been big on grilled cheese (I know, what kind of human am I?), but somehow I have a hunch that an Everythingtarian grilled cheese would have the potential to change that.

Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga October 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm

Life > blogging. Always. = YES indeed!

And have on your Euro Adventure in….16 days. Woot!

Lauren http://theclimbingchef.blogspot.com/ October 16, 2011 at 10:58 pm

I hate you for all of your concert going!!! I LOVE Fitz and the Tantrums…. super jealous (once again). On another note… food looks amazing as usual :)

Karis' Kitchen October 16, 2011 at 11:02 pm

#4 – Just finished season 2 and now I want to incorporate tidy and fair play into my vocabulary…love Nessa!

#5 – I need to know the name of this bar. Now, please :)

Alisha October 17, 2011 at 4:56 am

ten good reasons! I can’t wait to read about your grilled cheese!

Clair October 17, 2011 at 7:46 am

Forgiving your absence? Easy.

Forgiving your “curried” pun? Even easier.

Erica D October 17, 2011 at 11:08 am

It doesn’t matter what you’re wearing. Just mosey on up to the rugby player with a beer in hand, a confident swagger, and ask him where he is in the scrum. ;)

Jessica @ Healthy Dairyland October 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

1. Where is this bar with tap wine? Blogger meet-up there when you get back from Europe please.
2. LOVE Fitz & the Tantrums!! I saw them at Rock the Green and they rocked my world.
3. Attracting rugby players is easy. You need a low-cut shirt and a nice beer buzz. I’m speaking from experience of course. ;)

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather October 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

I can not get enough bagels and cream cheese every day. They are soooo good! Soups on! I’ll be bringing my ladle over for some.

colleenzo October 17, 2011 at 3:12 pm

I find it incredibly rude that you’re trying to keep this tap wine bar all to yourself. For shame! But you make up for it by offering up a recipe I’m going to try as soon as my hot little hands get ahold of the 17 different forms of tomato required.

Apple @Polkadotsandchopsticks October 17, 2011 at 8:04 pm

Lol. Interpretive dance. I love it. I think the interpretive dance should gain the attention needed from the rugby player :)
Curry and tomato isn’t usually something I would pin together but with the other spices and herbs, is sounds like a real winner!

amanda October 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm

har dee har har!
curried away.
you have noooo idea how obsessed i was with the sex and the city movie posters that said get carried away. it was my favorite.

um, also. wild. i just talked about life trumping blogging in my post today. because psh yeah! it does! most definitely.

brandi October 18, 2011 at 9:07 am

um….you don’t happen to need someone to carry your bags on your trip, do you? i’m totally fine being a European caddy. :)

Eva @LittleMissGymRat October 18, 2011 at 9:18 am

Hoho! “Curried away”, how punny of you ;)
And yes, life > blogging, lest we forget. But missed ya! Glad you’re back.

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