Monday, October 16, 2006

Happy Monday

I had a great weekend. Hope everyone else did too.

The Tigers are advancing to the World Series! ROARRRR! (The last time the Tigers went to the World Series, I was a senior in high school, lusting after Kirk Gibson.)

My alma mater, the University of Michigan, kicked some Nittany Lion butt. (can you say sack?) (oh, and sack?) (sack!) Go Blue!

I had a three hour lunch meeting with two of my writing buddies (they are my first "readers" of my books).

And I cooked. I love to cook! I don't have much time nowadays, and I also have picky eaters (meaning that they don't like to try new things--they eat pretty well, but they don't like anything that looks different).

So I made a big pot of Potato & Corn Chowder for a little get-together on Friday night. I'd made enough so there would be leftovers, and brought it home and added a bunch of broccoli to the soup and had it for Saturday night dinner. Yu-um. There was even enough to freeze for a later meal!

And for my in-laws' birthday celebration, I made a four-tier Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from scratch. It was wonderful, although I must say, just not as good as the one we had at Ray's in the City in Atlanta this summer.

Guess I'll have to try again.

Oh, and I've so far resisted the urge to buy a green iPod nano...but I'm weakening. Big time.

What did you do this weekend?


Blogger angela soliloquized...

oh wow, i'm getting hungry!
this weekend, i had friends in from Alabama. they stayed at my place, and i got to babysit their 9 month-old on saturday night, while they went to a wedding. busy, but fun weekend!

Monday, October 16, 2006 9:20:00 AM  
Blogger Diana Peterfreund soliloquized...

Congrats on your great weekend! That was a good cake, wasn't it?

Get the ipod... get the ipod... don't resist... I love mine!

Monday, October 16, 2006 9:28:00 AM  
Blogger Heather Harper soliloquized...

I lost my husbands UPS slip and UPS lost his package.

Monday, October 16, 2006 9:38:00 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Oh dear, Heather. Oh NO!!!

Diana, I'm thinking about calling Ray's to see if they'll share the recipe. It was soooo good.

Angela, I love babies at that nine month age. (Especially ones I can give back, having raised mine well past that stage.) They're so fun! It sounds like you enjoyed the evening.

Monday, October 16, 2006 9:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous soliloquized...

hey i caught some of that Michigan Vs. PSU action! (Watched it at a sports bar.) Not a football fan but being from Pa, I have no choice but to pay attention to Penn State games. (My cousin was at the game with her hubby and friends.)

yeah The lions weren't looking too good out there ...

Monday, October 16, 2006 10:58:00 AM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Hey Zeek, my brother went to PSU. And yesterday was his birthday, so I tried not to mention "sack" too many times when I called to wish him a happy day. :-D

I used to live near Philly myself, although I was born and raised in Michigan and moved back here 14 years ago.

Monday, October 16, 2006 11:12:00 AM  
Blogger Alyssa Goodnight soliloquized...

I've been thinking about making potato/corn chowder myself, but I wouldn't have thought to add broccoli. Sounds yummy! And the cake sounds scrumptious!

Monday, October 16, 2006 11:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Janet soliloquized...

wanna share your recipes? I bought a JBL speaker thingie for my iPod recently...oh, I LOVE it!

Monday, October 16, 2006 11:56:00 AM  
Anonymous J soliloquized...

As a life long Tiger's fan I was watching the game from home Saturday night and thought pinch me I must be dreaming. After losing 119 games in 2003, the Tigers are going to the World Series! FYI - one of our players has a blog:

It is fun to see it from his perspective.

Monday, October 16, 2006 12:26:00 PM  
Blogger The Cosmic Kid soliloquized...

I stage managed 4 SOLD OUT shows that received rave reviews from everyone who saw it. After the sunday closing I got a big hug from my director and I went home feeling very happy. I then went home and watched Mythbusters, Jaws, and Jurassic Park

The best part about it, even though my weekend was completely taken over by the show, I have 2 days to recover because of the fall "study break"

The only bad thing about this weekend: Michigan is ranked #2 and OSU #1. Everyone knows that the Wolverines deserve that #1 spot!

Monday, October 16, 2006 1:52:00 PM  
Blogger Carl V. soliloquized...

mmmmm...I could really use some of that chowder!!!

Monday, October 16, 2006 2:28:00 PM  
Anonymous maggie soliloquized...

I would have to agree. Leo Nothing. He looks like a kid. Matt nothing there either though really. I like a clean cut manly man. Trying to think of one and can't. My question is Tom Cruise, Bratt Pit and Matthew McConaughey what do the women see in them? I see nothing desirable.

Monday, October 16, 2006 2:37:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Hey Cosmic, congrats on a sold-out, blockbuster weekend! And then the Wolverine win on top of it all!

I can't wait until November 18 when we come face to face with OSU!

Monday, October 16, 2006 3:59:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Maggie, I have lost all sympathy or attraction for Tom Cruise. He's totally weird now.

And Matthew Mc has been looking like a scruffy old man lately. Can't figure that one out. My friend Janice adores him, but ugh.

Monday, October 16, 2006 4:00:00 PM  
Blogger Colleen Gleason soliloquized...

Carl and Janet, the chowder was awesome and very easy to make:

Colleen's Recipe for Potato & Corn Chowder

Three leeks, the green parts cut up.
Four potatoes, peeled and diced.
Two celery stalks, diced.
1/2 stick butter.

Put'em all in a covered stock pot for about ten minutes, on high heat. Let'em sweat.

Then add:

two bay leaves
1.5 quarts chicken stock

bring to a boil and cook about fifteen/twenty minutes.

Then add:
2 cups corn (frozen or fresh)
2 cups half and half
white pepper
a little curry
1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Let it simmer for awhile until it's warm and the potatoes are cooked, and serve.

You can add grated parmesan cheese to the soup when you serve it.

And I added cooked broccoli too. Cauliflower would be good, too, but I didn't have any.

Yum. It's even better the next day!

Monday, October 16, 2006 4:04:00 PM  

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