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and a complete hodgepodge of everything else…

30. Make 100 different kinds of soup.

I figure most of these will be made with Rich in mind, as he’s the big soup lover. But this one was purely for me. I tried this recipe on a Monday, the day he and Annie don’t get to come home for supper.

Creamy Broccoli Cheese Soup

1 quart veggie broth

1 cups skim milk

20 oz. package frozen broccoli cuts, thawed

1/2 small onion, finely chopped

1/4 tsp black pepper

7 oz. Velveeta, cut into 1/2″ cubes

1 1/3 cups instant mashed potatoes

Combine broth, milk, broccoli, onion, pepper, and 1 cup water slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours (or low for 5 hours).

Whisk Velveeta into slow cooker until smooth. Sprinkle instant potatoes over soup and whisk to combine. Serve immediately.

I really enjoyed this soup, but have to say, it was much better as leftovers.

 

31. Bake 100 different kinds of muffins.

Forgot to take a picture, but these zucchini oatmeal muffins are probably my favorite muffins ever. Nothing fancy, just plain good. Been making them for decades.

Zucchini Oatmeal Muffins

2 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cups sugar

1 cup chopped walnuts

1/2 cup oatmeal

1 Tbsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 tsp cinnamon

4 eggs

1 medium zucchini, shredded

3/4 cup vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease muffin tins. (18 muffins)

In a large bowl, combine first 7 ingredients.

In separate bowl, beat eggs. Add zucchini and oil. Pour over dry ingredients, stirring just until moistened.

Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 25 minutes.

Cool on wire rack.

 

I also tried a new muffin recipe. I thought I save the recipe to record here, but I can’t find it. Oops. They were called Dark Cocoa Banana Muffins, but to be honest, they weren’t nearly as good as they sound. Oh well, you win some, you lose some.

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(2/100)

 

34. Drink 100 different wines or mixed drinks.

I’m not a big wine drinker, but on rare occasion do enjoy it with dinner. Casa Larga’s Petite Noir is a recent local discovery that both Rich and I enjoy quite a bit.IMG_8141

(2/100)

 

36. Support 100 different local businesses.

In the past few weeks, we’ve been to Bill Gray, a Rochester favorite, and Cam’s Pizzeria, our local New York style pizza joint, and Sticky Lips, which does surprisingly good Memphis-style bbq ribs according to Rich (personally I adore their meatless loaf).

(3/100)

 

38. Give away 100 boxes or bags of stuff to the library, charity shops, etc.

Another two boxes of books hauled off to the library. And two boxes and bag hauled off to the Goodwill drop-off.

(6/100)

 

52. Send 100 postcards.

So sad that I forgot to take a picture, but I sent off 3 more postcards: one to Jill, one to Chris, and one to David.

 

63. Watch 100 pre-2016 movies.

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This is actually a rewatch; we saw it many, many years ago, but I remembered very little of it. I’m not terribly picky about movies, and I enjoyed this well enough. Still it’s one we’ve no compunction about giving away now that we’ve watched it.

(5/100)

 

69. Plant 100 different things.

Bonny Bell tomatoes, jalapenos, and Maule’s red hot peppers started.

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(3/100)

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