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Friday six-pack: The week after Thanksgiving

Trying a new format. I might keep playing with it until I figure out one I like. Please bear with me. 

Friday Six Pack

Now that Thanksgiving is in the rear window and we’re focusing on the holidays, let’s not also forgot about the mundane parts of life. Like this stuff: 

Reading. Almost finished with Tig Notaro’s book, I’m Just a Person. Then I’ll work on Chuck Klosterman’s new one along with All is Not Forgotten. Picked up Kissing in America and Darktown. Completed my Goodreads goal of 75 books but reading is the one area of my life I’m overly ambitious so we’ll keep going until the year ends. 

Watching. The Affair. I put off watching it until recently because I don’t like infidelity as entertainment but this show is so much more that I can let that part of the premise go. I kind of hate them all but I love the way it all works and I really want to know what the fuck happened. 

Listening. Besides my current obsession with the Volbeat song “Battleship Chains”, I also started a new podcast, Crimetown. It’s a true crime show (clearly) but rather than focused on one specific crime or murder, it focuses on organized crime in Providence, RI. It’s like the show Brotherhood but real life. 

Eating. I had a craving for stuffed peppers this week so I made taco stuffed peppers. It was ridiculously easy and I really like recipes that cook in the oven because not only does it give me time to clean the kitchen while the food cooks, I feel like I get a few extra minutes to read or, in the case of baked potatoes, nap. If you’re interested, here’s what I did:

  • Cooked ground turkey, then added taco seasoning, rice (roughly one cup of leftover rice but you can skip this part if you want), a can of diced tomatoes with chilies, 2 tbsp chili powder, and an 8 oz can of tomato sauce. I let that all simmer and blend together while I cut the tops off the peppers (and cleaned out the seeds and shit). Note: you can also make this vegetarian but using TVP or beans.
  • Spooned taco mixture into the peppers, about halfway full. Then I added 2 cubes of cheese, put more mixture over that, and added one more cube of cheese on the very top. Repeat for as many peppers as you’re cooking. I used 4. 
  • Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes in a Pyrex pan filled with about 1/4 water. 

Giving. I had wanted to rant about Trump but I cannot right now. I’m at an absolute loss for words with what is happening. Please don’t mistake my silence for compliance or acceptance. Far from it. I’m enraged. And when I get my thoughts together, I’ll unleash the fury but for now, I’d rather focus on something positive.  Like the fact that Giving Tuesday raised a record amount of money this year. It warmed my heart that despite the direction this country is probably headed, there are still more people who want to do good. As for me, I gave to Forgotten Cats, which is a local cat rescue and TNR program that helped us with our cat; the Philadelphia chapter of the Hebrew Free Loan Association (we don’t have one in Delaware and thanks to my friend Brynne, I now know this organization exists and I am in love with their mission); and Toys for Tots. 

Laughing. This gave me all the giggles.

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Thanks for sticking around this week! My weekend involves a quick trip to Long Island to celebrate my awesome grandma’s 90th birthday and then spending Sunday recovering. Hope you all have a great weekend and I’ll see you back here on Tuesday!

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8 Comments

  1. Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders

    Yes for always trying to read more than your goal! I’ve read more than my goal this year, but I’m hoping that I’ll way overreach my goal! Those taco stuffed bell peppers sound so good! But let’s face it, I think that I’d love anything that has to do with tacos and Mexican food! Have a great weekend!

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  2. SMD @ Life According to Steph

    Hurrah! Happy birthday Grandma! That’s a big one.

    I see the world on fire but I also see a lot of people working together to put it out. It’s a really weird time full of despair and home that exist almost equally inside of me. I’ve not experienced this before for this extended of a time period.

    Stuffed peppers are on my list for next week because I have a bunch of quinoa frozen that I need to get out of the freezer.

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  3. Tanya @ A Mindful Migration

    I’m not a big fan of infidelity in entertainment either, especially if there are no consequences and/or they don’t care about who they hurt. I don’t have to “like” a protagonist but I also should not want to punch them in the face repeatedly. Those stuffed peppers sound delicious. I’ve been eating kind of bad lately but those sound healthy! Happy birthday to your Grandma!
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  4. Rebecca Jo

    Happy birthday to your grandma! 90… that’s so awesome!!!!!

    Is The Affair on Netflix or just on Showtime? I keep hearing about it.

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  5. Linda Sheridan

    Took a screenshot of that recipe. I’m going to make it!
    Awesome that your grandmom is 90. Safe and happy travels and celebrations 🎉 !
    I’m giving to Covenant House first -ever since my Stephanie brought that homeless youth situation to my attention, it hurts my heart ❤️! Then to our local newspaper ‘s give-a-Christmas to support those in our area.
    Grateful to be a giver and not a needer!
    Love, Steph’s Momma

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  6. Nadine

    It has been awhile since I have had stuffed peppers, they sound good! I am in a reading rut right now and I need to get out! A lot of people have been talking about The Affair, I think I need to give it a try, Hope you have a great weekend!

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  7. texerinsydney

    Those stuffed peppers sound delish and like something I could actually make.
    I’m in the spirit of giving as well.
    I love hearing about significant people in my friends’ lives hitting milestones like a 90th birthday. I hope she felt extra special on her day.

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  8. kristen

    we tried to watch the affair but yeah the infidelity kind of bothered us. it was weird. maybe i’ll try it on my own lol.
    forgotten cats sounds awesome. i’ll have to see if there is anything like that local to me.

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