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A little over a year ago (or was it longer?) My best friend from high school, Allyson, was home visiting from Georgia. One of the days I went and saw her, she insisted I start reading a series called the Hunger Games (which are now really huge, and they’re making a movie out of it!) Naturally (because Allyson has good taste in books, and everything she’s introduced me to I’ve fallen in love with) I found myself glued to the pages of the book, not able to put it down at all!

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

A few weeks ago while online looking for new recipes to cook for dinner I stumbled across a youtube page somewhat (not really) dedicated to the Hunger Games, and the foods they mention in the books! I’ve tried MOST (not all) of the recipes the youtube channel has (Search, Hungry for the Hunger Games on youtube.) This post is about the Springtime Soup.

The recipe is as follows:


1 tablespoon vegetable or olive oil
2 stalks celery
2 green onions
1 large clove of garlic
3 large handfuls of spinach
1 large handful of watercress
1 large handful of parsley
2 cups vegetable stock
salt to taste

I used two or three times the amount of ingredients simply because I was making it for 7 people.

I linked the video above, but if you don’t have sound/don’t wanna watch the recipe is really simple. You toss in your olive oil, celery, onions and garlic into your pot, let them get softish, toss in your spinach, wait till it wilts, toss in your watercress – let it wilt, then toss in your parsley, again waiting for it to wilt. Once it’s all wilted, toss in your vegetable stock, boil. Once your soup is hot, you’ll want to mix it together. I used a food processor, but it took a lot longer than the video. She uses a handheld blender, and I’m sure that’d be a LOT easier.

Once you’ve mixed it all up in your blender, you can either eat it as is, OR take it to the next level (I did this for half of my soup) and strain out the chunks.

I made this soup on January 25th, and just randomly out of the blue my boyfriend just texted me saying it was too bitter, but don’t let his random weird text scare you away, he waited a few days before trying it, I’m sure it had gone bad. I personally, LOVED it, as did my boss! I’ve attached photos of the process.


Two blog posts in one day…WHAT?

Yes, two posts in one day. I don’t know whats gotten into me!

This thursday, I will be continuing my tradition of standing in line waiting for the midnight showing of the next (and final) Harry Potter film. It’s going to be a very fun and emotional day for me. I have attended every midnight showing for every film starting with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. I remember getting out of school early, and standing in line in Issaquah with my mom waiting for the movie to start. Eating hot-dogs, pizza and chatting with other people waiting in line.

The third movie, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I remember waiting in line (with my mother of course 🙂 haha) at Bella Botaga theater in Redmond, Washington.

The fourth movie, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, came out once I was finally old enough to drive. My mom let me get out of school early, and drive myself and several of my friends to the same theater in Redmond. We painted our own shirts and pants and went and stood in line. Chatting and enjoying the company of other Harry Potter nerds, including a few of our peers from school.

The next film, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, I patiently waited in line from 12 noon, until midnight, at a new (at the time) movie theater in Bellevue, Lincoln Square Cinemas. I went with my best friend Allyson, her little sister Molly and Constance (our old roommate) and low and behold, we also ran into our high school health teacher, her son, and his friend. We had a lot of fun, and spent the day playing games and reading the books!

The next film, Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, I got to Lincoln Square Cinema’s at 10am, and waited in line (sort of) alone all day. Lauren came and visited me, Mitchell came and visited me, but I was alone until 6pmish when Constance joined me. That year we met some AWESOME people, that I still keep in touch with and we will be attending the final film with.

The next film released was Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, part 1. I got to the theater at noon, We went to Lincoln square to keep tradition up, Our friends Scotty and Katy came, as well as our friend Jules and our roommate Constance. I held the tears back until I couldn’t anymore. Dobby made my heart melt.

This Thursday we will be attending Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 at an undisclosed (don’t want any creepers!) theater, we aren’t keeping the tradition up because the security at Lincoln Square is awful and last time made us stand for the 10+ hours before we were allowed into the theater, and I don’t know about you but standing on the marble floors in L-square for over 10 hours is NOT good for your feet back or knees! not to mention they weren’t even nice about it. They also had an iMax theater and this poor guy that was first in line, ended up having to go downstairs to a new line, and lost his place being first, even though he was there hours before I was and deserved to be first. I’m very excited, and very depressed all at the same time. What will I have to look forward to? Surely I could get excited for the Hunger Games movie coming out, the first book was my favorite, but Its nowhere near as amazing as Harry Potter is to me. I am going to have to take a box of tissues with me on Thursday because I just know I’m going to cry, not just because of what happens (I wont spoil it for those of you weirdos who don’t know.) Also because it’s the end to 13 years of wonderful books, websites, friends, movies, calendars, and 13 years of love that I’ve put towards something 🙂 I am aware I am very much a Harry Potter nerd, and I’m proud of it. I think waking up Friday morning, is going to be hard 😦 knowing that another chapter of my life is gone. heh.

EDIT: I forgot to include this!