Standard Life: February Edition

You know, sometimes life doesn’t seem bloggable.  Sometimes it’s just dinner and dishes and TV and work.  Plenty of work.

I don’t mind when life gets into normal ruts, but it does make it more challenging to present interesting material to you.  Sigh.

So today?  Today we’ll go through the quick and dirty of what’s going on.

  1. We had a Super Bowl party on Sunday (the best time for Super Bowl parties, really… during the Super Bowl).  I don’t know about anyone else, but Scott and Peanut and I had a very good time.  Among the many tasty food items, there was The Pioneer Woman’s Queso Fundido.  It’s officially my favorite football food.

    photo from (by Ree Drummond)

    photo from (by Ree Drummond)

  2. Reading is still fun.  I hope you’re not surprised by that.  I recently finished The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty.  Big Little Lies isn’t my typical reading fare, but it was still a very enjoyable read.  It’s doing well on bestseller lists, and there’s a parental riot in the first chapter.  I couldn’t very well read about a parental riot (at a school night for parents) and then not find out who got killed.  Good hook, Liane Moriarty.  The Secret Keeper was a bit more standard for me–historical fiction mixed with some mystery.
  3. Life is going along pretty normally.  Peanut is adorable.  We’re cooking.  The weather is drab and wintry.

And with that, I leave you to this fine, par-for-the-course Tuesday.

Queso Fundido Indeedo

I actually made Queso Fundido (Pioneer Woman style) for the Super Bowl ages and ages ago, but I got the flu right after that.  Somehow, posting a blog about cheesy deliciousness seemed like a bad idea at the time.

Not now.  I just had a flashback to all of that cheesy awesome and wanted to share.


photo by Ree Drummond (from

Isn’t that pretty?  I’m pretty sure I can’t overstate how perfect this is as a party food, especially for a “this is a sports party, so calories don’t matter” type of event.  The only catch was that we had to reheat things a bit midway through the game to keep the cheese melty.  I was pleasantly surprised that this had a lower cheese to veggie ratio than I anticipated (read: it only sort of clogged my arteries).  Are you allowed to go hog wild with food to watch The Masters?  If not, you should find a random sporting event on TV just so you can make this.  Nascar is happening on Sunday, and it will last for hours and hours.  Plenty of cheese eating opportunities there.

Speaking of cheese, I’m pretty excited about ordering this for the library:


book cover from

This woman knows what she’s doing.  She has an Etsy shop of cheesy delights (bonus points in my mind), she helped create the Williams Sonoma DIY cheese kits (even more bonus points), and she wants to teach all of us how we can make our own cheese, too.  I like her already.   It’s the most fun type of collection development when I’m genuinely excited about a book coming in and I think patrons will be genuinely excited to give that same book a try.