Happy Sunday, Hummers–

Fall is in the air. In Seattle, that means an amazing pallette of beautiful changing leaves and, then… the rain begins. I can definitely feel the cooler temperatures, and the desire to snuggle into a good book and a hot bowl of soup. The comfort of the cooler season always brings out these fall rituals for me.

Fall Leaves in Pacific Northwest | Humming The Snail | Live. Laugh. Eat!Thankfully, here on the West Coast, we don’t have hurricanes. My heart goes out to my family in North and South Carolina, and all of you who have loved ones experiencing Hurricane Matthew. Stay safe out there.

Movie Review: Girl on the Train

Fall is also a great time to catch a movie. Too wet to be outside, so we went to see The Girl on the Train. I almost never to go to a movie on opening weekend, but I loved the book, so I was super excited.

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My review is 4 stars. Matinee with the girls, or date night with a patient SO.

The movie followed Paula Hawkins’s bestselling novel very well, minus a few minor details. (Don’t ya hate it when you loved the book and the movie isn’t anything recognizable?) Critics don’t seem to hold it high esteem, but if, like me, you couldn’t put it down, you won’t be disappointed.

As in the book, the film starts a little slow – riding the train, and getting to know the hot mess that is the alcoholic, needy, can’t-get-over-it Rachel. Emily Blunt really captures the agony and self-punishment Rachel has created for herself.

The mystery is good in an I-didn’t-expect-that! way, though the hubby tells me he figured out the plot WAY earlier than I did. (Something about how guys think…)

The sex scenes were a little overplayed. I think the point was to illustrate how dissatisfied Megan is with her life, but I got it after the first few visible trysts.

A little strange to me, too, was that some of the big name actors had somewhat bit parts. It was a little distracting. For example, Lisa Kudrow plays Tom’s former boss’ wife. Kudrow did a great job, but I expected her to play a role that contributed more to the story.

Overall, I recommend book club girl’s night out with wine afterward to talk about all the juicy parts. I won’t ruin the film version of the villain’s demise, but it’s totally worthy! You’ll be thinking about it for a while.

No Cream Creamy Celery Soup

I love creamy winter soups, but dairy is not my friend. I found this simple and flavorful non-dairy recipe from Erran’s Kitchen. I topped it with a few toasted nuts and some green onions for a little crunch. For a more autumnal touch, you might use pumpkin seeds instead. Yum. I’m looking forward to taking it to lunch this week.

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No Cream Creamy Celery Soup

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30-40 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

-2 T Olive Oil -1 medium olive, chopped -2 garlic cloves, peeled and crushed -1 lb. fresh celery, chopped into 1 – 1 1/2 in. pieces -1 large Russet potato, peeled and chopped into quarters -4 c. chicken stock – just enough to cover the vegetables -salt and pepper to taste

Directions

In a large soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery. Cook until the onion is translucent – about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook another minute before adding the stock and potato.

Increase the heat and bring to a soft oil. Cover and lower the heat to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until the celery, potato are soft enough to be easily pureed, but not mushy. Remove from heat.

Puree the soup with an immersion blender right in the pot. If the soup is too thick, add a little more stock. If too thin, sprinkle in some potato flakes until you reach the consistency you love.

Top with toasted nuts, if desired.

Question of the day?

What fall rituals comfort you in this blustery season?