Happy Labor Day, friends! I hope that your enjoying your day off — whatever that means for you. I really don’t have any special plans. Maybe a Mariah Carey jam sesh and cookie baking, but nothing extraordinary.
But I’m super excited for tomorrow because Tony is officially done with baseball and I’m looking forward to having him back home. Even though our Fall months are going to be jam-packed with moving, redecorating, painting, concerts and trips; I can’t wait to do it all with him. All the romantic, mushy feels are happening.
I’ve been sick with a cold for the past few days, so soup has really been the only thing desirable. That and it’s been snowing in Chicago again, which means I don’t like to leave the house unless I’m going to work out. I’m serious. There have been too many times this Winter where I haven’t been able to feel my toes, even when they’re in boots.
The upside to all of this is that I’m going on a cruise next week with my Mom! We’re beyond excited to have a little mom and daughter time together. Can you believe we’ve actually never had a REAL vacation together?! Nope, not even once. I’m so glad that I’m able to bring my her, because well you know, moms are indeed the best.
Oh hi. Please, please tell me you’ve had chicken wild rice soup before? I asked Tony if he ever had it before and he said he hadn’t even HEARD of it. Like what? Are you living in a cave? Are you my boyfriend?
But then I asked a few more people. And apparently it’s a very Minnesotan thing. You know just big old creamy soups with rice and basic things like chicken and carrots. By the way, did you know we also make tater tot hot dishes and egg bakes for holidays? Basically anything you can make into a soup or a casserole has real potential to be a dinner winner in Minnesota.
Hi. How was your weekend? I have to admit that I was so incredibly lazy. I literally watched Vampire Diaries on Netflix for over four hours yesterday. Oh and did I mention that my apartment isn’t really unpacked yet from the move? Tony and I attempted to put some things away but apparently I have wayyy too many kitchen appliances and hardly enough cabinet space. I think I need to get a prop table and maybe a cabinet for extra storage. I love when I actually have a reason to visit HomeGoods!
Yeahhhh…. so basically total procrastination over here.
I can always tell when it’s officially fall when I start craving warm bowls of soup. It’s not even funny how many bowls I could consume; just fill it to the brim and let me drench my bread in all that broth.
Soup & bread leaves me deliriously happy. Can you get high off grilled cheese? Just wondering.
Oh and not like it’s a secret or anything, but if I’m alone I’ll sip it slowly from the bowl. Let’s not pretend I’m the only one, internet friends.
But let me ask you a serious question: what is soup without a sandwich? Without crusty toasted buttered bread and melty cheese in the middle? Well, it just isn’t the same. Trust me, I know this bread and soup thing. Or at least I can claim to since I’ve got this food blog thing going on.
It’s been incredibly warm in Minnesota so I’ve been trying to workout outside as much as possible. Yesterday I biked 15 miles; my legs are feeling a little tired today! I find that drinking lots and lots of water helps with all of the aches. That and a giant spoonful of peanut butter. Hehe.
My meals are all prepared for the week, too! I’m trying to eat clean so I baked garlic chicken, and roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes. I also made some delicious gluten free pumpkin bars, and sauteed kale & garden veggies. I don’t have much free time on the weeknights so my meals need to be ready. Plus it helps me to stay on track when trying to eat right.
Last week I made this delicious vegetarian chili packed with lentils & quinoa. Mmmmmm!
Every now and then I love a little real-talk blogging. Today is one of those days.
The past year has been full of life-altering changes for me. I’ve shed many layers from my life…. and can I just admit that it’s all been incredibly difficult?! I’ve started my own business, traveled at least a week out of every month, lived in three states, and have literally been pulling my hair out trying to figure out where this is all leading to!
So what does this translate into? Basically working insane hours and jeopardizing A LOT. Honestly it’s been a complete struggle. I’m sure it’s something you might be able to relate to: failure, disappointments, and well… whatever life throws at you. Of course, I’m a huge believer that everything happens for a reason. My passion for success and a career in food pushes me every single day to keep pursuing my dream no matter how many times I fail. And trust me, I fail more than you know! My list of unsuccessful ventures will always be longer anything I accomplish; it will be for all of us. However, these failures push you to become better and to learn.
In a sense, I feel as though I’m in the middle of a transformation. I’m trusting my intuition and regardless of how difficult it becomes or what disappointments I find myself in, I’m both blessed and thankful to be on this journey.
So my question to you, is what pushes you to be the best you can be? What drives you to be better than you were yesterday?
I’m just a twenty-four year old girl who is literally obsessed with food, styling, photography and the inspiration I find in every day life. I’m not here to pretend I’m perfect in any way, because I’m not. I’m just explicitly in love with sharing my passion with you.
Oh sorry, that’s a bit obvious and this is getting preachy. Excuse me, let’s get to the FOOD!
Is it normal that I sleep with my iPhone under my pillow? Or that when I immediately wake up I check all of my SEVEN email accounts? Um, probably not.
I need to figure out a way to unplug from all of the communication sometimes. Or just find a balance. When I’m not working on my site, I’m constantly plugged in for my other job. As much as I tell myself that I need to take a break and relax, it’s hard to step away from the chaos of work and the busyness of life; I’m sure many of you can relate!
Usually the only thing that gets me away from all of it is the chaos of my own kitchen — my own little sweet happy spot. As soon as I put on a little music and begin to dice and chop, my creative energy pours into pots and pans, creating good food for loved ones.
This stew was made during an evening when my mind was cluttered and I needed a release. I had a busy day full of meetings. Okay and I was also dreaming about when I would actually get those girl scout cookies I ordered — like how long it would take for me to destroy 5 boxes this year? Whattttttt? Girl scout cookies are stressful to think about.
Anyway there was a jar of lentils that had been sitting in my cupboard along with gorgeous organic sweet potatoes from Whole Foods. It was time to put the iPhone down. A lovely pot of stew was an adventure I was ready to take on.
I was just thinking about how much has changed this past year. I mean isn’t it a bit exhilarating how fast life happens? We’re learning tough truths, letting go of the things that are out of our control, and heck, we’re growing and changing!
Last year I was working on the east coast. I barely had any time to blog and was struggling with what I wanted to do with my life. I referred to it as my early quarter life crisis. It was like when Felicity had to choose Ben or Noah, and decided to become an artist (seriously, go buy all the seasons of Felicity). Anyway, it wasn’t until I was completely lost did I discover my passion that I absolutely had to pursue. It was so obvious at that point: food is the recipe to my heart and happiness! I love creating it, photographing it, and eating it.
I know I talk a lot about following your dreams and living your passion, but that’s because I completely believe in it! Helping you, whether it’s in your kitchen or in your life is essentially apart of my success.
Today’s success comes in the form of soup. A soup that I’m completely in love with. Of course, I’m in love with a lot of things, but simple soup fills me up with contentment. Adding crispy lime and salt studded corn tortilla chips on top just makes it that much better.