Frugal Meals: Veggie Soup

I realized I had a some veggies that were about to go bad on me. I don’t like wasting food, especially in the predicament I currently find myself in, so I thought hey…lets throw them all in a pot and see what happens!

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I chopped up some carrots, onion, garlic, and asparagus and opened a can of chickpeas to round it all out.

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Then I sauteed them all in a pot. Onions first, then carrots, then the asparagus, and the garlic was last because garlic burns so easily. I then added salt, pepper, dill, and rosemary. Oh, and a touch of turmeric.

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Then I put this baby in there. I let it boil then simmered for about 15 minutes.

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Then I had a soup that lasted me a few days, and it was healthy!

It’s been tough being unemployed. I’ve been a little afraid to put myself back out there, while being even more terrified of the coming months. Will I have enough money to keep this roof over my head? To keep my power on? My internet? It’s rough trying to stay positive in a time like this, but it’s times like these that positivity is one of the most essential tools to have.

In order to keep myself sane, I’ve been playing around with creative ideas. I’m going to try and integrate this blog with my Etsy shop, along with another idea I have that is in the early stages of development.

So…keep hanging out with me, perhaps you’ll see some cool stuff!

Thanks everyone, much love!

Okay, so…

My last post was pretty short. I was feeling angry and depressed. That’s normal to feel after losing a career of three years. My career was the reason I ended up in Wilmington three years ago. I definitely feel lost, but I’ve begun to feel slightly…excited? Is that the right word?

I’ve decided that, alongside of searching for a new job, I’m going to start focusing on some of my creative projects that my old career kept me from working on. I’m not saying I’m going to completely bum around, but I put so much of my time and energy into that company, that I’m ready to take some me time, even if my budget is razor slim.

One fun project I’m going to be working on is this:

Because of my slim budget, grocery shopping is going to be very interesting. I’m going to be focusing a lot on what I already own, canned foods, etc. So I’m hoping to post any interesting recipes I create out of what I already own.

I feel like this is going to go one of two ways: Either I’m going to start off like really strong, making delicious meals, and slowly have a downturn, or it’s just going to be godawful the whole way through haha.

Tonight’s dinner actually went pretty well! I’ve had an HT Trader’s flatbread in my freezer for a while, topped with tomatoes, onions, and vegan Italian sausage. I gotta say, it was pretty good! The sausage had very little flavor but the classic taste of mozzarella and tomatoes always makes me happy.

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So, yeah. Started out good. I’m feeling optimistic.

Have a great night everyone!

Lemons

Well. Here we are again. I stopped posting because of how busy I’d been. My job was basically my life.

But I got laid off yesterday.

So…as I try to put this puzzle back together, maybe now I’ll be able to post more regularly. I’ve got a couple things I’ve been doing lately that I’d like to post about. But not today. I just wanted to drop in, post a quick update, and allow myself to be devastated for one more night.

Be well, my friends

Life

Life has been handing me some lemons lately, and it has been very tiring trying to deal with them. This is one of the reasons I’ve been quiet.

This is normal for people my age. I realize that. At midnight on my birthday last month I began having a mid life crisis that I didn’t have much time to truly think about until recently.

When I was 20, living in my very first apartment, I discovered minimalism and began my first ever blog. While that blog is now long lost in the blogosphere, I’ve never really stopped trying to declutter my life. If you knew me personally and have been inside my current apartment, you would not guess that about me. I am very cluttered and I have a lot of sentimental things. But, it has come to my attention that I truly do need to minimize and begin a journey of mindfulness.

So the slow process begins…I want to downsize and rid myself of excessive things that I do not need. I plan on minimizing how much plastic I use, and be better about recycling. I also have begun independent study into medicinal herbalism, and will be trying my hand and creating my own salves and balms!

That’s it for now. I just wanted to make a quick update in between my busy work day hours. We’re nearing the end of our busy season, so soon I’ll have more time to blog and create!

Have a wonderful day!

Stephanie