My Week in Things // 7

Let’s start with a little bit of housekeeping. After a bit of reflection, I’ve decided to combine by Saturday and Sunday posts, and change the name to be more fitting. I’ve struggled to differentiate between what links “made my week” and what ones were my “favorite internet finds of the week”. This new format will help me share my true favorites with you and still give you a peek of what my week looked like.

Things that made my week:

1. This hat // because I made it!
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2. This wine bottle // but mostly the people I drank it with.
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3. This chili // for freezing perfectly.
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4. The snow // because it makes running so much prettier.
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5. This sneak peek // for an upcoming project.
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Other things:
fairy toast, the sweetest of snacks
heart pizza, so cute!
pull apart bread that I can’t wait to make
perfectly named one pot chicken dinner
speaking of one dish, kale and salmon
lemon and pistachio, a match made in heaven
American kids try breakfast from around the world
comparisons, and why we shouldn’t
dunkin’ cronuts
love and tea
yarn garland, perfect for spring!

PS Happy Valentines day!!!

Vegan Chili

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It finally happened. I tried to avoid it. I actively worked towards preventing it but I finally caught that horrible winter sickness that everyone seems to be getting.

I’ve spent the past 48 hours bundled up on my couch with countless mugs of tea. When I’m sick, all I want is soup and tea. When I ran out of chicken soup, I did the logical thing – made a big pot of chili using the random assortment of vegetables that were in my fridge.

I love how versatile chili is. As long as you get the seasoning right, and throw in a can or two of tomatoes and some beans, it doesn’t really matter what else you add to it. I personally love broccoli in my chili, if that isn’t your thing, try carrots or squash.

This chili is full of all of the nutrients I need to feel better, perfect for the cold February weather, and absolutely delicious.

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Vegan Chili

Ingredients

  • Olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 head broccoli, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1 head cauliflower, chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 5 "branches" celery, chopped
  • 2 28.2oz cans diced tomatoes
  • 1 15.5oz can chickpeas, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 15.5oz cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. Warm small drizzle of olive oil in large pot on medium heat
  2. Add onions, cook until soft
  3. Add broccoli, cauliflower and celery, cook until soft
  4. Mix in diced tomatoes (entire can), beans and spices
  5. Turn heat to low, simmer for 30 minutes
  6. Add water or vegetable broth if desired
  7. Add additional spices, salt, pepper or red pepper flakes to taste
  8. Serve warm and garnish with green onion or jalapeños
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Sunday Things

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My favorite internet finds of the week.

This tropical smoothie. Exactly what I need to brighten up February.

This flourless red velvet cake. Perfect for Valentine’s Day.

This chinese hotdish. As a fellow Minnesotan, I approve.

This blood orange, rosemary sparkling water. OMG!

This Nutella oatmeal cookie shake. I’ll take two, please!

These no bake Valentine’s Day treats. Love is in the air.

This chicken barley soup. My soup addiction is still going strong.

This update on eating more real foods. Very real, and relatable.

This vegan banana bread. The photography is perfect!

These “grown up tater tots” (or smashed potatoes). Perfect February food.

This update on Vegan Month. Super interesting to read…makes me want to try!

This whipped cranberry porridge. This looks amazing!

These humblebrags. Part one and two.

This bathroom tour. Obsessed!!

This beauty routine. I love this series!

My Week In Pictures // 6

Things that made my week:

1. This hot chocolate // and the super cute mug.
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2. This project // that will hopefully turn into a hat.
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3. Ice skating // the perfect way to spend a Sunday.
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4. This snowstorm // for being absolutely beautiful.
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5. This ice covered skyway // for making my walk home much more dry.
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Other things:
Marshmallow cookies
Circle circle dot dot.
Best and worst of the Super Bowl.
Sharing the V-day love.
Switching beauty routines.

 

Contemplating Moving

 via Yelp user Niño M.
via Yelp user Niño M.

The movie Up was based on the story of Edith Macefield’s house. Like in the movie, Edith refused to sell her Seattle home even as the city was, quite literally, built around it. Unfortunately, the house has now been boarded up, vandalized and is in foreclosure. It is a sad end to a cute story and I truly hope that whomever buys the house chooses not to tear it down.

Despite the title, this post isn’t about a Disney movie. It is about connecting to the spaces around you. As my current lease runs up, I’ve spent a lot of time evaluating what I want out of my neighborhood and building. I love that my morning run can be along the Mississippi River and across the Stone Arch Bridge. Public transportation is readily available, Whole Foods is 3 blocks away, and Target is connected via skyway.

I can’t imagine not living in my current apartment again, yet my new lease has remained unsigned. If someone offered me $1 million to move (as they did with Edith), I would take it without much thought. I don’t connect to my space the way Edith Macefield did. Does that mean I should move? I’m not sure. It could mean I just need to work harder at my current apartment, new paint, freshen up the decorations, rearrange a bit. Or it could mean that I’m ready for something new. That’s the point of renting, isn’t it?

I don’t know what I will end up doing, but I most likely need to make a decision in the coming days. Have you ever connected to a space in the same way as Edith? Can you imagine staying put as the whole world changes around you?