Hi again, my friends.
I keep disappearing for a while. I’m trying to find myself lately. I sort of felt like I was at a standstill with my life. I watch others go to school and progress, and I still had my routine. I didn’t want to come home, work out, cook, and then blog. I wanted to switch things up. I wanted to feel like I was progressing, too. It’s hard sometimes to get there. It’s hard for me to look back on the 3 1/2 years I’ve been living near Boston and realize that I’ve changed. That my relationships have grown. That some have faded away. It took me a while to realize that in fact, my life is not at a standstill. I’m not sinking in the quick sand. I’m different. My readers are different. Life is different.
But different is good. It’s great. It’s the reason why I was feeling stuck — because I didn’t realize that life is continuously spinning, just like the world. We’re getting older. The path is getting shorter. But it doesn’t mean it’s getting less interesting.
As I sit down to write this I ask myself, why aren’t I blogging more now? What has changed? Let’s see…
I’ve been exploring photography more. I took engagement pics a few weeks ago and was absolutely terrified that my pictures wouldn’t turn out good because it was raining, and I had envisioned bright golden sunlight peeking through romantic colors in the trees. But after downloading them, I realized what makes a good picture is the happiness and love that shines through on a subject’s face. It brings me joy. (If you want to see them, check out www.megankellettphoto.wordpress.com If you want to see more of my pics, visit megankellettphoto.com) :)
Besides finding joy through photography, I’ve also gotten addicted to new TV shows. Watching old movies that I’ve never watched. Reading memoirs — and food memoirs. I’ve been listening to more music. I’ve been trying to listen to myself. I’ve been practicing gratitude. I’ve been biking a lot and working out. I’ve slowly, but surely, been letting go of my insecurities with my body. I’ve been eating more calories, and my body has rejoiced in having a little fat on my bones to balance out the new muscle I’ve gained this past year in my legs after recovering from my injury. I eat chocolate. I allow myself to dip into the Nutella jar without feeling guilty. I also take my vitamins.
And through it all, I continue to cook. Cooking will always be at the center of my soul. I just don’t always have the time or energy to blog about it. When I have the option of choosing between spending an evening with my husband, who I rarely see due to his busy schedule, and blogging, I choose him. I choose friends. I choose going out to karaoke and enjoying a few beers and singing my heart out. I live and I try to see the beauty in every day instead of always being couped up in my window-less kitchen.
And when I do cook? It’s usually something like this split pea soup. It’s simple and warming and heartening. At this stage in my life, I’ve let go of complex ingredients and 10 steps. I’ve been making more slow cooker freezer meals and one pot dumps.
You don’t lose any flavor. But you gain an hour in your day.
And cooking and eating a soup is always so therapeutic.
Am I right?
Vegetarian Split Pea Soup
I don’t remember where I copied this from — sorry for not knowing the source! :-/
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 4 large carrots, diced
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 3 red potatoes, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 cups low sodium vegetable broth (or chicken)
- 5 cups water
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 tsp curry powder
- 1 lb dried split peas, rinsed
- Heat oil over medium heat. Add onion and saute for 5-7 minutes until soft. Add garlic and stir constantly for 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add carrots and celery and saute for 5-7 minutes until softened. Add potatoes.
- Add broth, water, salt, pepper, curry, and peas. Bring the soup to a boil and simmer uncovered for 45 minutes – 1 hour until the peas are very soft.
- Garnish with sour cream if desired.
My Two Cents
So the pea soup green color may not look very appealing, but this is a really delicious and such a simple soup. It’s full of nutrients and hardly has any fat, but fills you up so much. It’s the perfect lunch. It’s the perfect dinner. It’s the perfect first course to a hearty and meaty meal. It’s just pretty great.
And it’s getting colder. Soup season is officially in full swing now.
What new activities have you taken up lately?