Happy 2014 friends!
While I don’t usually make specific resolutions, this year I do want to make a broad one and then each day I will figure out what my resolution means in the context of the day and its events. This year I am going to do more of things that make me happy and stop feeling bad about not doing things that make me unhappy.
Today’s interpretation of my resolution was to cook more. I have been so busy lately that I have not been cooking because I didn’t have time to do it exactly the way I envisioned it in my head. Which was kinda dumb. Cooking makes me happy, the simple act of chopping and sauteing has a soothing effect on me. Making a meal that is delicious and tastes the way I want that I can then share with the hubs, or with friends is kind of the best part of my day.
Today I wanted soup, but was starving and didn’t have the time to make it from the stock up. So I took a box of Trader Joe’s Creamy Tomato soup and made it my own. I started with three cloves of garlic and 3 tablespoons of crushed red pepper which I sautéed in olive oil, then after adding the soup to the pot I poured in about half a glass of white wine and brought the whole thing to a boil. The wine and garlic gave the box soup a rich flavor which made it taste like it took me hours when it took about 20 minutes.
By using box soup as my base I had time to make an amazing lunch, do three loads of laundry, run errands, AND take a time. I think I am winning 2014 so far!