Little Traditions by A Beautiful Mess

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We love the post “Little Traditions” that we found on one of our favorite blogs: A Beautiful Mess. This post is so beautiful, smart and clever. I want this to be my tradition. I want to collect memories physically in a jar like the one above.

“Jeremy and I have a little collection of wine and champagne corks that we keep in a glass pitcher in our dining room. On special and sometimes not-so-special occasions we save corks and write what we were doing or celebrating on that day.

Our friend Carter told us he had a similar collection the year we got married. We loved the idea so we stole it and have been saving them ever since! At first it felt like pointless hoarding, but now when we look at them they are actually really special to us. Now that we have a few years collected, they represent so many happy, sad and funny times. Friends, dinners, weddings, birthdays, holidays, moving, good news and travels… it’s all in there!

Here are a few new and old corks. I love that there is such a variety of big events and special occasions and also small things that we were celebrating at the time, like when I came home from my final business trip of the season this year. There are even a few mixed in there that just say something like “catching up on Homeland”. :) It’s the little things. 

Happy New Years!!! xx. Elsie “

 

How to make a no fail soup – a guide for every beginner

Soup is certainly the most flexible and easy thing you can cook at home. Homemade soups are very nutritious and satisfying, so follow these 5 steps and you’ll be able to improvise a good homemade soup from scratch in no time:

1. Start with a little fat and a lot of flavor: cook one or two aromatics (garlic, ginger, onions, or shallots) in a little olive oil or butter. It takes just a few minutes to give a solid background to your soup.

2. Add the seasoning. This can be as basic as salt and freshly ground pepper from the mill or a spice mix. A good citrus zest or a dried bay leaf will do it nicely too. Try to add fresh herbs at the last minute for a better effect. Slightly heat your aromatics until you can smell their fragrance.

3. Stir in the liquid. Add stock, water, juice, wine, beer, or whatever combination of liquids you like.

4. now it’s time to add your main ingredients. Put the longest cooking time ingredient first, then go for the shortest. If you want your vegetables to melt into the soup, add them early. As opposite: for a fresh a crisp bite, add them at the last minute. When you recycle cooked leftovers, add them at the very end.

5. Taste your soup continuously as you go along. Dip your spoon into the pot frequently. Readjust your ingredients and correct the seasonings. Don’t be afraid: it’s only soup!

6. Serve your soup directly or blend it with your hand blender for a rustic texture. You can add a dollop of cream to add some smoothness.

Read More at Eatwell101 and find a bunch of delicious soup recipes on the same site :)

Helane Demystifying Meditation

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I loved Helane Crowells text about meditation. It starts like this “I am far from an organic-cotton-wearing, vegan zen master. My days are filled with stress (work-imposed and self-imposed) and a general feeling that I haven’t stopped running—in heels, on cobblestones—from one thing to the next. And, like most, I am in a serious monogamous relationship with my iPhone…” And I feel that many can relate to this. She moves on in describing how she meditates, answers typical things like “You have to give up all of your favorite vices.”. She does it in such a way that I am giving meditation another try. This time I am going to try harder, I am going to accept that I get distracted, I am going to focus on my breathing through mantras, I want to glow! 

You can find the text here!