Intentions for the Week- Week 34 in 2021

Happy New Week, whether you start it on Sunday or Monday. My intentions went well. Well, at least, most of my intentions worked out. The one that did not work out was the Notion app. I do not know how to use it, yet. I have decided to abandon the project and bought a paper planner, instead. It was a Target find and it will help assist me. I like to use my digital planner (Google Calendar,) as well.

Another intention of mine was to try a new recipe. Overnight Oats are all the rage and even though, I am late to the party, I liked it. I liked it so much, in fact, I picked up a pack of four wide-mouth mason jars while at Target for meal prepping. I can tell Overnight Oats will be a staple of mine. I have started to research recipes on Pinterest and have started a collection.

Also, it hit me, my closet purge and budgeting projects will be ongoing projects but I have accomplished all of the rest of the goals. They consisted of moving my body, drinking more water, and attending a pool party. I moved my body by going on a long walk with a neighbor to a park, I’ve stuck to drinking water (It is hard at first but I am getting the hang of it. My Hydrojug comes in handy.), and I did attend the community pool party where there was wonderful food. The main course was empanadas.

And the most exciting intention of the week was purchasing some school supplies for college from Staples. My semester starts next Monday. It will be nice to have structure and a purpose in life, again because I took a break from college due to a health concern. And, even though I missed an entire year of an academic plan, I feel like a stronger student with more experience. I’m eager to learn.

It feels good to have stuck to a plan and I guess, if you set yourself up for it, by writing about it and/or keeping a calendar or list, it is plausible. Cheers to another week of good intentions. Thank you

Below is a recap of my intentions for last week:

  • Closet purge
  • Drink water
  • Move body/sweat
  • Buy school supplies/prepare for the upcoming Fall semester, starting August 30th, 2021
  • Try a new recipe- https://minimalistbaker.com/peaches-and-cream-overnight-oats/?fbclid=IwAR2dzzoZCmMsXjH1wGZ21_gv6zYZlSaJKtZYWXCKJwO4GlmxAa-9QwMFfqo
  • Play with and learn how to maneuver Notion. Notion is the all-in-one workspace for your notes, tasks, wikis, and databases. I use the free personal plan. I am a technonot and I have been learning Notion by copying templates made for Notion. For example, there are templates for academia, recipes, meal prepping, agenda, note taking, reading lists, and etc. But you can use it with your team and share it with other people. Here is a link- https://www.notion.so/
  • Budget
  • Attend a community pool party, midweek
  • Below is a list of my intentions for this week:

    • Prepare for college classes by reading some of the material
    • Declutter and organize master bedroom
    • Enjoy the end of Summer break

    Take care,

    – candaceinthecity

    Enter Asparagus Soup and Exit Winter Squash Soup

    Enter the world of an easy soup to make (Asparagus Soup). A almost, year round, favorite, of mine. What you’ll need: a knife for chopping, a sauté pan, spatula, Dutch oven, and blender. Use caution while chopping, touching hot items, and place hand, putting pressure over lid while using a blender.

    Ingredients: half a sweet yellow onion, a bunch of asparagus, four sprigs of garlic, chicken stock, olive oil, salted or unsalted butter

    Total Time: Give yourself a couple hours of stretch time because you will be prepping, sautéing, boiling, simmering, cooling, and blending.

    Start by prepping the star of the show (asparagus). I tend to chop the ends off, discarding of them. Technically, you can use them. But it might add a touch of bitterness. Then, chop the rest, I do so, in thirds.

    Next, chop the onion and try to do so with the same size pieces. This allows onion pieces to cook through, evenly.

    The third step calls for, four sprigs of garlic.

    Step 1: I heat up a sauté pan with about three tablespoons of olive oil and two tablespoons of unsalted or salted butter. Put the chopped yellow sweet onion in it, along with the four sprigs of garlic. Sauté until translucent and the garlic cloves are browned on the edges. The aroma is amazing. Transfer to a Dutch oven. Set aside.

    Step 2: Repeat step one, using the asparagus pieces. There is no need to use more olive oil and/or butter. If you feel you need more olive oil, go ahead and add some. Sauté until the asparagus pieces are soft or flexible, with some browning action. Transfer to the Dutch oven with the onions and garlic already there, using your spatula or whatever works for you. Sometimes I opt for a soup ladle to do the job.

    Step 3: Add 32 oz of chicken or vegetable broth to the Dutch oven. I prefer chicken stock (low sodium or regular). Stir and bring to a boil. Stirring occasionally.

    Step 4: Once you have brought your ingredients to a boil, cover and simmer for fifteen minutes, stirring occasionally. This process softens the ingredients even more and prepares them for the blender.

    Step 5: Let cool, catch up on daily tasks or relax.

    Step 6: Once cooled, transfer the soup to a blender in batches. One at a time and blend until you have the right substance to your liking. I usually liquify. You can heat and serve using a pot, the quantity you desire. I tend to store mine in a container for later consumption. It’s part of my meal prepping process. Lasts up to four days in my fridge.

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    Organizing My Blog

    Since my chemotherapy treatment ended on February 22nd, I’ve started to feel better and be inspired. Also, I got my first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Easter Sunday and will be ready to do more activities, early May. I’ve been in a compromised position for about five months because of chemotherapy, during a pandemic.

    There is so much to look forward to. I have plans to go places and I’m in the process of getting back into self care. I also want to get my blog organized. When I started my blog last year, I didn’t realize there would be so many different things to write about. I’m into a lot of things. For example, cooking, baking, makeup, skincare, travel, animals, friendship, giving back and the list goes on.

    Blogging is something I’d like to accomplish and I do enjoy reading other people’s blogs. I find myself reading Bloglovin’ and getting inspired from other people’s blogs, as well. Also, blog writers post on certain days or post certain topics on certain days. For example, “Throwback Thursday” or “Makeup Monday”. I hope to keep my followers engaged in doing something like that. And not be all over the place. I guess I’m still trying to find my niche. To sum it up, I’m working towards building a stronger WordPress site. It’s all very exciting. And if you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to reach out to me. Thank you

    -candaceinthecity

    Choosing the Right Dog

    Dogs are beautiful. I love dogs and if I could, I would even have a farm full of them. I’ve had many dogs over the years. Currently, I have two. A Shepherd/Husky mix and a chihuahua. Recently, two people in my life, my friend and my brother mentioned they were looking for a dog. But I could go, on and on about dogs.

    Due to my friend and my brother’s status, they are looking for a certain dog in mind. Through connections that I know, I gave them a few selections to choose from: cavaliers, frenchies, and standard poodles. But my friend has hopes for a pomskie and my brother has plans for a medium dog who he doesn’t have to walk every day. My brother mentioned a few breeds to me, as well. I hope I can assist in any way I can. After all, I love dogs. 

    In addition, I, as well am looking for a dog. I don’t know how much time my Shepherd/Husky has left. She has arthritis due to an accident she incurred before we met. I’m leaning towards a standard poodle but my boyfriend is leaning towards a labrador and we both suggested a bull terrier. But honestly, we won’t start really looking until after she passes.

    -candacinthecity