Intentions for the Week- Week 33 in 2021

Happy Monday, I am thrilled because the Orange County Fair ended on Sunday and things will be back to normal. For example, less traffic and more parking spots. We went two times this year, two times too many. But this weekend was spent at home, soaking up the ens of my Summer break. It is okay because I am a homebody and I spent my time with my pets. I have a lot of clothing that I am rummaging through, trying to donate pieces I don’t wear, anymore, to make room and simplify my life. It’s an ongoing project and while I’ve made close to $100.00 selling clothes on Poshmark since the project began, it will spill into this week. Here is a list of my intentions for the week. Let’s see if I accomplish these intentions by next Monday and I will write a recap.

  • 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 with other people. Here is a link- https://www.notion.so/
  • Budget
  • Attend a community pool party, midweek

Thank you, I hope you enjoy the rest of the week and accomplish your intentions.

– 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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Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

It’s been quite sometime since my friend introduced me to banana bread. She was such a good cook and told me banana bread was easy. Since then, I’ve tried to recreate her banana bread. In search of a simple, easy recipe has led me to https://www.foxyfolksy.com/chocolate-chip-banana-bread/?fbclid=IwAR3vmXeoA_jPCXHzOFy2bA-DrpLpQ5528v_yNojMZ3RT2n4PXmq0MiRkfho. It’s a recipe for banana bread I have on repeat. Check it out.

Are you a fan of banana bread? Do you have a good banana bread recipe? Do you prefer making your banana bread with butter versus oil?

– candaceinthecity