No List Challenge
Yesterday Bill and I went to the grocery store and I challenged us to leave the grocery list in the car.
Together we created a visual in our minds-eye on our drive to the grocery store. We put all of the items we needed into our visual scene and really describe what we saw on the way.
A Funny Visualizing Trick
Here’s how it looked: we pictured a jalapeno and a red pepper playing ultimate frisbee with a tortilla-frisbee in a field of cilantro. On the sidelines there were cheerleaders who were waiving pom poms made out of green onions and throwing streamers made out of toilet paper. The goals for the ultimate frisbee game were made out of jars of mayonnaise. In the background there were people playing cornhole with green olives as hacky sacks and each time the hacky sacks landed in the hole they would burst into olive oil. Oh and it was snowing sugar.
Visualizing is a strategy I teach in therapy, but rarely use in my life. I’ve been listening to an audio book called “Deep Work” and it reminded me that we need to practice these cognitive skills to strengthen our cognitive skills and to rely less on our handheld technology.
As you can tell Bill and I had a lot of fun doing this together. I can picture myself doing it with future children too.
I embrace that I’m a weirdo a long time ago… But this really worked! The only thing we almost forgot was are tortilla frisbee. Thank God Bill remembered.
The plan is, there is no plan!
We tend to be a little rigid about our meal planning. Bill likes to have plan and follow a recipe, whereas I like to just have some things that we could make something with. His method is much less wasteful than my method and more consistently produces good food. So yesterday instead of using Bill’s method of planning our meals and writing a list, we used a much more lazy approach. All I wanted was to get some protein, some greens, some grains, a variety of vegetables and fruits, and some snacks.
When we got home Bill made flautas and I made tomato soup “from scratch.”
(I still can’t eat bills flautas after spending a camping weekend with morning sickness unable to eat at all and only having flautas.)
Here’s how I made the tomato soup:
- Put some butter in a soup pan and let it start to melt on medium heat.
- Add some roughly chopped onion and wait for it to start to smell good.
- Add clove of garlic minced and wait for that to start to smell good. I don’t like to wait too long because I don’t like burnt garlic.
- Then you can add either a cup and a half of water or a cup and a half of broth. I ended up mixing vegetable broth and water, but you could do chicken broth or just water. Basically this is very flexible.
- Add a can of crushed tomatoes. I used the 28 Oz can.
- Add salt and pepper to taste and bring to a boil.
- Once it boils you can bring it to a simmer for about 40 minutes.
- After about 40 minutes I used my immersion blender to get rid of some of the bigger chunks. You could use a regular blender for this too.
- I ended up adding some basil and red pepper flakes because those are delicious additions to tomato soup. I might use chili powder in the future, but I wanted to stay true to this recipe before messing with it in the future.
We made quick grilled cheese sandwiches to go with the soup. It was a delicious homemade dinner for a cold night.
It was so nice to spend time with my husband in the kitchen again. It’s something we like to do together.
Let me know if you’re try out this soup recipe, I had no idea it was so simple to make homemade tomato soup!