December 9th was my first full day in Portland. It was my first day at Kinfolk, and it was the first day of the one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. My life if full here and only growing. Moving out West, getting an office job, and really living on my own for the first time was not stressful but freeing. After 4.5 years of not pursuing my dreams (long story…see past posts) and a year of doing everything I knew to try and make up for the lost time, I can say it was worth it. I think solitude and struggle are the greatest teachers, and hope was the only thing that kept my head above water. I’m still growing and learning and just beginning this new life, but I feel peace. I think sometimes God wants us to feel unsettled to move us to His will. I’m learning that His will often means doing things without knowing the outcome, and if it’s scary I should probably do it.
There’s a life update. Now a food update! I’ve been on the beans and oatmeal diet* but needed to mix things up after two months. Like I’ve said before I’m no chef, but this simple soup was just the hearty warmth I needed on this cold winter day. Nourishing, satisfying, and light on the wallet :)
Red Lentil Soup
2 cups red lentils
8 cups water
1 large onion
1 bunch of carrots, with tops
extra virgin olive oil
Celtic Sea salt
In a large pot drizzle olive oil and add chopped onions. On medium heat fully cook onions and then add water, lentils, and chopped carrots. Bring to a boil and simmer until carrots are tender and lentils are fully cooked. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!
*Not strictly. I’ve had my share of eating out, too :)
I moved to Portland! If you’ve followed my story you’ll know that moving away from home is a huge lifestyle change from when I started this blog. It’s been a year in the making, but when the opportunity came to work with Kinfolk for a season it was just the nudge I needed to finally pack my bags and head West. Portland is still new territory for me and I don’t feel quite at home yet, but I like it here my home. I like the culture, the work opportunities, and of course the coffee. My hope is to get a bit more settled (I’ve only been here a month) and who knows maybe I’ll just stay :)
Anyone else grow up going to MCL cafeteria as a treat? This was a rare occasion, but when it happened there was one classic menu item I never could get enough of. Whipped cream, mandarine oranges, pineapple chunks, mini marshmallows, and shredded coconut made into the most addicting sweet salad out there…at least in my opinion :) After discovering the homemade honey marshmallow I had to make my own version! I skipped some of the ingredients out of preference, but feel free to mix it up how you like. Just thinking about this recipe makes my mouth water!