Vegan “Not Chicken” Noodle Soup

I’m currently coming down with a cold. I didn’t want to buy the (amazing) chicken noodle soup from Panera Bread, because I committed to not eating meat. So, I created my own recipe for “Not Chicken” Noodle Soup for the same purpose that chicken noodle soup would serve. It’s vegan, but I didn’t set out to make the recipe so.

Feel free to adjust the spice quantities to your preferences. The garlic, ginger, cayenne, turmeric, and lemon/lime were selected for their antioxidant qualities that will help soothe sore throats and recover from a cold.

Ingredients:
1 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp crushed ginger (I used a squeeze bottle)
3 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp turmeric
2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp lime juice OR lemon juice
1 small onion, diced
1 stalk celery, sliced in 1/8″ pieces
1/2 orange bell pepper, diced (or other color bell pepper)
3/4 c shredded carrot or equivalent diced carrot
1 can peas, drained
3-5 mushrooms, sliced, or small can of mushrooms, drained
1 serving saifun bean threads, broken or chopped into small pieces
3 c vegetable broth
1 c water

Prep is ~15 minutes, cook time is ~30 minutes.
Instructions:
1. Melt coconut oil in a large 4-6 qt pot. Stir in spices, onion, celery, and bell pepper. Simmer until the onion is translucent.
2. Add lime/lemon juice, carrot, and broth. Bring heat to a boil. Cook until celery, bell pepper, and carrots are soft to your liking. If you’re using fresh mushrooms, add them now too.
3. Reduce heat to medium, add canned mushrooms, peas, and bean threads. Stir to combine.
4. Continue cooking until bean threads are translucent and peas are heated through.
5. Serve and enjoy!

This isn’t usually a food blog, but I hope you enjoy this recipe!
I find it delicious, which is good cause I’ll be eating it a lot the next few days.

Social Media and Attention

We all know that social media can be a time suck. That we should spend less time on it. That it can ruin our attention spans.
I’m finding that to definitely be the case.

I stopped using Discord because I was wasting a lot of time whenever I logged in. I had been spending hours talking to people, reading messages, etc. Then I stopped. Not even intentionally, but I got so busy with Praxis and everything I was doing I never thought to log in.
I went on yesterday and remembered why I quit.

I stopped using DeviantART sort of accidentally, similar to my unexpected unplanned leave from Discord. I got busier, so I didn’t have time to go on. I wasn’t posting, so I wasn’t wondering if people were commenting or favoriting my posts.
I was on briefly the other day and was surprised by how many comments I had as well as how many people were still interacting with some of my posts.

I’ve been spending more time on social media. Not on purpose. I go on and scroll. I read the posts, look at the pictures, sometimes hit the like button or leave a comment. On Twitter sometimes I’ll read a thread on a controversial post, or something I find fascinating. On Facebook sometimes I’ll look at the comments and it’s either a huge fighting mess or people say some fun things.
Either way it’s wasting my time. And I can tell that it’s making me more prone to distraction.

I’m trying to read through Breaking Smart Season 1 (for Praxis, but I also want to read it). I keep getting distracted. When I got to that piece of content, I wished it was a video series instead of articles. Reading articles felt like it would take so much more time.
That could be because I’ve gotten into the habit of using watch time to also do something else, like knit, color, or draw. I love that I can consume content while doing something else I want to do. In fact, I don’t knit or color unless I’m consuming some kind of content, be it for entertainment or information.

I can see the correlation to social media, because when I’m getting distracted, it’s with a desire to open Facebook or Twitter or Instagram.

I’m not going to quit all social media, in part because I use it to promote this blog and connect with people. I am going to cut back. By paying attention to the time I’m spending on social media and being tactful about when I allow myself to go on, I can limit the amount of distraction it gives me.

Thunderstorm (Poem)

Arguing violently
amongst themselves
over little things:
Which temperature is better,
The prefered precipitation,
Whether electricity should be outlawed.
All of which
violence is
Unnecessary to solve.
But they are soon overtaken
by their anger for the “opposition,”
and the Storms begin,
Tormenting the surface of the earth.


I wrote this in August 2013. I made some changes from that original version.

[The Desire to Write] Overarching Writing Goal

A burning desire
to pen more words.
A need to continue
and finish what I started.
I began with the intent
to finish, to publish,
And still that is the goal.
The sooner I prove
to myself I can do this—
What I’ve wanted
for so long to do,
the sooner I can
do it again.
I have too many
ideas to write,
to develop, to work on,
too many worlds
and characters
who need my attention
and words.
It only matters
that I want to write them,
not that you do or do not
want to read them.
That is your business,
this is mine.


This poem is part of my debut collection Inside a Writer’s Head.
You can read more poems from Inside a Writer’s Head here, buy the collection, or join the January/February giveaway for a chance to win the ebook.

Observation Paradox

The paradox of
attention to minute details
While overlooking many surroundings
is exactly how this writer lives.
The detailed descriptions,
The marvelous imagery,
but still oblivious to many things.
Sometimes so obvious,
they disappear from existence
Other times, the keen eyes pick out
what doesn’t seem to be there.
The paradox of this living is
defying of reason after all.


This poem is part of my debut collection Inside a Writer’s Head.
You can read more poems from Inside a Writer’s Head here, buy the collection, or join the January/February giveaway for a chance to win the ebook.

Seeing Might not be Believing

Some things are simply not meant to be
heard
But to be
read, seen.
The impact of same-sounding
different’-spelled words is not
made or experienced without
seeing this difference.
Sometimes a combination of
hearing and seeing
is required to grasp
the thought or idea
being expressed, communicated.


This poem is part of my debut collection Inside a Writer’s Head.
You can read more poems from Inside a Writer’s Head here, buy the collection, or join the January/February giveaway for a chance to win the ebook.