Some days no matter how good of a mood you're in or how well you've planned your day, things just won't go as planned. Today was one of those days.
This morning I hopped out of bed determined to get a few nagging things off my to do list, but by 10 am I was already in tears. (Though, if you ask my family, I will cry for just about anything). It was still early enough in the day to turn things around so I attempted baked sweet potato fries to cheer myself up. Unfortunately they didn't turn out like I expected. Admitting defeat for the day, I hopped back into my pajamas and took a little nap.
By the time I woke up (I won't mention how long my nap was), I was well overdue for something to eat. Our CSA box was filled to the brim and I knew I had to make a dent in it. But with everything going awry the last thing I wanted was to waste our organic veggies on a failed meal. Instead, I went with my gut and made something simple. Not too many ingredients, not too many seasonings, not too much to mess up. And since I had no recipe or any real end result in mind I knew I couldn't be too disappointed. After a saute and simmer of potatoes, celery, chicken broth, and a few other things here and there, I ended up with a simple yet cozy warm soup to comfort me. Just what I was hoping for.
Days like today remind me that I can't plan my life to a T. Things will inevitably go wrong, but I just have to get up and keep going. And sometimes when you least expect it, things will turn out even better than you imagined.
Also, I must mention that I made this in my Vitamix, which has been amazing. The soup came out smooth and creamy without any milk or cream involved! If you are on the fence about getting one I'd highly recommend it.
There isn't much of recipe, but if you'd like to try this all I did was dice some potatoes (about 1 cup worth), chopped up 3 celery stalks and sauteed over medium high heat for 5 minutes with salt, pepper, thyme, and 2 crushed garlic cloves. Then I poured in 1 1/2 cup of chicken broth and simmered for about 10 minutes. Poured it into my Vitamix and blended until smooth, finished off with a bit more thyme, olive oil, and some fennel.