Vegetable Soup

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The past couple of days in Nashville have been a little chilly compared to the hot days we’ve been getting lately. I made this vegetable soup a while ago and I think this weekend would be a great time to make it again before the temperatures climb back into the 80s.

One of the things I love about vegetable soup is that it is so adaptable. I used this basic recipe and added the veggies I wanted. I also love that you can use vegetables that are fresh, frozen, or a combination of both.

Vegetable Soup:

  • Two tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 3 (14.5 oz) cans vegetable broth
  • 2 (14.5 oz) cans diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 medium russet potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup cut green beans
  • 2 cups peas
  • 2 cups corn

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Cook until onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir frequently.

Add broth, tomatoes (with juice), tomato paste, and 3 cups of water. Bring all of this to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes.

Add all of the veggies to the pot. Bring the mixture back to a simmer. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Apartment tour — living space

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This post, along with several others, has been sitting in my drafts for several months. As you can see from the front page of this blog, I have posted here twice in the last year and a half. I had several things going on in my life and I became unmotivated by many of the things that I loved, including this blog and the content and images I created for it. Nursing school tends to take up a lot of time too. Now that I have been out of nursing school for a year and have a better grip on how to manage my time outside of school, I am eager to get back to taking photos and sharing them here. My motivation for posting here now is very different from what motivated me when I started this blog in 2011. I want this to be a journal of sorts. I will have a lot of the same content such as recipes and DIYs because those are things I love. I just want to include more of my life and things I like to do so that I can have these photos and posts to look back on in a few years.

So. That being said, I want to share pictures of my home with you today! These images are a little bittersweet now because I have to move in June. My home that is from the 1930s and filled with character has sadly been sold and will be replaced by a new home. I will cherish these photos of my first space!

I moved in to this apartment in May of 2013.  During college I lived in campus housing, so it was a big deal for me to finally be able to get a place of my own. The moving process could not have worked out any better for me.  Through a great connection that my Mom had I was able to see the space just before graduation and move in a couple of weeks later.

I live in an old house that has been split in to apartments.  In my apartment, there is no bedroom, just a ‘bed nook’ as one of college roommates dubbed it.  When I was younger I always thought it would be fun to live in a space like this.  Turns out that it is!  This apartment quickly felt like home to me and I love it (except for a few of the older home quirks, ha).  For now I am just sharing photos of my living/sleeping space, but I have photos of my entryway and kitchen with it’s dreamy built-ins that I will be sharing too.  I’ve been doing a good bit of cooking and baking lately, so be on the lookout for new recipes!

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This is a view into the living area from my entryway, or vestibule as my Nannie likes to call it. What I love the most about my apartment is all of the natural light it gets. I am also a big fan of wood floors and was thrilled when there was no carpet to be found in this place. There is also a lot of storage here which is great.

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This is a view looking toward the entryway. That wall was pretty bare for a while. It took me a some time to commit, but I finally hung some things up. I think the Ron Burgandy print is my favorite part.

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bed nook collage

This is the most comfortable bed that I’ve ever slept on. Memory foam mattresses are incredible. Coming home to this after a 12 hour shift is a dream. Figuring out what to put on the walls in the bed nook was a little tricky. I found the floral pieces at Target which worked out nicely. They are hung with little stickers which is great for a rental space.

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Most of the items in this space I already had or reclaimed from family. I also love going to antique malls and flea markets, so a lot of the wall decorations and miscellaneous items I found and refinished.

I love this little home and I will be so sad to leave it. I feel sure I will find another great space though!

Stay tuned for kitchen photos!

Let me tell you a story of my situation.

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This post actually has nothing to do with Biz Markie. Sorry to disappoint.

It does, however, have to do with the fact that I AM GRADUATING IN 9 DAYS. Can we just talk about that for a second? I think I am in disbelief. I have a final this Friday and then it’s over. That’s it. We had our first senior breakfast today with all the nursing students and faculty. It was a lot of fun. I have had some really incredible professors these last few years and it will be weird not being able to drop in their offices on my way to class. It was great to have everyone together one last time before graduation today.

My dear friend Sadie took some photos for me to send out with my graduation announcement, so I decided to post a couple of them here too. We went to Hillsboro Village and took some pictures in Fido and some out in the neighborhood. I thought it was appropriate since I have probably spent more time there than at my own apartment during nursing school.

As seen in the first picture, I started underlining and writing notes in my textbook this semester. I never wanted to mess up the pages of a book when I got it, but I now realize that isn’t messing it up at all. I’m not quite sure what took me so long to realize this considering I have had several people in my life that encourage writing in books. Now all of my books are covered in notes. I guess that’s what happens I get so inspired by a professor that I actually want to read all of the chapters in the second half of my nursing book.

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9 days to go, everyone. I can’t wait to celebrate with my friends and family. Now to lock down a job…that’s the fun part, right?