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walking away from the stress

I had planned on sharing what has been happening with my dear friend, Kim and her family, but as I type this on Friday night, I came to the realization that I need the entire weekend to work on that so it will have to wait until next week.

What I really want to know today is, how are you all doing?

I have been limiting my exposure to the news but I watched the full NBC Nightly News broadcast just now and I am feeling more worried and anxious then I have since the virus hit our shores. The thing that really got to me was that there was not one other topic covered on the regular broadcast by Lester Holt other than the virus and its effect on our financial health, on our heroic healthcare workers, on the world. All the statistics and predictions just got to me like never before.

In the last three days, I’ve been relieving the stress and worry by getting out and walking more than I ever have before. The last time I felt this overwhelmed and stressed was when I was going through my divorce and living in a rental house with all of my belongings crammed in around me. I felt like I was drowning. Walking each and every morning and each night is what got me through that difficult time, I’m counting on it to do its magic again.

I’m curious about how you are coping. Please share in the comments, you never know who you might help with your own stress-management techniques and ideas.

Another way I reduce stress is to cook. As you know, soup is my favorite! I love making it and I love eating it even more. It is my numero uno comfort food! So here is another soup for you to try. You may use a regular russet potato in place of the sweet potato, it happens to be what I had available at the time

Celery-Sweet Potato Soup

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
  • 6 cups thinly sliced celery
  • 2 cups peeled and sliced sweet potatoes
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon Aleppo pepper powder
  • ¼ cup fresh dill sprigs
  • ½ cup fresh parsley leaves
  • ½ cup sour cream

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat, and add the onion, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly browned, about 5 minutes.

Once the onions are golden add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the celery, sweet potatoes, broth, bay leaf, salt, pepper, and Aleppo. Bring to a boil, turn the heat down, cover and simmer gently until potatoes are tender, about 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, remove the bay leaf and stir in the fresh dill and parsley.

Pour into a blender and blend until very smooth. Pour back into the same pot over low heat. Stir in sour cream, heat through. Ladle into bowls and garnish with parsley, dill and pinches of Aleppo pepper powder.

Serves 6


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6 comments

1 Betsy { 03.21.20 at 7:05 AM }

Linda keep the faith. Pray, say the rosary, watch Mass or your church service on TV or FB. Meditate. And keep walking. And stay connected.
I started a group chat on FB with all my brothers, sisters,their spouses and kids and we send jokes,pictures and encouragement.. it is especially hard on us who live alone but we will get through this! And keep blogging – it sure helps me to see your blog and others. ???

2 Ann { 03.21.20 at 8:22 AM }

Hi Linda – thank you so much for your post! I’ve missed you. I am going to make your soup – I found in the back of my freezer, a package of prepared Reser’s sweet potatoes – I do not even remember ever buying them, but there they are and I was wondering what to do with them…. I will modify your recipe and give it a try…. what’s to lose? Stay healthy and safe. As you refer to in your post, we have all survived stressful times before and will do so again, Virtual hugs, Ann McG

3 Linda Hopkins { 03.21.20 at 1:24 PM }

Betsy, thank you for sharing! All great things to do. I’ll keep blogging as long as I can, hopefully even when I get back to Harmony Boards.

4 Linda Hopkins { 03.21.20 at 1:25 PM }

Ann, virtual xoxo back at ya!!!

5 Patti { 03.23.20 at 5:07 AM }

Hi sweet friend. Love that you are posting again, gives me a little connection to you. And I always love your stories and recipes. Hugs to you and the kiddos, stay well.

6 Linda Hopkins { 03.23.20 at 12:08 PM }

Sweet Patti! I love “hearing your voice” – Thank you and you stay safe and well too! xoxo

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