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Frenemies

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Words & Photography
by Krystal Costa



I wouldn't necessarily call them friends,
more like frenemies.

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Thai Carrot, Coconut, and Cauliflower Soup

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Words & Photography
by Megan Gordon



People describe raising young kids as a particular season in life. I hadn’t heard this until we had a baby, but it brought me a lot of comfort when I’d start to let my mind wander, late at night between feedings, to fears that we’d never travel internationally again or have a sit-down meal in our dining room. Would I ever eat a cardamom bun in Sweden? Soak in Iceland? I loved the heck out of our tiny Oliver, but man what had we done?! Friends would swoop in and reassure us that this was just a season, a blip in the big picture of it all. They promised we’d likely not even remember walking around the house in circles singing made-up songs while eating freezer burritos at odd hours of the day (or night). And it’s true.
Friends would swoop in and reassure us that this was just a season, a blip in the big picture of it all. They promised we’d likely not even remember walking around the house in circles singing made-up songs while eating freezer burritos at odd hours of the day (or night). And it’s true.
Oliver is turning two next month, and those all-encompassing baby days feel like a different time, a different Us. In many ways, dare I say it, Toddlerhood actually feels a bit harder. Lately Oliver has become extremely opinionated about what he will and will not wear — and he enforces these opinions with fervor. Don’t get near the kid with a button-down shirt...this week at least. He’s obsessed with his rain boots and if it were up to him, he’d keep them on at all times, especially during meals. He insists on ketchup with everything (I created a damn monster), has learned the word “trash” and insists on throwing found items away on his own that really, truly are not trash. I came to pick him up from daycare the other day and he was randomly wearing a bike helmet — his teacher mentioned he’d had it on most of the day and really, really didn’t want to take it off. The kid has FEELINGS. I love that about him, and wouldn’t want it any other way. But, man it’s also exhausting.



Pair this general tiredness with a legitimate change in the weather this week in Seattle, and we’ve been spending most evenings at home, and more weekend time hunkering down, too. I’ve spent more money than I care to admit on Cinderella pumpkins for our stoop, and Sam has been doing some actual, real-life meal planning on the weekends (we’ve been cooking a lot from Melissa Clark’s book, Dinner: Changing the Game, which is great, approachable, and surprisingly…doable).

I remember before we had Oliver I found meal planning really depressing: what if I don’t feel like fish tacos on Wednesday?! But right here, in this season, it doesn’t as much matter what you feel like for dinner, it matters that it happens at all in the first place. And it’s happening, and for that we feel victorious.



A few days ago when we didn’t have much planned for dinner, I was craving a really creamy and slightly spicy soup so I jotted down what I hoped would be a thai-spiced carrot soup but amped up a bit. I added cauliflower and ginger, a little lemongrass and a generous hit of red curry paste. I kept stirring it and tasting it and yelling up to Sam to get down here and Try. This. Soup. No exaggeration, this is the best soup I’ve ever made. It will be in heavy, heavy rotation this fall and is a great one to swap in if/when you tire of squash or pumpkin.
I kept stirring it and tasting it and yelling up to Sam to get down here and Try. This. Soup. No exaggeration, this is the best soup I’ve ever made.
Whereas some pureed soups can still be a bit on the chunky or thick side, this soup is luxuriously smooth, even velvetty. The ingredient list and method is relatively straightforward and simple (leave out the jalapeño if you’d like — I’ve made it with and without, and it’s delicious both ways), and it freezes beautifully. Just the sort of thing I’ve needed around all week to fuel our post-dinner dance parties, laps around the downstairs part of the house with all manner of kitchen tools, and Oliver’s new favorite game, “Touch” (running from one end of the living room to the other, smacking the wall on each side and screaming “Touch”). Oh, and basement bike riding (him) while avoiding dangerous power tools (me, frantically). Wild, carrot soup-fueled times over here, I tell you. I’m doing my best to find humor and magic amidst the tiredness; there’s a lot of both. And in general trying not to look ahead in anticipation of the next season or blip to come, but sitting right down inside of this one. It feels like a good spot to be in and, in truth, one I’d looked forward to for so long.



Thai Carrot, Coconut and Cauliflower Soup
Yield: 6 Servings

Ingredients
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 large white onion, diced
1 1-inch piece ginger, minced (about 1 tablespoon)
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and thinly sliced (optional)
1 large lemongrass stalk, outer layers removed, crushed, then thinly sliced (about 3 tablespoons)
2 tbsp. red curry paste (adjust should you crave more flavor)
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled and chopped into ½ inch chunks (about 4 cups)
1 medium cauliflower, stems chopped, broken into large florets, (about 4 cups)
3 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
1 15-ounce can full fat coconut milk
1 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to season

Optional Toppings
sour cream, chile oil, minced cilantro, black sesame seeds, lime wedges

Directions
1. In a large soup pot, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook down for 5-6 minutes, or until it’s soft and translucent. Add the ginger, garlic, jalapeno, and lemongrass and cook for an additional 2 minutes, or until fragrant.
2. Stir in the curry paste. Add the carrots, cauliflower, broth, coconut milk and salt and stir well. Bring the soup to a slow boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and simmer, covered, for 35-40 minutes, or until the carrots and cauliflower are tender.
3. Remove the soup from the heat and allow to cool slightly (so you’ll have an easier time blending it).
4. Using an immersion blender (or high speed blender), puree the soup in batches until smooth. Taste and season with additional salt and curry paste, if desired.
5. Serve warm with suggested toppings. Soup will keep in the fridge for up to 5 days, or freezes well, too.

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Life With Two Littles

Monday, November 20, 2017

Words & Photography
by Chelsea Diamond



Decided to give E a bath while Jett napped. Got her in the tub just in time for him to wake up hangry. I start to feed him while sitting by the tub. E decides she has to poop but doesn’t want to get out; she wants to poop in the bath or have me put a diaper on her.
I put Jett down, he screams, pull E out of the tub and on the toilet, she cries. I pick Jett BACK up to finish feeding...
I finally convince her that neither of these are going to happen and that she needs to go on the toilet (something she’s done before). I put Jett down, he screams, pull E out of the tub and on the toilet, she cries. I pick Jett BACK up to finish feeding, just in time for E to decide she doesn’t have to poop after all and wants back in the tub.

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Feeling Grateful

Friday, November 17, 2017

Words & Photography
by Jennifer Eland



Feeling unbelievably grateful for being a stay at home mom today. I remember the cooler seasons and darker mornings where I had to get my butt out of bed early (and let me tell you it was hard- not a morning person), and drag myself to work while leaving my babe at a sitter.
It's one of those brisk, cloudy days...we're moving slow, taking baths, resting, and I haven't accomplished much, but it reminds me to be thankful for all things...
It's one of those brisk, cloudy days...we're moving slow, taking baths, resting, and I haven't accomplished much, but it reminds me to be thankful for all things (like not having to sit in an office right now). Cheers to a lazy Friday at home.
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Chinese Food

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Words & Photography
by Megan Wright



Currently making Chinese food.
Currently really excited to eat said Chinese food.
 

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