1st topic: my son has lost a tooth before....but my baby has that toothless grin and lisp unique to six year olds everywhere. I must say, I'm sad thinking about the fact that this is the last time I will hear it.
2nd topic: soup is my default go to dish. I throw together a pot of some random soup when my crew needs food but I am not in the mood to cook. This time I made a broth base that was based on flavors I had at a Thai place I went to with a friend. In true Queen fashion, I then threw in whatever veggies I had. I was in pinch and dash mode, so don't know measurements....but I can't figure out why I never ventured into the Thai food world. This was a coconut lemongrass base, and boy was it ever yummy!
Fresh veggies (fresh anything) can be very hard to find, so I used lots of dried, frozen, and paste based stuff. Here is a list for Ya if you are feeling froggy:
The base- can of coconut milk, box (4 cups) and a half no MSG low sodium chicken broth, tube of lemongrass paste, 1 chopped and sautéed onion, and chopped up celery (about 4 stalks) sauted with 2 cloves minced garlic in about 2 Tbs coconut oil. I also added a dash of red pepper flakes and kosher salt.
Veggies I added- frozen corn, zuchinni, Napa cabbage
....I have a coat buying problem! I live in a place where you wear coats or jackets of various weight 8-9 months a year. I have enough coats/jackets for my family to outfit a small army. That is a real blessing, and I realize that.
Just so you can "taste" my problem:
My "light weight, it isn't quite freezing" coat with light weight gloves....worn beginning when it hits about 35 degrees. Until then, sweatshirts, of which I have many, suffice.
My "medium weight" goose down filled jacket, worn until it hits zero:
My "gosh it is cold outside" below zero double lined heavy jacket and warm mittens:
Life in Alaska...who knew you needed several different weight versions of outerwear. We won't delve into my collection of different weights of long johns ;) .
I was at my wits end. Before my strokes, I just kept cleaner in the shower and scrubbed it when I got done showering every day. It stayed clean, no prob. After them....have you ever tried to scrub the shower from a wheelchair using only your non- dominant hand? The results have been sad at worst, laughable at best. I found a cleaner recipe touted on pintrest as a miracle cleaner. My daughter was game to help (yes, a money bribe was involved). It worked! There was some light scrubbing needed, but it came clean....and we have hard well water. I'm sold! This concoction worked when other less environmentally gentle ones have failed.
1/2 cup warmed vinegar
2 tbs baking powder (mix in a bowl in a sink because it will foam)
Add 1/2 cup plain blue dawn (dishwashing liquid that is considered environmentally gentle)
Daddy has Prince Charming all excited. We are making the most of the Army paying for us to go back to FL. They are going to see a race. He watched a video last night with Daddy, and woke up to draw this before he even had breakfast. This is little boy Nirvana! He is so excited.