Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s a look at the last week!

Everyday Life: Week Two

We had some much needed rain! Its been a pretty mild winter so far in Ashland. Little rain, minimal snow at higher elevations, even the temperatures have been pretty tolerable.
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Apparently my phone doesn’t agree about the “mild temperatures,” however.
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I love when these little guys (and girl) cuddle up to sleep. I hope they do this f-o-r-e-v-e-r!
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They also provide endless entertainment…

Even when I come home from the grocery store to scenes like this.
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Magic puddles.
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Silas was sick earlier this week. He asked many-a-time for homemade miso soup. So I made homemade miso soup for the first time in many years. (Plus vegetarian orange chicken and steamed rice.)
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When you find the kittens cuddling up with your husband who has fallen asleep on the couch.
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A dinner that goes over well around here almost every time. Mashed potatoes, Quorn vegetarian roast, peas and gravy.
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Couldn’t find mama Millie for a little while… found her curled up in the quilt my friend Kara made me for my birthday a few years ago!
Forbidden Rice Blog - Every Day Life Week 2

Veggie soup earlier in the week. Probably my favorite vegetable soup I’ve ever made, but I didn’t write down any sort of recipe. (Of course.)
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Texts with a 12 year old who persistently forgets to turn the exhaust fan on in your bathroom…
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We had some lovely sunny weather this week!
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When your 12 year old accidentally takes a nap before basketball practice! (Hooray!)
Forbidden Rice Blog - Every Day Life Week 2

I eat a variation of this pasta at least once a week. This week’s version was just a very garlic-filled creamy tomato basil sauce.
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Garlic herb toasts.
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Mid-day walks.
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Jumpy is a stray cat who adopted us many years ago, though he predominantly prefers living outdoors. At about 4AM the morning after we put our german shepherds down in May 2016, when Craig and I couldn’t sleep, Jumpy came sauntering into our house as though he just knew it was safe to do so. He’s been here much more regularly since. Once Millie adopted us, then had her kittens, we wondered what he’d do. 4 other cats is a lot when you’ve had a year of being the only guy aside from Miss Percy. This was the first time he willingly shared his dinner with the larger male kitten we have, Opie. While all the kittens are quite enamored with Jumpy, he generally doesn’t share their sentiment.
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When you forget to eat dinner so you find whatever is leftover in the fridge and make tacos. Mashed potatoes, monterey jack cheese, cotija cheese, spicy homemade salsa, sour cream and cilantro! (So good.)
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While this looks sweet, this would be our two male kittens enjoying the “soup” they concocted by knocking over Percy’s dog food bag into her water bowl. LOL.
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I made a thing! Recipe this week.
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I hope that you’ve had a lovely week!

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Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Forbidden Rice Blog - Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

This morning, I was sitting at Silas’s basketball game when the father of another kid came and sat next to me. He asked, “Julie, do you still have family in Hawai’i?” I told him my dad and youngest brother are still there, as well as numerous friends and extended family. He then asked, “Have you talked to any of them today?” When I said, “no,” he told me, “something very peculiar is happening in the islands. Look at this message everyone with a Hawai’i number received… there is nothing about it in the news!”

He showed me a text he received from his wife, who is currently on the Big Island. It said, “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.” By the time I could get my own phone out to try and text or call my dad or brother, he received another text from his wife saying that the emergency alert was a false alarm.

I thought about the countless people in my home state whose morning rituals were abruptly interrupted with the very-real-at-the-moment threat that these may be their last minutes. How do you even prepare for that? I’d like to think that I’d be calm and collected — as that’s how I tend to deal with anything catastrophic or alarming. I imagine I’d gather our family and pets… and the bourbon.

When I was growing up on Kaua’i, we heard the test sirens for natural disasters — hurricanes, tsunamis, mainly. The state of Hawai’i recently brought back another alert that hasn’t been used since the end of the Cold War, upon learning that there were missiles pointed in their direction. Knowing this particular emergency system exists directly because of human conflict that the majority of us have no part or say in, is heartbreaking.

It makes me want to call everyone I know and love (just so you know, I HATE talking on the phone, but the urge is there). It also makes me want to dive into things that are comforting, nurturing and filling. The best way I know how to do the latter is to feed people and myself. So, here’s a warming, gut-filling recipe.

Forbidden Rice Blog - Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Ingredients:
2 medium butternut squash, sliced in half, seeds removed
3 large carrots, chopped into large pieces
1 red bell pepper, halved and seeds removed
1 head garlic, sliced in half right in the center, horizontally
1 shallot, halved
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 can of full-fat coconut milk
4 cups No-Chicken broth
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste

Forbidden Rice Blog - Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Forbidden Rice Blog - Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Directions:
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the halves of squash on a large rimmed baking sheet with the carrot, bell pepper, garlic and shallot and drizzle generously with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, then roast for for 50-60 minutes, until the squash is fork tender.

Once the veggies are cooked, remove the baking sheet from the oven. Scoop out the inside of the butternut squash, discarding the skins. Transfer all the vegetables to a high powered blender. Add the liquid ingredients and red pepper flakes. Start with 2 cups of stock and puree for 2-3 minutes until completely smooth. If you want a thinner soup, add more stock until it reaches the desired consistency.

Transfer the soup back into a pot and bring to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper as you desire. Enjoy while the soup is hot.

Forbidden Rice Blog - Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

Forbidden Rice Blog - Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup

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