Simplicity Meets Soup

I have been an indoor mama this winter. Last year I took a walk with my snow girl most nights. Oh does she love the snow. I ask memories of myself as a child, covered in snow to come to me; ask them to remind me of the pleasure of sweating through the cold.

The inside mama has been searching for simplicity in her home. Does that ever take work. I have been at it for weeks. Going through each drawer, each bin of toys (which was reaching overload) and creating a huge mess in the playroom as I went along, depositing baskets of things to go through down stairs. The ultimate goal, to create space to play. I received an invitation to watch a parade with floats from these two; a mess does not deter them from creativity.

Lucas found his own float to ride, an amazingly patient one who almost seems to enjoy is guest.

And then there is soup. Simple, simple soup to warm the belly. Soup is in my childhood memories. Warm, salty, smooth soup.

"Cream" of Cauliflower Soup

olive oil 1 onion, chopped 1 head of cauliflower, broken into florets 3 garlic cloves 2 carrots, chopped 3-4 cups stock (enough to cover the vegetables) splash of milk substitute, coconut, rice or almond works

Saute onion for 3 minutes in oil, add in cauliflower, garlic and carrots. Saute for another 4 minutes and add stock to cover the vegetables. Bring to a simmer, cover and simmer on low until soft, about 30 minutes. Splash in a bit of milk substitute and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. If you are using a blender allow the soup to cool a bit first. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve with pepper, hot sauce and a squeeze of lemon.