My allergies have been awful this year. I’m the human equivalent of a machine gun, sneezing in rapid-fire succession, with Seraphina chorusing, “Bless you Mommy! Bless you, bless you, bless you, bless you!”, one for each and every sneeze like a courteous echo.
It’s a funny thing to have a family of dancers. Seraphina saw one of those photos above and casually said, “That Galen flying.” As if one of her siblings taking to flight is the most natural and expected thing in world.
I just started reading Tove Jansson’s The Summer Book. It seemed fitting. Recital season is over and now the summer begins in earnest. We had our first pond trip of the year.
I’ve been knitting little toddler socks. The Violet-Girl needs socks and I thought that if I used bits of yarn leftover from other projects and knit a pair here and there over the summer, by autumn she could have a nice little stash of them tucked away.
I was asked about a recipe for the chicken soup in this post. I’m afraid I don’t really have a recipe! I never do for things like soup. It just cut up whatever veggies I have about that sound good. Usual for this sort of soup would be carrots, onions, celery, yam is nice, parsnips, perhaps some turnips or Jerusalem artichokes, maybe some cauliflower. Add the chopped up veggies to chopped up chicken, cover with home-made broth (that part is important, it makes all the difference in the world), add some freshly crushed garlic or finely chopped garlic leaves and let it simmer until everything is soft. At the very end I’d add in lots of greens, kale in this case. Salt to taste. For this particular soup I stirred in coconut milk and lime juice after everything was cooked. Fresh cilantro makes a nice addition as well.