Soup and Sheets

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This is the vast wasteland that is my street on those blustery cold days. I THINK spring is coming, because I've been hearing spring birds. But when the wind whips into me, I kind of lose hope.
I'm trying to stay warm, people. Just another month or two, right? It's in the 20s and 30s, which is a far cry from 40 below, but I've had enough. I have survived the worst of it, but my reserves are almost depleted.

I've been experimenting with adding more fruits and vegetables to my diet. The green smoothies were a start. I liked the raw cauliflower chowder the first day, but after that? Not so much. But this "raw" tortilla soup adapted from Choosing Raw is a keeper. I put raw in quotations for a reason. There's nothing more soothing to your frozen toes and fingers than a spicy warm soup in the evenings. It's not raw because I heated it up. But it's raw-er than anything I usually eat, so I'm going to call that a start.

4 roma tomatoes
1 orange bell pepper
1/4 c. sun dried tomatoes
sprinkle of dried cilantro
1 stalk of celery
3/4 c. water
splash of lime juice
2 T. olive oil
3/4 t. cumin
1/2 t. chili powder
1/4 t. paprika
1 clove garlic

Chop the vegetables and remove the seeds and pith from the pepper, then whirl it all in the blender. Viola. Soup. And if you're like me, you store it in the refrigerator and heat it up one cup at a time. I found that it really needed salt and pepper. But to each their own. I'm a salt fiend. Also, it was a little acidic for my poor tummy. Any suggestions on how to fix that?
And, my lovely mama brought me new flannel sheets. I love them. They are so colorful! I use flannel sheets all year long. I think it comes from having so many blankets on in the winter. I can't sleep in the summer with just a sheet. I need WEIGHT to keep me down or something. And flannel sheets are just that much heavier. But they're also cotton, so they breathe. These are my "spring" sheets. Pretty, huh?
In other news, I hate daylight savings time. It messes me up for weeks. So take that, winter. And time change. And cold. I've got soup and sheets to keep me happy.


carrster said...

Mmmm, that soup sounds tasty! I may have to try!

And LOVE the sheets. Mr. B doesn't like flannel sheets (he's um, particular) but I love them! Those look really cute. Enjoy!

Helen said...

Bah. That photo makes me want to choke something - the street not the sheet.

I don't live up there for a reason, I'm certain I could. not. take. it.

Hang in there baby.

Jen said...

It's coming, I keep telling myself, it's coming!
Love the flowery sheets :)

artemisia said...

I keep hearing the birds, too! Other than that nasty -40 silliness, we've been in the 20s and 30s, with a week of 40s.

I am waiting for a spring storm to dump 24" of wet, heavy snow.

Winter, you don't have me fooled.

That soup looks so yummy! I love eating soup out of a huge mug.

Do sun-dried tomatoes have any acid left in them? I am actually not a huge fan of them, so I would start with maybe halving them. But I am biased.

clearness said...

Those sheets are very cute. And the soup sounds amazingly delicious.

Lemon Gloria said...

That photo made me very very COLD! Could you wait to post more outside photos until spring arrives? :)

Shelley said...

I wish you could pop on down to Texas right now and thaw out...but your Spring is coming!

The sheets are so pretty - where did your mom get them? I need a new set.

Can do mom said...

I want to try your soup recipe. It looks very yummy.

It's a very pretty morning here and the temps are warming so hope is in sight. :) My snowshoe snow is melting!

I LOOOVE your flannel sheets! They are so pretty. I use flannel sheets in the fall, winter and early spring but my husband gets too warm in the summer for flannel so we switch over in about May.

Hang in there just a little bit longer, spring is just around the corner!

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks said...

This is the first time I'm worried about daylight savings time. I'm usually fine with the time change. But, I hear having a baby can make it difficult to change time (true with travel, too). I guess I consider this a good litmus test for our vacation to Massachusetts this summer. =)

Sparkling Red said...

I love the sheets! They are so cheerful and cozy. Thank god spring is on the way - I can feel it coming! We'll have some real-life flowers soon.