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Living the Praxis for Care 

Warm Thoughts for a Cold Night

It's been brutally cold here so it's the perfect weather for soup. I had some carrots that needed to be used and soup is a great method for using up food.

Being in the kitchen is my happy place. It gives me a creative outlet for

doing something I have to do.

As I was looking at my wilty carrots, I thought about the flavor I wanted. I have a spicy carrot soup recipe, but I didn't want that. I looked in the freezer and found some leftover red curry paste. Okay, that's going to be the flavor. I also had some leftover coconut milk that needed

to be used, so red curry carrot soup with coconut milk was going to be our meal.

While I was prepping the soup, I thought about when mom was admitted to the rehab

center after she broke her hip. That was a tough time for me.

There was a nursing assistant prepping mom's bed. As the intake nurse was talking to me, she asked me what kind of food mom liked and I replied, "spicy." The nursing assistant shook her head quietly and replied, "not here though."

Little moments like that make me giggle when I'm preparing food for us.

I took a first taste of my soup. It wasn't spicy enough, so I added more curry paste. Once it was done and I tasted it. The soup was too spicy. It reminded me of the chicken soup

from my favorite Asian restaurant in Champaign, IL.

I thought it would be a little hot for mom, so I was glad I had the leftover

coconut milk that helped tame the spiciness. I simmered some tofu into mom's portion and

made shrimp and green onions for my portion. Yum.

Being stuck inside during bitterly cold weather is crappy, but a good meal together makes it better.

My encouragement for you this week is to look for opportunities to make your day as

good as it can be despite the circumstances.

Thank you for listening. Be well.

Until next time.

-Dr. Sheri

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