Creamy Carrot Soup & Play These Games (Mother’s Day Gift)

May 8, 2012

If I were to make a list of life’s necessities for my kids, my friend, Heather, would be in the top five.  Well, not Heather, exactly – I mean, she takes great care of herself but she won’t be around forever – but someone like her.  Someone in their lives they can call just to say they noticed something weird, or laugh until stomach cramps ensue, a person who gets all the parts  – good, bad, ugly, delightful – and maybe even shows new ones.

When Heather turned 40 a couple of years ago (she’s older! this person need not be your age) her older brother collected stories from her friends to share at a family gathering.  I wrote the one that made everyone cry.  It was either that or the one that made everyone gasp in horror at our bizarre and sometimes profane sense of humor. Heather and I have called each other from miles apart, from her crooked house in Brooklyn and mine in Boston, from hospital rooms filled with joy or sorrow.  We’ve shared fresh goat’s milk and Italian cheese, picked green tomatoes roadside in the midwest, watched each other’s kids, stayed up too late with spouses playing word games, and edited each other’s work for years.  Our kids call each other frousins (not real cousins, not just friends).  She is my first reader and close soul.

In short, if I had to deliver a baby in a field, I’d want her there.

All this AND she is talented with crafts and games.  Got an old shoelace and a paper towel?  She’ll fashion a prom dress or an accordion.  How?  I have no idea.  No use for your packing kernels and partially melted birthday candles?  Heather will show you how to turn them into a child-friendly game that will take care of after-school hours.

Heather’s latest book is PLAY THESE GAMES  – and it’s a must-have for every parent, grandparent, caregiver or frugal enviro person out there as it shows step-by-step how to make games from objects you have around the house.

I suggest you send it to a friend – a good friend.  And then have soup.

Creamy Carrot Soup

This is a soup that can be served hot or chilled. Top with tarragon if you have some or pepitas if you like a little crunch. The recipe is simple and satisfying - especially when served with salad and/or a brioche roll. Try to use thinner/new carrots as they are sweeter than the thicker ones. If you want to make this vegan, substitute unsweetened coconut milk for the whole milk.

4 bunches carrots, in pieces (about 6 heaping cups)

1 large onion, sliced

2 tbsp olive oil

big pinch sea salt

1 tbsp Coleman's spicy dry mustard (or similar)

~3 cups vegetable broth

2 cups whole milk

Wash and pat dry the carrots and cut them. Place the onion in a large pot and drizzle oil on top. Heat on med-high. Add salt and mustard powder and stir. When onion is nearly brown (but not browned), add carrots. Let sit for a minutes and broth - it should not-all-the-way cover the carrots. Bring to the boil and then turn to low. Cover and cook for about 35 minutes. Turn heat off but keep cover on until soup/pot is only warm to the touch. Add milk and use handheld blender. Soup should be very well blended and smooth. Adjust for seasoning.


  1. Laurie G,
    May 8, 2012

    And to think I knew her first! I have heard great things about Heather’s book and recommend it to families.

  2. Jane V.
    May 22, 2012

    This was delicious! A great side dish for my son’s 1st birthday party dinne last week. My daughter said it fit well with his meal (we tried to make all his favorites) because it was just like baby food! The leftover soup made a great batch of carrot/raisin muffins!!