This warm and filling soup is easy to make and requires low-key prep and a submersion blender.
I find it helpful to chop the ingredients all at once, so it is easy to put everything into the pot as I work.
Heat oil in a large stockpot and sauté onions for 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Add spices and stir together, coating everything. Add carrots and 6 cups of water and bring to a boil. Add sweet potato and squash and simmer for an hour. When all of the vegetables are soft, add the apple chunks, maple syrup and coconut milk. Cook for five more minutes and take off heat. Let cool slightly and begin to blend with submersible blender. Your soup should have a thick consistency. If it does not, continue simmering to evaporate liquids.
Add salt and pepper to taste, I wait until the end to add salt because water evaporates but salt does not and it is easy to add in at the end.
Have you heard? Tidal power is headed our way.
There will be an open house at the Canning Multi-complex on Thursday, March 29th from 3-7pm. Folks from the company will be answering questions about their project and light refreshments will be provided. I've met with some of the Big Moon people, and there concept is unlike any I have seen before. Do yourself a favour and check it out!
Well, hi there!
I think we are all ready to come out of hibernation.
Maybe you have noticed this winter that I haven't really been hibernating. With Kitpu, Eagle Watch, Coldest Night of the Year and most recently Casino Night, you may have seen me posting up a storm on social media and trooping through snowbanks hunting for donations. I feel like I have been working on one fundraiser or another for months now, and that is the truth. Planning began in November, and only now, four months later is my schedule clear. It's rewarding to work within my community and help when I can. From grant applications to managing Facebook events, a lot of time is spent behind the scene getting the work done. I am not necessarily sure that I would be able to accomplish all of this if I had a "regular" job. My monthly schedule is full of meetings for my various committee work and council duties, however there are a few precious days where nothing is booked, and my mind wanders onto the next project. I've been thinking about the essence of my work recently, and the feeling of having a guaranteed basic income while I am on council. Though the structure of my days ebb and flow, there is always a new mission. This can prove to be challenging when I realize that a project I have taken on has a life of its own and I haven't seen my children in what feels like days. Luckily, this isn't always the case, and luckily I have the best childcare in the world.
If I had a "regular" job with 40 hour prescribed work weeks, vacations, and pensions, I know that in the evening I would find it hard to leave the house. I would want to stay in with my family and avoid the cold. Maybe I would be too tired with two kids and two dogs and a cat and my loving husband and the mountains of laundry, maybe. It's a reality I will never know at this stage of my life with a pre-schooler and an almost-toddler. What I do know, is I am very lucky to do what I do, even on the challenging days. I am fortunate to be able to solve problems for my neighbours. I enjoy learning about the inner workings of our municipality and how to accomplish the goals we set. I am grateful for my family, my friends, and our peaceful community.
Now that I am a year and a half into my term, I want to work on communicating effectively with everyone in District One and Kings County. My goal is to start a newsletter so that I can share updates about what is happening in the area, and keep everyone in the loop with the work we are doing on council. Stay tuned as I research platforms and please subscribe!
In the meantime, I present you with the Hodge Podge Lodge Awkward Family photo 2018. We set a goal to raise $1500 for Coldest Night of the Year, piggybacking on our Awkward Pregnancy photo from 2017 when we raised $1000. I will leave you with both, and a big thank you for any and all support along this winding adventure.
Wow! Talk about busy times! It's been almost six months since our son Hollis was born, and I'm only now able to update about him! He had a smooth arrival and has been thriving in his new roll as little brother and tiny councillor. He came to his first council meeting two weeks after being born and has been to many since. Currently we are at the fall conference for UNSM (Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities) in Halifax. He has attended a few meetings and has helped me draw attention to the need for support and accommodations for young parents in the municipal realm. I'm incredibly fortunate that my mom, Joanne, has been able to be here for the week and care for Hollis while I take this opportunity to learn and network with fellow councillors of Nova Scotia.
We've covered a range of topics during the conference including agricultural land protection, rural high speed internet, the sharing economy and engaging Nova Scotians in municipal politics.
I've been very fortunate to meet Jim Mustard, of Inverness County and learn about his passion project of an Early Years Co-Op. His passion for supporting young families in rural areas is an important piece for improving quality of life in Nova Scotia and is a meaningful bridge for reconciliation with the First Nations communities in Cape Breton. I'm hopeful this idea is infectious and spreads across the province!
Our very own Deputy Mayor Lutz was elected to represent Kings County on the Rural Caucas(RC)! She is a talented and brilliant woman and mom who will represent rural Nova Scotians well over the next year. I am so excited to see what the RC will accomplish in the near future with her infusion of energy and ideas.
As the conference winds down I am grateful for the opportunity to build friendships and learn more about municipal issues. I'm leaving feeling engaged and passionate about the UNSM and our collective power to make meaningful change for all Nova Scotians.
It's budget season! Time to see how the county plans on spending your tax dollars! We are currently sitting in Committee of the Whole to review the draft operating and capital costs. Take a moment to look it over, this affects you!
Sitting and knitting, painting, or eating dinner? Tune into our live broadcast. You can even email us questions!
It's encouraging to hear that we are thriving as a county! Our growth is good, the housing market is strong, and our financial indicators show that Kings County is a great place to live! Boy of boy, isn't it great to be involved with your community?