Thank you to those of you who bought the Paleo Family Toolkit from me, your support is much appreciated and I hope you are enjoying the contents. Including my e-book 🙂 .
Unfortunately the delight in seeing my book going out to the many people who made their purchase was short lived as one of our beloved cats, our black and white Millie, was hit by a car on Monday morning. It was very traumatic for us all but I thank God that, although we didn't actually see the accident, we were able to be there for her and I scooped her up in my arms and reassured her that she was not alone. I also thank God that she died peacefully in my arms, nestled against my own heartbeat, as we were driving her to the vet. We all miss her terribly but are keeping her memory alive by talking about the sweet and funny things she did, like crawl inside my daughter's bed sheets and snuggle up to her at night time, or lie on my daughter's back as she lay stretched out reading her book, how she would expertly use her paws to navigate our hands to her soft tummy for a tickle, or tap on the window to let us know she wanted to come in. There are so many happy memories of Millie and some day they'll fill our minds much more than the bad memories that are invading my thoughts this week.
I don't tend to get flares but since Millie died I've been suffering the same IBS pains that I used to have many moons ago, before starting the AIP. Then there's the anxiety that's started up over our other cat, Millie's brother. Worrying about letting him out of the house, yet knowing that he'd be miserable kept in. We can tell that he, also, has been affected by Millie's passing and the two of us are equally as clingy with one another. I know my flare is stress related so I'm ramping up the bone broth making and concentrating on nourishing all our bodies, and treating them kindly. Soups instantly come to mind and they are perfect for dealing with times when food isn't necessarily what one wants, they are easily digestible and kind on the tummy. Today's recipe is a case in point. It is quick and simple to make, and beautifully smooth and silky, making it easy to get down. It's a delicious one and I hope you enjoy it too.
Find today's recipe at www.autoimmune paleo.com.
RIP Sweet Millie Mittens. 7 October 2010 - 9 May 2016
First time commenting but I just want to say I'm very sorry for your family's loss. We love our pets and they love us back. Wishing you all the best as you and Millie's brother adjust to her absence.
Thanks so much for commenting Marianne, I appreciate it. Our pets really cemented our family life so we are all heartbroken that Millie's gone but yes, we are adjusting. Thanks for understanding 🙂
Margaret Wendell says
Sorry to hear about your loss .. cats are so special.
I also wanted to say how beautiful your photographs are. I want to make your sweet potato and lime soup primarily because the photo has me drooling!
Thank you Margaret, that's very kind and I'm pleased you appreciate the photos. I hope you enjoy the soup 🙂
Oh, I am very saddened to hear this, both about Millie and you. I feel your pain, having had so many beloved pets pass over the past decade or two, and most recently last year. I understand and sympathize about the IBS and anxiety flares too.
Millie was absolutely gorgeous, and I'm sure that she was even more beautiful on the inside. My thoughts are with you....
You are so sweet, thank you Susan. She was a gorgeous little thing, with an absolutely lovely character and I still can't believe she's gone. I'm sorry to hear you've had your fill of pets passing over the years - never fun.
I've been thinking about you recently as it happens, so it's good to hear from you. I hope you're well?!
How nice of you to think about me!...knitting, cooking, both or other? I need to pop into your other blog to see what knitting and crafts you've been up to lately...your exquisite aesthetic is so inspiring! Just so happens that I was just up at Pt. Ludlow last month for a knitting retreat and visited Churchmouse Yarns in Bainbridge -- you would love it. Next time I go up there, I hope to venture further north into BC! I hear that there are some great knitting shops in Vancouver, and for that (among many other reasons) I'd love to plan a trip up there sometime soon. My glorious trip all over BC and parts of Alberta at age 14yo is still fresh in my mind 40+ years later. And the recent events in Alberta are so sad and horrifying.
I was thinking of you because you haven't popped in for a while - but I didn't want to put any pressure on you so I'm pleased you got here first 😉
I finished my stripe study shawl ages ago but haven't taken any photos and my poor blog has been abandoned since last summer. Feeling a little jealous about your trip to Bainbridge, it's on my bucket list (as is Tolt Yarn in Carnation - have you been there?).
Anyway, when you make it up to Vancouver make sure you let me know, perhaps we can click some needles together over a cup of tea or kombucha?!
I know, so sorry for the radio silence! I think I'm still playing catchup from both some set-backs and travel over the past few months. That is a yummy pattern in garter and color. I usually prefer simple one or two color projects, but I've thought about making it with many different color stripes so that it goes with everything in my wardrobe. Kind of the same idea as the Lifesaver sweater by Tanis Lavallee, but maybe with more muted colors than hers.
Bainbridge was gorgeous, I must say, and Churchmouse was extremely lovely. Their designs are so simple, yet so lovely, and the shop and yarns are exquisite. I haven't been to Tolt, but I've been drooling over their website and offerings for awhile now. It's on my must see list for next visit to the Seattle area (I think they're about 1 hr due east). I will absolutely let you know when I am heading up your way, and would love to meet you over tea with needles in tote!!!
I hope your set-backs were nothing too dramatic and yes, it's a date. I'll wait to hear!
And BTW, the soup looks incredible. I happen to love those flavor combos. I so miss my pumpkin soup, and this is a welcome replacement until fall! Thank you for taking the time to develop this yummy recipe and for photographing and posting it, despite these days being difficult.
Thanks again. I hope you get to try it - I ate it cold one day and it was still delicious 🙂
I bet cold is delish...like a smoothie! Great hot day soup idea!
Stephanie Nelson says
Very sorry to hear about the loss of your baby! I have been through it many times myself and they are part of the family so it's just like losing a person. You're in my thoughts and prayers.
Thank you so much Stephanie. You are right, pets are very definitely family and we've been very lucky with Millie and her brother. The cutest, sweetest, most tolerant and loving things ever. We'll never forget the joy she gave us!
I am so sorry for your loss. I lost one of my sweet babies in a tragic way and it was one of the worst experiences of my life. My thoughts are with you.
Thank you Vanessa, I'm glad you understand but I'm sorry you've been through it too 🙁
Hi Kate! Have you seen the new book available on pre-order by your namesake, Kate Davies?, entitled: the Book of Haps. I just ordered it. Amazing Shetland-esque hap shawl patterns, but with modern twists, some because of the shape, and others because of the choices and uses of color. Kate Davies is a Shetland needlework and culture student/expert, and brilliant knitting designer. The photos on her website are breathtaking, not unlike yours. Sending you good thoughts today!
I'm quite out of touch with knitting but Kate D's designs are lovely. And I do love a good hap - I'm off for a look 🙂
And you're very sweet. Thank you and good thoughts coming your way too!!
Melissa Tyler says
Oh, how terrible for your family. I'm so very sorry for the loss of your dear Millie. I hope you're finding healing of both the physical setback and the heartache.
Thanks so much Melissa, that's very sweet of you and yes, time is helping both those things. I can't believe it's been two weeks now 🙁
I hope you have a lovely weekend!
Cindi Borax says
Oh no...I'm so sorry! How absolutely heartbreaking for you all.. Poor wee Millie.. :'( We have a sweet young Tom who's been living in our barn, who I've been working towards getting into the house, who sometimes disappears for a few days, as he is right now, and I have the same fears for him as you do for Millie's brother. Love on him lots and allow him to mend your heart a little. I'm glad you're being kind to yourself right now. *hugs*
Thanks for your kind words Cindi, Alfie is giving and receiving a lot of affection so we are all doing quite well now 🙂
I hope you manage to entice young Tom into the house, loads of treats should do the trick - our boy will do pretty much anything for those 😉
Carol JLH says
Firstly, my heartfelt sympathy on losing Millie Mittens. Our fur kids wrap tightly around our hearts too.
Secondly, this recipe sounds intriguing. Orange sweet potatoes are tasting too sweet right now but the addition of lime zest and juice really appeals. Since Gin & Tonic is off my menu, I'll put the limes to better use in this soup. I know I'll be thinking of Millie as I cook.
Wishing you and your family healing and wonderful memories.
Aww Carol that is so sweet, thank you!!
I hope you enjoy your bowl of non-G&T, I'll be thinking of you as you chop and stir 🙂
Have a lovely weekend!
Tammy mcgee says
This soup was amazing!! I loved it so much. I put in little meatballs so I could get my protien and it was so DELISH! Thanks so much for doing the hard work of recipie inventing for kitchen challenged people like myself! 😉
Thanks Tammy, I'm delighted you love the soup. I need to make it again and include meatballs!