Reality is as Scary as it Gets

By: Wendy Rhein

It is that time – the ghosts, goblins, and Super Mario Brothers costumes are out in full force. The weeks of anticipation and planning, re-dressing and ad-dressing promising that the costume is a perfect combo of realism and comedy have culminated in a cold and windy Halloween in the Northeast.

My sons’ purchased costumes (because I am not crafty, as my previous blog proves) are ready to go. Sam refuses to wear anything on his head so I go with Plan B’s costume at the last minute. Nate has been wearing his costume for the last week, testing out the accessory options and experimenting with which shoes will allow him to run faster while the costume is on – don’t ask me for the reason the shoes matter but apparently there is some physics question to be answered here. Finally we are at the big day and as I look at my pint-sized pirate and mid-sized Anakin Skywalker, I can finally answer the question I have been pestered with for days:

What are you dressing up like for Halloween?

Easy – I’m a mom.

See those stains on my shoulders? That’s a lot of burped milk. Or maybe it is just the remnants of too many faces covered in food or God knows what, coming in for a hug.

And what about my make-up, scary enough for you? These dark circles would look good on a zombie too! And the hair! I keep forgetting to make that root touch up appointment and now I can use the stark grey to my advantage. Who needs the Bride of Frankenstein wig when you can have a skunk look like this? There is a scary spider web on the back of my head too just waiting for a resident tarantula. (I realize there it is dryer lint on the back of my head. What I didn’t realize is that it was there all damn day.)

My jeans are threadbare in the inner thigh from some unfortunate chaffing (and too much candy) and the cuffs are fraying. When was the last time I shopped for myself? That’s right; the kids are wearing my clothing budget as costumes.

Do my socks match? Unlikely, the laundry isn’t done yet. Just go with it. And that greening black and blue mark on the back of my hand? I got that pulling the lost Lego guy out of the dishwasher food trap.

So you see, my little angels, Mom is in fact dressed up as a ghoulish, scary creature tonight. You’re just used to it. Happy Halloween!

This weekend, as we weathered our first winter storm, I made a delicious and easy carrot soup that is sure to keep you and yours warm.

Carrot, Coconut, and Curry Soup. The color alone with brighten any mood and the ginger will kick out the chill in the air.

1 medium yellow onion, diced
2T olive oil
Salt and pepper
1T curry powder
1/2t ground cardamom (optional)
3T grated fresh ginger
3lbs carrots, peeled and sliced into 1 inch pieces
3c vegetable broth (can sub water)
1 can light coconut milk

Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or soup pot over medium heat. Add the diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent. Add a dash of salt and pepper, the cardamom, and curry and stir to coat the onions and toast the spices. Your kitchen should smell wonderfully right now. Add the ginger. Stir to incorporate. After about a minute, add the stock and the carrots and cover. Let the carrots cook down at a simmer for 20 minutes or until soft. The timing will depend on the size of the carrot pieces you’ve chopped. A fork should pierce them easily. Working in batches, puree the soup in a blender. (I use an immersion blender aka, a stick blender, and it is very convenient and easy to clean. Your choice. ) Once the soup is pureed return to the pot and stir in the coconut milk. The milk adds a silky smoothness. Heat to serve.

This batch will serve 4-6 big bowls.

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Comments

  1. Wendy says

    Thanks Madge, I put a lot of work into that costume! Try the soup. It is creamy and spicy and sweet all at the same time.

  2. #1gaaunt says

    What is up with the parents dressing up?? After you figure out kid costumes, who has the time?
    I’m completely with you on the costume – mine was quite similar, only I also kept getting stuck carrying two pumpkins and a sword! (ruined my look)
    And another thing, as long as we’re on the subject, what’s with the goody bags? Please tell me why parents feel the need to have their kids give other kids classmates CANDY for Halloween??? Seriously, is 5 pounds of chocolate collected that night not enough?? Again, too mcuh time on your hands…
    Love your posts and can’t wait to try the soup – for the smell alone!

  3. says

    Someday Paige I will write a diatribe about goody bags – birthday, holiday, etc. I really don’t understand that either. I did my best on Halloween but ended up carrying a pumpkin and Yoda after a while.

    Hey, if you or anyone else has leftover candy (or candy you must get out of your house) consider finding a Treats for Troops drop off! We have a candy rule in my family. It can stay for one week after the event and whatever is left gets donated. Treats for Troops will ship it overseas. We are also donating some to wounded soldiers still housed at Walter Reed.

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