The Year Winter Didn’t Come to Seattle

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Every person I know, who doesn’t live on the West Coast, is flooding social media with pictures showing off their winter. Week after week of freezing temperatures, feet of snow, and no end in sight. I posted about the West Coast’s winter, too.

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November: Dusting of snow

That was it. That was all of our winter. One morning, Nov 29th, barely a trace of snow. Since then, it has barely rained, there is no snow in the mountains, and I don’t remember the last time it was below freezing. Oh wait, maybe Nov 29th. We’ve been privy to a different type of winter. One of bright sunshine, low 60 degree weather, and most importantly– we get to enjoy it on the weekends. This weather isn’t odd for any city in California, but we’re in Seattle. The city that everyone thinks it just rains all the time. That is entirely untrue and I have proof.

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March: Discovery Park in Seattle

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February: Lake Union from my apartment

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January: View of Mt Rainier and downtown Seattle from the Space Needle

We basically missed winter entirely. The trees and flowers are blooming, people are already experiencing allergies, and we can hike trails without the fear of snow. The old adage we have in Seattle is: Bad Winter, Good Summer. I don’t think we’ve ever had this nice of a winter in my lifetime, so I’m interested to see if the opposite is true. Until then, find me standing outside in the sun! — J

Soup to cure the winter blues

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We are smack dab in the middle of winter, and it makes me want to fly a few thousand miles south to somewhere warm, or at least spend all day in a fluffy blanket drinking all the coffee in my kitchen.

But since I have a job to go to and don’t have quite enough miles for a last minute vacation, I have to find other ways to cure my winter blues.

That brings us to soup.

Soup is comfort in a pot. The act of cooking something warm and nourishing automatically makes you feel better. It forces you to slow down, and makes you feel good just knowing you are taking care of yourself.

Here is some soup inspiration for you. I can’t wait to get home and get one of these recipes cooking.

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Potsticker soup. Toss your favorite frozen potstickers and veggies in a flavorful broth. Yum. (Recipe here)

Potsticker soup
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Pea and lettuce soup. Easy, healthy, delicious. The recipe suggests serving with a ham and cheese tartine (ham and cheese melted onto a roll of crusty bread) and I couldn’t agree more (although I might make mine with turkey and cheese). (Recipe)

Pea and lettuce soup

Chicken and rice soup. Classic comfort food. I want some now. (Recipe)

Chicken and rice soup

Quick spicy sriracha ramen noodle soup. A homemade take on instant ramen. And it’s spicy. Yes, please. (Recipe)

Spicy ramen

Miso soup with mushrooms and soba noodles. A little more complicated, but it’s vegan, healthy, and oh-so flavorful. Plus, mushrooms. I die for yummy, brothy, mushroomy soups. (Recipe)

Miso soup

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Let me know if you try any of these recipes! Do you have any favorite soup recipes? How else do you stay warm in the winter?

Get cooking! -L