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Yummy Soup Recipe

I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen lately, here is one of my latest concoctions. :)

Sweet and Savory Winter Squash Soup
-With a dash of warmth.

((Photo Credit: Marshall Bogue))



3 Tablespoons Butter
1 Medium Yellow Onion, Chopped
1 Butternut Squash
1 Acorn Squash
1 Carrot Chopped finely (optional)
1 Stalk of Celery, Chopped (optional)
1/4 Cup Roasted Red Bell Pepper, Chopped (optional)
1/2 Teaspoon fresh Ginger, minced (or dry if you must)
1 medium fresh Jalapeno Pepper chopped, seeds and all
1 Medium Golden Delicious Apple, peeled and chopped
4 Crushed Garlic Cloves
1 Teaspoon Dried Thyme
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne
2 Cups Apple Cider (Or Simply Apple Juice)
2 Cup Chicken Stock (Or Broth, whatever you have)
1 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Dollop of sour cream per serving(optional)
Crusty Bread (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 375 F

Halve the squash and scoop out the seeds. Cut in half lengthwise and cover all sides with olive oil. Salt and pepper and then place face down on cookie sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until a fork slides easily into the squash.

Meanwhile place butter, chopped onion and all the dry spices into a big pan/pot and saute for 10 minutes. Add fresh garlic, celery, carrot, roasted peppers, ginger and Jalapeno and saute for 5 minutes. Add apple, apple juice, and broth and simmer until carrots are tender. About 20 minutes.

Take squash out of the oven and let cool until easy to handle. Peel off skin and add the meat of squash to the simmering pot….heat through for 5 minutes. Turn off heat!

Puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Return to pot and depending on size of squash you may need to add water until texture is a little thicker than you want. Then stir in cream. Heat more on low if desired, but unnecessary if eating right away.
Serve with a dollop of sour cream and some crusty bread.



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Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny, warm day filled with a trip to the park, barbecue, some pretty awesome people, and eating sausage until I thought I’d bust. We even had an entire pack of sausage left over which made for an AWESOME breakfast. OH and I got my baby fix! Precious 2 month old baby Paul. I’m pretty much in love with his perfect nose, precious fingernails, and baby blues. Sigh. Can I just be a homemaker now please?

I know it’s weird, but I really really enjoy folding fresh clean laundry, especially if it’s my own clothes. I purposefully take as long as possible making each article as precise as possible. I love the way it feels, smells and looks. I like how orderly is it. I just really like having clean clothes to wear. Finally! :)
As much as I like how clothes feel right out of the dryer, I also like hanging clothes on the line outside in the spring and summer, even if it means my jeans are kind of crinkly and don’t smell quite as detergent-y. It just feels so nice to be outside and to see my dresses ruffling in the breeze. I want to take a picture every time I hang my clothes on the line. I even hang them in a certain pattern, that they look prettier…the longer items in the middle and the shorter items on the outside. I’ll put my own photograph of my clothes on the line soon…but here’s a generic on for now…

What is something you enjoy that might be considered unusual or odd?

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Frankfurt is cloudy, rainy, and yucky which means I have absolutely nothing to do.

The past week I’ve spent my mornings relaxing with tea and reading. The rest of my days were spent walking, sitting on benches, Reading, being cold, walking, exploring, walking, taking photographs like a tourist and yep, you guessed it, more walking. My legs are so sore.

So, I’m stumbling through a bunch of super amazing craft ideas. I wish I could sew…and had a sewing machine for that matter. I can’t wait to try a few of them out when I get home!

Here are a few:

* Dresses
(I basically want to wear these every single day for the rest of my life…)

* Roses

* More Flowers

* Lanterns

* Rug

* Christmas Tree

* Path

* Soap

* Plantable Paper
(How did I not know about this?!)

* Precious Homemade Eggs

* Flower Pop up
(I want this on my table)

By a few I guess I meant a lot…oops. :)

Here  is just an interesting read about food combinations … and this is neat too.

Ok, time for eggs and more tea.

And here’s a really neat picture…for good measure. I want to live in this tree…

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Things I love

So this is just a post about things I can’t wait to have back in my life…

I am so ready for warm soil, flowers, and nice weather.
I’m even going to try to learn tennis…again! ((before it gets too terribly hot and I get grumpy))

I’m also ready to cook. I haven’t been able to in ages. So today I’ve been looking up yummy recipes online and drooling. Here’s a tasty looking dessert I want to make:

I’m craving all things southern…annnnd here are some photographs (not mine, except for ones of family). I know these things aren’t strictly southern, but they remind me of home…

And this is just who I wish I was…every single day!!!! :)

5 days left….

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Coming Home

OK booked my ticket for March 15th.

I’m pretty sad about missing the spring here in Germany, but another time maybe.

Glad to be going home to see my brothers and sisters.

Speaking of brothers and sisters, I had the worst nightmare of all time about my little brother Joey. :(

I can’t wait to play at the park with guitars, and Djembes you guys…oh and cooking!

Love you all, see you guys soon


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