Pinterest…

…is the best thing that has ever happened to me.  If you aren’t on, you better get yourself hooked up.  Recipe ideas.  DIY craft ideas.  Style ideas.  Kids ideas.  Decorating ideas.

As my nephew would say, do-di-dee-das.  (Good ideas.)

Thank you, cousin Paula for inviting me.  If you need an invite, comment on this and I’ll invite you to be a member and my friend.  After a screening test.  And, after you pay the dues.

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Oh, and hey…Merry Christmas!

Secret Is Out

So, I’ve been MIA for a while.  Of course, I was studying for my exam and then things got crazy busy with Christmas.  I could give you a whole lot o’ excuses – but the real reason: I haven’t been able to bake or cook.  I am pregnant and food has not been my friend.

This has been CRAZY for me.  It made me realize how much time I spend thinking about food.  Even if I have just eaten something, I’m thinking about what I’m going to eat next.  At work during the day, I used to dream about dinner.  I used to meal plan weeks in advance. Lately, it’s made me gag.  There are days where I can’t think of anything – not. one. single. thing. – that appeals to me.

I don’t even know myself anymore.

I don’t even want to eat Christmas cookies.  Sigh.

As I am approaching the second trimester, I’m hoping the end is near.  I don’t think I can nourish another being while consuming only slices of cucumber and Bacon Dippers.

Hope to back and functioning in the near future!

Golden Harvest Soup

Did I use the cream?  Did I use the white wine?  OF COURSE I did.  If that’s not your style a) we can’t be friends and b) you can substitute milk and omit the wine (boring).

Not going to lie: mine was not very good, but I’m quite sure it’s because I upped the squash because I had a giant one and I wanted to use it up.  Rose has made it for company a few times and has gotten rave reviews.  Follow the recipe.

Sigh.  I’m not perfect.

Golden Harvest Soup

Ingredients

1/4 cup butter
1 large onion, chopped
2 leeks (white part only) chopped
1 large potato, peeled and diced
1 cup thinly sliced carrots
2 cups diced squash (I used butternut)
3 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups light cream (approx)
1/4 cup white wine (optional)
Salt and Pepper

For Garnish:
Chopped chives or green onions
Grated carrot
Sour Cream

Preparation Instructions

In a large heavy pot, melt butter, cook onion and leeks until softened but not browned.  Stir in potato, carrots, squash; cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes.  Pour in stock, cover and simmer for about 20 minutes or until vegetables are very tender.  Puree in a food processor or blender until very smooth.  Return to saucepan.  (Soup can be prepared ahead to this point, covered and refrigerated.  Reheat before continuing with the recipe.)  Stir in cream to desired consistency.  Stir in wine (if using) and heat until very hot but do not boil.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Garnish with a sprinkle of green onions to with a dollop or sour cream and grated carrot.  Yield: 6 servings.