Friday, November 24, 2017

Double Squash Coconut Soup


Let's talk about the filter first - I threw a party, and the soup was invited!
It adds something, don't you think, to my usual quick, no set up shot?  This might be my new thing.

Now, the soup. So easy and delicious.
I had half a butternut squash (i wrote butterbut at first, and didn't notice, and I must be more tired than I realize, based on how hilarious I thought it was) and an acorn squash in the kitchen that I decided to roast and then see what I wanted to do.  So I roasted them with some oil and salt and pepper at 400 for about 40 minutes (the acorn was cut in half and seeded first) until they were nice and tender.  I set aside a couple of big spoonfuls of the butternut for another 
purpose and the rest I decided was for soup.
I scooped the squashes out of their skins and into a big pot, and added 5 cups of veggie broth.  Brought to a simmer and cooked for 10 minutes or so.  Removed from the heat.  Pulled out my stick blender and whizzed until smooth.  Stirred in a can of coconut milk.  Reheat - check for seasoning.
Enjoy!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Kids Book Club - Bunnicula by Deborah and James Howe

Why we chose it - from the bookshelf - part of a "Classics" order from Scholastic at school.

The Boy's favorite part- "The mystery of the white vegetables!"

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

The rest of the order is here



The rest of my birthday order is here!  I also impulse purchased the new Pioneer Woman cookbook.  I bought one of her other ones - Dinner, I think, secondhand this summer, but I have yet to make anything out of it.  Been too busy to even open this one yet.
I added Bear Town in for my last pick because I wanted another fiction book, and I've heard good things about another book of his - A Man Called Ove.

I haven't been reading much this fall, since mid summer, but I'm trying to get back on track.  We are also doing nightly reading with The Boy and I thought I might mention some of the books he's reading here too.  He will be 8(!!!!!!) soon and is enjoying reading more, which makes me happy as I've always loved to read.

Menu planning and cooking have also fallen apart over the past few months as my days are longer and busier, and it is hard to come home and figure out something fast, interesting, nutritious, AND that everyone (kids) will  eat.

And with that, off to find something for dinner tonight!

Monday, November 20, 2017

HRC's CC Cookies


I recently came into possession of a slightly damaged but mostly intact copy of the 2004 Better Homes Christmas Cookies magazine.  I note the slight damage because to my disappointment the page containing the first recipe I decided I needed to try had been ripped out by some diabolical person.
The second recipe I wanted to try was Hillary Rodham Clinton's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

I am a fan of hers in many ways and for many reasons.
She is a smart, strong, opinionated woman.

I can't wait to read  her book, and  I will make another batch of these cookies for the Nasty Women in my life, just like I did with the first set.

HRC's Recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookies