Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Another Butternut Squash Soup

This recipe is one I've used over the past few years.  It's a smooth, creamy tasting butternut squash soup.  First I get my ingredients together.  


Cutting up butternut squashes 2 days in a row has really taxed my muscles!  Anyway, I forgot to take a picture of the squash so if you need to see it look at yesterdays lol!  I scrubbed up everything really well cuz I leave the skins on when possible.

The (2) yams are technically only yams because they are in this country.  Those out of the USA would still probably call them sweet potatoes.


I leave the skins on the 2 Yukon Gold potatoes.


Skin on the apple too.


Skins are also on the 2 pears.


 Everything is cubed and makes up a pretty mix in a waaaay too full crockpot.  I added 6 cups of vegetable broth.


Ground pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasonings are added (in hindsight I think I usually add them once it's finished but I will adjust "to taste" when it's done anyway.  See, I told you it's too full.  I think I can get away with it though . . .


Cook on low for 8 hours.


After everything is tender, I use a hand blender to make it nice and creamy.  The Butternut is on the bottom so blending will totally change how it looks.
  

 Ta da!


The original recipe called for adding heavy cream to help smooth it out but I can't take something so healthy and add all those calories and fat (51 calories in 1 tablespoon, 95% fat).  I substitute yogurt and it works fine (works great in many recipes).


Sprinkle a bit of parmesan  . . . 


And the best thing is that I have a bunch to put in the freezer (not counting yesterday's soup)!


I will likely never post another cooking post cuz I am done cooking for this decade!



F



Monday, October 16, 2017

Wheat Berries with Butternut Squash

OK, shockingly, I followed through on my threat to make this recipe.  It is from an ebook I recently purchased (for the ridiculously low price of $1.99) titled "The Ultimate Vegetarian Slow Cooker Cookbook: 200 Flavorful and Filling Meatless Recipes That Prep Fast and Cook Slow."  See it here.

First I gathered all my ingredients.  Although I am a rare cook, I am a neat and orderly one.


The recipe called for 3 cups of Butternut Squash but my crockpot is larger and I wanted plenty to freeze so I used the whole squash.


Seriously, did you think I just tossed the whole thing in the crockpot?  Have you no faith in me lol?


Added 2 cups of Wheat Berries.  This was my first time to use them.


Added 1 cup apple juice.


Added 3 shallots



1/4 teaspoon ground pepper

I omitted the teaspoon of salt since the broth has plenty of salt in it.  The book has a recipe for making veggie broth in the crockpot  that I will try sometime.


6 cups of veggie broth.  Oops, forgot to take a picture but you can visualize it.  It also called for 1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger but I didn't find any in the cupboard so I experimented and used nutmeg instead (per a suggestion when I googled it).

Mixed it all up . . . 


Cooked on low for about 7 hours (recipe said 6-8).


When squash was tender (7 hours) gently mix in 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese.


Ready for supper!


The Results:  It tasted good, (not as good as the creamy Butternut Squash I will be making tomorrow) but next time I would only use half the wheat berries and would not mix in the parmesan, sprinkle it on top instead.

Stay tuned for tomorrow's soup!




F

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Back Home

We got home from our trip to Bryce Canyon and the wheelie house is officially winterized for the winter season.  It got really cold while we were there, 10F one morning with the low 50's in the daytime.  The wind blew most of the time but we were prepared for the conditions so it wasn't bad.  At night we had to disconnect the water from the wheelie house or else it would have frozen.


We got home in time to do our long run on Friday.  We didn't run at Bryce because at 8,000 feet elevation it is challenging (even on a good day) but as cold and windy as it was we decided it wasn't worth it.  I love Bryce.  We tried to figure out how many times we've been there and could only come up with "more than 20".


The sky was as blue as it looks in the picture.  With no light pollution, the nights are magnificent as well.  And of course, I love the red rock!


Until next time!



C



PS - I am cooking tomorrow!  Shocking huh? I am making a dish in the crockpot with butternut squash and wheat berries!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Talkin' Trash

The soil at our house is really bad.  So when Hubby built my garden box last spring, we filled it with compost and topsoil.  I took the extra compost and put it in my front yard gardens where I grow my sunflowers.  After seeing how the compost really fed the plants and made them grow like crazy,  I decided I would like to continue to improve the soil.  Oh, and there's always the "good for the earth" component too.  

Here is my cute countertop compost pail.  It works very well, is convenient, and charcoal filters eliminate all odors.


And then when it fills up I put it in the outside bin.  I have been putting in a mix of greens and browns.  I almost have 1 compartment filled up (it has two).  I can't wait to see my first load of black gold!




C

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Smoke

We got home from vacation last night.  So now I am doing all the catch-up stuff related to being gone a couple weeks. I picked a huge bag of tomatoes last night and gave them to a neighbor.  I have a spaghetti squash and more tomatoes for us.  Even though the snails ate into my biggest tomatoes during my absence, there were still plenty of smaller ones. 

I stepped on the scale as soon as we got home.  Isn't that sick?  Anyway, it appears I haven't gained any weight so that's good.  But I do need to get focused!  I am concentrating on some things K10 and I talked about concerning habits.  Seriously, I've been dragging along these extra pounds waaaay too long now!

Because of the terrain we were in at Poulsbo, we haven't run since a week ago yesterday.  This is a rare occurrence but the traffic situation was just too bad.  There weren't many feeder roads that would work either since most didn't have shoulders or were massive inclines.  And tomorrow it will be 3 weeks since we've done a long run (13 miler).  So that means the pressure is on to get out there!  You know what they say "use it or lose it" and that is so very true with running!  Our next run is going to suck!

Unfortunately, the wildfires that have the entire west filled with smoke are presenting us with poor air conditions. We have a wildfire nearby, about 20 miles away. This is the view out the kitchen window.



We'll probably go running tomorrow but will have to see how many miles we can get in.



Fleur

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Not As Planned

Sometimes things don't turn out quite as you expect them to . . .


C