Saturday, December 15, 2012

Butternut Squash & Apple Soup (Veganized!)

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I bought a butternut squash at my last grocery store trip and have been itching to make some butternut squash soup.  I had made it years ago and forgot how easy it really can be.  Especially when you own a Vitamix.  I found a recipe here.  But, of course, I needed to make a few changes to bring it to a "plant powered" status.  So here it goes!  

1 butternut squash.  About medium size.
2 apples peeled, cored and cubed
1/3 cup chopped onion
1 T minced garlic
1 T butter (find yourself some Earth Balance soy free butter)
1/4 c flour
1/4 tsp thyme
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/4 cup broth (original recipe calls for chicken broth, but I subbed veggie broth)
*I added a dash of cinnamon and about a 1" pc of ginger

Steam the squash and apples until soft.  I think mine took about 15-20 minutes

While the squash is steaming saute the garlic and onions in the butter.  I didn't have onions so I just sauteed the garlic and added it to the other ingredients in the blender.  Blend for 3-4 minutes or until thicker.

Add the steamed squash and apples and blend again for about 1 minute or so or until creamy.  

Serve immediately  or put back on the stove top to heat through for later.  Will also freeze really well.  

It was a really easy recipe and pretty yummy!  Serve with a side salad and enjoy yourself a plant powered meal!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

25 Days of Christmas: 2012 Edition

I started doing 25 days of Christmas the past couple of years after following Katie's blog and stealing borrowing her idea.  The kids love looking forward to having something Christmasy to do each day in December leading up to Christmas.  Admittedly, I love it too!  I'm a few days late in posting our list of activities.  But what else is new?

Day 1-Ernie our Elf on the Shelf arrives at our home.  We read the book of "rules" and what he will be doing here the next 24 days. (CHECK!)
Day 2-Live Nativity. (We didn't end up doing this because I was exhausted and wanted to sleep all day!)
Day 3-Did nothing.  Call us slackers...just not to our face.
Day 4-Because I am [lately] behind on everything, we missed out on activities this day.  Does moving the numbers on our Christmas countdown count?
Day 5-Bah Humbug.  Hopefully we can redeem ourselves.
Day 6-Decorate the Christmas tree
Day 7-Christmas Parade in Phoenixville
Day 8-Festival in downtown Phoenixville or Watch a Christmas movie
Day 9-Christmas village at Westridge train display
Day 10-Make a Christmas ornament craft
Day 11-Take the train into Philadelphia for the Macy's Holiday light show & Dickens Village
Day 12-Drive around and look at Christmas lights
Day 13-Go sit on Santa's lap
Day 14-Buy gifts for needy children
Day 15-Live Nativity @ Merrymead Farm
Day 16-Santa express train ride in West Chester
Day 17-Watch Christmas movie
Day 18-Make cards/gifts for teachers at school
Day 19-Make Christmas cookies
Day 20-Make reindeer food
Day 21-Kids Christmas show at school
Day 22-Drive around and look at Christmas lights
Day 23-Make birthday cake for Jesus
Day 24-Read the Nativity story from the bible

May your month be filled with good fun, lots of laughter and great memories!
Merry Christmas!