Sweet, Hot and Spicy Soup

Looks like this would be a delicious recipe for a sweet & spicy sweet potato soup.

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A few days ago I managed to make a very nice sweet soup. In our country we don’t have sweet soup. Most of our soups are sour, so to eat a sweet soup is something new and very interesting. Having a sweet potato in my fridge, I decided to try a sweet soup. So I used what I had in the fridge and this is my sweet soup.

Ingredients:

– 1 sweet potato

– 2 red onions

– 250 g peas with pods

– 1 big carrot

– salt

– pepper

– red chili

– 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions:

Put the the vegetables cut in pieces in a pot to boil them. When they are done, use a blender and mix everything. Put the pot back on the stove and add the spices. I love a spicy food, so I will put lots of chili. I served very hot and…

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Hello November

In the Latin language, novem means “nine” and November was originally the 9th month in the Roman calendar which had only ten months until around 153 B.C. [wikipedia]

Yellow topaz and citrine are November’s birthstones.

Yellow Topaz

The yellow topaz stone is known for its powerful ability to help one manifest their personal intentions through their own will. Wear it or add it to your meditation. It’s a stone that represents friendships and encourages helpful people into one’s life.

“Citrine is a joyful stone with bright energy which lights up many aspects of lives of those who work with it. It has energies of good fortune and good luck, though these may appear in unexpected ways.” [http://meanings.crystalsandjewelry.com/citrine/]

The chrysanthemum is the flower of the month, and “symbolizes optimism and joy”. [http://www.teleflora.com/meaning-of-flowers/chrysanthemum]

Not only does it grow in multiple colors, it also “comes with a wide variety of meanings all across the globe. In Asia the chrysanthemum signifies life and rebirth, making them great gifts for birthdays and baby showers. In Europe the chrysanthemum signifies an expression of sympathy. Chrysanthemum’s are typically looked at as a flower that signifies respect and honor in America.

The color of the flower can also affect the meaning behind the chrysanthemum. For example, if you receive a red chrysanthemum from someone, it is a symbol of love. A yellow chrysanthemum blossom on the other hand signifies neglected love or sorrow. A white chrysanthemum is a symbol of loyalty and devoted love. In general, chrysanthemums are believed to represent happiness, love, longevity and joy.” [http://www.easternfloral.com/blog/meaning-chrysanthemum-flower/]

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Chrysanthemum – shutterstock_117657757

If you’re curious of some observances that some in the United States observe with awareness campaigns during the month of November, they include:

Other observances the US and some internationally observe, include:

November is also known as the big holiday retail month of the year. Both Black Friday and Cyber Monday have many shopping in stores and online. I don’t buy a lot of things Black Friday BUT I look forward to going every year with my sister. It’s become our sister time tradition. Broke or rich, we’ll still get together. If anything to just have a reason to sing carols in the car, fuel up on coffee, bundle up with ads marked with possible items we’d like to purchase, and even though we’re not in it for the adrenaline rush to get that major deal, we LOVE watching others silliness.

Black Friday is known to be a Super Deal Day, but you don’t have to wait till the end of this month to shop! There are many deals the month of November brings that fall on the other 29 days as well! – TrueCouponing.com

Be sure to check out TrueCouponing.com’s post on What to buy in November to find items to add to your shopping list this month.

Hello-November

Butternut Squash #Soup {#Recipe}

ButternutSquashSoup

The butternut squash is a winter squash that is often thought of as a vegetable even though it’s actually a fruit. It has a sweet, nutty taste similar to pumpkins and gets sweeter as it ripens. Like pumpkins, you can eat the seeds raw or roasted.

The other month, I made the first soup batch of the season for one of my groups to celebrate the Autumn Equinox, each other, the work we do as a group within our local community, and to celebrate our awesome group founder who’s moving in a couple of weeks.

This creamy soup was absolutely divine. Savory with just the right amount of sweetness to please tongue.

I’ll share my recipe but I’m sorry to say, you won’t be able to replicate it exactly. I forgot to grab the green apples so I ended up using my homemade apple butter from last year. I’ll post that recipe later this year but unless you’ve made a batch with my same ingredients, the taste might not come out the same due to the additional spices I used.

The batch I made was enough to feed 8, send home 2 more bowls, and left 2 more bowlfuls for the next day.

Time to collect the magic ingredients, and if you’re like me, set the mood in the kitchen with candles and music to get you in that moment of peaceful happiness.

  • 2 Butternut Squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp local Honey
  • 2-3 Garlic Cloves, minced or pressed
  • 1 medium White Onion, diced
  • 2-3 Green Apples or 8oz. homemade Apple Butter
  • 14.5oz. Vegetable Broth
  • 8oz. Heavy Cream
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Optional garnishings: fresh rosemary and/or fresh cream

Now that you have all the ingredients, get out the knives, a spoon for scooping, garlic press, cutting board, and food masher.

  1. Cut and peel butternut squash in half. Spoon out the seeds and stringy flesh from squash. Then dice the squash.
    I personally prefer to save my seeds for eating and planting instead of tossing them out.
  2. Mince or press 2-3 garlic cloves.
  3. Peel and dice the white onion.
  4. In a large baking dish, add squash, garlic, white onions, honey, apple butter (or green apples), olive oil, salt & pepper, and STIR to mix all the ingredients together.
  5. Bake at 400 for 45min-1hr until the squash is mashable.
  6. Once mashable, MASH it! 🙂

We’re almost there, it’s time to get that soup going! Grab your blender or mixer, vegetable broth, heavy cream, and still warm roasted mashed squash, blend all the ingredients together til you get to the soup thickness you prefer then pour some into a bowl. Add a dollop of fresh cream and a bit of rosemary to your soup. Now grab your spoon and dig in!

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Special Agent Tara Rushing arrives at a grisly murder scene and quickly discovers she’s got a serial killer on her hands. The killer is meticulous, making sure to wipe up even the smallest traces of evidence…but the Delphi Center experts are on the case.

The local sheriff has a suspect all picked out—ex-Marine and current security expert Liam Wolfe. Despite all her digging, Tara knows very little about Liam when she shows up at his sprawling Texas compound, which serves as headquarters for Wolfe Security, and she’s surprised by her intense physical reaction to him.

As she and Liam grow closer, Tara finds herself depending on his skills and expertise to help her track a killer. But when another body turns up, Tara must decide if she can trust the man who’s quickly stealing her heart.

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ONE OF MY FAVORITE “HOT” SCENES…

“You’re quick.” He nodded approvingly, and she felt a stab of irritation.”You’re condescending.”The corner of his mouth curled up. “Honey, you’re about to get your ass handed-”

Her lightning-fast kick caught him in the chest, but he grabbed her ankle and jerked her off balance. She landed on her butt and rolled left, but he was on her in a heartbeat, caging her in beneath his big chest, with his palms planted on either side of her head.

She stared up at him, chest heaving. She dug her heels into the mat and tried to lever him off, but it was like pushing a tree.

“Nice try.” He grinner down at her, and she had the satisfaction of seeing the sheen of sweat on his brow.

She made herself go limp for a moment, huffing out a sigh. When his shoulders relaxed, she slid down and rolled out from under him. As she jumped up, she knew he’d let her go. Getting free had been far too easy.

He got to his feet, smiling, and she went at him with a 360 spin kick that caught him off balance and landed him on his butt. She jumped on him, pinning his arms beside him, and she felt a surge of triumph, but it vanished as he heaved himself up and tossed her onto her back. Before she could get a breath, he was between her legs, pinning her to the mat with his hips and clasping her wrists beside her head.

“Give?”

“No.”

He ducked his head down, catching her lower lip in his teeth. She bit back, and then his mouth crushed against hers as his pelvis ground into her. She squirmed and bucked until he pulled away. Heat glittered in his eyes as he gazed down at her. “Now?”

She gave a slight nod. When he released her wrists, she took his head in her hands and pulled him down. The kiss was hot and urgent, and she wrapped her legs around him, squeezing him against her as she dug her fingernails into his scalp. He rolled onto his back, hauling her on top of him with a low groan and shifting her hips so she straddled his lap. She leaned back, panting, but he cupped his hand behind her head and pulled her down for another kiss.

Her breasts settled against his chest. He was huge and strong beneath her, and she rubbed against his body, loving the hardness of it and getting dizzy from all the friction points.

A noise had her jerking back, suddenly alert.

“Who’s here?” she asked.

–Chapter 20–

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Little Green Grasshopper

Green Grasshopper

Copyright © 2009 Graham

A brilliant green grasshopper surprised me with a loud thud against the kitchen window late this evening.

Who am I kidding? That tiny green bug scared the shit out of me when it flung it’s body against the window as if it wanted to break through the glass. And the part that I’m sure it was counting on that would have me more afraid of the creature that had just hit the glass window?! Its shadow. A shadow so big coming through behind blinds that were supposed to cover its existence, made me wonder if perhaps I may have discovered a new giant creature from the dark.

But, it was not. Instead of a new giant creature from the dark, there on my glass window peering inside and into my eyes, was a little green grasshopper.

What is it little green grasshopper? Why do you stare so deeply into my eyes as if you’re trying to reach my soul? What is it little green grasshopper you are trying to tell me?

They say the grasshopper is both a grounded and free spirit. His strong hind legs remind us to stay grounded close to earth and to have faith and confidence. His bright green color reminds us of new beginnings such as the bright green leaves and grass you see in Spring. He doesn’t jump backwards, to what was. He jumps forward without fear like a free spirit in the wind. He encourages us to dream and to take action on those dreams. He symbolizes significant leaps into new experiences.  

What could tonight’s message from the little green grasshopper be?

Will I soon approach obstacles that will require me to quickly leap from and to keep moving forward?

Or is the little green grasshopper telling me that it’s time for change?

Is it time for me to take a leap of faith and to jump forward into an experience that I may have been avoiding because of fearing the unknown outcome? Could I be avoiding a particular experience in life because I acknowledge the possibility that this leap of faith just might alter my life forever in a big way? Perhaps. Perhaps it’s time.

Young Caine: You cannot see.
Master Po: You think I cannot see?
Young Caine: Of all things, to live in darkness must be worst.
Master Po: Fear is the only darkness.
— from the 1972 TV series, Kung Fu —

Time to leap from this darkness of fear. Time to listen to my inner voice. Time to feel confident and trusting, acknowledging that it knows what I need in life to be happy, successful, and at peace. 

Autumn Afternoon in My Mouth

PumpkinHarvestCrispGreekYogurt

Pumpkin Harvest Crisp greek yogurt from Chobani is yummy to my tummy. It’s one of their limited batch “flip” flavors that I personally discovered why at Lowes Foods grocery store this week and seriously pondering whether to stock up on it or not while I can this autumn season. The “flip” part of the container is filled with crispy yumminess that gets dumped onto the pumpkin flavored greek yogurt. Pie crust pieces, pecans and glazed pumpkin seeds create this delightful crispy yumminess.

It’s crunchy, it’s sweet, it’s salty, it’s like a cozy get together on a crisp autumn afternoon in my mouth – YUM!

Do you have a seasonal greek yogurt flavor? I think I’ve just found mine.