Warm and Creamy and Perfect for Fall

My favorite soup in the whole wide world is lobster bisque.  Unfortunately, this post is not about my favorite soup in the whole wide world.  This post is about my SECOND favorite soup – Butternut Squash Soup.

I really do love Butternut Squash Soup, henceforth called BSS.  It’s warm, creamy smoothness is the perfect dish for the fall.  I order it just about every time I see it on a menu, so this weekend I finally decided to make it.  There are tons of recipes online, and I went with this recipe.  Oh and I also added one white potato to the recipe because I had seen it on another site and bought the potato by mistake.

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BSS is super easy to make. I think it took maybe an hour to make.  I bought pre-cut squash and shredded carrots, which saved a lot of time.  Even Regan helped make it. She loves using the immersion blender.  Oh yes, the best part is that I got to use my favorite kitchen gadgets like my food processor and my immersion blender.  Of course you don’t need either of those to make BSS, but I love an excuse to use them.

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Regan and I had BSS for lunch yesterday.  And before I put everything away, I packed up lunch for the next two days.  As a matter of fact, it’s lunch time and I’m hungry.  Let me go heat it up right now!

What’s your favorite cold-weather soup?

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Inspired Art with Creative Galaxy

Thank you Amazon Studios for sponsoring this post. Find inspiration for new art projects and fun by checking out the new episodes of Creative Galaxy on Amazon Prime!

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Sometime during the summer, Regan became an artist.  Sure she’s always loved to color and draw, but one day I looked at her drawing of me and it actually kind of looked like me.  Okay, not me really, but it looked like a person with a face, and ears and wild hair.  Her drawings started looking like the things she claimed them to be- a tree, a dog, a unicorn.  Once she started school her interest in art got stronger.  Most days when I pick her up she tells me “just one more minute, momma” so she can finish whatever creation she is working on- usually with scissors and patterned tape.

I was thrilled when I heard about the animated series, Creative Galaxy, available to Amazon Prime Members.  I already love being an Amazon Prime member and am constantly trying to get everyone to jump on the bandwagon.  I take full advantage of  free two-day shipping, Instant Videos and the lending library on my kindle. So discovering programming geared towards my daughter only made me love it more.  And it focuses on her newfound love of art?  Score!

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Creative Galaxy is produced by the same people that did Blue’s Clues and Super Why (which we LOVE).  It features Arty, a cute kid who moves through the galaxy solving problems with his sidekick Epiphany.  Regan was hooked from the very first episode.  When Arty asks the kids a question, she answers as if she’s sitting in the same room with him.  When an episode goes off, she immediately asks to watch another.

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I love the names of the planets- Paintoria, Drawopolis,  etc.  In episode 7, Arty teaches the kids that “art helps you celebrate” by making paper mache baskets.  It totally took me back into time when I was a kid.  I remember thinking how cool it was to rip the paper and dip it in the paste to make our crafts.  I hadn’t thought about paper mache since I was a kid, but suddenly I wanted to do it with Regan.

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Regan was also inspired by watching Creative Galaxy.  We were at the store and she asked me to buy her glitter paint, pipe cleaners and pom poms.  I love that she can pass the time by exploring her creativity.  It’s great to watch her use her imagination while I’m making dinner or doing some other chore…or reading a book on my Kindle.

Another great thing about Creative Galaxy is that at the end of each episode we get to see real kids creating the art or craft we just saw Arty do.  So it goes from an animated idea to a real life project.  Regan is just as entranced watching her peers do a craft as she is watching the characters in the show.

Over the weekend, she asked me to cut windows and doors into a box so she could make a house for her doll.  Once I finished “construction” she went to work with the decorating!

She’s really looking forward to more episodes of Creative Galaxy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what her little mind is capable of.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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Burn Baby

I didn’t eat a lot during the day yesterday.  I had a small breakfast and lunch and nothing else that I can recall.  By the time Regan and I got home I was starving.  I had made salsa chicken in the crockpot the day before so all I had to do was make a side and heat up the chicken.  I whipped up some sweet potatoes and we sat down to dinner.

I wolfed down two and half pieces of chicken in the time it took Regan to eat one.  Okay, in my defense they were boneless, skinless chicken thighs.  Tiny.  So maybe a total of 5 ounces of meat?

Anyway, I went on about my evening and eventually made it to bed.  I noticed a teensy bit of acid reflux.  I remember experiencing it when I was pregnant.  No biggie.

I fell asleep easily, but about an hour later I was wake.  Holy hell my chest on fire!  I assumed it was heartburn, but then I had a fleeting thought.  What if it was a heart attack?  I should probably put on pants!  Then I figured there was no pain in my arm so it was likely just indigestion.

I stayed in bed for probably another 20 minutes trying to remember if I had TUMS in my cabinet.  Yes, I could have just gotten up and checked, but the truly lazy prefer to visualize their medicine cabinets before actually seeking out relief.

I finally made my way downstairs and searched through my supply of medicine.  Oh and since I had already pulled out everything, I decided to go ahead and toss out some expired meds at 1am.  So efficient!

I found a bottle of TUMS (also expired) and ate them anyway.  I made my way back to bed and before long I fell asleep.  I was awake again an hour later but I definitely noticed relief.  Unfortunately my insomnia had kicked in so I was up for a couple of hours anyway.  But at least that burning in my chest had stopped.

If this is 40, I am really not happy.  Heartburn is NO BUENO!  Now I have to stock up on TUMS and Zantac and keep them near my bed.

 

Do you ever experience heartburn?  What are your remedies?

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Selfish

Generally speaking, I believe that I am raising a pretty good citizen. She is friendly and polite. She speaks to people, says please and thank you, and looks people in the eyes when she talks to them. She loves to help me in the kitchen and loves to help clean. She shows her appreciation for the things I do regularly- either through words or hugs and kisses for no reason.

But then, THEN, every once in a while she’ll do something selfish and narcissistic and I have to check myself and wonder where I went wrong. I have to correct her behavior, usually at a high volume of speaking.

Yesterday was a pretty busy day for us. I woke up early and had to log in a few hours of work for a project I’m working on. Then I did some cleaning and cooking and we even ran out for a few errands. By mid afternoon I was beat. As she sat on the floor watching television and building a fort, I felt my eyelids getting heavy and so I decided to indulge in a nap.

Napping is something I rarely get to enjoy. There is just too much to do during the day to engage in frivolous activities such as getting rest, but this nap was necessary. I grabbed a pillow off the couch, stretched out and fell asleep almost immediately.

I don’t know how long I had been sleeping, maybe 20 minutes or so, when I felt her tapping me on the head (and not very gently I might add).

“Momma, can I have that pillow?”

“What pillow, Regan?”

“The one you are sleeping on.”

You guys, I was livid! No she didn’t wake me up from my nap to take the pillow out from under me! How selfish is that!

My nap was ruined. I let her know how displeased I was. I reminded her that mommy never gets to take naps.  I told her that instead of taking my pillow she should have been putting a blanket over me to make sure I was comfortable.  And no, I did not give her the pillow. As a matter of fact, the tv went off after that and her fort making was put to an abrupt halt.

If momma’s not happy (and well rested) then nobody’s happy.

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