Recipe

Make Soup Like a Boss

Butternut squash,pumpkin ale & cheese soup

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The temperature drops below 100 around here in the desert and we pull out our pots and start making soup cause it has “cooled off”. LOL

I believe we all feel once the holidays and cooler weather get here its time for soup. Here is one of my favorites that I’m sure your family will welcome during the holiday.

Ingredients
2 medium Butternut squash (about 5 cups) peeled and cut into 1 inch cubes
1 medium Onion, chopped
2 Carrots, chopped
2 stalks Celery, chopped & 1/2 of medium-sized leek, sliced

2 Tbsp. flour

4 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese

4 cups chicken stock

2 Pumpkin Ale Beer, I used Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale
1/4 tea. of dried thyme
1/4 tea. Tony’s Cajun Seasoning
1/4 tea.of mustard powder
A few dashes of Hot Sauce, I used Tapito
Salt & Pepper

Canola Oil

Directions
In a dutch oven heat a little canola oil. On a medium heat saute veggies until the onion starts to become translucent, stir frequently to prevent burning. Add flour and spices and stir to incorporate, cook for a minute don’t let anything burn. Add chicken stock beer, salt, pepper. Turn heat on high and bring to a boil, stir, reduce the heat to low and cover. Cook for 20-30 minutes.

Test veggies to make sure they are very tender, if they are not than cook some more. If they are done, add the hot sauce, then taste and adjust salt and spice.

Remove from heat. Use immersion blender to blend the soup completely smooth, while the blender is going add the cheese a handful at a time. Blend until completely smooth.

Top with a dollop of sour cream, croutons or some of those pie crust croutons we talked about last month.

Butternut Squash are not as hard to work with as you might think. I cut both ends off, use a potato peeler to take off its hard outer shell. Cut squash in half lengthwise and remove all seeds and pulp. Slice in wedges then in chunks.It is that easy.

Happy Soup Making,you”Boss Lady”you.

Holidays

Holiday Baking E-Book

Cookie Party

Holiday
Cookie eBook
“It’s begining to look
alot like SITSmas!”

I know another holiday baking book, but this is a cute free eBook with some easy and good holiday recipes. Click on the link below to take you to the eBook where you can look it over and then print out if you desire. Happy Baking.

www.thesitsgirls.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/cookieebook-8.pdf

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October 1, 2013 Let the fun begin!

Pumpkin Lineup

Yay, It’s 10.1.2013. I think this is my favorite month.Partly due to where I live, out in the Desert where when October hits we finally get a break in the weather and because I love fall and all it brings with it. Holidays, football, fall food and the decorating with pumpkins. So by the way, do you know where your decorations are?

If you’re a early bird they are up and your family is already enjoying them, if not you have time if you act now!

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Let’s start the month off with “Pumpkin Buying Tips”: They  say “buy early and locally”. Well that’s a good tip if you live where this is available. For me I rely on the Grocery stores and Wal-Mart. Here are some good tips that I found on the Internet that will be helpful to us all:

Select a pumpkin that is completely orange. Partially green pumpkins might not ripen any further.

Size is an important factor. Medium pumpkins are best for pumpkin carving. Small pumpkins are better for cooking.

Does the shade of orange matter? If so, there are hundreds of varieties, with many different shades of orange.

Selecting the shape is a matter of personal preference. Some like ’em tall. Others, like ’em round.

Often, people select shapes to fit the carving patterns they will use. Pick your pattern before you go.

Do not lift or carry a pumpkin by its stem. The stem will likely break. The stem gives it character.

A ripe pumpkin has a hard shell that does not dent or scratch easily, when pressing on it with a thumbnail. Do this on the back or bottom of the fruit…….never on the face.

Examine the entire pumpkin carefully for soft spots. If you find even one soft spot, go on to the next pumpkin.

Check for cracks and splits. If you find one, examine it to be sure it is not turning into a soft spot or has mold inside of the crack.

Look for bugs and insects. Specifically, look for holes in the pumpkin, which are indicative of insect problems.

Pumpkin Patch Picking Tips:

Bring a small wagon with you. It’s easier to haul tired kids and pumpkins.

Wear boots or old sneakers. It could be wet and muddy in the pumpkin patch.

Pick a pumpkin that you can carry back with you.

If smaller children are carrying pumpkin, pick smaller pumpkins. Remember those little arms will probably get tired before reaching the car.

Bring a sharp knife or pruner.

Cut the vine on either side of the stem. After you get it home, you can trim off the remaining pieces of vine, and cut the stem at the perfect spot.

I have already purchased 8 pumpkins and that is only the beginning for me due to so many varieties being brought into our stores.

On this pumpkin I wrote a Pumpkin Pie recipe and displayed it in my kitchen. I think this is a cute idea that I got off Pinterest. 🙂

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This site has some cute ideas and FREE printables, check it out.

 www.bhg.com/halloween/crafts/free-halloween-printables-projects/?sssdmh=dm17.692599&esrc=nwdc091813#page=26

Happy Pumpkin Picking!


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Eat @ Ralph’s

Fish Fry

My Dad Ralph fries up the best Fish & Hush Puppies ever. So last time we were down visiting he cooked up a feast. Please click on the lick below to visit “Ralph’s” for recipes and pictures.

Ciao!

Eat @ Ralphs

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Love Story Lampshade

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I purchased this lamp at Crate n Barrel a few years ago and I have always thought, “this lampshade is just so white”. Its been moved around in several rooms and made its way into the garage until further use. Further use day came when I decided to re-do my entry way table. The lamp found its way there and looked ok, but once again I was telling myself, “it’s just so white”. I had to do something to it and it had to be simple and fast (or I wont do it). Looked on Pinterest and searched Lampshades. This is what I came up with. The one I found had favorite Quotes written all over it which was cute but I decided on my “Love Story”, grabbed my fine point Sharpie and started writing my husbands and mine story in brief. From how we met to where we are now. It took about 15 minutes and was very easy. I did not write it down first just dove right in.I was so pleased that I am excited about doing some more and maybe little lamps for gifts and customize them to the reciever.You can buy new replacement shades at Target for around $8.00 or watch garage sales and thrift stores because an old one could add some character. So favorite quotes,favorite lines from songs or I think this one would be cute, a small lamp in your kitchen tucked in the corner with a fun recipe wrote on it.

What would your Lampshade say?