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Made Butternut Squash Soup for First Time Today

Friday, May 14, 2010

Most of you know I make a huge pot of veggie soup every week. And I use to make a big variety of soups but never made butternut soup. In fact I never even tasted it until a couple of months ago.We had went to a nice restaurant and that was the soup.They brought us a sample and it was good.
I was watching Ina Garden on the food network and she was making a roasted butternut squash soup. I put it in back of my mind to get it off web site. But forgot until the other day so I went and got it. It turned out super good.Not as low cal as my veggie soup but a nice treat.
I made it eactly as she said except I used my immersion blender.I wrote everything on the recipe. You do need to keep track of your calories if you make it as the calories will vary according to size of stuff you used.
So here it is.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Curry Condiments 2008, Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics, All Rights Reserved
Prep Time: 15 min Cook Time: 1 hr 0 min Level: Easy Serves: 4 to 6 servings

Aprox 128 cal per cup. Count your calories as you make it as it could be less or more than this. I ended up with about 7.5 cups
• 3 to 4 pounds butternut squash, peeled and seeded
• 2 yellow onions
• 2 McIntosh apples, peeled and cored
• 3 tablespoons good olive oil
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper ( I used regular salt )
• 2 to 4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade (I used canned)
• 1/2 teaspoon good curry powder ( I don’t know what good curry is. I used the jar I had in my spices)
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Cut the butternut squash, onions, and apples into 1-inch cubes. Place them on a sheet pan and toss them with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Divide the squash mixture between 2 sheet pans and spread in a single layer. Roast for 35 to 45 minutes, tossing occasionally, until very tender.
Meanwhile, heat the chicken stock to a simmer. When the vegetables are done, put them through a food mill fitted with the medium blade. (Alternatively, you can place the roasted vegetables in batches in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add some of the chicken stock and coarsely puree.) When all of the vegetables are processed, place them in a large pot and add enough chicken stock to make a thick soup. Add the curry powder, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Taste for seasonings to be sure there's enough salt and pepper to bring out the curry flavor. Reheat and serve hot with condiments either on the side or on top of each serving.
*********After veggies were done I put 3 cups of chicken broth in a large pot and then added all the veggies. I then used my immersion blender and blended til all were smooth. Added curry and extra salt and pepper. If you like a thicker soup start with 2 cups of broth and add more after everything is blended to thickness you like. This was easier than using a processor and then having to put in pot.I did it all in the soup pot.*********
Condiments for serving: I didn’t use any of this . I just added a dab of butter to soup in my bowl
Ina put a small amount of all the condiments on hers but It didn’t sound good to me. You can decide if you want to add any of them
• Scallions, white and green parts, trimmed and sliced diagonally
• Flaked sweetened coconut, lightly toasted
• Roasted salted cashews, toasted and chopped
• Diced banana

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PS The veggies tasted good when roasted so could also cook this and serve as is for a side dish

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DMLADKINS 5/15/2010 11:42AM

    sounds so good! I will see what they have at farmer's market today. We have been seeing a lot of beets in different colors I love them all roasted and each color has a different flavor. I might try a variation using the golden beets.

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LYNNDE 5/14/2010 6:18PM

    Yum! If it has apples, it has to be delicious!! emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 5/14/2010 5:59PM

  Thank You for sharing. I love soups and this one sounds very good. emoticon

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Booby Mash Day

Thursday, May 13, 2010

That was fun. Naught. It is a good thing I am patient about some things or I would have crammed her boob in there. It is always uncomfortable for a few seconds and sometimes hurts for a few seconds. But she did the left 4 times and right 3.Plus she caught my ICD twice. My boobs will probably be black later and ICD area is still hurting. Then I had to have ultrasound of left one.At least it was a different girl and she didn't hurt me. It took 2 hours to get done what should have been an hour tops. It was not pleasant. I was exhausted when I got home.
Since Tuesday night when my weight was the highest because of fluid and today my weight dropped right at 19#. That is a lot of water.No wonder I couldn't breathe yesterday. I should never have let it get that bad.That was my fault.
Angel just called and she is on way to ER with Brianna.Sounds like she may have a severe bladder infection or a kidney stone. Never ends.
I did take my camera and took some odds and ends photo's of some fancy houses, some signs.
And here is the trophy Bill's bowling team got for 1st place in their league.It isn't real tall but it is cute.
Will save the rest of pictures for tomorrow.
The pest people are suppose to be here tomorrow.I had to call them as they did not come yet.I have a snake in back and maybe 2 in front.That is way too many for me. One was right at front door.
Now that I am not drowning in body fluids I should be able to keep my mind on eating right. I have only been halfway tracking my food. Even Bill remarked that yesterday was the worse day I have had in a long time. But I should be fine now for awhile.It just comes with CHF.
It is getting so hot here. I may not be able to go to the family picnic. I can not stay out in the heat long.
Well I am going to go hit the recliner and relax. Have a good evening.

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LYNNDE 5/14/2010 6:17PM

    Now those are some fancy houses....I would hate cleaning all those!

Hope the pest people get out there bright and early!!!!

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CANBDONE 5/14/2010 3:55PM

    Oh Baby, I remember those episodes with my Larry. Lasix and potassium, bathroom and wait and see...if the ER was needed. I'm so glad you're breathing easier, my Friend. emoticon

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JPVALPO24 5/14/2010 11:34AM

    I know what you are talking about. I didn't know that your boob could be smashed so thin. At least the girls where I go are real nice. Those few minutes of pain can be life saving though. I am 31 and had a hysterectomy and family history of breast cancer, so I have to have one every year from now on. They did find a cyst on me, but it is fine. I will be praying for you. emoticon Take care of that fluid and congrats to your hubby emoticon

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MPARKER67 5/14/2010 11:18AM

    Mine is scheduled for 6/18. I can hardly wait. Congrats to Bill on his win. Cute trophy. My team ended up in last place. Next year there is nowhere to go but up.

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DICHTAS 5/14/2010 10:14AM

  I am glad you are feeling better.. Who was sick Angel or Brianna?
I hate getting mammograms. Makes me sore for a week.
Nice pictures of houses. I just love big houses. I wouldn't want to clean them. But if I could have one I could have a housekeeper.
Getting back on track is hard but you can do it.


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TILLIEBEE 5/14/2010 8:55AM

    Congrats to Bill for his trophy! Back on track, Lady Jane! If I'm sticking with this you better, too. Misery loves company!
Okay, well I'm not all that miserable, but I love your company!
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CRAZYGAGRANNY 5/14/2010 8:49AM

    emoticon emoticonTo Bill on his bowling! Of course we all know by now how emoticon he is to you so we would know he would be terrific in anything he put his mind too! emoticon

As for the experience with your mammogram, there was no need in you going through so much discomfort! Next time complain and ask for another technician! It really should be almost painless!

WOW! I hope your doctor is on top of all that fluid! That is a lot!

Take care my friend and stay out of the heat! It is getting hot here in south Georgia too!

Lots of love,Barbara

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JUDY1676 5/14/2010 12:24AM

    I love what you called your day! I'll have to remember that!

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RURAL3 5/14/2010 12:22AM

    That is a lot of fluid. I can't imagine how uncomfortable you must be. I pray that it doesn't happen that bad again. I find it interesting that the people doing the mammogram are women and sometimes seem not to know how it feels. They need to come up with a better system.
Hope you get rid of those rascaly snakes. They give me the creeps. emoticon to bill on his emoticon emoticon

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KATIE233 5/13/2010 11:42PM

    hi Elen, you should put her boobs in there . it,s always ones that don,t have much. 3 and 4 times is 3 to many for me.but i,m always glad when i get the results by mail or phone that everything is ok.when they phone you are always holding your breath don,t want to hear any bad news or you got to do it way!!!men are lucky!yes rest for sure after all that. i don,t blame you. boy the houses are big someone has to be rich to own them or in over their heads owing for it.have a nice evening and have a lovely was raining here today but i got the back lawn cut before that.just in time. emoticon emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 5/13/2010 7:26PM

    Sounds like a horrible experience today. I don't know how you kept your cool. I think I would've snapped!

19 pounds of fluid? That's insane. How uncomfortable. I'm glad you're getting it back in check.

I love the 3rd house. It's strange but it's cool. Is it overlooking the water? Bill's trophy is adorable. Tell him I said CONGRATS!!!

Is Brianna OK? Keep me posted.

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SUNNY332 5/13/2010 7:16PM

    Loved all the houses and the other photos.

What is "shoal"?

Hugs, Sunny

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BIBLIOMANE40 5/13/2010 7:15PM

    I just turned 40 last month and within a week the doctors had sent me a postcard to come in for a mammogram! Not something I"m looking forward to - but it's something we have to do, right?

I'm not very good with the heat either, never have been. I wish we could have nice, sunny 70-degree days all year long! (Ok, maybe just a few days of snow because it's pretty)

Take care and hope your edema goes down!


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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

I am not doing well in my eating.Today has been better but the night is still young. I have had health issues with fluid and when I don't feel well I always have trouble staying on my plan.Let me rephrase that. Since I never feel good I should have said when I am having worse days. I have had to take extra diuretic today and will need to tomorrow too. My fault as I let it get too bad. I lost 10# in 4 hours this morning. That helped the breathing for sure. One more day of extra meds should make a big difference.
I was watching the Biggest Loser last night and as usual I am amazed at how much they lose. In 17 weeks Michael has lost 204#,Koli has lost 172#,Darius has lost 151# and Ashley has lost 143#. They look great but wow that is a lot in 17 weeks.
I have been in the same ball park for months.Like one of my spark buddies said I need to take motion sickness meds for all the up and down.
Oh well.It is what it is.
Bill's friend from work is finishing up the yard work.He is moving all the stones in butterfly garden and putting plastic down and then putting stones back.Then all plants have to go back on there. He put the edge in ground out at Feel Good Corner.
We are getting an estimate on getting sod put down in front yard. Bill just took a bunch of stuff we pulled up to the dump at work.
The weather is getting hot here so I don't get out much as I can't breathe in the heat.
I have to go get the boob squeeze tomorrow. I forgot about it and just happened to see it on calendar. That is always fun.
Well nothing new. Hope you are all doing ok.

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MPARKER67 5/13/2010 10:19AM

    If you spent all day every day working out as hard as they do, you could lose that amount of weight also. But when they are at home they don't do as well.
I felt bad that Sunshine went home but I would have felt bad about anyone going home.

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TILLIEBEE 5/13/2010 8:13AM

    Biggest Loser made me start feeling like an utter failure....along with the fact it's too long a show for my short attention span these days. (just kidding! The kids record other stuff so I gave up.)
Hope you feel better today. Sending you good thoughts!!!!
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MICKEY341 5/12/2010 10:41PM

    Sorry you are having trouble again! Take care of yourself!!!
The butterfly garden will be so nice when finished. I know you will enjoy it!
I have been seeing butterfly's around my plants. Also the humming birds are here!
I don't watch BL. Just never have gotten into it. That is just losing too much weight too fast. I wonder how many regain!
But I don't really watch much TV.
Okay, instructions for tomorrow, take that pill and go get boobs squished! emoticon
Have a good night...

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KATIE233 5/12/2010 10:24PM

    hi Eleni, you know you can send some heat my way. that boob thing is so much fun NOT! it,s the same with peps it,s another NOT! but we better get it done just we had nice weather but cool wind but i got the veggie garden dug and front lawn cut now just the back tomorrow. i hope i can get it done tomorrow before the rain comes. well take care of yourself there and talk again. emoticon

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PAULA3420 5/12/2010 8:18PM

    I quit watching the BL due to those huge numbers. I kept thinking I should be able to do it. And, then when I couldn't lose more than 2 pounds in a week, I felt like giving up. It made me crazy.

I see there is a show coming up soon featuring Erik one of the Biggest Losers, that has gained back all the weight he lost. He is going to be talking to the contestants about how they don't want to do what he did.

I'm with you playing in the same ball park for months. BUT, when we do lose the weight it should be gone for good. At least that's what I'm telling myself. Slow and steady wins the race.

Sorry to hear you are not feeling well. Hope one more pill does it and you FEEL GREAT!!!!

And, good luck tomorrow. Hope it is over fast. HOW MUCH FUN CAN A GIRL HAVE IN ONE DAY?? emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 5/12/2010 7:52PM

    It's unrealistic the amount of weight the people lose on Biggest Loser. Nobody can exercise 8+ hours a day in the real world. I'm sure many contestants have gained back some if not all the weight when they returned home.

I'll gladly switch weather with you. emoticon It's in the 40's right now. BRRRR!!

I've never had the boobs smooshed. I heard it's less painful for bigger women. I don't believe it.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Having trouble getting on track and staying there.
Here are some new plants I got at home depot. Plus a close up of my newest orchid.

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RURAL3 5/13/2010 2:58PM

    you have the most beautiful plants and pictures of them. Do you airbrush? or are they original? emoticon
Good Luck with your squeeze

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LADY06498 5/12/2010 12:29PM

  Gorgeous flowers. Wish I could grow them. I love flowers but hate to take care of them.LOL Just think about this when you go to eat. What is more important eating that wrong food or becoming healthy. Becoming healthy I know is on the top of your list lady. You can do this. You have what it takes and you are only human and we will have days when we get off track. Don't beat yourself up. Just start right now. Don't look back at what you did. Start fresh no matter what time in the day it is. Just make better choices. And most of all get busy doing something to get your mind off food. That is if you are actually hungry when you are eating. If your hands and mind are busy then you don't have time to get off track and eat the wrong things. And most important of all DON'T BEAT YOURSELF UP ABOUT GETTING OFF TRACK. It happens. It is called life.

Love you,


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LYNNDE 5/12/2010 11:21AM

    Beautiful flowers as always!! I love the pictures, and the orchids are just beautiful.

Sometimes we get derailed, but the tracks never really end. You will get back where you need to be....I have faith in you.

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DICHTAS 5/12/2010 10:04AM

  You always could grow the best plants/flowers. I wish I had you green thumb..I am having a problem with the eating too.. We will get back on track.. Joanne

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MICKEY341 5/12/2010 1:59AM

    Love you blog! Love your flowers, guess I just love you! emoticon

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TSISQUAUSDI 5/11/2010 10:41PM

    Gorgeous!! Especially the orchids!

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JANE1216 5/11/2010 10:02PM

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GETFITTER7 5/11/2010 9:14PM

    Beautiful plants to brighten your day! You'll get back on track in no time! emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 5/11/2010 7:35PM

    Very colorful!!!!

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TILLIEBEE 5/11/2010 7:28PM

    Gorgeous Orchids!!!!
So beautiful!!!!!!!
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Monday, May 10, 2010

It was a nice weekend but I did not watch my eating as I should.So it is back on track today.
I finally got my hair cut and that feels good. Took my camera with me and took some pictures along the way. So here are a few things I spotted on my way home from getting my hair cut.

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FEISTYMAMA 5/11/2010 6:43PM

    I love the pictures. The south has such pretty flowers.

My hair is growing so fast I'm ready for another hair cut. I wanted to wait until September but I don't think I can wait that long.

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DEBRA-B 5/11/2010 1:57PM

    Just where do you get your hair cut?

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MPARKER67 5/11/2010 11:01AM

    LOL At first glance, I thought the same as rural3. Loved the pictures.

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RURAL3 5/11/2010 10:08AM

    I need new glasses emoticon At first glance your first pic looked like rhinos to me. emoticon

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SUNNY332 5/11/2010 8:19AM

    Loved the magnolias and the yucca blooms. We have two yucca's in our front yard and they will be blooming soon.

Take care and have a great day.


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LYNNDE 5/11/2010 6:27AM

    Great phtotos as always! What are those white bell like flowers? They are gorgeous!! lol...bunnies were cute too.

All things in moderation, and you are back on track today...

Have a great day.

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MJEAN8 5/10/2010 11:59PM

    Thanks for sharing about your day. Mother's Day found me with more calories than others. My children made me some special food. I was so happy not to cook! So I understand about having an extreme weekend and getting back into it today.

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MICKEY341 5/10/2010 11:51PM

    Beautiful pictures, love the bunnies and the flowers. Unusual cacti. Haven't seen that one before.
Glad you had a good Mother's Day! Wonderful family!

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