Food

Warming butternut squash soup

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butternut-squash-soup

butternut squash soup

One of the only things I like about winter is comfort food. I’m definitely a spring/summer person, but then there is something nice about drawing the curtains, lighting some candles and eating comforting soups and stews. I have not shared a savoury recipe with you before and this is one of my favourites and has been my go to soup to make the last few weeks.

Whilst being on a dairy free diet I found it so hard to find a soup that didn’t have a milk product in it, so if I wanted my soup fix it would have to be homemade, which in all honesty isn’t such a bad thing and I prefer that anyway! At least when you make your own soup you can have whatever herbs and vegetables you want .

This soup is easy peasy you can either battle with peeling and chopping your own squash or to save time you can buy it pre-chopped, something I’ve not done this time but have certainly resorted to in the past!


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 medium onion diced
  • 1 butternut squash peeled, deseeded and cut into cubes, place seeds to one side
  • 1 medium potato peeled and cut into cubes
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and cut into discs
  • 1 1/2 pints of vegetable stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • salt and pepper to taste

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and then add the onions. Cook them on a medium heat until they are soft and clear. Add the rest of the vegetables and saute for 2-3 minutes.

Add the vegetable stock and bay leaves and bring to the boil for 5 minutes

Turn the heat down to low and allow to simmer for 30 minutes or until veg is soft and starting to fall apart

Remove bay leaves and keep to one side

Blend the soup until smooth, it should be nice and thick

Add the bay leaves back to the soup and season with salt and pepper

Optional Extra

Wash and dry the seeds from the squash, coat lightly with oil and season with salt

Place on an oven tray and roast in a preheated oven (190/180 fan/ 350F) for 20 minutes or until they are browned

Sprinkle over soup or enjoy as a snack!

Serve soup with big chunks of warm crusty bread!

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Well that’s it I hope you enjoyed my first ‘foodie’ post,  I would like to do more now and then. I don’t know where in the world you are but here it is very cold, grey and frosty today, a perfect day for some warm soup, I will be having a bowl of this for my lunch! The soup should serve 4-6 people, and will freeze well. A good tip is to put it in a zip lock freezer bag, you could do individual portions and it will save space in your freezer. Please let me know if you make it and how you got on with it. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Chatter · Photography · Weekly picture

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One photo every week for a year. 

When I set myself this challenge I had Mabel in my mind as my subject. I forgot however that getting a non fuzzy nicely posed photo of her is near on impossible these days! 

Except today, today I have a poorly poppet and it’s horrible. There is really nothing worse than seeing your baby unwell. I have a feeling it’s her teeth but I’m not certain, if only she could talk and tell me! I’m hoping for a better day tomorrow! 

Sewing

Happy Flower Quilts Book

Happy Flower Quilts

Sew Flower QuiltsI love a Japanese craft book, but obviously they are always written in Japanese and unfortunately my Japanese is well it’s non-exsistant, so imagine how thrilled I was when I saw on Instagram that this beautiful book had been translated into English! There was some confusion at first as there are 2 different English versions, but the one in the picture above is the one available in the UK, Im not sure why they have different covers but I have been assured that they are indeed the same book.

The projects are beautiful and I can’t wait to make something, the hardest thing is deciding which one to make start with. Lovely bloggers Pretty by Hand and Zakka Art are hosting a quilt along which will be fun!

I’ve treated myself to some of the lovely new Lecien collection because it is always good to have an excuse to buy fabric!

 

 

Chatter · Weekly picture

A weekly portrait 1/52-2/52

I’ve seen this before on other blogs and thought it was a lovely idea. I’m a week behind so please bear with me as I catch up

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I love this photo, Mabel rarely naps on me these days, but this particular day she wouldn’t go to sleep in her pushchair like normal, instead she cuddled up to me and fell asleep. It was so nice! 

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This picture was inspired by the tree of life photos I have seen on social media. Yesterday my breastfeeding journey came to an end and I wanted a picture to mark this huge milestone. It’s a real bittersweet moment as much as I felt ready to stop, to get my body back (I’ve either pregnant or breastfeeding for 2 whole years!), and to be able to eat dairy again, I feel heartbroken that it has ended and my little baby needs me no more. Having said that I am looking forward to the next part of our adventure.


Sewing

Lets go on an adventure

Pumpkin Passport

With just a few days to spare until the next Frosted Pumpkin sew along starts I have managed to complete last year’s sew along “A Pumpkin Passport”. I have really enjoyed stitching this. Once upon a time as I’ve talked about on here before I used to work for an airline travelling the world so it was a pleasure to stitch and brought back a lot of memories for me, and dreams of travelling to places I’ve not yet visited – Japan!!!

I think whilst I wait for the new release I will work on A Storytime Sampler and try and catch up on that a little. It would be so nice to finish that and have framed and hung in Mabel’s room. I want to get her the books to go with it, she’s such a little bookworm already I’m sure she will enjoy reading these stories when she’s a little older.

A Pumpkin Passport

Sewing

Sweetly Stitched Handmades – Frilly Christmas Bib

I purchased Amy’s book a while back when it first came out and loved every project in it. It’s taken me till now to get around something from it!

One of the projects I had bookmarked to make was a frilly bib, so pretty and girly I thought it would be nice to make Mabel one with some Christmas fabric to wear on Christmas day.

Frilly christmas bib

The fabric I picked was Little Joys by Penny Rose Fabrics and went with traditional red and green colours. I really enjoyed making this, it came together a lot quicker than I was expecting, I thought I would have problems with the ruffle and although it was quite fiddly I managed to not get too cross with it!

Frilly Christmas bib

 Frilly Christmas bib

Here she is with the finished product! So hard to get a posed picture these days! There was far too much excitement going on. I will definitely be making some more of these, such a fun quick project with such a lovely result! I’m also looking forward to making some more projects from this book, so many nice ones to choose from!

Crafts · Sewing

Festive Makes

I had a few projects on the go over the Christmas period, two I will share with you in another time. I was really pleased they all were finished in time, although I did have more projects in mind that didn’t even get started!

First of all was a lovely little festive sew along by Pretty Fabrics and Trims

Festive Sew along

This project incorporated so much, patchwork, embroidery, applique, felt and hand quilting and was very enjoyable! I loved the finished project and can see this being brought out to decorate our home every year! If you fancy this project yourself the sew along is up on their blog.

Another sew along I completed was from my favourite cross stitch ladies The Frosted Pumpkins!

Merry and Bright Sew Along

I’ve found myself doing a lot of cross stitch recently. It’s a nice thing to sit and do of evening when I just want to sit and relax, I don’t have much time to get on the sewing machine these days so this is a good alternative! I’ve been working on another project of theirs, a year long sew along called Pumpkin Passport, and am so close to completion. They have a new sew along starting next week – Happily Ever After and I have signed up to that so am rushing to get the Passport finished. I’ll of course share with you when I have finished! Sadly I never got to finish Story time Sampler from this post so at some point I need to crack on with that too! So many projects but so little time!

I know Christmas has been and gone and the decorations have been put away so I hope you don’t mind that I’m a bit out of date with this post. I know it’s a cliché saying this but I really don’t know where the time goes!