Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Curried Butternut Squash Soup

Thanks to my wonderful sister I have discovered how wonderful curry is! As soon as I tasted it, I started dreaming of putting it in Butternut Squash soup. As usual, after my research, I decided to pull a bit from a few different recipes to make exactly what I wanted.
I paid $2 for the squash and had the rest of the ingredients in the house already. Here is the final version of that soup.

olive oil/butter
1 Squash, about 2lb, peeled & cubed
1 medium onion, diced
2 tsp curry
2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp ground mustard
1/4 tsp cumin
4 cups vegetable or chicken broth/stock
salt & pepper to taste
Greek Yogurt to top (can use sour cream)

1. Heat skillet on medium heat & heat up olive oil/butter. Heat & brown squash in sections. (It took me 3 rounds) Set Squash Aside. My understanding is that this step brings out more of the squash flavor, the squash will not be fully cooked here.
2. Heat Soup Pot on medium heat with a little olive oil. Add onions & saute until slightly soft. Stir in spices, let cook for 1 minute.
3. Add Squash & Broth to the onions and let simmer for about 30 minutes (or until squash is mushy)
4. Blend in standing blender in sections until all smooth.
5. Add Salt & Pepper to taste and serve with Greek Yogurt.

My husband preferred it without the Greek Yogurt. It is not necessary, but does add a nice creaminess if you want it. Even my 3-year old wanted more!



Homework Station

Homework Station My boy hates writing homework. Last year, we had many battles about getting homework done. So this year, I am planning ahead! I decided he needed a way to focus, as his little sister is always up to something to distract him.
We are limited on rooms for homework, and his is certainly off limits. He would spend the whole time pulling from his book/magazine collection instead of doing homework. When I saw this in Parents Magazine, I had to make it. Not only will it give him his own space, but it also has all supplies with it already. No more wasted time gathering pencils or crayons. He will unfold it, prop it up, and VOILA! Instant Desk.
Here are the instructions for this budget-friendly carrel:

One 14″ x14″ x14″ cardboard box (I used a different size)
Craft knife (Or Exact-o knife)
Duck tape
Large rubber bands
Post-it Mobile Attach and Go pockets
Binder clips (optional)

1. Flatten the box completely by carefully opening its seam.

2. With the craft knife, cut off all the box’s flaps.

3. Next, cut off one of the sides of the box; reserve this square.

4. You will have a tri-fold piece of cardboard remaining. Using your ruler as a straight-edge guide, cut a corner off each of the two sides with your knife.

5. Tape the reserved square of cardboard to the back side of the center section to create a double thickness (this will allow you to insert pushpins in the cardboard without them coming through).

6. Cover the sides of your carrel with stripes of Duck tape.

7. Stretch large rubber bands around the carrel to create a space to tuck notes and papers.

8. Stick Post-it Mobile Attach and Go pockets to the interior of your carrel.

Thank you Parents Magazine, for this fantastic idea!