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I stand with Anthony Bourdain!

What happens to Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream flavors when they die

“We need an adult in the White House”

“I hurt with her”, she said and I took note.

…on the same topic:  Raising race-conscious children

Love her style

What she says

A Beautiful, flowy dress

Are you taking the false first step?

Mug courtesy of McSweeney’s  (not really a courtesy, because I forked over $$ for it).  If you click through, spend a little time there…smart, funny essays and such


“That’s the trendy soup to make”



That’s what my brother said when I texted him that I had made this for the previous night’s dinner.

Although it’s definitely not the only thing you can make with butternut squash, 100% of the people I asked at the CSA pick-up yesterday make soup.  And even though I posted a similar recipe almost exactly one year ago, this one checks off so many more boxes.

Whole30?  check…vegan?  check…one step cooking? check again.

Any meal that can be tossed together in a slow cooker and forgotten about is a HUGE WINNER in my book.  This recipe requires no pre-cooking of rice, no fussing, no monitoring.

I followed Gimme Some Oven’s recipe almost exactly, with just a few adjustments.  Other options for garnish include toasted nuts or seeds, croutons, roasted chickpeas, and toasted coconut.


Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Soup from Gimme Some Oven


  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and diced
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 firm apple (recipe calls for Granny Smith, but I used whatever I had-Fuji maybe?)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/8 tsp red cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1/2 can coconut milk
  • 1 sprig fresh sage

Place all ingredients in a slower cooker and toss to combine. Cook on low 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours, or until squash is tender. Remove the sage sprig.

Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until it is velvety smooth. Alternatively, you may blend in batches in a blender.

Stir in the coconut milk.

Garnish with more coconut milk and cayenne to taste.

*Note: I found the soup to be very thick the next day. I added another 3/4 cup of vegetable stock in as I reheated to thin it.



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Jökulárlón Lagoon, Iceland

What are you lovely people up to this weekend?  We are going to a Baltimore Orioles game tonight and hoping to get some water sports in before the weather turns chilly.

Finished reading this.  After reading his blog for a while now, I just downloaded a sample of Mark Manson’s new book and can’t wait to get started on it.

 French artist shows how to confront Islamaphobes in public

I always assumed our son would pursue a career in video game development because he’s whipsmart and it’s his passion, but he has a different view on turning something you love into a vocation.  The consequences of monetizing your bliss.  I get it.

Love these new shoes for fall

Coming to Netflix:  Christopher Guest’s new mockumentary,  “Mascots”.  Looks awesome!

Is it possible to love Drake culture without actually loving Drake’s music?  YES!  First there was Sufjan Stevens version of “Hotline Bling”, then there was Drake on Cake, and Drake-inspired greeting cards, now there’s Namasdrake (too much?)

Going to this at the end of October.  My son is encouraging me to do this.

Love these housewarming party photos and seriously considering making an epic charcuterie table for the Christmas party this year

A new way to wake up


Have a great weekend!



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