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Chicken Butternut Squash Soup – paleo

The season is changing and it’s almost time to break out the fingerless gloves again. 🍂🍃🍁Which usually means I start craving my comfort foods and squashes of all sizes. 

This was totally based on a feeling and I’m glad how it turned out. Although I didn’t get a picture of it… But that’s because it was eaten too fast! 😋🍜

I haven’t been the best cook this year, as in I’ve been too lazy to cook for myself so I eat whatever my boyfriend whips up, which is usually just chicken….pretty boring. 

But I am known as the soup queen and I never seem to fail at that. All other paleo recipes…well I basically am the only one that will choke them down…it’s not been a pretty experience. I have yet to whip up a thick mayo yet… 

So enough about the paleo fails, here’s a winner! 🏆

Paleo Chicken Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

• 1/2 butternut squash quartered and peeled

• 1/2 onion, chopped 

• 3 celery stocks with leaves, chopped 

• 2 chicken breast cut into small pieces  

• 2-3 carrots chopped

• 1/2 head Napa cabbage (see picture)

  
(Image courtesy of farmersalmanac.com) 

• 1-2 teaspoons salt to taste

• 1 teaspoon garlic powder

• 1 teaspoon dried basil

• 1 teaspoon dried parsley

• 1/2 teaspoon celery seed

• 1 teaspoon ground ginger

• 3 capfuls Apple cider vinegar

• 1-2 drops lemongrass oil, optional (DōTerra)

• 1 box of chicken stock

• 2-3 cups of water

The Method:

Sauté in a Dutch oven or large sauce pan on Medium-High heat the butternut squash cubes, onion, celery, carrots until slightly tender. 

Add garlic powder, basil, parsley, celery seed, ground ginger, and half the amount of salt. 

Add cubed chicken raw and until it’s cooked halfway. 

Add chicken stock and water, and turn heat up to high. Stir. 

When the soup begins to boil, turn down to low and add the chopped Bok Choy or savory cabbage. Stir. 

Cover and simmer for about 20-30 min or until chicken is cooked thru. 

Now add the rest of the salt and season to taste, add 3 capfuls of apple cider vinegar, and a few drops lemongrass oil (optional). 

Take out about 1-2 cups of soup and blend until creamy and add back into the soup. 

Turn off heat and soup is ready to serve. 

A slight variation is to add in slowly a raw scrambled egg and stir until cooked and sprinkle dayia white cheese on top. (Dayia is not considered paleo due to canola oil in the ingredients, I just took their word that it was good). 

Makes about 8-10 servings. 

Let me know how it turns out for you if you try it! You may need more salt that you think. But once you have the right amount it really brings out the flavor in the soup. 
  

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

 

Google Earth image of the day…

Was working on a project in Astoria Oregon and saw this in street view.
Too funny!

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Posted by on August 5, 2013 in Uncategorized

 

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Diaper Cake!

I’ve always wanted to put together a diaper cake the 1st time I saw one at a baby shower. So last night was my opportunity! I’m glad that I got some help…it took 4 hours with 4 people helping. But the times of sharing silly stories and laughing uncontrollably didn’t help speed up the process either. 😉
For those of you that don’t know what a diaper cake is, it’s not edible. It’s a bunch of rolled up diapers shaped into a cake formation with ribbons and bows and all things baby. Inside the cake are the presents!
I was trying to figure out what boxes or tins I was going to use for the structure, because going to work this week threw off my timing. But I got my order from Shade Clothing in the mail last night. I had to call my apartments just minutes before closing to please please please stay open until I get there to pick up that box! (Accident on freeway tied up traffic).
So I got the box (and cute new clothes too) and headed to the store to buy a lifetime supply of rubber bands, over priced (which they strategically don’t put the price on) baby deco stuff, and mommy pamper gifts (lavender Shea butter body cream for the growing tummy, and Ghirardelli chocolates to make that belly grow).
So here’s a few pics of how it all turned out! It was a lot of fun, but now I know what not to do next time!

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We ran out of cute orange ribbon so all we could find around the house was this synthetic ribbon stuff. (You know, the kind you get at x-mas time). I was getting pretty tired here. Started at about 8:30 and left my friends house at 12:20, got home at 1am!

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Making the cute bows to cover the pins. (I hope she finds all the pins before changing her baby!)

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Frog topper croaked. 😛

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Since the frog was a little limp we gave it a car seat! Lol. That was interesting to make.
So now it’s all done and here’s the view from each angle.

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The wrapping paper for the boxes said “baby” all over it and I kept getting Justin Beiber’s Baby song stuck in my head! ahhhhh! Get out get out!
It’s definitely not “professional” quality “baking”. But it was a labor of love and so much fun!!
Have a great day! ❤

 

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Quote of the day

Distractions only exist when I loose my focus.
  ~David Glidden
 
 
 
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Posted by on April 16, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy 315 Day!! 🙂

 
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Posted by on March 15, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

Quotes

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”~Maya Angelou

"One day at a time- This is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering". ~Anon

"If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude". ~Maya Angelou

"Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away".~Anon

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

warm fuzzies :]

 
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Posted by on December 2, 2009 in Uncategorized

 
 
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