I don't have their exact recipe, but here is a similar one!
Roasted Apple and Squash Soup with Fresh Thyme serves 6 dinner size portions
3 pound butternut squash- peeled, seeded and cut into large dice pieces
4 sweet/tart apples- peeled, cored, and cut into large dice pieces
1 cup yellow or white onion- cut into large pieces
1/4 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sage
4 cups low sodium chicken broth
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1/2 cup water
Preheat oven to 450 degrees
Adjust rack to the upper third of the oven
Place squash, apples, and onions onto a lined baking sheet
Toss with olive oil and season with salt, pepper, and sage
Place into the oven and roast for approximately 15-20 minutes or until fork tender and slightly golden brown
Remove from the oven and place half of the roasted, onions apples and squash in a blender
Carefully puree in batches with chicken broth and pour into a large soup pot
Simmer soup over low heat and season with nutmeg, thyme leaves and adjust seasoning with the last teaspoon of salt
If soup is too thick it can be adjusted with additional chicken broth or water
We consider ourselves foodies; we love food. Seriously- who doesn't enjoy eating? Being that it is second semester during my senior year, my friends and I (A) have been exploring new and exciting restaurants in New York City. We've been to some fancy(ish) restaurants, and one thing that struck me was the lack of knowledge regarding silverwear. We are a very cultured group, so I was alarmed to hear one of my friends ask which fork to use when we got our appetizers at dinner last week. Naturally, I remembered my etiquette lessons from childhood and went into a lengthy explanation as to why there are multiple pieces of silverwear and why. Glad those lessons proved to be of use...thanks Mom and Dad!
Its early in the morning and you have just woken up from a sleep which was a few hours short of the recommended time frame. Almost naturally, you inevitably victim to the immense benefits of coffee. Don't worry you're not alone. We have both sought our early morning caffeine fixes in coffee (if only it was acceptable to drink Diet Coke in the AM...). In accordance with our New Year's resolution to be healthier, we've been trying to kick our coffee addictions and seek refuge in yummy (and healthy) teas. Here are some of our faves.
So I got these for Christmas, but didn't actually start using them until this month and I just can't stop! I know this sounds a bit like a hyperbole, but these headphones make listening to music a whole other experience; the quality is amazing (just wait until you hear the bass through these babies).
I was a little daring this month and decided to try wearing some red lipstick. I am admittedly a huge follower of the beauty gurus on Youtube, so when I heard so many great reviews about this lipstick, I went out to buy it immediately. If you're looking to try a red lipstick, I highly recommend Chanel Rouge Coco in Gabrielle! I'm actually wearing it right now!
I'm embarrassed to say it, but in the past, I had the tendency not to eat breakfast (sooo bad, I know). I'm definitely not a morning person, but this month I've been extra diligent to eat healthily and these bars have been my go to. Despite creating mass amounts of crumbs, these bars are the perfect (healthy) grab and go breakfast.
Enjoy the fabulous quality picture I took from my blackberry on the left. #sarcasm
I don't like to play favorites with my favorites, but I think that these may be my most beloved item from this month. Although I've only had them for a week, they're amazing and I am legitimately obsessed with them. Sometimes I just look at them and hold them and touch them. That is all.
Ok so this may seem totally crazy, but this stuff is amazing. No, I don't drink it or cook with it...I put it in my hair! As someone who struggles with dandruff (gross, I know) with changes in the weather, my dandruff shampoo just wasn't doing enough and I started putting distilled white vinegar in my hair. I massage my scalp with it and I no longer have any dandruff! An added plus is that my hair is now incredibly shiny and soft. This stuff is totally safe for your hair, so you guys should give it a try!
I've had this Sigg for a while, but I've used it often this month and I love it! As someone who absolutely loves art, naturally I had to get the Keith Haring Sigg. To keep up with my healthy goals, I've been taking this to school every day and drinking water throughout the day; I refill it about 3 or 4 times and I feel so much healthier and lighter!
If anyone has any faves in common or decides to try any of my faves (especially the white vinegar makeshift hair product) let me know!
And a random bonus for good measure. I don't chew gum that often, and when I do it's while driving or studying. (I totally believe that whole chewing gum makes you remember better concept.) This is my new favorite!
What are you loving this month?? Watch out for A's loves tomorrow!!
So it feels like Lent has really snuck up on us this year! Obviously not all of us recognize Lent, but it is undoubtedly a great check point during the year for our New Year's resolutions. Similar to New Year's, we should use this time, whether we recognize the holiday or not, to try to better ourselves; there is always room for improvement. Use this time to check up on your resolutions made in January and look to try to make more this month. Here are our lenten sacrifices/ measures of self betterment:
My goal is to give up unhealthy snacking (this one is definitely going to be difficult for me)! Looking back on the last few months of 2012, I've been very good about following through with my New Year's resolutions to eat smaller portions and work out regularly. Despite that, I still have trouble avoiding those "grab it and go" snacks in between meals. I'm going to work really really really hard to avoid doing this!
For me, Lent isn't as much about "giving up" as it is making goals. My main goal is to write things down that I'm grateful for each day. I do this occasionally, but I think I take too much for granted and this is really the perfect time to recognize all of the gifts in my life. On a lighter note, I'm definitely going to try to use my time more wisely with regard to social media. My time on Facebook mostly ends in frustration, anyway!
What are your goals for this Lenten season? If you don't celebrate Lent, are you going to set goals for yourself anyways?
This post is a little bit different for us, as it's much more personal. We've both had some super exciting new additions that we acquired this past weekend. (materialistic, in this case.) We're just so excited that we have to share with our fantastic readers!