Thing 1: A successful carving of an image I find really moving, in pumpkin form:
Thing 2: Delicious Butternut Squash Soup recipe, shared with friends at a party:
2 medium Butternut squash
1 large Onion (a sweeter variety)
Salt and Pepper
4-5 cloves of garlic
Stock (vegetable or other)
1 Pint Heavy Whipping Cream
lemon grass (also optional). I didn’t use either of these optional.
Cut the squash in half, scoop out seeds and stringy stuff. Drizzle in Olive Oil, put in oven for 90 minutes at 350 (or until soft). When done, scoop out the insides (they should come out really easily at this point), and puree them using either a hand blender or regular blender (The electric hand blender works best if you have one, makes it really smooth).
Sautee the onions and garlic. When transparent, add a bit of Cooking Sherry,2-3 tablespoons of curry, and some of the salt and pepper (you can add that to taste later). Add the pureed squash, and then add the Stock to thin it out. Stir continually, and then add 1 Pint of Heavy Whipping Cream. If the soup appears too thick, add more stock or water, and then salt and pepper to taste (probably need to add more salt. Serves about 10
Thing 3: Josh Garrels’ Over Oceans CD
These 3 things combined make being sick not such a bad thing.