Monday, February 17, 2014

Simple Savory Butternut Apple Soup

Soon to be soup in my belly!

Simple Savory Butternut Apple Soup
Serves 4
Takes about 30min


1 Large Red Onion
1” Piece Fresh Ginger
1T Olive Oil
1 Medium Butternut Squash
3 Medium Apples
5c* Vegetable or Chicken Broth
1/2c Almond Butter

Chop onion & mince ginger. Sauté with olive oil until the onions begin to get translucent. Peal and dice squash and apples. Add broth, apples and squash to the onion mixture. Simmer until the squash can be easily squashed with a fork. Add almond butter, then puree the mixture with an immersion blender.

Serve with crusty bread. Use apple slices as a fancy garnish if presentation is your thing.

*This recipe yields a very thick soup that can be thinned to taste by adding up to 3c additional broth, milk or cream.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Simple Science - Planting Seeds

What to do on a blustery February day when you are stuck inside? 
Plant seeds of course!

Prepare the dirt

Poke drainage holes in egg carton planters

Fill with dirt then gently plant seeds

Put them on a sunny windowsill  
(make sure the soil stays moist)

Watch them grow!!!

Simple Science - Ice

What do you do with a 12"+ block of solid ice? 

Science of course! 

In case you had trouble following that, the Figlet decided the block of ice needed to go, but how... First she tried hitting it with a hammer. Then she tried something with a brick (though she's not sure what). When neither of these were working quickly enough, she enlisted my help putting it at the top of a ladder and rolling it off. To round out the effort I brought her some table salt and food coloring that were liberally applied. The results were pretty cool!

(If you were wondering what that rumbling sound was on the video, we live by an elevated train.)