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Superfoods Friday – Butternut Squash & Sweet Potato Soup

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Hello friends and welcome to Superfoods Friday!

Tonight is Halloween and if you will be out “tricking and treating” be extra careful, but in case you aren’t, stay home and enjoy a big bowl of soup while watching a Halloween marathon on TV. happy halloween candy

Last week the Superfood was squash, and this week it’s been paired with one of the the world’s best SUPERFOODS – Sweet Potatoes

First of all, did you know that a sweet potato is not a potato but a vegetable often called a yam?  Packed with both nutrients and a sweet flavor, sweet potatoes are one of the most versatile and healthful vegetables available. They are full of disease-preventing, cancer-fighting, and immune-boosting benefits.

These tubers are also good sources of the anti-inflammatory nutrients, vitamins A and C, making them an excellent food choice for people suffering from arthritis or asthma. People with diabetes may also benefit from eating this root vegetable because it ranks low on the glycemic index and has less of an effect on blood glucose levels.

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 Butternut Squash and Sweet  Potato Soup

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The ingredients for this healthy slow cooked soup were:

2 Medium Sweet Potatoes or Yams – diced

1 Medium Butternut Squash – diced

1 package frozen mixed peppers and onions

1 can coconut milk

1 carton flavored broth, I chose Thai Ginger 

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Put all the ingredients into the Crock Pot

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It slow cooked on high for about 4 hours but since I didn’t have an Immersion Hand Blender I used a potato masher to give it a smoother consistency.  However, it still didn’t blend well enough for me so I poured some of it into the NutriBullet blender.  Be careful because it’s hot!

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This definitely worked better and hubby thought this was the best slow cooked soup that I had ever made – yay me!

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Pair it with a little Pumpkin Spice muffins and you’ll have a powerful Superfood meal.

How do you cook your sweet potatoes?  I can’t wait for Turkey Day because warm Sweet Potato Pie is definitely on our dessert menu.

Stay Blessed – No Stress in 2014!

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Slow Cooker Saturday

Hello Friends and Welcome to Slow Cooker Saturday!

Do you find yourself rushing through the work week in order to get to the weekends?  If so, do you realize that you are just rushing your life away?  I know because I’m guilty of doing it,  so from now on, other than Mondays I’m going to slow down and enjoy all of the week days.

Do you live for the weekends?

I’m up early and out for the first dress rehearsal for Goodwill’s 2014 Runway Show.  The models will get a chance to see and try on what we, the stylists has chosen for them to wear.   I met with my models previously and they had an opportunity to try on their outfits in Goodwill fitting rooms.  Today with some added accessories we will all get a chance to see what they will be wearing  on the runway and I am anxious.

Friday’s  Foodie Feature was preempted by the Weekend Wind-Down Party (#WWDParty) have you linked up, if not, please do and share a post with us.

Slow Cook Saturday

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 Frozen Chicken Thighs or Breasts
  • 1 Large Can or 2 Small Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • *1 Package Frozen Broccoli
  • 2 cups of Rice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spray Crock Pot with Cooking Spray or use Slow Cook Liners for easy cleanup. Add chicken thighs/breast and top with frozen broccoli.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour in can(s) of soup and sprinkle with black pepper (optional)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pour in additional can of water

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cover and cook on low 8 hours or high for 4 hours depending on Crock Pot model

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Add two cups of rice, stir and leave on low for an additional 10 mins

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As you can see, my hubby couldn’t wait!

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I hope you are enjoying your weekend because Monday will be here before you know it!

Stay Blessed – No Stress in the New Year!

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*You can also add frozen onions, peppers and mushrooms.


Sugar Spice and Everything Nice

On Saturday, at the Dutch Country Farmers Market I had an opportunity to meet a wonderful vendor representing her own small business

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Tina Taylor, Direct Seller

Tina Taylor, is a Direct Distributor of easy gourmet products from her pantry to help make your cooking easier.  Most of the items in the product line require only one or two additional ingredients, allowing you to spend less time in the kitchen especially now with the better weather!

All of the products are made from the finest ingredients with offerings of sugar free and gluten free options. Whether you prefer sweet, savory or spicy, the ever-expanding product line has something for you and the entire family.

What makes Sugar Spice and Everything Nice so unique is that in addition to the packaged gourmet products she also offers many delicious cooked & baked items daily, full service catering, linen rentals, party supply rentals, balloons & party supplies, invitations, gift baskets as well as many unique favors and gifts.

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Other Great Opportunities That Are Available With Sugar Spice And Everything Nice

Fundraising Program is a unique and exciting venture that has a 50% profit, no upfront investment and FREE shipping or delivery!  If you are looking for an exciting, new product to sell for your organization this is your answer!

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Host a home tasting, cooking or dipping party where she will come in and serve up a variety of dips & drinks and make an amazing dish and you earn free products!  This is a perfect excuse to have a GIRLS NIGHT OUT!!

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Become a consultant and sell the amazing products to generate extra income and free products all while having fun!

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Don’t have the time for a home party…host a catalog party or virtual online show and still earn free products!

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Cooking classes are offered once a month (check website for schedule).

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Customized Gift Baskets available for Holiday, Birthday, Corporate Gift and more!

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Tina is also a Tastefully Simple Independent Consultant. If you would like to place an order, host a tasting party or if you would like to join her team and sign up as an independent consultant, please visit her website at http://www.tastefullysimple.com/web/ttaylor5

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Easy Breezy Crock Pot Meal

In my house crock pot cooking isn’t  just for fall and winter months, it’s actually more convenient and a real time saver in the warmer months.  After work the last thing I want to do is turn on the oven or stove especially when it’s hot like it was yesterday.  I would prefer to walk into the house to a fully prepared meal smelling good!  Using the crock pot gives me more time to sit on the “back 40” or take a walk around the neighborhood.

These were the ingredients for Monday night’s dinner.

1 bag of frozen mixed vegetables
2-3 chicken breasts
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 jar of mushrooms
Pam Cooking Spray

You can use any cream soups

Spray Crock Pot with Pam or any cooking spray
Put in frozen veggies
Top with chicken breasts or thighs
I cut up an onion and added the mushrooms

You can use dried onions if you don’t have fresh

Sprinkled a dash of seasoning and dried thyme
Covered chicken & mushrooms with soups
Cooked on low for 7 hours
If desired, add a cup of uncooked white/brown rice when you get home

Poured in a cup of long grain rice

Turned off crock pot, stirred in rice, recovered and let sit for 30 mins while I changed my clothes

Dinner is served - I sprinkled mine with cayenne pepper