Saturday, October 25, 2008


My parents lived through the Great Depression. They taught me all my life not to waste. I reduce, reuse, recycle but I have been doing that before it was "cool". Just recently I picked up a dresser at someone's curb to pretty up for one of my daughters. Why? Because we needed it, two because it's better if I or someone else uses it rather than it going to the dump. I will show you a picture of it, came out pretty nice.

You know some people would turn their nose up at me but you know I don't care. I use to worry about someone doing that to me but these days I just don't care. What do I care about? Being mindful of our real needs, not a need that some commercial put forth to make me buy something. I no longer care whether or not I have the latest fashion find or the coolest pants or la la la. Because you know it doesnt matter. I think when I look at beautiful homes, I'm talking off the charts beautiful. I think how someone could have fed their whole community for the rest of their lives with that money. I'm thinking why are so many people living high on the hog when so many cant even afford to eat. There are children right in your own community who are sleepeing on the floor, they dont have a bed. I dont mean to be depressing but geez lets remember humanity, instead of our "imagined needs".

So I offer up this simple soup, that will keep some money in your pocket and put some goodness in your belly.

Lori's Lipsmacking Goodness original

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 cup apple cider
2 cups of roasted butternut squash
3 cups chicken stock
1 medium onion, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoon sour cream
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons olive oil

Saute the onion in olive oil and butter. (I find this combination produces good flavor while also using a more healthy oil). When the onion is clear add the garlic (I find the garlic burns quickly as it is so sticky, so I add it near the end of the onion saute). Cook one minute then add cider, squash and chicken stock. Add 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg. Cook for about twenty minutes. Puree and add sour cream. You can also add a doolop of sour cream to each bowl instead.

And some good news. Lucy from Sweets, Savories Etc. sent over the blog award. Thank you Lucy that was real sweet of you (and savory too). YEAH!

So I want to take a moment to say thank you to all of you who visit my blog and leave comments. Thank you. I love reading the comments. They're like little gifts in my inbox. I love visiting all of you as well. Love to hear about whats new, get ideas, and see what you are all up to. It's a great sense of community being apart of the food blogging world! No matter how far we share a common bond.


Christine said...

I just picked up a nightstand for my little one. I have still have to strip it and paint it. Want to come over and do it for me? Those colors match her room perfectly! Butternut squash soup is one of my favorites, yum!

Lucy said...

Coming from a large family, wasting anything was not an option. With that said, I love what you've done w/the dresser, gorgeously done!!! And.. I love Butternut Squash Soup! Enjoy the award, your blog is enjoyed by me and by many others as well ;-)

Vera said...
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Vera said...

Lori, congratulations on your award!
You are so right about "imagined needs"! The soup looks delicious!

Anonymous said...

I love what you did with that dresser! I think it's great when people reuse and repurpose older items, and my husband and I do it all the time. It gives a great feeling of accomplishment and self-sufficiency!

And your soup! It sounds fantastic.

kat said...

Yummy, I have some leftover squash, I should mix up a batch of this for lunch.
When my friend opened a knitting store in San Francisco, w were always picking up pieces of furniture for it that people left on the curb, I always figure they put it there for someone else to use...

Grace said...

excellent salvage work, lori! waste not, want not. :)
great soup too--are those diced apples adorning the soup? it sounds delicious and would definitely be goodness in my belly. :)

Jude said...

Great writeup... It's always a good idea to get our priorities straight and count our blessings.

Audrey said...

I love what you did with the dresser!! Have a very Merry Christmas.