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Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Coconut Curry Pumpkin Soup

Last week I posted a photo of three pie pumpkins in an In My Kitchen post.  I ended up roasting them and baking cranberry pumpkin cream cheese muffins.  I still had some pumpkin puree left and planned on making this pumpkin soup.

Then Hurricane Matthew happened.  The boys were home for three days of school, plus the weekend.  I was busy keeping them busy and out of trouble.  Josh was out of town.  I had a fridge full of leftovers.  The soup fell to the bottom of my to do list.

My parents came for the weekend, planned long before the hurricane was in the picture.  Josh and I were supposed to go to the Nascar race in Charlotte Saturday night for a work function but the race ended up being delayed a day.  It all worked out, we still got a date night out of it since my parents were already here to watch the boys!

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Black Bean Soup

Black Bean Soup
Now that it is slowly cooling off it’s time to get my soup groove on again. I just love soups, so versatile, easy and healthy. Let it sit on the stove all day and it’s ready to eat by dinner time. That is very important to me on swim days when I don’t have time to cook at dinner time, it must be ready as soon as I arrive home with three very hungry boys!

Not only is this black bean soup easy and healthy, it’s also pretty darn cheap. A bag of dried black beans won’t set you back much at all and the rest of the ingredients are usually around the house anyway.
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Garden Preparations

I have lost track of time, not sure how many weeks old my baby seedlings are! They are coming along beautifully. I can just taste the tomato cucumber salads. The homemade pesto on pasta and pizza. Mint in my mojitos or on fruit salad. Zucchini bread, grilled zucchini. Pumpkin EVERYTHING! Salsa, hot peppers on pizza… Boy oh boy is my mouth watering. All I have to say is this better be a good year for the garden, I have such big plans!

This has been such a crazy winter. We have had snow here, in South Carolina! It is warm, then cold, then warm, then cold again! Last year we planted the garden St. Patrick’s Day. This year we are still waiting. We are still expecting lows in the 30s next week so we wait. The lettuces are already planted, but they tolerate the cold better.

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This year we put some covering over all the rows. We grow weeds incredibly well and I just couldn’t keep up with them, it is a HUGE garden. Someday the boys will be able to help weed, until then I hope this works!

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The far right here with the hoses running through is where all the lettuces and carrots go. The asparagus in the very last row next to the garage.

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This flat is mostly tomato plants, the smaller ones in front are peppers.

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Hello my dear sweet tomatoes, I can’t wait to eat you up!

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Last week I started more seedlings of everything. We are hoping to pace the harvest out a little.

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My darling basil, I can taste the pesto already!

Mango Piña Colada Smoothie

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Sean and I are usually out most mornings. We drop off Ewan at preschool and then head to the gym. If we are lucky we have time to run an errand before it is time to pick up Ewan. Then there are days when there is just too much to do at home we don’t go out in the morning. Yesterday was one of those days…and Sean got to enjoy this smoothie for his morning snack! Continue reading

Roasted Root Vegetabels

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Autumn is in full swing and that means plenty of fresh root vegetables. Nothing like some hot roasted root vegetables to warm the soul. We have had some cool days here and I certainly enjoy warm dishes those days, especially an easy one I can make while helping Jack with homework.

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