Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recipe and a Return to Blogging! Smooth Healthy and Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Hi everyone!

I have been away a while it is true.  I have been enjoying life, completing my treatment and recovering from my bout with the big C. Life has been treating me well this year, and I am fulfilling many dreams I have long held, such as hiking to the top of a nearby hill, refurbishing my home by painting and replacing flooring myself, caring for my home and garden, spending time with family.

I am so grateful for all my friends who helped me out along the way, my online friends especially are included! Thank you for being a friend by supporting me in any way here, on twitter or wherever our interaction space happens to be.

One thing I have adopted since my diagnosis two years ago this week is healthier eating. I try to eat organic food and make as much from scratch as possible. I learned about nutrition through my journey and it's role in healing and now I firmly believe that our diet is critical to our healing from surgery, chemo and radiation. Soup can be such a wonderful nutritional healing powerhouse, and it is easy to eat when you do not feel well, or just when it is cold out!

I adapted this recipe from a carrot and coriander soup recipe I found. I have been working on it over the last month or so and am happy to share it with you. I had never tried Butternut Squash before, I never knew how luscious and creamy and buttery it is! Ok, duh, so that is why it is called Butter nut! If you have never eaten it before, consider trying it some time, you might like it! I am very confident if you tasted my soup recipe below you would love it at first taste, like I did.

Smooth Healthy and Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

1 large or 2 small Butternut Squash
2 medium onions
3 cloves garlic
2 tsp fresh ginger or 1 tsp powdered
2 tbsps chopped fresh cilantro
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 tsp paprika
4 cups chicken stock or vegetable if desired
2 tbsp olive oil
Cilantro leaves to serve

PREHEAT oven to 300 degrees

  1.  Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise, scoop out seeds with a spoon. Drizzle with a teaspoon to a tablespoon of olive oil and coat the squash well.
  2.  Place on a cookie sheet cut side down, bake for 40-45 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a knife into the thickest part of the squash, if it goes in easily, the squash is done.
  3.  While the squash bakes, chop onion and garlic finely and sauté in 1 tbsp  olive oil over medium low heat for five minutes until translucent and beginning to brown. Add spices and cilantro and stir and sauté one more minutes.
  4.  Remove from heat until the squash is finished baking.
  5. When squash is finished baking and has cooled enough to handle, remove the peel by scraping with a knife, it should slip off fairly easily at this point. Chop squash into cubes.
  6.   Place baked squash in the pot, add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer for 15 minutes.
  7.  Puree by placing in a blender or with an immersion blender.
  8. Serve with a few cilantro leaves on top.


Please let me know if you try this, I would love any feedback on this recipe.

I will be going to the oncologist next month for a two year follow up, and I anticipate being declared cancer free.  Currently I am not on any treatments, am totally loving life right now, staying super busy picking up my life where I left it off two years ago.

Lately I have been broadcasting live manicures on the new app Meerkat. My handle is @lovenailpolish3, same as twitter. The great thing about Meerkat is that you can ask questions and interact with the person broadcasting. People are broadcasting themselves at work, teaching things, and giving tours, you never know. The troll population is kept in check, so it is a welcoming and friendly space.  I am loving it right now!  Maybe I will see you there!

Thank you for visiting me!



  1. I have recently been checking your blog to see if you had posted and then today found a post in Freely, waiting! My hubs has just had his own Big C battle, well he is still under going treatment. We also have taken to organic as much as is reasonably affordable and making everything from scratch. I am not on Meerkat, but will have to check it out :)

    1. Emma, Thank you ever so much for this comment. I am so sorry that you and your husband have had to go through cancer and treatment. It helped me to find the little silver or platinum linings every day, like a hot shower, a cup of fresh coffee or a hug. I know the organic stuff is pricey, so I mix it up with conventional. I am now growing my own strawberries and trying a few veggies to make organic affordable and fun when I can.

      Thank you so much for visiting me here, and for being so supportive. I really appreciate it. I wish all the best for you and your dear husband in his treatment going forward. Love, lovenailpolish

    2. Oooh I soooooo want to grow my own strawberries. I want to get a hanging basket so I know they aren't in danger of the car licking them or slugs attacking. Thanks for your good wishes, he has a very rare type but has been told this type generally has a positive prognosis, usually curative by surgery alone and he had his big op in January. Maybe a further minor op ahead. Glad you are back :)

    3. hi Emma! I will keep you husband in my prayers, and hope his recovery is swift. With a wonderful supporter like you, he is sure to be just fine!


  2. Awww, it's sooo good to hear form you again, I'm so happy you are feeling well and the changes you have made sound really wonderful!!

    1. Thank you so much Maria! It is so nice of you to visit me after all this time. You are so kind. Thank you again for all your support! It feels great to be free of doctors and living healthy seems to be working so far. I hope you are well and happy! Love, lovenailpolish

  3. Hey Girl! Glad to see a new post from you. I don't know if you are aware but it looks like one of our awesome Nail Polish Pals is currently in the eye of the storm of Cancer. Angela from Older Ladies Like Color Too. It appears she has gone into hospice care. Sadly, I know too well what that means... Breaks my heart. I pray for a miracle but also for peace. It's so sucky! I just wanted to let you know in case you didn't already know. I'm sooo happy to hear things are going well for you!


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