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Back to the Salt Mines

19 Mar

The Squire got home after dinner on Tuesday, and Wednesday morning the church secretary called, sounding very apologetic, to say she couldn’t get her computer tuned on and could he please come over and take a look at it.  While he did that, I got the count for the soup supper – 21 people – and decided I needed to take another look at my recipe, as I had only planned on cooking for 24.  No big deal. Crank the recipe up one more notch.

We went to breakfast at IHOP, and then to the store to pick up twelve pounds of squash and six  packages of cream cheese. I cut the squash in half, lay it cut side down on a rimmed cookie sheet, and bake it for about a half an hour. Once it has cooled, I just scrape out the meat and dump it in the pot. While it’s baking, I sauté the onions in butter, and pour in the water, spices and bouillon cubes. It really does look grody while it’s cooking, but a whirl in the blender with the cream cheese, and it looks like liquid gold.

My Butternut Squash soup is easily the most popular soup served during Lent. (Excuse me while I break my arm patting myself on the back.) One lady had already gotten ready for bed, and when she heard it was Butternut Squash night, she got dressed, and brought a container so she could take some home for her husband!

While we were eating, The Squire very casually remarked that, in addition to the “we don’t keep people in the hospital this long” remark, they had also told him his blood was so thick it was starting to clog his veins. He wouldn’t have lived the night if I hadn’t taken him to the hospital. Lovely. I don’t think I was supposed to hear that part of it!

We went to the Laundromat this morning, and I have spent the day playing put-and-take with the dryer. I will be so glad when I can hang the clothes on the line again!

Snow tomorrow, and in the mid-50s over the weekend.

Nuts.