Mmm, soup!

I love food! It is true, I love to eat and I love to eat good food. We got some butternut squash from my parents at the end of the summer, they have been sitting in the little storage under the porch in the basement.

So last week I decided that they needed to be used, I looked for a recipe and found this. I love soup really almost anytime, but I especially love it in the winter.

This recipe really was fabulous, I love soup and so I have tried a few. :) I'll be making it again for sure. I felt like it could have been a from Zupa's or Paradise Bakery, it was that good. (Even my son enjoyed it.) Give it a try!


Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Some call it Human Rights Day but really we celebrate the good that one man did for all people in America. I stole this quote from my sister-in-law, Jill. She had it as her status on facebook. 

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" -- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

A little something to think about today and everyday for that matter. What kind of a world would we live in if people honestly thought more about others than themselves? 



"Gratitude is express in prayer and thanksgiving, but more so in living lives of honor and integrity, of kindness and compassion, in awareness of others and their needs, and an honest expression of gratitude for all those who bless and affect our lives for good. Thanksgiving is best expressed in thanks-living - in lives of goodness and obedience and love and service."
- A. Theodore Tuttle

This quote is on my fridge, I need a reminder handy. Ever noticed that when you are grateful for the things around you that you are happier? Happens to me all the time. Things I am grateful for today:
1. Faith and hope in Jesus Christ
2. Being married to my best friend for eternity
3. Having the cutest son in the world (yes I am biased!), he always makes me smile
4. Hot chocolate
5. Adding color to my life (more on that later)

** 01.25.11 UPDATE: I recently started reading another blog mostly for the recipes but today is Gratituesday, how clever is that? Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!


Golden Moments

This is probably cheating that I have found good in the world because of the same person two days in a row but this is my blog so I guess I should make the rules, right? I hate taking down Christmas decorations. I get so excited to put them up each year and I enjoy them so much. Maybe it is that I hate to see the wonderful season end, I'm not sure why but the glow of the lights and shimmer of the decorations are a comfort to me. It could also be that I dread January so stretching my Christmas decorations out helps me deny January is here. My husband has been bugging me to get them down so I finally made a goal that today would be the day. I started taking it all down and throwing myself a pity party. My little man was "helping" me and that made all the difference. He helped me realize that I needed to stop being dumb about this and just enjoy each moment. He put the tree skirt on his head and we ended up playing together in the skirt. 
Silly guy with the tree skirt on his head. 
"Winter, a lingering season, is a time to gather golden moments, embark upon a sentimental journey, and enjoy every idle hour." -- John Boswell


Man's Best Friend

At least my little guy thinks they are best friends and wishes he could see her all the time. Chilling in his new chair with the dog after church.
(Dec. 26th)
"Heaven goes by favor. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in". - Mark Twain