three ingredient butternut squash soup!

I love the fall.  There is something about cuddling in a million blankets, watching the colors of the leaves changing to the most vibrant hues of orange, yellow, and red, and eating all the comfort foods in the world that is just the definition of perfection to me.  Plus, with the temperatures staying consistently in the 70s in November, I’m in heaven.

Now, I love me some comfort food especially when it starts getting a little chilly, but I don’t always love the lugged down feeling I get once I’ve snarfed down a big meal.  So, I decided to revert back to one of my old classics: soup.  I think soup might be my favorite food group.  I am well aware that this is what any octogenarian would probably list as well, but I never said I was a role model.  Soup to me is the best food because it’s amazingly versatile.  You can just saute up a mirepoix (carrots, onions, and celery), add broth and other assorted beans/veggies/noodles, and simmer until everything is cooked and voila.  But, when I was at the store dreaming up what to make, I saw that they had pre-cut butternut squash, so I decided it was time to bring out an old, painfully easy favorite.

Butternut squash is rich in antioxidants, potassium, and fiber and is just one of the best fall foods.  This soup is beyond delicious, takes no effort to make, and is even boyfriend deliciousness approved.


Three Ingredient Butternut Squash Soup!

  • 1 butternut squash (cubed in 1 inch pieces)
  • 1 onion (cut into 1 inch pieces)
  • 32 oz. chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1-2 TBSP of olive oil

Preheat the oven to 450.  Place cut butternut squash and onion on a baking sheet with foil.  Drizzle some oil over the pieces and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Put in the oven for 40-50 minutes.  Put the broth in a large pot and bring to a simmer on the stove.  Remove butternut squash and onion from the oven and let cool for a minute or so before adding to the broth.  Bring everything to a nice simmer.  Remove from heat.  Blend using a blender, immersion blender, or food processor (be warned liquid will be HOT).  And voila, you are ready to serve your delicious, homemade, hearty soup.

I usually add some garlic to my broth and a couple other spices including ginger and cinnamon if I’m feeling sassy.  Play around with it.  The soup stands as a pretty good canvas for experimentation, so don’t hold back.  This soup has become a staple in our house these days because it’s just so good and so easy.

What are your favorite fall comfort foods to make?


a post-halloween workout for all you guys and ghouls

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.  Actually, I love all holidays.  I’m always down for a good celebration.  But, they can leave me feeling pretty dang tired the next day.  Even though I got much less sleep than I anticipated, I still got up at 7 and got my butt over to the gym (thank you sweet lord for that daylight saving’s time extra hour).  I knew I was a little worse for the wear and wasn’t going to be able to bang out any high intensity craziness, so I decided to focus on strength and avoid all the jumping and ups and downs that I usually do.

I used to feel like I had to do a crazy intense workout for it to count.  If I didn’t workout at my max during my time at the gym, it was a waste and should probably only count as a rest day.  This is a stupid mentality.  Your body can’t go at its max 100% of the time and its crazy to think that it can.  So, this workout is perfect.  It’s definitely difficult, but it lets you work while not having to spend a year at the gym.

Halloween Recovery Workout

Repeat each circuit 3x through resting for a minute between rounds.

  • 15 squats (weighted or not)
  • 30 walking lunges (15 each leg, 5-15lbs)
  • 30 step-ups (15 each leg, 5-15lbs)


  • 30 ab bikes
  • 30 mountain climbers
  • 15 leg raises


  • 15 squat & press (5-15lbs)
  • 15 lateral raises (5-10lbs)
  • 15 push-ups

This will leave you feeling the perfect amount of worked out especially after a long night.  No jumping is the key here, so feel the burn and take it slow.  Let those muscles work.

Also added bonus: Here’s the little Boo as a Rufferee for Halloween!