One of my favorite fall activities is making soup! I can take a few ingredients from the garden and create a wonderful, nourishing soup that we can enjoy and I can also freeze for later enjoyment. Butternut Squash Soup is a family favorite. Every time I find a recipe I have to try it and compare it to other recipes in my collection. Yesterday I made a wonderful Curried Butternut Squash Soup. Here is the recipe:

1 butternut squash, peeled and cut up

1 sweet potato or a large baking potato, peeled and cut up

3 large leeks cut up (white part only)

3 garlic cloves, minced

3 shallots (didn’t have any shallots so used onions)

1 stick of butter to sauté all of the above to a soft consistency

 

Than add salt and pepper and 1 tsp cumin

1 TBSP curry powder

32 oz chicken broth

Simmer until the squash is soft, and then puree the soup with a blender or an emersion blender. When it is smooth and free of lumps add:

2 cups of heavy cream (I only used 1 cup of milk).

Enjoy!  Nancy

Skunked!

We’ve lived in Vermont for over 14 years and have never had any problems with skunks. That all changed last night, Riley, our* Boston Terrier met a skunk right next to our house! Perhaps she thought it was another Boston Terrier?  She came running back to the house and sat on the steps while we tried to figure out what was the best method to treat her. Luckily just days before I had read something about using hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to treat a dog sprayed by a skunk. Talk about good timing! Luckily we had the ingredients on hand ( it is prudent to have a well stocked pantry!). We soon had a much better smelling and very clean dog. She still spent the night in the laundry room….

If your dog runs into a skunk here is a wonderful recipe:

1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/4 pound baking soda
Bit of laundry detergent or dish soap.

Now if we could only figure out how to get the smell off the steps. Any suggestions?

 

Enjoy your weekend! Nancy

*Riley actually belongs to our daughter living in London.

Here we are In October already! I just picked the last of our blueberries! As you can see from my photos the blueberry bushes we planted are doing well! We have several different varieties; early, mid and late producing which gives us a nice long season of fresh blueberries. Being a prudent homemaker I want to enjoy each berry and not let any go to waste! Usually I freeze a few bags for the winter and make blueberry jam. Today I’m going to make a batch of Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins. I made some the other day so this batch will be going into the freezer to enjoy at a later date.

This is the recipe I used, found  by searching on the internet for blueberry cinnamon muffins and this looked like a promising recipe! Judging from how quickly the first batch disappeared I think the family agreed!

Cinnamon Blueberry Muffins
Gourmet, July 2006 via Epicurious.com

3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2-cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1-teaspoon cinnamon
1/2-teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups blueberries

Preheat oven to 400 F. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners.
Whisk together butter, brown sugar, milk, and egg in a bowl until
combined well. Whisk together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a large bowl. Add milk mixture and stir until just combined (do not over mix). Fold in blueberries gently.
Divide batter among muffin cups and bake until golden brown and a wooden pick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes.

These muffins are so tasty and they freeze well. Enjoy!

Nancy

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Mid summer.

The garden is well underway. This year I am trying to stay on top of the weeds, some years I do better than others. My goal is to keep the garden weed free and mulched. Usually I will rake up the grass clipping and use them as mulch. It’s amazing how even a slight layer of mulch will help the soil stay moist. As you can see from my pictures the tomatoes are weeded and lightly mulched. I also have a few carpet remnants, which I use in the pathways. They work somewhat but I actually have weeds growing on the carpet paths this year! As you can see I am still waiting for my first red tomato. One of these years I really want to try building a hoop house! What are the gardening conditions where you live?

Welcome to the very first posting of my blog. What will I be discussing? What does Prudent Living on the Home Front mean? Read on!
First let me define the word Prudent
adj
1. Discreet or cautious in managing one’s activities; circumspect
2. Practical and careful in providing for the future
3. Exercising good judgment or common sense

Looking in a Thesaurus some similar words are:
prudent – careful and sensible; marked by sound judgment, careful – exercising caution or showing care,
provident – providing carefully for the future;
responsible – worthy of or requiring responsibility or trust; or held accountable,
wise – having or prompted by wisdom or discernment

For me living prudently means to make good use of what I have and what I have been provided, not wasting things and trying to live as self sufficiently as we can.  I try to live in a practical manor and keep my pantry well stocked for whatever the future holds. I have spent the majority of my life as a stay home mom so my focus will be the home front. It’s what I know best! Depending on the time of year I will be discussing my garden, preserving what I grow, stocking the pantry and other ways to save money. Hopefully along the way we will learn together what it takes to live prudently.

Nancy

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