I don't ordinarily make New Year's Resolutions anymore. Got tired of feeling like a failure when I broke them, lol. But this year I decided to take better care of my fingernails and cuticles. You see, I'm a cuticle ripper-offer. The skin would get dry, maybe peel a little and I'd rip it off. The result? Ugly.
So this year, I decided to break the habit.
I'm polishing my nails (hoping that by making them pretty I'll stop tearing up the cuticles) once a week. So far, it's working...more or less. I've had tiny bouts of tearing the cuticles but nothing like in the past.
It's an uphill battle so keep your fingers crossed for me. And if you'd like to share how you're doing on your own New Year's Resolutions, feel free to comment.
After shoveling the driveway and sidewalks, I was cold to the bone. I wanted something nice and hot and comforting for dinner. In other words, I wanted soup. So...I didn't have dakka :-) or pumpkin handy. But I did have some lovely cubed butternut squash in my freeze.
I happen to love butternut squash so in the fall, I buy extra squash and freeze it. That always makes me feel all Suzy Homemakerish when I can prepare food from scratch :-) I also keep canned milk on hand for extra creamy soups but if you only have regular milk, that will work too. Add a nice spinach salad with clementines or oranges and a light raspberry vinaigrette dressing and dinner is ready :-)
Give it a try. I think you'll enjoy the soup as much as I did.
Dakka Soup Revised
1 lb frozen butternut squash, cubed
2-3 C. chicken or vegetable stock (I like the stock in a box)
1 6 oz can condensed milk
1/2 t. nutmeg, optional
3 T. applebutter
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
Place squash in 4 qt sauce pan, add enough stock to cover. Bring to boil, then simmer 20 min. When fork tender, mash until smooth (or use an immersion blender), add condensed milk, applebutter and nutmeg. Stir. Simmer about ten minutes to allow flavors to meld. Serve. Appx 4 servings
I started writing stories way back when I first learned to hold a pencil. Of course, Real Life took command and I had to put the writing on the back of the stove but I never really stopped. Then a few years ago, I started writing in earnest. I managed to get a few of my short stories published and an addiction was born.
Here are a few of my contest wins/finals:
HEARTSTONE: Golden Heart Finalist, TARA First Impressions Finalist
DEVIL'S CHOICE: Golden Gateway, OVRWA Enchanted Quill, Golden Pen, Ignite The Flame, Molly, MRW Stepping Stone, NOLA Stars Suzannah, Duel On The Delta, Great Expectations, Merritt
RIDER: Molly, OTFS, Great Expecations, Winter Rose