Babies and Butternut Squash Soup!

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It’s been a while since we had babies in our house. My boys are now in their late teens and early twenties – and while I don’t pine for little ones, it’s always brilliant to get to hang out with one for a while. A little darling came over today and spent some time scooting around my living room. She’s not crawling yet, but is right on the verge of being fully mobile. She is the picture of innocence and grace – watchful and curious, a bit demure in the presence of strangers, yet not afraid to voice her displeasure when things aren’t to her liking. Glorious!

Spending time with babies brings to my mind all that is right with the world, as well as enlivening my enthusiasm to make the Earth a better place for all. When I look into the eyes of such goodness and trust, I want to take even greater strides towards eradicating hate and anger and sorrow. How marvelous if all the babies of today could grow up in a world with less pain, less strife, less rage. And the thing is, they can.

If everyone reading this did their part to bring more joy and richness into the world and then the people they touched, in turn, did their part—well, a movement could be started that might literally change the planet. It really doesn’t take much to shine more light into the world. As cliché as it might sound, it only requires a little more smiling, a little less complaining, a little more encouraging and a little less critiquing. A kind word here, a tender gesture there and a happiness revolution could take place all around the globe! I sometimes think that changing the world has been made to appear much more difficult than it actually is.

Albert Einstein said: “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” Don’t be one of those do “nothingers.” Stand up and do something today that will render the world a better place tomorrow, not only for yourself, but also for all those tender-eyed babies who will inherit the world we create for them. Let’s design a softer, more jubilant creation for them to inhabit. Do Something Positive. Keep Shining. Peace Out!

The following soup is a family favorite. Even Jackson likes it (he HATED butternut squash when he was a baby)! We often serve it on Christmas Eve – but it’s a great anytime soup. Add a salad and whole grain bread on the side and you have a delicious meal. It’s completely plant based and gluten free!

8-Cups cubed & peeled butternut squash (around 2-1/2 pounds)

1-teaspoon olive or melted coconut oil

½-teaspoon freshly ground pepper

½-teaspoon sea salt

¼-teaspon-cayenne pepper

4 cups almond milk (unsweetened) – use less if you like a thicker soup

2 cups vegetable broth

1-cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Combine the squash, oil, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper in bowl and mix well. Place squash mixture on foil or parchment paper lined baking sheet. Bake in oven for 45 minutes. Place half the squash, half the milk and half the broth in blender and mix until smooth. Pour pureed mixture into a large soup pan. Repeat with the remaining squash, milk and broth. Or put all ingredients into soup pan and puree with an immersion blender (The immersion blender is much easier than using a blender, which can be tricky when blending hot liquid. I recommend investing in an immersion blender). Cook over medium heat for around 10 minutes, until heated through. Ladle into bowls and sprinkle with a good amount of toasted walnuts. Enjoy!

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