Not too long ago my husband and I went on a date for the first time in a really long time. When you’ve been married for as long as we have you can sometimes get really comfortable in your relationship and forget that you still need to take the time to nurture and care for each other.
The new year begins in less than a week. Many people wait until January 2nd to begin their New Years resolutions with the desire to begin exercising at the top of that list.
Getting fit, regaining health, and losing weight are all great goals but it takes a lot of willpower and determination not only to begin but to continue.
One of my daughter’s favorite soups is Butternut Squash Soup. She’ll eat it for lunch, dinner or for a snack.
It’s rich, it’s creamy and it’s very good for you.
Butternut squash is rich in Vitamin B-complex vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, thiamin and pantothenic acid. It has more vitamin A than that of in pumpkin.
It has a similar mineral profile as that in pumpkin, containing adequate levels of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Butternut squash seeds are a good source of dietary fiber and mono-unsaturated fatty acids that benefit for heart health. In addition, they are rich in protein, minerals, and numerous health-benefiting vitamins. The seeds are an excellent source of health promoting amino acid, tryptophan. Tryptophan converts to health benefiting GABA neuro-chemical in the human brain.
My daughter doesn’t know all the nutritional information about butternut squash but she does know it’s good for her and she loves to eat it.
Here’s the recipe I use!
Butternut Squash Soup
Today I’m baking my absolute favorite biscotti recipes.
Years ago, I found these two biscotti recipes in a popular magazine that was delivered to my home. I was intrigued by these recipes and couldn’t believe that I could actually make biscotti at home.
Biscotti goes great with coffee! I’m a coffee lover and I mean, I really love coffee. I don’t need sweeteners or fancy schmancy drinks, just a good strong brew made with freshly ground java beans.
But, I digress; on to my biscotti recipes.
The first recipe is for an Almond Biscotti from Joy of Baking. This biscotti is delicious exactly the way the recipe calls or you could add lemon or orange extract, (I use Young Living Lemon or Orange Essential Oils), in place of the almond extract.
The second biscotti I make is a Chocolate Brownie Biscotti from Good Housekeeping, which is just as delightful as it sounds. This recipe make a larger biscotti and it’s chewier than the almond but still holds up to dunking it into a large mug of coffee.
If you’re not a dunker, no problem, just don’t double bake them. That’s what makes them a hard cookie.
Drizzle or dip in chocolate. Sprinkle with chopped nuts or chopped candy cane and you have the perfect gift.
Biscotti is so easy to make. You might want to double the batch, they won’t last long, I promise.
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