<div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> <div id="510824959903274937-gallery" class="imageGallery" style="line-height: 0px; padding: 0; margin: 0"> <div id="510824959903274937-imageContainer0" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="510824959903274937-insideImageContainer0" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/dsc0129_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery510824959903274937]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/dsc0129.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <div id="510824959903274937-imageContainer1" style="float:left;width:49.95%;margin:0;"><div id="510824959903274937-insideImageContainer1" style="position:relative;margin:5px;"><div class="galleryImageHolder" style="position:relative; width:100%; padding:0 0 75%;overflow:hidden;"><div class="galleryInnerImageHolder"><a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/dsc0130_orig.jpg" rel="lightbox[gallery510824959903274937]" onclick="if (!window.lightboxLoaded) return false"><img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/dsc0130.jpg" class="galleryImage" _width="400" _height="266" style="position:absolute;border:0;width:112.78%;top:0%;left:-6.39%"></a></div></div></div></div> <span style="display: block; clear: both; height: 0px; overflow: hidden;"></span> </div> <div style="height: 20px; overflow: hidden;"></div> </div> <div class="paragraph">"Mommy, what <em>is</em> this thing?<br><br>Oh, that's a butternut squash. <br><br>Toddler throws said squash on floor with force.  <br><br>Squash cracks in half. <br><br>Mommy now has to make squash. <br><br>I <em>really </em>wasn't happy when my toddler slammed the butternut squash into the floor, but, I created two amazing recipes, so I can't complain anymore. <br><br>The yellow leaves on the trees in our front yard are absolutely  stunning in the sunlight today.<br><br>As I whipped this soup together and simultaneously ducked from flying legos (true story), I was able to take a few glances of the colorful leaves and let that "fall" nostalgia set in. <br><br>Don't let the chaos of a hectic fall schedule distract you from the beauty of this season. <br><br>The kitchen happens to be my favorite place to take in the sights, sounds, smells, and feeling of autumn. <br><br><u><strong>Creamy Butternut Squash Soup</strong></u><br>4 cups butternut squash, cubed and roasted <br>1 T grass-fed butter (or olive oil, coconut oil or ghee)<br>3 cups chicken broth (i used organic chicken bone broth from Costco)<br><span>1/2 onion<br>1/8 tsp nutmeg<br>salt + pepper to taste <br><br>1. Preheat oven to 350.<br><br>2. Place 4 cups of cubed butternut squash on a baking sheet (I cubed mine by hand but you can buy pre-cut squash in many stores now). Drizzle with a bit of coconut or avocado oil + pepper. Put in preheated oven and roast until softened (about 20-30 min). <br><br>3. While squash is cooking, heat a medium-sized sauce pan to medium heat and saute onions in a bit of butter or coconut oil until softened. <br><br>4. Once squash is finished, add it plus broth and nutmeg to a blender and puree. Pour the puree in with the onions and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir well and continue heating if needed. <br><br>note: if you want soup completely smooth, add onions to the blender to puree as well. I like the texture of them in the soup but that's just a personal preference. <br><br>Garnish with pumpkin seeds and fresh cracked pepper. <br><br>Happy Autumning my friends!</span><br><br> </div>