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Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

Looking for a hearty soup idea? Try this Butternut Squash Soup from www.drugstoredivas.net.

Says Pete: I couldn’t believe how cold it was. My apartment had no heat. I was so tired of arguing with my cheap landlord to turn it on, so I decided it was up to me to heat myself from the inside.

That was it. I went to the store and wandered the aisles, wondering what sort of creamy concoction I could create to complete the task of self-heater.

As I walked through the produce aisle (that’s always my first stop because I’m a health idiot), something caught my eye. An ingredient that I had never used before that piqued my interest — butternut squash! And they were on sale!

I then roamed the other aisles, trying to create a butternut squash recipe in my head. Here’s what I got.

Butternut Squash Soup

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 butternut squash
  • 2 cans chicken broth
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 potato
  • 3 carrots
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 3 stalks of celery
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • 1/8 cup heavy cream
  • Green onion, sour cream to garnish

Looking for a hearty soup idea? Try this Butternut Squash Soup from www.drugstoredivas.net.

What You’ll Do:

Preheat the oven to 350.

Dice the bacon. Saute in a stock pot until crispy. Strain and put aside.

Peel, split, and seed both butternut squash. Dice them and toss them with brown sugar, black pepper, and enough olive oil to coat. Lay it out on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Roast in the oven for 30 to 35 minutes.

While that’s roasting, chop carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and potato. Saute everything but the potato, with literally a pinch of cinnamon (cinnamon is VERY strong) for about five to eight minutes in the pot where you cooked the bacon.

When the squash is done (and you’ll know because it’ll be slightly brown and mushy), you’re gonna blend it in batches (in the blender) with a roughly-chopped jalapeno. Add chicken broth when it gets too thick (you’ll wind up using about two cans depending on the size of the squash).

Add the puree, half the bacon, the potato and heavy cream to the pot. Bring it to boil, reduce to simmer, and cover the pot. The soup will be done when the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.

Garnish with green onion, sour cream, and the rest of the bacon. Then, serve and enjoy.

If you’re planning on making this, you can save on it too. Right now, you can save 20% on any single purchase of loose Butternut Squash. Just click that link, add the offer to your SavingStar account, then purchase the squash by December 5. You will receive 20% of your purchase price in your account, and you can then cash out via PayPal.

Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Butternut Squash at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 12/5/2016.Save 20%.

Butternut Squash Soup
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Ingredients
  1. 2 butternut squash
  2. 2 cans chicken broth
  3. 1 medium onion
  4. 4 cloves garlic
  5. 4 slices of bacon
  6. 1 potato
  7. 3 carrots
  8. 1 jalapeno
  9. 3 stalks of celery
  10. Pinch of cinnamon
  11. Pepper
  12. 1 tbs. brown sugar
  13. Olive oil
  14. 1/8 cup heavy cream
  15. Green onion, sour cream to garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Dice the bacon. Saute in stock pot until crispy. Strain and put aside.
  3. Peel, split, and seed both butternut squash. Dice them. Toss them with 1 tbs. brown sugar, 1/2 tsp. cracked black pepper, and enough olive oil to coat. Lay it out on a foil-lined cookie sheet. Roast in oven for 30 to 35 minutes.
  4. While that’s roasting, chop carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and potato. Saute everything but the potato, with literally a pinch of cinnamon (cinnamon is VERY strong) about five to eight minutes in the pot where you cooked the bacon.
  5. When the squash is done (and you’ll know because it’ll be slightly brown and mushy), you’re gonna blend it in batches (in the blender) with a roughly-chopped jalapeno. Add chicken broth when it gets too thick (you’ll wind up using about two cans depending on the size of the squash).
  6. Add the puree and half the bacon into the pot with the potato and heavy cream. Bring to boil. Reduce to simmer. Keep covered. Soup is done when the potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
  7. Garnish with green onion, sour cream, and the rest of the bacon. Serve. Enjoy.
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Coupon Alert: $10 Off At Yankee Candle (Til 12/2)

Coupon Alert: $10 Off At Yankee Candle (Til 12/2)

yankee candleRight now, you can head over this link and print out a coupon for $10 off any $10 purchase at Yankee Candle. The coupon says it’s a one-time use coupon, but that means one use per customer, not for the actual coupon itself. Look for an email from Yankee Candle with the subject: Get excited for fall gatherings—$10 Off Any Purchase. The coupon is in there. Or, you can just print it from the link above. Everyone has the same bar code, so no worries. You can print it once and give it to a friend and go to the store together.

The coupon is only valid until December 2, so don’t miss your chance at scoring a freebie. I’m planning on grabbing another Christmas gift with my coupon — completely for free. The more I can pick up for free now, the less I’ll spend later. I can’t tell you what exactly I got — just in case you’re the recipient of it come December. Last time this coupon was available, some items were on sale for $5 each. You could pick up two of them for free. That was great! My store didn’t have a problem with anyone using the coupon on sale items (I asked), but your store may differ.

And, speaking of candles, they’re great to have on hand in case of an emergency. We didn’t lose power during the hurricane that hit in October, but we were ready with candles … just in case. Be sure to check out our Hurricane Lighting Options post here

Did you head out to Yankee Candle with this coupon? What did you buy with it?

Amazon: $10 Off A $25 Book Purchase (Today Only!)

Amazon: $10 Off A $25 Book Purchase (Today Only!)

book saleDo you love books? Personally, I love paperbacks. I’m not a fan of Kindle books at all. I spend enough time on the computer and on my phone. When I want to read a book, I don’t want it to be behind a screen.

If you are the same way, you’re in luck. Today, November 29, you can receive $10 off a $25+ book purchase on Amazon with the code HOLIDAYBOOK. This offer is only valid on print books or box sets. It excludes Kindle eBooks, Audible Audiobooks, and rentals.

If you’re looking for some book ideas, check out our list of the Top 10 Little Golden Books on Amazon.

Don’t forget, prices and offers on Amazon are subject to change at any time, so be sure to review your total at checkout. For more Amazon deals, be sure to check out our Amazon deals link.

Starbucks Merry Mondays: 40 Bonus Stars When You Spend $20+ (Today Only) #merrymondays

Starbucks Merry Mondays: 40 Bonus Stars When You Spend $20+ (Today Only) #merrymondays

starbucks merry mondaysWhat are you doing today? Starbucks is trying to lure you there. Today is a Merry Monday at Starbucks.

Today (November 28), you can get 40 bonus stars when you spend $20 or more from 2pm to close. Sounds like a good reason to treat your friends to some frappuccinos, and you can get a free one sooner too! If you’re running out for this, don’t forget to first join My Starbucks Rewards, Starbucks’ free loyalty program. By joining, you’ll earn stars for your purchases — and those turn into free refills, free drinks, and more. Join for free here.

There is one more Merry Mondays after this one, so you can get bonus then too!

How Do You Style A Swing Dress? (And a deal on dresses!) #cybermonday

How Do You Style A Swing Dress? (And a deal on dresses!) #cybermonday

Drugstore Divas received this dress and necklace for this style a swing dress post. Additional items were purchased by Drugstore Divas.

How do you style a swing dress? Find out four ways from www.drugstoredivas.net.It’s late-November and it’s still so warm here. We can wear shorts and tank tops all day, no problem. And suntans haven’t completely faded away yet. But I know, fall weather is right around the corner. And that means it’s time to think about things like scarves, hats, and ways to style a swing dress.

I decided I’m going to live in this swing dress from Cents of Style, once the weather decides it’s going to cool down enough for me to wear long sleeves. What’s great about this dress is even though it’s made for cooler weather, it’s not heavy. I love sweater dresses, but they’re so out of place here in the south until that one week in February when it’s cold. A swing dress made of knit jersey whatever whatever is perfect for our southern winters.

How do you style a swing dress?

Fashion is so subjective. You can dress however feels comfortable to you, no matter what. That’s the most important. But, if you’re looking to this post for ideas, my years of working retail, putting together fun outfits for people, are here to help.

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A dress like this is a lot of material. It’s can wear you, if you’re not careful. So you need to pick out a statement piece to take some of the focus away from the large amount of solid color of this dress. I paired the dress with the Rylie Multi-Strand Necklace. All the strands really give eyes a focal point that’s not the dress. You want to give people a way to bounce around and take in every aspect of your outfit. If you’re just plain, there’s nothing for the eye to look at, and your outfit may fall short.

Short boots with heels go perfectly too. They scream fall, which is a great season for this dress. They also give the dress a little bit of an edge.

How do you style a swing dress? Find out four ways from www.drugstoredivas.net.

With A Scarf.

Until April, I never wore a fashion scarf. I lived in ones for the winter when my neck was cold, even knit a few myself, but I never wore a fashion scarf. But when we were going to a family wedding, my brother’s fiance lent me one and I loved it. She let me take it home and I’ve worn it numerous times since, every time with a solid-colored dress that needed a little pop. This swing dress is exactly that.

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With A Hat.

Pete is a hat person. He wore one to my friend’s wedding once and that hat made its rounds to everyone — even the bride. Yup, hats can be great on women with dresses too. Plus, the majority of your body heat leaves through your head, so if you’re wearing this dress in winter, a hat will help keep you warm. And if you’re wearing it when it’s warm, just roll up the sleeves a little and pair the dress with a fun pair of flip flops. You’ll be able to dress it down a little bit that way too, in case you’re wearing it somewhere that’s casual.

With A Belt.

I love chunky belts and a swing dress is exactly the way to make one happen. It keeps the top of the dress form fitting while the bottom half stays flowing. It’s a really great way to get the best of everything out of this dress.

Speaking of, you can get a long-sleeve swing dress — and 20 other dresses — starting at $19.95 shipped from Cents Of Style with the code CYBERDRESS. The code will take $15 off any of the dresses in they Cyber Monday category. Put that savings towards a chunky necklace, blanket scarf, or a hat!

How would you style a swing dress?

Target: Graco Car Seat Deal

Target: Graco Car Seat Deal

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #Graco4Ever #CollectiveBias

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Keep your kids safe with the Car Seat That Keeps Up As They Grow. The Graco 4-in-1 seat grows with your child, so you can enjoy 10 years of use, from 4 – 120 lb. The car seat’s first mode is rear-facing, transitions to a forward facing harness booster, then to a high back booster, and finally, a backless belt-positioning booster. This 4-in-1 Car Seat features SafeSeat Engineering, is easy to install, and will keep your kids comfortable during all your travels.

This holiday season, Save $75 on the 4Ever 4-in-1 Car Seat, at your local Target store (11/27 – 12/3). Find out more about the car seat, what other users have to say and the different models available at Target here.