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spent the evening making soup for Souper Thursday at the office… seemed like making soup on the first day of fall was good timing… 

  
decided on two types so there are offerings for a variety of dietary issues… 

first one is zucchini basil… simple, easy and tasty… 

  
my daughter found the recipe on Pinterest when her garden kept producing multiple zucchini along with lots of basil…

  
tastes very nice… hope everyone likes it as much as I do… 

I sure do love my purple immersion blender… it makes finishing soup so easy… using the regular blender is much more time consuming and messy, lol…

  
second one is really a made-up butternut squash soup… read a few recipes but really just went off on my own with what I had in the fridge and pantry…

  
this one was based on a crockpot recipe but I made it in my soup/pasta pot… squash, Granny Smith apple, onion, potato, chicken stock, spices and coconut milk… even put some red pepper flakes in it…

  
tastes pretty fine, with a bit of a bite

as always when I’m cooking, I spend the time thinking of the people I’m going to feed as I work… makes the whole process much more meaningful for me…

for years I cooked for many – for various family, friend and catering events… these days it is usually for my kids, so I enjoy the opportunities to prepare something for others…

only down side is the fact that the dishwasher is on the fritz… hoping my son-in-law can come and clean out the spray arms which should fix the problem…

well, all done and in the fridge ready to go… lunch should be good…