Chilly fall weather requires warming foods. It gets so dreary outside, something warm to eat helps keep things comfy. I followed this recipe from My Kitchen Addiction. I found I could just mash the squash in the stockpot instead of blending it. That would have been really messy and taken more time. This soup is full of beta carotene and fiber, which of course is very healthy.
Butternut squash has the best tasting seeds of any squash. The seeds can be roasted very easily and they make a great snack. It’s almost like eating popcorn. While the soup was cooking, I separated the butternut squash seeds from the pulp and coated them with a little olive oil and put them in the oven at 300 degrees for about 10 minutes. I sprinkled them with some course sea salt.
Also while the soup was cooking I made a pie crust from scratch for a pumpkin pie. The recipe off the can uses condensed milk, which was different than I’ve had before. The pie was really good and is so much better than what you buy ready made!
Day Four (08.20.10):
Our last day trip was to Taliesin…which we had been wanting to go to for a long time! We had planned to go over spring break, but we found out it wasn’t open then. But coming this time of the year was a lot prettier!…even though we spent half the time in a rain storm!
Taliesin is located in Spring Green, WI which is west of Madison about an hour away. It is where Frank Lloyd Wright built his Taliesin East architecture school and his home. It is located on land his family had owned for a long time. Part of the site is still located on the original home and farm.
Taliesin is comprised of many different sections which surprised me. There is the guest center and restaurant (which was designed by Wright at a later time), the architecture school (which is still exists even today), Wright’s home, the original farm house, a small chapel, the windmills, the barn, the pond, lots of land, and couple of guest homes which is where some Taliesin trust members live. When I heard of Taliesin, I really thought it was just one building!
Day Two Itinerary (08.18.10):
After the trip to the Apostle Islands, the next series of trips were either hanging around Madison or taking day trips near Madison. On the first day back I went to the Olbrich Gardens, which I had been wanting to go to for a long time. The Olbrich Gardens are amazing…they have a conservatory with tropical plants, as well as a really neat maze of botanical gardens outside. It was well designed and filled with a variety of plants. I imagine it’s a neat place to work! There was even a golden temple that was donated to the gardens from India. I was disappointed we couldn’t stay longer, but Boo had to give someone a tour of the WI LA department. Hopefully I’ll get to come back where things are bloom again.
Also, Madison is home to the largest concentration of Jens Jensen designed “Council Ring” landscapes. The last one he designed before he died is in the Glenwood Children’s Park. It really is quite a humbling experience to get to tread in the footsteps of great designers, and I really love coming to this park. It is along the bike trail and is such an interactive retreat from the city… They have equinox festivals there and do yearly restoration work which I participated in last year. I think one of the reasons I enjoy Madison so much is its very diverse range of spaces and experiences. After living here a year, I still find myself exploring much of the city and discovering new things.