Oh hello, June, where did you come from?  Seriously how is it June already? I'm going to try and make the most of summer this year - despite everything else being rubbish. I'm going to enjoy myself and have fun in the sun. Sound like a good plan, doesn't it? ⠀
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Oh hello, June, where did...

I must admit that I did get bored with balcony/mirror outfit pictures and wanted a more nature/organic photos backdrop. Well now summer is right around the corner, and the sun is indeed shining, and with news that lockdown resections are now easing, I now thought it was the perfect opportunity to go out into the wood and show you this floral Zara dress.⠀
I brought this dress at the very beginning of this year and was keen to show you guys this as I think it a lovely summer dress to wear, plus, I also thought it would go nicely with my red hat.⠀
For someone who has been cooped up, I must admit that it was nice to go into my local woodland and to walk around for an afternoon. I think it was also lovely for Richard, my husband, to pick up his camera again and to take some photos. The whole pandemic has put a pause on his professional photographer profession, and he hasn’t needed to use his camera much.⠀
It was lovely to put on a dress and to make myself look a little presentable. It got me out of my loungewear for an afternoon. The experience made me feel a little more like myself, and it put me in a good mood. As much as I like comfy loungewear, I’m still someone who wants to dress up.⠀
I’m hoping I can go out more this summer, of course still observing the social distancing rule, and doing more outdoor outfit photos. I’m also hoping this summer to wear more of my summer outfit and to feel more like myself.⠀
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I must admit that I...

Usually, when I do an outfit post or picture, I like to dress up and show you some pretty dress. But this time I thought I would show you a few of my casual wear and what I wear on a day to day basis. I must admit, as much as I love to dress up, I wouldn't exactly go to Tesco in them. So on a day to day basis, I'm usually in jeans and a top. ⠀
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Usually, when I do an...

If I were to describe my style, it would be summed up in two words: quirky and fun. I'm sure you realise by now I don't like boring black fashion – I do fun, bright, colourful style. Case in point is this Collectif watermelon dress. You can't get more quirky and fun fashion than this, can you?⠀
I like my clothes to reflect a lot of my personality, eternally youthful while also quirky and fun. Yup, that pretty much summed up me. The saying, you are who you are by the clothes you wear, really does hold up with me.⠀
I'm still that little girl who had a dressing up box as a child and would play dress-up; now I just have a wardrobe filled with more clothes than I could ever need as my dressing up box. I still like to have fun with my clothes, and I haven't lost that childhood wonder about clothes. And I don't think I ever will.⠀
Overall, what I'm saying is that this Collectif watermelon dress reflects who I am as a person and also my style. I also believe it represents how fashion shouldn't be all serious; it should be fun and should put a smile on a person's face.⠀
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If I were to describe...

* Stare at the computer screen completely blank, not sure what write*. Pretty summed up my week really - a blank space. Yup got writer block. ⠀
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* Stare at the computer...

A girl who just love polka dots! Also, you can see the *bad* dyed job I did when I thought it would be rock and roll to go blue. Haha ⠀
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A girl who just love...

Homemade Butternut Squash Soup

In an effort to try and eat more healthily this year, I decided to make myself homemade butternut squash soup.

I mentioned to my mother in law early last year that I wanted to ‘try’ to like butternut squash. It was an effort on my part to eat more vegetables. This is going to sound bad, but I don’t really eat a lot of vegetables. Well, the thing is, I tend to like a lot of roots vegs, and my husband doesn’t. So we often have a tug of war over which vegetables to have.

As soon as I mentioned it to her I was going to make an effort to like butternut squash, my mother in law who has an allotment*, was going to grow some butternut squashes.

(*For the benefit of my US readers, an allotment is a rented community garden where you can grow foods and plants.)

Anyway, around Christmas time, she said they were ready, and with that, she presented us with some to take home.

We are winter grips, and it has turned chilly, not to mentioned it also the season for sniffles and coughs. I thought it would be a good idea to make my own homemade butternut squash soup. Warm comfort food to warm up the cockle.

This is such a simple, easy recipe to make that I thought I would show you how you can make your own homemade butternut squash soup.

To begin with, it might be a good idea to have a second person around to help you. I was on my own when I made this soup, but I wish I had Richard to help me – especially when it came to the cutting part.

This recipe is for two people, so please do adjust if you are doing for more people.

You will need:

  • One blender
  • One sharp knife
  • 1 (or two) butternut squash
  • 1 onion
  • One garlic
  • Vegetable stocks
  • Double cream (if you are vegan you can have this with apples.)
  • Oil
  • Chilli powder (optional)
  • Salt

I did try to do a step by step photo guide, but hands got sticky, and I didn’t want always to pick up the camera, so there isn’t photo evidence for everything, but I will try and talk you through it steps by steps.

homemade butternut squash soup

First, you will need to cut the butternut squash. This is where you might need some help. I slice it at the top, then at the bottom. My plan was then to cut it straight down the middle, but it was quite tough to cut that way, so instead, I cut off slices. I feel I should warn you, I found this not the easiest thing to cut through, but it does not have to be perfect, we will be roasting the slices.

homemade butternut squash soup homemade butternut squash soup

Once you got your cut butternut squash slices, put them on a roasting tin and cover the slices in oils, salt and if you wish, season it with chilli powder.

Then put the roasted tin in the oven for an hour. The setting does depend on your oven.

homemade butternut squash soup

While the butternut squash is roasting in the oven, it might be a good idea to start chopping up the onions and garlic cloves. You will only need two garlic cloves.

Edit// It might be a good idea to perhaps fry the onions and garlic before going any further.

If the blender is on hand and is ready, you might as well put in your chopped onions and garlic in.

Wait for the hour to pass on the oven.

Once it has passed, get the roasted butternut squash out and let it cool down a little.

homemade butternut squash soup

Then once it has cooled, get a spoon and start to scoop out the soft butternut squash texture. I found this really easy. Put the butternut squash straight into the blender.

Pour in the vegetable stock into the blender.

Then the cream needs to poured in.

homemade butternut squash soup

Now blend everything all together until you get a thick creamy yellow soup.

You are ready to serve. However, it will be cold, so warm up in the microwave first.

Now you are ready to have homemade soup, feel free to serve this. However, you wish.

That is how you make homemade butternut squash soup — Bon appetite.

homemade butternut squash soup

As I said before, a straightforward, easy recipe to make if you want warm comfort food. Let me know if you will you be making this for yourself.

  • Julie
    January 17, 2019

    Don’t you cook the onion and garlic? You blend raw onion with cooked butternut squash? I think it might give you indigestion to eat so much raw onion and garlic and it would taste better too if the onion and garlic were fried off too.

  • Anna Nuttall
    January 17, 2019

    True, I did think this when I was doing the soup, but from viewing recipes on Youtube, it didn’t really specify to cook the onions and garlic. It was cut up the onions and garlic and put in blender.
    I was ok with the soup, I didn’t have any problems with it. My husband did complain I put into much garlic!. I will the next time I do the soup, will roast the onions and garlic. I will also alter the post and specify to roast/fry the onions and garlic. When I’m following a recipe, I tend to follow it so closely I don’t tend to think about the steps until afterwards.

  • Julie
    January 17, 2019

    I can never have too much garlic Anna! I will certainly give this recipe a go, thank you for posting it x

  • Karen
    January 15, 2020

    I love butternut squash soup! My sister makes this a lot and shares it with me and my mom. I have never made it before. My sister cuts the squash in halves ( 2 pieces) vs by slices.

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