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This was our weekend:

Enjoying pancakes, Plastic Easter Eggs, A Vendor at the Concord WInter Farmer's Market, a local, fresh apple in March, Maple Syrup Candy

Saturday

A pancake breakfast for the Lion’s Club, the PTA Easter Egg Hunt and the bake sale, the Winter Farmer’s Market in Concord (Fresh eggs and Apples yum!), and a birthday party for one of my son’s classmates. The neighbors had asked us to stop by, so we meandered across the street for a “quick” visit. Two hours and two tired kids later, it was time to go home. 8pm is too late for steak tips, so Lucky Charms and frozen pizza it is!

Sunday brought a trip to visit the Mudgett Hill Mumbling Maplers and their annual fundraiser for Make A Wish. A gallon of syrup, some raffle tickets, 4 maple whoopie pies and we were on our way home for a brief stop before I took my son to another birthday party.

After the party, it was home again. A little family time, dinner, tubs and bed.

Crazy? Oh yeah, but other than the birthday parties, it was all optional and yet, I wouldn’t have wanted to miss a single activity. One of the things that I most treasure about living here is the active community. Parents work hard to support the school and citizens volunteer their time to make the world a better place. I can’t think of a better place to call home.

What are some of the “can’t miss” activities in your community?

Roasted Squash Soup

This post originally appeared at my blog This New Hampshire Life.  I’ve decided to focus my efforts on this blog and incorporate a taste of New Hampshire here.  I’ll be reposting a few of my favorite posts from TNHL here enjoy. 

Squash was never one of my favorite vegetables as a kid. It was usually boiled to death and splatted on my plate as a runny gooey mess. As an adult, I tried the Common Man’s squash with butter and cinnamon and ohhhh my. Suddenly squash had potential. Later, I visited Canterbury Shaker Village and found Squash bread, a bread that is soft and moist with a slight sweetness too it. Yeah, squash is definitely moving up in my levels of culinary appreciation.

Mmmmmmm Soup
Mmmmmmm Soup

Those two delights involve the sweeter side of squash, but it has a savory side too and that my friends is best experienced in roasted squash soup. Susan Nye, from Around the Table with Susan Nye, created my preferred recipe. You can download the newsletter that includes a funny background on squash and pumpkins as well as the recipe from Susan’s web site

The recipe is easy and the results are hearty and tasty. You place the squash and other veggies in a roasting pan with spices and balsamic vinegar and pop it in the oven. When it is almost done, a little wine is added. The squash is pureed (I used a blender) and simmered with chicken broth. The result is a soup that is flavorful and warming. It melts on my tongue. My favorite part? It freezes beautifully; I freeze it in both large and single servings and serve it as an appetizer or reheat it for lunch or a quick snack. This soup is a yummy way to get your vegetables.

I first met Susan through a now defunct email list. In her own words, she is a “food writer, entrepreneur and cook… a corporate dropout, I left a twenty-year career in international sales and marketing for the fun, flexibility and fear of self-employment.”

She offers private chef and catering services as well as cooking classes. Susan is a prolific writer, she blogs, and writes for numerous publications. She is a regular on WMUR’s Cook’s Corner (see past visits on YouTube). You can find more of her recipes and her wonderful stories on her web site http://www.susannye.com/. If you want regular culinary inspiration or just a new idea for dinner, I highly recommend following her on Twitter too, @SusanNye

Soup, soup for you!!