Roasted sweet corn and tomato soup

Fall is the time for soup. Or.. Well anytime is the time for soup in my world. I love soup!

This recipe for corn and tomato soup is quite different than other soups I’ve made. I have never blended up corn before. I had my doubts… But it turned out really tasty!

Step 1 was to roast the corn, tomatoes and garlic. I just used frozen corn since it was no longer in season. But I used lovely tomatoes from our garden.

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Step 2 was to cook up the onion in some oil in a pot. Then the peppers, broth, paprika and chili powder are added. Note- the recipe called for chipotle chili powder, so I used chipotle, but it made it very spicy! I will use regular chili powder next time!

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The next step is to add the roasted corn and tomatoes to the pot. Then it is simmered for about 20 minutes.

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My helper was busy stirring.

Finally, the soup is blended. I chose to use an immersion blender.

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Other than this soup being too spicy for my daughter to eat, it was very tasty!

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Caprese spaghetti squash

Are you sick of squash yet? Clearly I’m not. This recipe from Pink Troll Kitchen is a yummy dinner option.

To make it, I first cut the spaghetti squash in half and scooped out the seeds. I let it bake for about an hour on a cookie sheet with olive oil.

While the squash was cooking, I prepared the other ingredients. The basil, spinach, minced garlic and tomatoes are put aside in a bowl.

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I used larger tomatoes, which were from our garden.

When the squash was done, I scooped out the flesh into the bowl. I mixed it all up with some olive oil, salt and pepper.

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Next comes the cheese. Now, in typical me fashion, I didn’t go and buy this one ingredient, and just used the cheddar I had at home. Which kind of defeats the point of it being caprese. I seriously need to learn to follow directions. Haha.

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The mixture is then put into a baking dish and sprinkled with the remaining cheese over top.

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The dish spent about 35 minutes in the oven. This is what it looked like when it came out.

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Now, although I used the wrong cheese, this was still a pretty tasty dish! My 2 year old gobbled it up (minus the tomatoes). That makes me one happy mama!

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Fall trees

Fall is such a pretty time of year. When the weather is nice, it’s great to get outside and enjoy the beauty of it. I’ve been trying to do activities that involve the colours and leaves in some way.
Since Chloe loves to paint, I decided to do a leaf project that involved her painting (more).

On the first day we worked on this activity, I had fall colour paints out and ready to use. I gave Chloe a piece of paper and had her paint one colour and then mix a bit with one other colour. We did 4 separate pages like this.

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Of course that was not enough painting for her, so I let her mix up and paint with the leftover paint when we were done.

I let the pages dry overnight since Chloe often paints the same spot over and over. When they were dry, I drew leaf shapes on to the painted parts and cut them out.

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At this point, Chloe was itching to get her hands on the leaves.
The next step I did was cut out a tree trunk out of brown construction paper and glue it down onto a piece of white paper.

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We used a glue stick and at first, I put glue on the leaves and gave them to Chloe to place on the tree.

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This only lasted a short period of time. Chloe made it very clear that she needed to do it “all by my self!”
So, she would glue them, and then I would add more glue and she would place them.

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This is what it looked like when we were finished.

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I absolutely love it. It is on my mantle. I see more projects like this in our future!

Fall trees with handprints

Although it’s only mid September, my Pinterest and Facebook are full of fall and Halloween activities. I’ve been feeling a bit uninspired lately and seeing all these fall activities gave me ideas to try. I saw this activity for using handprints to make trees and thought it was perfect for Chloe.

The first step was getting everything set up. I drew the tree trunk with a brown marker, set out the paint and had a bowl of water for washing her hand. I also had some pieces of paper for her to paint while her hand prints were drying and for after she was done.

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I got Chloe in an apron, painted her hand and we placed it down a few times.

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I rinsed her hand off and painted it yellow and we made more prints. Then I decided that the prints should dry for a few minutes before doing the last colour. I gave Chloe a sheet of paper and let her play with the three colours (orange, red and yellow).

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While she was doing that, I talked to her about how leaves change colour and had her look out the door and see our tree that has green leaves with a few that are changing colour.

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After a few minutes, I brought back the tree and painted Chloe’s hand orange. We did the prints and then I moved it out of the way.

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I gave her more paper to paint on and then encouraged her to get messy and use her hands.

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Chloe loved this activity and wanted to keep doing it. I really should do more stuff with her like this…