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I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - Attempting to Return & A Yummy Recipe

I don't actually have a menu set up yet. But I am attempting to return to Menu Plan Mondays, even if I just do this once a month or so, until I figure out my new normal.

If you are new here, the short story is that my husband passed away in November, and now I am learning to cook for one, which isn't as easy as it sounds. You can read the whole story HERE.

So, this particular post is to request my reader's help in meal ideas. I know that I can make alot of the same things I made before, just reduce the recipe, or freeze leftovers. However, sometimes I find it too much effort at this point in time, and the memories associated with the meals can be overwhelming sometimes.

That may sound silly to some of you, but my husband and I were very much homebodies and due to our opposite work schedules, our only real opportunity to spend time together was at meal times, so we often splurged on ingredients and spent extra effort to make nice meals, since it was our special time together.

No worries, I know you didn't come here to see a rambling post, so, I want to share with you a recipe I tried on Sunday for the very first time. It was so good!

Butternut Squash Soup

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Next time I make it, I will puree the squash a little longer, for the soup was a bit grainy. However, the flavor was overwhelmingly good! I used thyme instead of marjoram. I've used that as a substitute before in other recipes.

Definitely a THUMBS UP from this kitchen!

EDIT: I just reheated the leftover butternut squash soup and OMG! It's even BETTER the second day!

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Jo said...

you know, back when I was cooking for one I was a poor broke college student. So my meals consisted mainly of mac n cheese (or crap in a box as you like to call it), grilled cheese sandwhiches, lots of soup, and the occasional hamburger. LOL! I remember many nights where I just didn't feel like I would have toast with peanut butter and microwave popcorn for dinner.

Sorry I can't help ya with meal ideas :(

I am glad that you are taking on this new challenge :) I can completely understand how meal times can be overwhelming for you. My family eats dinner together every night (unless we are apart) and I would find mealtime incredibly difficult if Mike or Blake weren't there due to death.

Big hugs to you Ter. I'm sorry that you have to chip out another new normal (as if once wasn't more than enough!).

Liz said...

Cooking for one is a huge challenge. But this recipe looks marvelous.

Hope you're having a great Monday.

Brooke said...

i'm sorry for your loss.

I can't say I'm much help re: cooking for one. When I was single I typically just ate chips, or salsa and tortilla chips for dinner.

Queenie Jeannie said...

Hi hun!

I have a cookbook which is nearly ALL single servings and very healthy! Breakfasts, Lunches, Snacks, Dinners and Desserts! Swing by to check it out!

Big hugs to you! You are a very brave woman!!

Supercool Hotmama said...

That sounds delicious! Even for my large family, I'm totally into freezing leftovers so that we don't have the same food day after day. It's so much nicer to pull out a meal a week later and have it seem like a new dinner. I try to change them up too by morphing them, i.e.: chicken tacos, bean burritos with chicken, then tortilla soup.

crystal wolf said...

That looks yummy, something I can try soon when my hubby leaves for trainingand then his six month deployment. I cook completely differently when he isn't home, he is a total meat and potatoes guy so me and the daughter get to do things a little different while he is gone.

Joc(e) said...

That soup looks great! Good luck finding the one-serving meals...I'm sure there are lots of resources on that these days. (((HUGS)))