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Pumpkin in a Pumpkin Soup

My entire life I have used pumpkin from a can...until this year. Now that I have realized how easy it is to have fresh baked pumpkin there is no turning back.  You can chop a pumpkin into four or more large pieces or just bake it whole.  A few weeks ago I saw a photo of pumpkin soup cooked right inside the pumpkin.  It looked so fun, I just had to try it out. My opportunity came in my weekly farm share containing this beautiful Cinderella pumpkin. I took a deep breath and just went for it, fully expecting my first go to be a total bust. But it wasn't.  It was actually super easy and everyone loved it.  So now it's your turn to try it out.  The best thing about this recipe is everything is cooked in the pumpkin....that means no pot to clean!

Pumpkin in a Pumpkin Soup

1 Cinderella Pumpkin
3 Leeks
2 cloves of garlic, minced
8 cups of chicken bone broth
1 c shreded Parmesan and Romano cheese blend
Salt and Pepper

Cut around the stem and place to the side...but don't throw it o…

Blueberry & Beet Smoothie

Smoothies are great anytime of the day AND they are super easy to make AND you can hide all kinds of goodness in a smoothie.  They really are a huge win for a busy mom. If you grew up in the 80s, like I did,  the word "beets" probably makes you think of those awful things that came in a can. The label said "beets"  but now that I have enjoyed fresh beets straight from the farm...well, I am really not sure what was in those cans. Beet roots (the red part) can help lower your blood pressure, fight cancer and inflammation, give you energy and support detoxification.  And don't throw out the leafy greens attached to the top!  Those are not used in this recipe but they taste great with some oil, onions and garlic at another meal. The greens can strengthen your immune system and support brain and bone health. Have I convinced you yet to try them again?? For years I have steamed my beets on the stovetop but this summer a very sweet friend gifted me a instapot.  WOW d…