Recipe: Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:
– 1 large butternut squash
– 2 carrots
– 3 stalks of celery
– 1 large onion
– 5 cloves of garlic
– 6 sage leaves
– 1 sprig of rosemary
– 1/4 tsp. cayenne red pepper powder
– salt and pepper to taste
– 2 tbsp. olive oil
– 3 1/2 cups vegetable stock

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
2. Peel, pit and chop the butternut squash into 1” squares, add to a large roasting pan
3. Chop the carrots, celery and onions into big chunks and add to the pan
4. Peel the garlic and add cloves whole
5. Add herbs, red pepper powder, salt and pepper – add olive oil and toss to coat
6. Roast for 1 hour (roast for an extra 15 minutes if veggies are not soft)
7. When veggies are roasted, remove stems and add to food processor with
1 cup of vegetable stock – puree
8. Pour mixture into large saucepan and add the remaining vegetable stock – stir well
9. Simmer on low for 10 minutes

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DIY: Mason Jar Lights

What you need:
– Mason Jars
– Paint (i.e. orange, green purple)
– Large Paint Brush
– Battery-Powered Candle Lights
– Design Templates (optional)

Directions:
1. Make sure the inside of your jars are completely clean.
2. Paint the inside of your jars with the colored paint of your choice in thin layers (allow the paint to dry between each layer).
3. If you’re using a template, cut it down to a size that will fit into your jar. Curl it into the jar and you should see the design through the glass. Or feel free to create your own design!
4. With the fine tip paint pen, trace the design.
5. Fill in the design with the wide tip paint pen.
6. When the jars are dry, turn on your lights and place them inside the jars. You’re done!

Bedroom Makeover Contest

Congratulations to Allison at TurtleCreek Apartments in Des Moines for winning our bedroom makeover contest!

“I moved into my new apartment and had a mix match of old college decorations, my mom’s old decorations and items from my old bedroom as a child. I’m slowly trying to upgrade my apartment to fit my style! This is so exciting my room needed this so badly it’s embarrassing! Thank you very much!”