Monday, January 11, 2016

Butternut Squash Soup and Apple Cake

During these cold winter days (and nights)
sometimes you need something to warm you
on the inside. 
I love making homemade soup 
to do just that!

Using produce that is in season
is economical and helps our local farmers.

Here are two recipes using produce in season
during the winter.

Butternut Squash Soup

(click for recipe)


Apple Cake. 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease an 8 inch square baking pan


1 cup sugar
1/4 cup room temp. butter
4 apples
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt

Mix together the sugar and butter in a separate bowl
 until well blended.

Core, peel and dice the apples.

Beat the egg, in a large mixing bowl,
 mix in vanilla and walnuts,
then add  the apples.

Add the sugar/butter mix and remaining ingredients.

Pour into pan and bake for 45 minutes.
Cool before cutting.

Full of yummy goodness! 

So good with a hot cup of coffee!

(Sign over my refrigerator)

Here, near Seattle
- home of Starbucks -
it is required that you love coffee :)

And the Seahawks!
Go Hawks!

A little 'funny' I keep on my
refrigerator door.



Thank you for your sweet visits, Dear Friends.
I wish I could share a piece of apple cake
and a cuppa with all of you!

I'm sure we could talk for hours!

Keep cozy!


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Cooking and Crafting with J&J @ Julie's Lifestyle

Join Our Monday Link Up Party at Julie's Lifestyle!

Won't you join the fun? 


  1. Karen, thank you for the recipes! I am always on the lookout for delicious cakes and soups. I've never had butternut squash soup before. It looks amazing! And cake - well, one of my vices along with coffee. Mmm

  2. ue delicioso ese kuchen ,,que tengas un buen inicio de semana

  3. That cake and soup look amazing and so perfect for this time of year. Thanks for the recipes as I am definitely going to try both..

  4. I love butternut squash soup! I have a couple of squash here...I need to make a pot. It's so cold here, it would be perfect! The apple cake looks wonderful, too!

  5. Dearest Karen,
    That is really yummy and it makes one happy for having anything warm during winter!
    Sending you hugs,

  6. Your butternut squash soup sounds delicious, Karen, especially with the cold weather that we're having. I've always wanted to see the original Starbucks. Love that coffee so much. The girls visited it several years ago and said it was fun looking around. Do you go there often, or is it hard to get to where you live way out in the country? I love seeing the splashes of red that you have in your kitchen and on your table.

    Enjoy the week, Karen.


    1. Hello, Sheri, it is always a treat to have you stop by! Thank you for your kind comments. As for Starbucks, yes, we have them everywhere, even in the small towns and inside the grocery stores! I buy the coffee by the pound to enjoy at home, too. My favorite is 'Breakfast Blend'. Maybe that is why I am such a night owl! It is addicting :o xo

  7. The recipes sound so yummy! Your table looks so comforting! Thanks for sharing

  8. Deaerst Karen,
    thank you for this delicious Appel-Pie-Post, my friend! Sounds really good and looks so yummy!
    wishing you a wonderful week, my dear friend,
    sending Love and hugs and blessings,
    Claudia xo

  9. Cozy, delicious, charming and healthy


  10. That apple cake sound delicious and definitely with coffee. Your goldilocks joke had me chortling....blogging is very good for the soul first thing in the morning. B X

  11. I could just do with a slice of your cake with my coffee. Have a great day. x

  12. Thank you for the soup recipe. I have the frozen pulp from several butternut squash which needed to be cooked and saved. I think that will work for the soup. I was wanting a recipe which someone actually used and recommended.
    Your apple cake is similar to a larger recipe which I've offered when we have a church potluck.
    Homey warmth and simple sustaining meals are so important in January.

  13. They both sound so good! thanks for sharing the recipes!

  14. It looks delicious. I make butternut squash soup, but I have never made an apple cake that looks delicious. I think I will try. Thank you for the recipe. xoxo Su

  15. I am not a big soup eater but that cake sounds delicious, may have to give that a try :) Love your comic, I have a few on my fridge too

  16. Both of these sound SO yummy! Pinned!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  17. I love warm soup this time of year...the cake look´s really yummie too!
    Pictures full of inspiration dear :)
    Love from Titti

  18. Hi Karen, coincidentally I was feeling like having a soup today, too. So your butternut squash soup recipe might be the right thing for me to try out. The apple cake looks pretty appealing as well. Thanks for sharing your recipes!
    We have a beautiful lovely day here, with totally clear skies and the sun is out, but it is cold (for Southern California circumstances, of course!) only 36 degrees Fahrenheit at 9:00 am. I am so looking forward to the warm spring weather.
    Stay cozy and bundled up!

  19. Karen , I accept with pleasure !! That delights this apple pie , I love. I also love soups in winter is always a good thing ... I hope one day to eat and have a coffee with you , would be the maximum !! Kiss and good Tuesday

  20. Delicious soup and cake! A delicious meal all round. Just the sort of thing to keep us warm at this time of year that is sure. Hope that you are staying warm! xx

  21. Would love to enjoy some yummy time with you!! I'm so grateful I at least get to do it virtually. ;) Thanks for some more yummy recipes!

    Blessings on your week ahead. And I can't help but do it - GO Packers!!!! Lol

  22. How I would love to have a cup of coffee with you, Karen ... Just chat and also enjoy the fresh air and the gorgeous view from your balcony ... Oh that image of Mt. Rainier!
    I like butternut squash very much - In soups, salads and baked in oven ... the consistency, color and taste is just wonderful!
    Enjoy the winter days and your lovely home!

  23. Hello Karen,
    The soup and cake look so good and perfect for a cold day!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J!
    Enjoy the week.

  24. Popped in to read your post today and you have already for me waiting -- some Yummy,apple cake recipe! Even if I don't drink Coffee - milk would be perfect-O - wink!
    PS.. butternut squash soup I LOVE too..

  25. Looks yummy, I'm very fond of apple cake.

  26. Butternut squash soup is one of my favorites and so great on a cold day!

  27. Hi Karen, your soup looks so delicious. Thank you for sharing. It is one of my favorites too.
    The cake looks divine. Wishing you a special week. Blessings xo

  28. Loved your comment I am the same as you watch All news World, CBS, NBC,
    ABC,FOX,PBS. My good friends are Republicans and only watch FOX.
    I watched the State of the Union and the response later. The Lady Hailey
    from South Carolina Sounded very nice. A big change. I saw the Men who were making hateful looks and sour faces. How sad that is their mentality.
    I though it was a wonderful speech and considering he had to fight the Republicans for every thing he tried to do, He is a winner. I have never
    been so ashamed of the Senators as Obama's terms. They are like Mad dogs.

  29. I love soups in the winter, Karen, and made two this past weekend. Now for your apple cake, I wish I could sit down and have a piece with you. Even though I love my tea, I'd have a cup of coffee in your kitchen with you!

  30. Any dessert with apple is a hit here. LOVE your center-piece, Karen.

  31. Both of these look so delicious my mouth is watering! :-) Thanks for sharing.


  32. Karen, I'd love to join you for a piece of that cake! And butternut squash soup is one of my favorites. Today I'm making split pea with ham, but next time ...

  33. Hi Karen, I featured these wonderful recipes at our Monday Cooking and Crafting with J & J Link Up. We hope to see you again. Enjoy the week.
    Julie xo


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