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My kids love to pose and making really weird faces when we take photos. I also have a few extra with me in this photo, a niece and nephew joined us for the hike.

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The weather has been so warm and beautiful lately that it is hard to believe that fall is here. We were able to go up to the mountains recently and see the colors start to change on all the trees. It is such a beautiful time of year. As we were walking around Silver Lake, I saw President Dieter F. Uchtdorf and his wife. They were all by themselves just hiking around on a Sunday evening. I had to ask him if I could shake his hand. He is such a nice looking man and his wife was very sweet as well. It was like a mormon celebrity. I didn’t ask for a photo with him, but I did snap one as they were walking away. It isn’t everyday you get to meet and see someone you admire and follow like Uchtdorf.

This is also the time that your squash is getting ready to be harvested or that you will be able to buy organic squash for a great price at your farmer’s markets. I just made this the other night. All my kids ate it and even my daughter Ella said, “This is actually good mom.” She is my daughter that has Candida and always is craving sugar and processed foods so she is my hardest critic. We are working on her diet, but man is it hard in today’s world. My kids are offered candy and crap basically, every single day. I could write a really long post about that, and probably will at some point because it gets my blood going! Anyways, back to the fall. Take advantage of the wonderful simplicity of plant foods and what is in season.

This recipe is from Making it Paleo by Bill and Hayley

1 Onion, chopped
2 TBS coconut oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and chopped
1 quart chicken stock, (or bone broth)

Serves 6-8 people

Saute onion in coconut oil in a large pot. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Add chopped butternut squash to pot, and pour in broth. Boil the butternut squash in the broth until tender. Puree soup in a food processor or high-speed blender until smooth. Garnish with a sprinkling of cinnamon and shopped walnuts if you want a little crunch to your soup.

Very simple and beautiful recipe. Keep your meals simple. Use organic plants, good fats, salt, seasonings and just enjoy the real flavor of real food.

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