• 1 ham steak, about a pound
  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 large butternut suash
  • 4 cups of stock
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup of split peas

no joke. my friend won a 31 pound butternut squash at the farmers market last week.

31 pounds.


it was the size of my 3.5 year old (and her’s too, that’s how she guessed the weight).

i heard the announcement. she was gone. i’m a good friend.

a 31 pound squash is no joke. i carried it around my waist. it was like being 9 months pregnant all over again (except i gained 45 pounds not 31).

when my partner saw me walking towards the car i got the look of death (he was on a phone call). i can read his mind and i knew what he was thinking. there was eye rolling, oh yeah, i saw it.

my wife has totally lost her mind. i know she loves the market but this is ridiculous. it’s not even thanksgiving what the hell was she thinking. who did i marry? i’m  not carrying this!

after knowing each other for almost 10 years i knew exactly what he was thinking. after all, i did bring home a snake squash the size of my 6 year old earlier in the season.

so i tried to explain via mental telepathy and tried to smile, after all, there was fire coming out of his ears.

i swear, i did not buy it! she won it! i swear. it’s not mine. really, i didn’t buy it. i’m not crazy.

i closed the door and slowly backed away from the car.

try explaining that via mental telepathy. seriously, it was hard.

needless to say…i got a piece. because no one can eat 31 pounds of squash by themselves. no one.

that’s my story. if anything i just outed myself as a food hoarder and totally embarrassed my husband. but that’s what i do best.


after the blend…

{crock pot} butternut squash split pea soup

  1. heat up about 1/2 tbl of oil in a frying pan. cut up your ham steak into small bite sized pieces. fry up really quickly and add to crock pot.
  2. to same pan, saute chopped onion, garlic and carrot in 1 tbl of oil. add to crock pot after onion is translucent and carrot has softened, about 5 minutes.
  3. to crock pot add stock, squash and split peas.
  4. cook on high 3-4 hours, low 8-10.

the butternut squash will basically fall apart and make the soup all creamy. i, being me, took my immersion blender and gave it a quick whirl. apparently my kids wont eat bite size pieces of ham…guilt or something?



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