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My Favorite Fall Recipe – Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

I’m so excited FALL is finally here! I’ve been especially looking forward to it this year because, well, you know. Covid. Quarantine. Life put on hold.

And why does crisp fall air and a hot bowl of soup seem to cure all things, especially bad moods? It doesn’t hurt that it feels very witchy to be standing over and stirring a steaming, bubbling pot of soup. ha!

Fall in general always makes everything better. Maybe because I love everything to do with the season?

I love curling up with a blanket on the couch to read a new novel, natch. I love the leaves and the cooler weather. I love getting all my sweaters out, and YES, making all my favorite fall recipes. I love making a hot cup of tea mid-day and baking cinnamon bread.

Alas, most of my favorite things like Halloween, gathering around the fire pit in the evening with friends, long hikes, and snuggly sweaters goes well with the summer swelter here in Virginia, so I must wait for fall.

Soup is my go-to for dinner the fall. You can always make sandwiches or a salad, and when I’m feeling particularly ambitious, I’ll make some homemade bread, too. Naan is really good with this recipe, but a nice, crusty baguette is also fab.

And my Coconut Butternut Squash soup is so EASY to make, you almost don’t need a recipe, just a list of ingredients. But don’t worry, I have the full breakdown for you. 😉

My Coconut Curry Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag frozen butternut squash (or a fresh squash peeled, seeded, and cubed)
  • 2-3 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1/4 cup diced sweet onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or ghee
  • 1 tablespoon ginger paste (or fresh grated ginger root)
  • 1 tablespoon red curry paste
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 cups Coconut milk (I prefer So Delicious unsweetened Organic Coconut milk)
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
  • Dry roasted peanuts, chopped (optional)
  • Cream of coconut (optional)
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. In 4 quart pan, heat olive or ghee over medium heat. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add garlic, ginger, curry paste, and cumin and stir for 60 seconds.
  2. Add broth and bring to a boil. When broth boils add butternut squash. Return to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, or until squash is soft enough to mash.
  3. Remove pan from heat and either mash the squash or use an immersion blender. Return to heat, but at the lowest setting, and whisk in the coconut milk.
  4. Ladle soup into bowls and sprinkle with cilantro and peanuts, then swirl a teaspoon of the cream of coconut into the soup.

Enjoy!

Let me know if you try the recipe and how it turned out. Have any favorite soup recipes? Share a link in the comments below! I love trying new recipes. 🙂

Shadow of the Witch Excerpt

Shadow of the Witch Excerpt

Shadow of the Witch

For decades, the people of the small southern town of Jefferson have unknowingly lived on the precipice of hell. Their salvation relied on the protective spells of the soul tracker Melinda Devaroe Bronson.  

When Melinda Devaroe Bronson is found dead among her purple asters, their fate falls into the hands of her granddaughter Celeste. But Celeste swore she’d never set foot in Jefferson again. Or use her magic after what happened. Or speak to the man it happened with. 

But fate has made the choice for her. 

Detective Kennon Jeffries favors the rule of law, and the alpha werewolf certainly doesn’t condone Celeste’s recent choices. But if Melinda really was cursed, he’ll be damned if he’s going to let the monster get away with it.

 Even if it means confronting Celeste after all these years.     

Celeste knows an assassin’s’ bullet when she sees one, and her grandmother’s death and her own conviction are riddled with them.

But to help Kennon uncover the curse wielder, she’ll have to take on her grandmother’s mantel and the magic she fears more than the evil hiding in the shadows of her hometown.

Read an excerpt

“Are you going to read the cards?”

I tapped the deck with my index and middle fingers. “She said she couldn’t see everything when it came to me.” I wanted answers to my questions and for the first time in a long time, I didn’t care how I got them.

“Hmm.” Nina walked into the storage room. 

“Hmmm what? What does that mean?” I called after her. “Nina?”

The back door chimed. 

I turned back to the cards, took a few deep breaths to clear my head. I focused on my heart, on my breath, on the cool, smooth feel of the cards in my hands trying to calm myself. I reassured myself that reading Tarot wasn’t technically witchcraft. Well, you didn’t need any magic to use them. At least that’s what I told myself. 

I laid out seven cards in a row and stared down at the resulting spread in shock. Dear God, what I had just drawn? 

Death. Okay, well, that could be change, transformation but something in the core of my being knew damn well it wasn’t on some esoteric level. Something real, inevitable and inescapable was on its way. 

Seven of Swords. A man sneaking away with five swords in his hands. He carried them by the blade, not the hilts. Stealing that would have a price. We never get away with the things we think we do.

The Five of Cups. A man in a black cloak brooded over spilled goblets. Two stood behind him. Regret, resentment, dark feelings that blind us from what we really need to pay attention to.

Three of Swords. Three swords piercing a heart in a thunderstorm. Heart break and sorrow. The questions always remains: is it of our own making?

Oh, it just kept getting better and better. 

The Ten of swords—a man lying on the bank of a river at sunset or sunrise depending on your point of view, with ten swords sticking out of his back. Painful, final endings. 

The betrayal and deceit of the Seven of Swords made the message very clear. 

Jesus. 

I touched a shaking finger to the Tower. Sudden and complete destruction.  

And finally, the Devil. I touched the two horns on his head with two fingers. 

I abruptly stood and walked toward the front of the shop, not seeing, not hearing anything.

 What had Nana said in her letter? Someone had loosed a curse on the town. Good God, I hadn’t had such a negative reading in my life! I tripped over something and glanced down. A black power cord stretched across the wooden floor. 

The Devil spoke of obsession. Possessiveness. Addiction. 

My stomach tightened in degrees until I thought I was going to be sick.  My vision tunneled down to a dark, square hole. Something shifted, as if the room itself had tilted. Cold, damp air caressed my cheeks as I peered down into the pitch black, only there was a gleam of something metal catching the light. The floor tilted another degree under my feet.

“Celeste?” Nina called from the back of the shop. 

A red demon with cloven hooves and a two twisted black horns roared as it threw itself up the dark shaft, it’s clawed hands reaching for me. I screamed and the sound of my own voice snapped me out of the vision. I stumbled to my feet. My heart thudded painfully against my ribs. Blood rushed in my ears. 

A vision. I’d had a vision. 

That was all it was. 

I staggered toward the front of the shop, blinked at the last rays of sunset drifting in the plate glass window, the one with Southern Charms etched in big, beautiful, swirled Serif font. Quil opened the front door from the outside and stepped in, the shopkeeper’s bell jingled merrily. 

I blinked at the tall, handsome man in his white thermal shirt and blue jeans, his long black hair still tied partially back from his face. 

Cold shot through my limbs. 

My hands went clammy. 

Sweat trickled down my back. 

Something wicked this way comes.

Quil gave me a quizzical look, and then in slow motion the front window exploded in a million shards of glass. I screamed, throwing up my arms to cover my face just as something slammed into my shoulder. I went down in a pile of glass and searing pain. A sick, slick of bad magic slid over my skin.

“Celeste! Quil!” I heard Nina yelling, but it sounded far off and far away. I struggled to sit upright through a haze of pain and a black cloud of dark magic.

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Karma’s a bitch.

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Through a maze of blood debts and soul-contracts, exquisite passion and unparalleled desire, and more treachery and deceit, the threesome slips ever deeper into Modore’s ancient trap, one that will finally give him the key to his six-thousand-year-old obsession and the utter destruction of humankind.

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What she doesn’t know could get them all killed.

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Karma’s a bitch.

Loti and Wolf have learned that the hard way. After saving Heather MacGregor’s life, their three-way blood bond now threatens Wolf’s sanity and Loti’s life. And Heather wishes they had just let her die.

Until an unexpected ray of light shines in her dark night of the soul and she finds a passion that puts everything she’s ever held dear into question. Now torn between unspeakable pleasures and the love she’s lost, Heather is vulnerable to an insidious attack. Unable to resist an enthralling temptation, her choices leave them all facing certain death.

Through a maze of blood debts and soul-contracts, exquisite passion and unparalleled desire, and more treachery and deceit, the threesome slips ever deeper into Modore’s ancient trap, one that will finally give him the key to his six-thousand-year-old obsession and the utter destruction of humankind.

**Fans of the reverse harem genre will love this polyamorous paranormal romance**

A FREE GIFT WITH PURCHASE!

Thank you so much for ordering SEALED, book 4 in the Of Light and Blood Saga! Everyone who pre-orders SEALED before release day, JANUARY 20, 2020, gets a free copy of my ebook 5 Tarot Practices for Activating Your Intuition!

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A DARK SECRET HOLDS THE KEY TO THEIR PAST.

From the moment Loti Dupree and Wolf Arrighi arrive at their not-so-quaint hotel, they sense something timeworn and awful pulsing inside its very walls. It’s not the cockroaches or the old, dirty linens. It’s not the unkempt room or the mite-ridden parrots in the lobby. It’s something far more sinister, some lingering evil crossing time and space.

 

Somewhere, sometime in the depths of the strange, otherworldly hotel is something too ghastly to be witnessed. Buried in the dark recesses is an unspeakable horror they must bring to the light– and a connection to their past that can help them save everything and everyone they love.

 

 

 

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WHAT SHE DOESN’T KNOW COULD GET THEM ALL KILLED.

Loti Dupree’s healing powers could change the nature of life itself, and she doesn’t have a clue. But 500-year-old vampire Wolf Arrighi does. He’s been living outside the boundaries of his own kind, stalking her power for centuries, and when their worlds finally collide, the passion they ignite is more than he bargained for.

Together, their powers become something entirely new—and entirely dangerous, something neither Loti nor Wolf is prepared for. And to make matters even worse the sudden surge of elemental magic has attracted an ancient evil hell-bent on nothing less than the utter destruction of humankind. And they’ve just handed him the key. One by one, the people they love become casualties, and Loti and Wolf are in a desperate race against time to fight an epic battle that could cost them not only their lives but their very souls.

 

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