The house is spotless. We are ready. At this time tomorrow, the first wave of family will be arriving, filling our home with extra hugs and love and company. We have been preparing for weeks, with a final big push this weekend to scrub and polish and make cozy. If there’s anything other than the excitement of having house guests, it’s their arrival that forces you to deep clean the house like never before.
We should have house guests every week!
As we anticipate my mother in law’s arrival, followed by my sister and brother in law, the reality that the holidays are upon us are finally sinking in. The garland draping the shops and the holiday commercials all of a sudden feels right. Even my husband got a head start and the house is ready with lights hung. I may even start listening to Christmas music.
With a steady flow of visitors, these are the days when effortless meals mean the most. I may be spending extra time in the kitchen, but that doesn’t mean I need to tackle the most challenging of recipes. A toasty bowl of soup will do.
Today I’m sharing this incredible (if I say so myself) Toasted Almond Butternut Squash Soup on Wayfair.com. Can you taste the slivers of almonds I toasted in a peppery blend of spices, their nutty undertone mingled into each creamy spoonful of silky butternut squash? Whether you serve it for lunch or as the prelude to your Thanksgiving feast, it is sure to warm your tastebuds. And like all dishes I love, it is so easy, it leaves you more time for the ones you love.