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Cutting round vegetables

Cucurbita moschata 'Butternut'.
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Over the weekend I wanted to cook up a butternut squash for dinner and worried about chopping my fingers off while I worked, but I found a FABULOUS tip I had to share!

“It is very simple to prevent rolling of squash. Just fold up a small towel into quarters so there’s some padding and put the squash on top of the towel, this will help prevent the squash from rolling around upon the initial cut. After that, use the flat surface of the initial cut for the rest of the cuts”

Another tip? Use a very sharp knife!

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Seventeen lemons

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I feel like my life just threw seventeen lemons in my direction.
I took eight and made lemonade out of them.
I took four and threw them back … I don’t need those.
I took three and made lemon meringue pie out of them. Tasty, right?
The other two lemons? They’re in my lap. I’m wondering what I’m supposed to do with them, and just kinda sitting, waiting, watching, and holding on.

In other news, five weeks post surgery I’m feeling good. I’m FINALLY feeling almost normal. I can’t wait to start training again next week! Woo hoo!

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Win “My Husband’s Sweethearts”

Okay, well you can’t win my husband’s sweethearts because I’m missing that whole husband thing, but I can send you over to Cherie Burbach’s post at BlissTree (which formerly housed most of the B5Media health-centered blogs) to win the book My Husband’s Sweethearts by Bridget Asher!

Faced with the imminent death of her charming, cheating and estranged husband Artie, Lucy Shoreman decides to call the names in his little black book and invite the ladies to his Philadelphia home to say a final farewell. For her part, 30-ish Lucy, who’s 18 years Artie’s junior, can’t decide whether she loves or hates the man, while her much-married mother insists he deserves forgiveness. As a broad spectrum of his ex-lovers arrives, including a surprised mother-and-daughter duo and a troubled young woman Lucy takes under her wing, Artie’s previously undisclosed and estranged grown son, John, shows up and seems as wickedly appealing as Dad. Asher, a pen name of prolific author Julianna Baggott, takes the edge off her sharply drawn characters with a succession of familiar sentiments. But flashes of wit and a parade of memorable women keep pages turning as Lucy grows increasingly and endearingly confused about her feelings toward Artie, John and the rest.” ~ Amazon review

Even if you don’t want the book, I recommend you head over to the BlissTree blogs and see what they have to offer – lots of good stuff over there!

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Happy Birthday Mom!

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Today is a very important day!

It’s my Mama‘s birthday! Without her, I wouldn’t be the woman I am today. I’m so very thankful to have a mom who is also my friend!

Happy Birthday, Mom! I hope you have the most fantastic day! I have presents for you and will deliver them soon!

On another note for my readers:
If you could get anything in the world for your birthday, what would it be?

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Things I’m thankful for, IV

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope that this day greets you with your loved ones and lots of food. I will be at my parents house celebrating the giving of thanks with them. Unfortunately my sister had to work today so she won’t be joining us, but I’m sure she’ll be there in spirit.

Let us continue my list of things I’m thankful for.

  1. the ease of finding things to be thankful for – I’m finding these lists are easier to create than I thought they were going to me. I know I have a lot of things in my life to be thankful for, but the ease at which these entries come out of me surprises me.
  2. my church – at first I thought the size was going to overwhelm me (the young adult group has over 1,400 members … who show up every Friday night to worship GOD) but the connections I’ve made with people there have been amazing. Solid Rock encourages me to have a personal relationship with Christ instead of following a “religion”.
  3. my job – I work at a bank, and times could be very dangerous right now, but my bank is doing well and while my job isn’t my passion (oh how I love education and public health), I do well in my position and it pays the bills.
  4. Mexican food – beans, rice, enchiladas, tacos, nachos, tortilla soup, oh how that makes me hungry for my Thanksgiving dinner now.
  5. my Epson Stylus CX4600 printer/scanner/fax – it may be out of ink right now but I can still use it’s marvelous scanning ability to scan old family photographs for some amazingly good times.
  6. bras without wires – this may fall into the “too much information” category, but I’ve recently learned the magic of super-comfortable bras and am totally loving ’em!
  7. straws – they make drinking things more fun. Hey, it’s the little things sometimes.

What are you thankful for?

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Things I’m thankful for, II

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Continuing the trend from yesterday, here are some more things I’m thankful for. I encourage you to participate with me and share some of your thankfulness!

  1. boots – most everyone looks good in boots. I have been coveting (forgive me LORD) these boots for a while now but there is no way that I’d spend that kind of money on myself right now.
  2. candles – they warm my house and my spirit. The glow they cast on humans makes everyone look beautiful. The scents they can emit have the power to evoke all sorts of emotions.
  3. cheese – I’ve never met a cheese I didn’t like. This may be something that has to be eliminated from my diet in the near future for health reasons, though.
  4. toile – this fabric is my favorite. I would love to have a comforter in black and cream or maroon and cream toile. Don’t really understand why, but I find it exquisite.
  5. my faith – it leads me up mountains to see the face of GOD and then into deep dark valleys to seek the face of GOD. My faith is always growing and changing and making me a more full person.
  6. traveling – right now I have such a travel bug. I want to go to Greece ($850), Germany ($645) and London ($650). I am being smart about finances though so I am not going, but I rejoice in the freedom that we have and am thankful that if I did have the finances I could go.
  7. college-ruled paper – I don’t like the wide stuff. I’d much rather write in my measured handwriting on narrow ruled paper. Sometimes I wish that it came even closer lined.

What are you thankful for?

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Honesty is good for the soul

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I am sick of posting recipes! There. I said it. Hah! Food is good, but it was getting a little old to me! I cooked some of the stuff I shared, but really the month felt like it was nothing.

This week I’m changing things up.

Monday through Friday of this week I will be posting at least five things (each day) that I am thankful for. I’d love for you to either join me by doing it on your own blog, or by sharing something in the comments here.

Let’s celebrate Thanksgiving together on the internet by being honest about all the blessings we have in our lives! There may be a prize involved if I can get some participants! Leave me a note here if you’re thinking about participating and I’ll be sure to get a prize for someone!

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Grilled Turkey

Thanksgiving dinner @ Peter's
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* 1 turkey, thawed
* 2 apples
* 4 plums
* 1/4 tsp sage
* 1/4 tsp garlic powder
* 1/4 tsp Italian seasoning
* 2 oz tequila (or preferred spirit)
* One piece of cheesecloth large enough to hold fruit misture

Boil turkey in a large pot of water for approximately 2 hours (you may add sage and garlic for additional flavor).
While turkey is boiling mash the apples, plums, spices and tequila and let set for one hour at room temperature.
Wrap fruit mixture in cheesecloth and tie the opening tightly.
After turkey has boiled for two hours, remove from pan and stuff the spice bag into the turkey cavity.
Wrap turkey in aluminum foil and place on the grill for about one hour or until done (varies based on size of turkey).
The spices bake all through the turkey and it remains very moist.

Notes: This is a wonderful Thanksgiving day meal, it may sound complicated but, it’s actually a very easy way to fix a turkey.

Recipe courtesy of Better Recipes

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Crustless Lowfat Pumpkin Pie

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* 2 eggs
* 12 ounce can skim evaporated milk
* 15 ounce can pumpkin
* 1/3 cup white sugar
* 1/3 cup brown sugar
* 1/2 tsp ginger
* 1/4 tsp nutmeg
* 1 tsp cinnamon
* 1/4 cup flour

Mix all ingredients together.
Pour into 9″ pie pan coated with vegetable spray.
Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean.
Refrigerate overnight to chill.

Recipe courtesy of Best Recipes

Notes: Top with whipped light cream

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Coconut-Sweet Potato Rissoto

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* 2 1/2 Tbsp Sweetened Cream of Coconut
* 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
* 1/2 tsp Pepper
* 1/2 tsp Salt
* 1 1/2 cups Water
* Juice of 1/2 a Lime (about 1 Tbsp)
* 1 cup Arborio Rice
* 1/4 cup Mashed Sweet Potato
* 1/8 cup (2 Tbsp) Chopped Green Onion
* Toasted Coconut (Optional)

In a saucepan, combine the Water, Salt, Pepper, Curry Powder, Lime Juice, and Cream of Coconut.
Place on medium-low heat.
Place a large frying pan over medium heat and add the Rice to the Pan.
Toast the rice for 4-5 minutes or until translucent, stirring often with a wooden spoon. (Be sure not to let the rice turn brown when toasting.)
Then turn the Heat under the frying pan to medium-high and add about 1/4 of the liquid in the saucepan to the frying pan.
Cook and stir slowly until liquid is incorporated.
Then add another one-fourth installment of the liquid, and continue as before, cooking and stirring until liquid is incorporated.
Do this with the last two installments also.
Once all the liquid is incorporated, take off the heat and add the mashed sweet potatoes and green onion.
Then Transfer to a serving dish and garnish with toasted coconut.

Recipe courtesy of Best Recipes.

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