I said last week that I have recently become a big fan of Butternut Squash. It’s so sweet & yummy to my taste buds, I just love it!! I could honestly just cut it up, bake it till it becomes tender & enjoy!! As you already know, I do like it as a Butternut Squash Macaroni & Cheese.
But, I also really, really like it as Butternut Squash “Fries”. I got this recipe from the Biggest Loser Cookbook. And it’s husband AND kiddo approved!!
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 large butternut squash
1/2 teaspoon EVOO
1 teaspoon paprika
1/8 teaspoon cayenne
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
Here’s what you’ll do:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
Cut both ends off the squash. Using a vegetable peeler, peel the rind from the squash until you’ve peeled away the pale orange outside layers. Discard the rind. Cut the squash in half lengthwise. With a spoon, scrape out the seeds & discard them. Cut 8oz (about 2 cups) of ‘sticks’. (Refrigerate the remaining squash for another recipe).
Place the squash sticks in a medium mixing bowl. Add the oil, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Toss to coat. Transfer the squash to a baking sheet so the sticks are in a single layer and do not touch.
Bake, turning the squash about every 5 minutes for 22-25 minutes, or until the outsides are crisp and the insides are tender when tested with a fork. Serve immediately.
ALL this makes just one serving at 133 calories, 3 g protein, 28 g carbohydrates, 3 g fat (trace saturated), 0 mg cholesterol, 5 g fiber & 302 mg sodium
I like the “goodness” better than regular old potato fries and I like the taste better than sweet potato fries (and actually even better than white potato fries too!!), so that’s it Works for Me.
- Butternut Squash Fries is linked to Works for Me Wednesday at We are THAT Family.
Butternut Squash Fries is linked to Fifty-Two New at Will Blog for Shoes
I’m excited about this! I don’t have to be brilliant this week, whew! (KIDDING!)
But you do! (not kidding this time because I could really use the help … no pressure).
So my question is (and sorry that this is geared towards bloggers!), how do you prepare your posts?
For instance, do you start them with pen & paper?
Do you type them directly into your WordPress, blogger, etc.?
Do you use just a Word Document or similar?
And what about pictures?
Do you edit them in something else?
If you “copyright – or fake copyright” them, what program do you do that in?
I’ve really enjoyed using Picnik and it’s super easy & cool, but I just hate the extra steps. Sometimes I dread the process of adding pictures so much that by the time I actually finish writing the text, I’ll just skip the whole picture part … and that’s, well just boring!
I know the whole process of posting isn’t going to be quick & easy, nor should it. But I’m just curious if I’m not taking advantage of either a really awesome site, a super cool feature of WordPress or just a process that I haven’t thought of!
So thanks in advance (remember, no pressure!).
If you’d like to help others or link up your own question, visit We Are THAT Family!
Most every Christmas (and birthdays, mother’s days, father’s days, etc.) I do all the shopping … even for my husband’s family. What a slacker he is!!! Kidding. Sort of. I am also the one to wrap the presents. So when it’s time to load up the car with presents for each family he doesn’t have a clue what’s going where! Many years ago, I decided to dumb it down for him … by paper!
I usually buy 3 different gift wrap rolls in coordinating colors. I’ll wrap all his family’s presents in one color. My family’s in another & our personal little family’s presents in a third. That way, when we’re walking out the door I can just tell him to grab all the wrapping paper that looks like “this”!
Pretty easy, huh?!?
It works for me! For more Works-For-Me Wednesday or to link up your own tips, visit We Are That Family!
I originally saw this idea when Impress Your Kids linked up to My Sweet & Simple Life. Evan is all about the calendar these days. He wants to know when his birthday is, when Christmas is, when … well any other holiday that equates to him getting a gift!!
So when I saw this Activities Tree I thought I would use it as a way for our family to countdown to Thanksgiving Day. If you know me in real life, then you know I am anything BUT crafty!! So you might be surprised when I decided to do this. The inspiration piece was made of construction paper & then she laminated it so she could use it for different seasons throughout the year – brilliant!!
Is it mean to admit that I’m not a big fan of construction paper & I wish my fridge was clean again (without kid magnets & drawings – ha!) So anyways, I attempted to make something fairly permanent & hopefully cute enough to hang in the house:)
So I started on my mission … and I actually finished it (almost) the very same day!!! Another shocker for me!!
Here’s what I used:
1 thin sheet of birch wood for the backing
1 piece of magnetic sheeting w/self adhesive
*Note – I got super lucky & the birch wood was the exact same cut/size as the magnetic sheeting – no cutting required!!
Several sheets of printed paper – remnants worked perfect!
1 package of magnetic tape (I went for the pre-cut circles, but you could also use the long strips & cut)
Market to write
Here’s what I did:
Line one side of the birch wood with the Self-Adhesive Magnetic Sheeting.
Glue paper to the magnetic sheet to make “pretty”.
Cut out the shape of a tree (I’m not crafty enough to have branches!!).
Cut out all the leaves (I just made one free-hand then traced & cut the others so they’d be similiar in size & shape).
Write the numbers for each day of “the count” on each leaf.Glue the leaves to the small magnetic tape.
I still need to screw in hooks & tie a ribbon to hang it up. And by self-admission it might be a “tad” busy. But we’re going to keep it in our kitchen. Each day we’ll remove a leaf & let Evan tell us one thing he’s thankful for that day (that should be interesting!!). That leaf will then fall to the base of the tree & we’ll have our countdown:)
So if you don’t know me you may not be impressed but if you do then you should give me some comment love & pat me on the back … Either way, it works for me!