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How to Cut Squash

How to Cut Squash


Do you know How to Cut Squash?

I love squash. I mean we eat it all the time . It is super simple to cook in the oven and on the stove.The only issue I have is cutting it. I recently learned a trick on how to cut squash. I frankly can’t believe I didn’t think of this before. You just place it in the microwave for a couple of minutes 3-5 to soften it, so you can cut the squash off at the top or in the middle. I am so glad I learned how to cut a squash. If I hadn’t I really would have stopped serving it and there are so many awesome recipes that would have been a shame.

I cooked the one above in a crock pot

Then I cooked this acorn squash in the oven

This stuffed acorn squash recipe version was also cooked in a crockpot.


Do you have tips on How to Cut Squash? Share it with us below.

Italian Sausage Soup Recipe

Italian Sausage Soup Recipe

Italian Sausage Soup

I am sure you are well aware that having children and making a meal that they all like is difficult. How about making a meal for you Italian husband who thinks his mom’s cooking is the best ever. Well, I found that this soup is not only a crowd pleaser but simple and easy to make. I like recipes I can freeze and this is one of them. If you intend to freeze I would cook the pasta and add it into to each bowl then you can freeze the rest of the soup in a freezer bag. Continue reading

Food Bloggers Challenge Week 3 – Something Green

Welcome to our 3rd week of the Weekly Bloggers Challenge! Last week bloggers linked up their yummy banana inspired recipes and it was a tough choice picking 1 to highlight. I think they were all fantastic, but the Banana Jam from Ellen at Confessions of an Overworked Mom was totally creative.

how-to-make-banana-jam Who knew you could make banana jam? I sure didn’t! Thanks for linking up, Ellen!

This week our challenge ingredient is something green. Green fruits and/or vegetables will be the focal point of the upcoming recipes. I know I’m excited to see what’s on the menu fr the coming week, what about you? Maybe Spring will take the hint and actually come to fruition – here’s hoping.

We’d love to have you link up your something green inspired recipe. The only rule we have is that the recipe be unique – made by you. Feel free to adapt from another recipe but just make sure you adapt enough to make it your own. If you’d like to join in on the weekly fun you can join our Facebook group where you’ll have a heads up on the weeks ingredient and get the linky code to add to your post.


Be sure to check back often since This linky is open for the next week – you never know what will be linked up!

11 Easter Side Dishes to Consider

Easter is 1 of the 3 holidays my family celebrates with huge dinner’s. Each side of the family has their own traditional main dishes, side dishes and desserts. Of each course I think the sides are my favorite. Crazy, right? Like who wouldn’t claim desserts as their favorites! For me the Easter side dishes are what ties the entire meal together.

Since I’m all about trying something new things I’ve found 11 Easter Side Dishes to consider this year. I’m open to bringing others traditions and foods to my table and if you are too then you’ll appreciate this list! PicMonkey-Collage-1

So here we go, 11 Easter Side Dishes to Consider for Easter

  1. Empty Tomb Rolls from Clever Housewife – These sound divine and have a deep, spiritual representation.
  2. Sweet Potato Casserole from Susie B. Homemaker  – I think Sweet Potato Casserole is  the perfect side dish for every holiday meal!
  3. Gluten Free Mac & Cheese from This Flourishing Life – No family dinner is complete without mac & cheese! If you have gluten restricted guests this sounds like a great way to treat them.
  4. Mustard Potato Salad from Around my Family Table – Potato salad is a big thing around here, so I think my family would be interested in trying this. What about you?
  5. Bunny Salad from Mama Loves Her Bargains – No bunnies are harmed in the making of this salad! It actually sounds quite yummy – you have to check it out!
  6. Southern Style Deviled Eggs from Money Saving Michelle – While these aren’t what I consider southern style deviled eggs, John would enjoy these (he says mine are too sweet, like that’s possible.)
  7. Savory Mashed Cauliflower from Green Eggs & Spam – Savory is the only thing that saves cauliflower for me!
  8. Gingered Carrot & Kale Ribbons from Everyday with Rachel Ray – I can only imagine how the ginger brings this all together!
  9. Deviled Potatoes from Southern Living – I can’t think of much more to say than “YUM!”
  10. Bunny Watermelon Salad – This is so incredibly cute. It doesn’t look that hard to carve the bunny from the watermelon either.
  11. Rhubarb Chutney – Hello rhubarb! What a wonderful accompaniment to a perfect dinner.

Food Bloggers Challenge – Week 2

Last week food bloggers dug into their creative sides to deliver some amazing Squash recipes. Each week food bloggers create and share a unique recipe using a single ingredient as the base of the recipe. This challenge is designed to challenge the food bloggers to enhance their creativity, hone their cooking skills and have fun in the kitchen.


Choosing a favorite from those submitted was hard, but based on what I would enjoy I have to say the Butternut Squash Chocolate Cake from When is Dinner was very creative. To put squash in a cake – a chocolate cake – wow! That’s something you just have to try for yourself.

This coming week our ingredient is Bananas. I can just taste the deliciousness that is to come with this one! Will you be joining us for the challenge? Feel free to join our Facebook Group to grab the linky code, ask questions or get in the mix with the Food Bloggers Weekly Challenge.  You can jump in any week and participation isn’t mandatory. If you have a great idea to use bananas as the foundation for a unique recipe join us and share it by Sunday!

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