Monthly Archives: July 2010

Butternut Squash recipes

Been doing research –

Found these recipes on http://www.seasonalrecipes.com/season/butternut.php and on http://whatscookingamerica.net/Bread/ButternutSquashBread.htm

Butternut Squash Bread

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup butternut
squash puree*
1 cup granulated
sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil (I used part vegetable oil and part olive oil)
2 large
eggs, beaten
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts or pecans (or your favorite nuts)

* To Make Butternut Squash Puree: Cut butternut squash in half lengthwise and remove seeds. Place squash, cut side down, in a shallow pan on aluminum foil or Silpat-lined baking sheet. Bake at 350 degrees F. until squash is soft, approximately 45 to 60 minutes (depending on the size of your squash). Remove from oven and let cool. When cool, scoop out the cooked flesh/pulp (discarding the shell), place the pulp in a food processor and process until smooth. Measure out the amount you need for this recipe, and reserve any remaining pulp (either in the refrigerator or freeze) for other uses. NOTE: This Butternut Squash Puree may be substituted in any recipe that calls for pumpkin puree.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place oven rack in center of oven. Generously grease a 9×5-inch loaf pans.

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger; set aside.

In a large bowl, combine butternut squash puree, sugar, vegetable oil, eggs, and water until well blended. Add the flour mixture and stir until just blended. Lightly stir in the chopped nuts.

NOTE: Bake all quick breads as soon as the ingredients are assembled. Since high temperatures are often called for, it is best to bake them in the center of the oven, as the heat in the top third of the oven will be too intense.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake 50 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. NOTE: Be sure and poke the toothpick already to the center of the loaf. A good check is to use an instant digital thermometer to test your bread. The temperature of the bread should be at 200 degrees F. when done. Remove from oven and cool on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely before slicing.

Storage: Breads that contain fruit, nuts, or butter may be stored for 2 or 3 days, well wrapped in plastic wrap or aluminum foil. May be frozen for longer storage. After thawing frozen breads, reheat them in a 400 degree F. oven for a few minutes before serving.

Makes 1 loaf.

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Think Pink Digital Scrapbook Kit

Did you know that 1 in 8 woman will be diagnosed with breast cancer in thier lifetimes? I am personally effected by these numbers – both of my grandmothers had breast cancer and sadly both lost their battle. While researching information this last week, I was strongly urged to create a kit and donate it by selling it. I will be adding a tracker on the side of my blog with donations to the Susan G Komen foundation to help stop out cancer … I want to do this for my children.

SO… 50% of the price of ANY of the pieces in this kit will be donated monthly to the Susan G Koman fight breast cancer site

Click HERE to Purchase ANY part of this kit!!!

chore charts on our wall

chorecharts-311x372Getting 5 kids organized has been “interesting”. I painted 5 clipboards with chalkboard paint and added kids names and ribbons to them. On the wall they go with a weekly chore list (made in excel) printed and added to them.

You will need the following:

  • wooden clipboards (These are sold at walmart for less than $2),
  • bottle of spray paint (chalkboard) – I found this at our local Ace Hardware
  • blue painter’s tape
  • Foam stamps and paint
  • matching ribbon

Directions:

Blue tape the “Metal Hinge” and spray paint the entire front of the board. After 24 hours, remove the tape carefully. Stamp your child’s name on the board and tie matching ribbon at different lengths on the hinge.