Sheared Bliss

Tasty Tuesday
September 17, 2013, 4:07 pm
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Today is beautifully warm and sunny but the last week of cold rain was a reminder that fall is coming.  Here’s a recipe that’s going to be part of our regular rotation this fall.

Stuffed Squash

  • 1 large or two small squash – something with a hard rind like a mature pattypan, acorn, or turk’s turban
  • 1/2 pound breakfast sausage – I used pork but I bet it would work well with turkey
  • 1 onion – diced
  • 1 or 2 carrots – diced
  • 2 ribs celery – diced
  • 2-3 cloves garlic – minced
  • 1 apple – peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/2 cup beef (or chicken) broth
  • Dried sage
  • Dried parsley
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/4-1/2 cup almond flour
  • Butter
  • Molasses
  1. Preheat the oven to 400º.
  2. Cut the squash in half, scoop out the seeds, and put it in a baking pan.
  3. Melt a pat of butter in a large frying pan.  Saute the onion, carrots, celery, garlic, and apple.
  4. Add the sausage to the pan and break it up with a spoon as it cooks until it’s cooked through and thoroughly mixed in with the other ingredients.
  5. Add the broth and season with salt, pepper, dried sage, and dried parsley to taste.
  6. Sprinkle almond flour over the stuffing and mix it in until starts to soak up the broth and bind everything together.
  7. Season the squash halves with salt and pepper and put a pat of butter in the bottom of each hollow.
  8. Pack the stuffing into the squash halves, mounding any extra on top and packing it down well.
  9. Top each stuffed squash half with a pat of butter and a drizzle of molasses.
  10. Pour a little water in the baking dish and cover it tightly with foil.
  11. Bake for an hour at 400º.
  12. Remove the foil and raise the temperature to 425º.  Bake for another 10 minutes or until the tops are browned.

What January Tastes Like
January 6, 2012, 4:32 pm
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Ok, so I know that everyone is blogging about their new year’s resolutions, their healthy new diet, blah blah blah right now.  I don’t do new year’s resolutions because I generally find them more depressing than helpful.  However, after two months of inactivity due to bed rest followed by new parenthood not to mention the nonstop sugar high that was December, I figure it’s time to set some goals for myself.  Namely, becoming more active again and returning to more healthful eating habits in the interest of feeling better and losing the baby weight.  So far, so good.  Wiggles and I are getting quite good at using the Maya wrap to go for walks.  Also, Wiggles has been a napping champ the last couple of days so I’ve had some time to cook.  As a result, my lunch today looked like this:

That’s quinoa made from this recipe and spaghetti squash made from this one.  Yum!  Also, between meals and snacks today, I’ve managed to consume four different types of squash (hubbard, yellow summer, spaghetti, and blue banana).  Not a bad start.  I hope you’re enjoying a happy, healthy beginning of 2012 too.

Gluten Free Squash Bread
February 2, 2011, 10:43 pm
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I know that doesn’t sound very appetizing, but that might be a good thing.  I mean, if you offer someone gluten free squash bread they’re likely to turn it down resulting in more yumminess for you.  If you’re feeling generous though, you can tell people that it’s the best pumpkin bread ever.

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup apple cider
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 cups pureed squash (You can use a can of pumpkin if you’re feeling lazy, or you can bake and puree any winter squash.  I used a combination of hubbard squash and something else that might have been an acorn squash.)
  • 1 cup white rice flour
  • 1 cup sorghum flour
  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon cloves
  • half a nutmeg, grated

Preheat oven to 350º.  Mix oil, eggs, and apple cider together.  Mix in sugar.  Add in squash puree and mix until thoroughly combined.  Sift together all dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.  Pour into two greased loaf pans and bake for an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a loaf comes out clean.

Weekend Recap
August 31, 2009, 10:41 pm
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Friday: Made brownies.  Special brownies.  What’s the secret ingredient?  Click here.

I used this recipe, subbed pattypan squash for the zucchini, chocolate chips for the nuts, added a little milk because the batter was too dry, and skipped the frosting.  You really would never guess the squash was in there if you didn’t know.  They’re a little more cakey than I usually like my brownies, but they’re not bad at all.

Saturday: Sewed all day chez NurseK.

NurseK and I sewed, made pesto, sewed, made stir-fry, sewed, and ate brownies.

NurseK: “Hey Mom, guess what the secret ingredient in these brownies is.”

MommaK: “What?  Marijuana?”

Hehe, MommaK apparently thinks I’m way more interesting than I actually am.

All white sewing projects make for very visually uninteresting photos.

All white sewing projects make for very visually uninteresting photos.

Sunday: MommaCodeMonkey and I dealt with this –

– times three.  More on that later this week.

Millions of peaches, peaches for me.  Millions of peaches, peaches for free.  La la la.

Hah!  Now it’s stuck in your head too.

Sunday Dinner Chez Bliss:

I love you, now feed me.  No seriously, give me your pizza.

I love you, now feed me. No seriously, give me your pizza.

Randomly, on a Saturday

1. I went to the museum and made bread this morning.

PioneerJ displaying a loaf of third bread.

PioneerJ displaying a loaf of third bread.

2. I brought home some fresh-picked pattypan squash.

Mmm . . . squash . . .

Mmm . . . squash . . .

3. I am in love with this yarn.

Thats the bamboo, nylon, and superwash merino blend in Dragonfly that I picked up in Estes Park earlier this summer handspun into a very fine two-ply.

That's the bamboo, nylon, and superwash merino blend in "Dragonfly" that I picked up in Estes Park earlier this summer handspun into a very fine two-ply.

4. I will be spinning more of it at my spinning group tomorrow.

Isnt it gorgeous?  Have I mentioned how much I love this stuff?

Isn't it gorgeous? Have I mentioned how much I love this stuff?

5. Gratuitous cat picture.

Shrubby the fierce!

Shrubby the fierce!