Currently….

Life just seems to be passing by so quickly these days that I often find myself wishing I could freeze time. Clearly that is not possible so let’s take a look at my life as it is currently.

Currently I am looking forward to doing a weekend of “glamping” again with my husband and son at one of our favorite parks. We started out the Spring season with this same trip and ironically we are ending with the same trip.

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Currently I am reading my latest issue of Backer Magazine which has way to much winter gear for my liking in it. Although, I still find the articles interesting to read, I have no reason to see the outcome of winter gear that was field tested and the results. I will never be a winter backpacker;-(

Currently I am eating lots of fall veggies. I can’t get enough zucchini and squash. And plans are in the near future for some pumpkin muffins. YUMMMM

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Currently I am watching the new season of Grey’s Anatomy. This is literally the only television program I watch every week. I am not a big fan of the new time slot but so far I am adjusting to it as well as possible.

Currently I am trying to figure out what to do with my professional life. It’s all coming together nicely but I just wish I had a crystal ball to see what the future will tell me. Don’t we all?

Currently making me happy is that my husband has been stopping in to have lunch together everyday this week so far. This is quite the treat since he is usually at work way too far from home on normal days.

Currently I am planning our training schedule for our upcoming vacation. We will be hiking in the Mojave Desert and rock scrambling. We were given what to work on, what skills would be helpful and the mileage we will be hiking from our guides. Now we just need to prepare for this adventure.

Currently I am thinking about our upcoming 21st. anniversary. Should we do something, should we hang out and be lazy, should we buy gifts this year, should we……oh who knows? We will figure it out eventually.

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Currently I am excited about a class I signed up to take in our area. I will be attending aqua zumba for 6 weeks and can’t wait to see how much fun it’s going to be.

Do you have anything on your mind you care to share? Tell me what’s up with you currently.

 

The Arrival of Autumn…

Autumn has officially arrived.

I truly have mixed feelings about this. Some things about Autumn I love and some things I just don’t care for.

I love Autumn because the leaves start to fall which means the kiddos and I can rake piles and jump in them, which is always fun.

We typically are done kayaking for many months to come, which is not so great.

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I will need to put away my patio chairs and bid goodbye to my beloved front porch for the next few months, which is quite depressing for me personally. It’s like my personal place to think.

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I love pumpkin and anything made with pumpkin, which are in abundance at this time of year.

It is the absolute best time to hike in our area, bugs are gone and you don’t overheat and dehydrate like in the middle of August.

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Two major holidays are right around the corner, and I love planning what to prepare for these. Although, on the flip side, holiday shopping starts and I really dislike crowds so this is not always fun. (I always plan to shop during the Packer’s games, stores are pretty empty at this time)

This is the time of year where soups come back into rotation for meal time at our house. Personally, I could live on soup year round, but my husband would starve before he would eat soup when it’s 85 outside.

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I bid farewell to cold lattes and switch back to a nice hot cup of coffee. I have to have something to look forward to to get myself up and going in the morning. Otherwise I may just live in my warm bed for the next 6 months until Spring arrives.

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It will be months till we get fresh veggies again, which is devastating to a sprout cruncher like myself:(

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And the final thing about Autumn I just love is that I have a few more weeks to enjoy the last of the green grass and wild flowers. I dread every year what comes next, those frosty flakes that fall from the sky and accumulate for weeks and cover everything green that I can see.

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What about you? Do you have a favorite season?

Stuffed Acorn Squash

I made this stuffed squash recipe recently on a rainy day and thankfully the air conditioner was on due to the high humidity, otherwise this is usually a better winter recipe. It’s also one of my husbands favorite’s, my son on the other hand,would not even consider eating this.

I found this recipe in a Weight Watchers Magazine years and years ago. Even though I did not follow the Weight Watchers plan, I found a lot of their recipes quite appetizing. I have changed it up quite a bit from the original recipe, but I am sure you can make the changes that will be appropriate for your family also.

Stuffed Acorn Squash

1lb of ground turkey

1/4 tsp of ground pepper

1/2 small onion, chopped

1 cup frozen peas

1 14.5 oz diced fire roasted tomatoes-drained

1 tsp. Italian seasoning

1-2 acorn squash-halved and seeded

2 Tbsp. low fat butter spread

1/4 cup bread crumbs

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Preheat your oven to 450. Prepared a baking pan by covering it with tin foil and non stick spray, for easier clean up.

Next, take your squash and scrub it clean. Cut it in half and spoon out the seeds with a spoon.

Place the squash cut side down and bake for about 45 minutes or until tender.

In the mean time, brown your ground turkey with the chopped onion, Italian seasoning and pepper. Add the can of drained tomatoes and the peas when the meat is no longer pink. Heat through.

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While this is heating melt the butter, and add it to the bread crumbs, mix until crumbly.

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Spoon the meat mixture into the hollowed out squash center, and top with your desired amount of bread crumbs. Replace back into the over 5-7 minutes until the bread crumbs are brown.

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Serve and enjoy.

NOTE: This meat mixture makes plenty of filling for two (four halves) squash. Either freeze the remaining mixture and add to a casserole at another time. For one squash, cut the meat mixture in half.