Monthly Archives: October 2010

Pumpkin and Winter Squash Recipes

You can use pumpkin and winter squash interchangably in recipes to change things up a bit and enjoy the whole harvest.  Sugar pumpkins, butternut, acorn and hubbard squashes are some of my favorites.  Here’s how I like to serve them.

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Spicy Squash Soup with Kielbasa and Corn

Spicy Sea Scallops and Pumpkin Pasta

Twice-Baked Butternut Squash

Butternut Squash Walnut Bread

Butternut Squash or Pumpkin Cheesecake

Butternut Squash Pie

And don’t forget crafts!

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Glittery Pumpkins

Santa Gourds (Just remember to keep them so you can paint them!)


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My Unsung Hero

My husband has been amazingly supportive and wonderful during my transition back to work. I’ve always known he’s a keeper but I’m still surprised by how he’s always here for me when I need him.

Continue reading at the Breastfeeding Diaries…

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October Sky


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Enjoying the Apple Harvest

As apple season nears its end in our area, I spent some time going back through my recipes to make sure I’ve gotten a chance to enjoy them all with fresh apples.  Since I grew up with an apple orchard right next to my house, apples have always been a big part of my life.  Snipping blossoms and arranging them in a big vase in spring time, watching the little apples grow throughout the summer, picking that first Macoun in early fall and polishing it on my jeans before taking a crispy bite, sampling all the different varieties, helping press the apples into cider, and of course baking apples into a pie.  Now that I no longer live on the farm, I’ve planted my own little mini-orchard of six apple trees, but it will be a few years before I get any apples. 

Here are some of my favorite ways to eat apples.  As you prepare any of these recipes, I highly recommend eating the skin that you peel off of the apples.  The skin smells and tastes wonderful, so don’t waste it!

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Apple Tart

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Apple Walnut Bread

Apple Raspberry Crisp


Apple Cranberry Crumb Pie or traditional Apple Pie

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Cinnamon Cider Jelly (Reduced-sugar version, too!)

Applesauce and Caramel Apple Butter 

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What’s your favorite way to eat apples?


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Adapting in Place – New Haven

(I’m planning to attend Friday night!)

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Just in time for frost… My Heritage and Anne raspberries are finally producing!

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Haunted Hayride

My family’s farm, Rose Orchards, is putting on a Haunted Hayride tonight! After a 13 year hiatus, it’s back by popular demand! Please come on by if you’re in the area!

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