It’s Only Saturday
|November 26, 2011||Posted by Sophia @ Raven Waves under family, food, holidays, recipes|
Such a great feeling to know that the real weekend just started. After getting out of work a couple hours early on Wednesday, I rushed home to get a workout on my new treadmill and then get ready for Black Wednesday shenanigans. I ended up going to a local bar with one of my best friends, Paul and some of his friends. But the best part of the night was probably the pre-gaming. The bar wasn’t anything special. I did make sure to have a glass of water after every drink. There was no way that I’d allow myself to go through Thanksgiving hung over.
Speaking of Turkey Day, I woke up extra early on Thanksgiving to start cooking my contribution to the meal.
Maple Butternut Squash
Yield: 12 servings
- 2 med. butternut squash
- 2 C. maple syrup
- 1 C. raisins
- 2 Tbs. butter, melted
- 1 tsp. ground cardamom
- 1 tsp. ground allspice
Cut each squash in half lengthwise; discard seeds and inside strings. Place cut side down in a microwave-safe dish; add 1/2 in. of hot water. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 12 minutes or until tender. While squash is microwaves, in a small bowl, combine syrup, raisins, butter, cardamom and allspice. Set aside. When squash is cool enough to handle, remove rind and cut into 1-in. pieces. Place in a 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with 1/2 of the syrup mixture. Other half should be poured on second squash. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Uncover; bake 10 minutes longer or until squash is tender. Serve.
I was very nervous about this dish. I’m not the best cook, and the reason why I usually don’t care is that I’m cooking for myself. When I’m cooking for other people my nerves just go hay-wire. Lucky for me, my dish was a hit at the party! My sister also made a green bean casserole and a green bean tomato salad. Both were delicious.
- Turkey (light and dark)
- Sweet potatoes with pecans
- Mashed potatoes
- Maple butternut squash
- Broccoli cheese casserole
- Freshly baked bread
- Green bean tomato salad
- Green bean casserole
- Cranberry sauce
- Apple pie
- Pecan pie
- Pumpkin pie
- Chocolate chip cookies
- Layered bars with chocolate chips, butternut chips and coconut
- Peanut butter cookies with Hershey kisses
I pretty much ate my weight in this food. After gorging, we spent the night playing Taboo and watching football games.
On Friday, I woke up very sluggish and busted my butt on the treadmill to feel better. It worked…as did the Skinny Peppermint Mocha I had later on. Paul came by and we caught up on our two fave shows right now: The Walking Dead and Boardwalk Empire. Rather than go out to a bar last night, which was the original plan, Paul and I just hung out and watching Swingers. Old school Vince Vaughn.
And now since it’s ONLY Saturday, I can lay around, be lazy and smile about it. Btw, no shopping for me on Black Friday. I don’t even like shopping on a normal day, so there was no way I was going to step foot in that madness.
Now off to read some Star Wars. Have a good weekend, all!