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It’s Only Saturday

Maple Butternut Squash

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.

Ingredients

Maple Butternut Squash

Yield: 12 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 med. butternut squash
  • 2 C. maple syrup
  • 1 C. raisins
  • 2 Tbs. butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground allspice

Directions:

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.

Full menu

  • Turkey (light and dark)
  • Ham
  • Sweet potatoes with pecans
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Maple butternut squash
  • Stuffing
  • Salad
  • Broccoli cheese casserole
  • Freshly baked bread
  • Green bean tomato salad
  • Green bean casserole
  • Cranberry sauce

Desserts

  • Apple pie
  • Pecan pie
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Cheesecake
  • 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!

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2 Responses to It’s Only Saturday

  1. I was just thinking the same thing. I love long weekends (let’s do them every week ha). Your maple butternut squash sounds like the bomb. :)

  2. Star Wars is the best! :D

    Your Maple Syrup Butternut Squash sounds so good!!! :)

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