Cook Squash the Easy Way

January 13, 2017

This year I got a bunch of pumpkins. Homeschool field trip to the pumpkin patch was so fun and of course the kids wanted to pick out their own pumpkin. My husband also brought some home from work and I even got some from my organic veggie delivery.

With all those pumpkins in my kitchen I new I had to have a plan.

I found a few recipes and got busy. I still have 2 left. They stay fresh for months in a cool dry place so there is no hurry to cook up your fall harvest.

I cut my pumpkin in half and scooped out the seeds. I saved the seeds for later. I plan to plant them this summer to have my own crop of pumpkins. It is easy to save seeds. As you can see I washed them off, and laid them out to dry. When the were completely dry I put them in a paper envelope to save for the summer planting. Each pumpkin gave me more than enough seeds so the excess is always good for the chickens. It is good for their digestion and they love the treat.

When my pumpkins are cleaned out I put them on a cookies sheet and put them in a 350 degree oven for about an hour. When a knife is easily inserted I know they are done. I take them out to cool. When cooled I scoop out the inner flesh. Yum!

How easy is that?

For my easy peasy recipe I put the flesh in a greased baking dish, cover the pumpkin with some chopped greens, a 1/2 cup or so of heavey cream poured on top, another 1/2 cup or so of grated parmesan cheese. In the oven it goes at 350 for about a 1/2 hour.

This is always an easy yet healthful side dish, even for a weeknight supper.


Pumpkins don’t always have to be sweetened. This is an easy way to make it a savory dish. They are nutritious and yummy.

Now I look forward to planting the seeds to get a crop in the fall.

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My Mini Mud Room

January 9, 2017

Here in Southern California houses are not built with mud rooms. The weather here does not warrant such a space in a house. Really? Today we are having rain. In fact this whole week rain is in the forecast. Horray! It is much needed. But a muddy house is not in my agenda.

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Our Flock

December 26, 2016


In our journey to become more self sufficient we are always learning.
A few years ago for Father’s Day we got Dad an extremely memorable gift. Two young hens or pullets. We decided on Rhode Island Reds since they are known and bread for laying eggs and they don’t get broody. Broody is when a chicken sets on her eggs to incubate and hatch them.
Because we live in the suburbs we can’t have a rooster to fertilize our eggs. Starting off with just two hens seemed appropriate for us. It was a tremendous learning experience. What fun we had.

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My Christmas Dinner Menu

December 23, 2016

I always like to mix traditional foods with something new at our Christmas dinner. Everyone knows I am always trying newer healthier recipes. With all the dietary issues we have in this house it’s a challenge to prepare yummy food.

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Our Christmas Traditions

December 14, 2016

As we go through the holiday season I want my children to have fond memories and I don’t want them to forget the true meaning of this celebration.

Quite a few years ago we bought the kids this toy manger scene. They still love to play with it and it gets it special place in the living room. It reminds us of the first Christmas when our Savior became a man to live here on earth.

Of course every year we get a tree and decorate the house. I am not a decorator at heart so my daughters take on the job. Our house is no model home but it is cozy and inviting, with the special feeling of the season.

Church is always an important activity. We go caroling with our church group and have the opportunity to attend other churches in our area to see their special programs. What a blessing to be able to take the kids to stage productions that proclaim the gospel.

We also bake and bake and bake. My daughter is a wiz in the kitchen and we can always expect a yummy surprise. We love to give goodie bags to the neighbors to let them know how much we appreciate them. It’s a win win situation.

We have an advent calendar. It helps with the count down. Hopefully it also helps us look forward to the Messiah’s coming.

As a parent I want to give my children good memories. We all remember the good times of childhood the rest of our lives.

I’m sure you all have traditions for your family Christmas. I’m always looking for easy ideas to create memories. I’m a minimalist even when it comes to celebrations. Clutter and clean up are always issues with me yet I’m sure that is not the most important thing. My kids need to know that Christmas celebrations are important. It was like the best day ever.


Why Weeds Are Helpful in My Lawn

November 20, 2016

Here in the suburbs of Southern California everyone has a lawn in their front yard. That’s how we all grew up. Play in the front yard, mow the grass, pick the weeds were just the regular things all the kids did on our block.

But today it seems a bit different. Most families have gardeners and don’t take part in the mainentance of front yard landscape. We have a pretty large front yard and the kids love to play in it with their neighborhood friends. They also help keep it looking nice but, but we don’t pull the weeds. We harvest them.

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