Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fall Fare + Life Lessons

Okay, so there's really no way to take a non-phallic picture of butternut squash.  Trust me, I tried.  Anyways, here is a simple, healthy, fall-themed recipe for you to try!

Cinnamon-Infused Stuffed Butternut Squash


  • 1 butternut squash, halved and seeded
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1 can black beans
  • Cinnamon to taste

1) Bake squash with cut sides facing down in a small amount of water at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.
2) Cook brown rice according to directions and set aside.
3) Drain and rinse the black beans and simmer in a little bit of water and cinnamon until softened and warm.
4) Combine the rice and black beans and sprinkle with more cinnamon.
5) Remove some of the squash flesh from each half and mix with the rice and bean mixture.
6) Add the mixture to the hollowed-out areas of the squash and serve.

Today was my first time seeing a new client for work and she was the cutest little old lady.  She was telling me stories about her childhood and about how she met her husband.  Apparently, she had plans to go to a dance with her current boyfriend and he ended up also bringing his friend who had just gotten out of the service.  Her current boyfriend left early because he didn't feel well, which apparently was a big mistake.  She ended up with his friend!  I love hearing stories about how people met because everyone's story is unique and it's fun to hear about how everything started.

What I learned today from little old ladies:
  • It doesn't matter if your house is a little messy--life happens.
  • It is incredibly hard to lose the people that mean the most to you.
  • Appreciate your parents while you still have them here.

Mmmkay, I'm off to do some school work. Night!

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