I’d be drinking a glass of red wine, noshing on sushi, and laughing with my girlfriends. But that’s just usually.
This Friday isn’t usual. I’m sipping a hot Chai Tea, listening to John Mayer and writing this blog post.
…No, I’m not depressed silly. But thanks for your concern, you’re sweet.
You see, this girl is happily content spending an evening in. Sometimes you need a little time to yourself.
…Watching reruns of Dexter, staring at food blogs, lying around. Not that I did any of that.
In fact, I baked three breads! Yes, three!
I’m entering a bread baking contest.
First I made a delicious, healthy breakfast this morning. I needed lots of good energy for bread baking!
I started by mixing together some honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, a pinch of ground cloves, and fat-free vanilla greek yogurt.
Then I put the yogurt mix all over the top of my acorn squash, and sprinkled it with extra cinnamon just because.
My breakfast love concoction went into the oven for an hour. Waiting was the hard part. The house slowly filled with a cinnamon aroma.
My hair smells like cinnamon now. I swear it.
But waiting was worth it.
Out came a beautiful creamy squash.
And I filled it with some more yogurt, honey, and cinnamon. Then I sprinkled some pecans for good measure.
Amazing. Incredible. Perfect. Lots of other adjectives.
The yogurt got warm and über creamy when I put it in the squash.
Favorite new breakfast? Yep.
This was also my dessert.
I’ll let you know how my bread baking contest goes. And of course post the recipes.
Baked Acorn Squash filled with Warm Honey-Cinnamon Greek Yogurt
By Monique of Ambitious Kitchen
1 acorn squash
1 cup of fat free vanilla or plain greek yogurt
2 tsp of honey
1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, plus more for sprinkling
Pinch of ground nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
1 tablespoon of chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Place foil on a cookie sheet.
Using a BIG knife, and cut the acorn squash in half from stem to the end. This will be difficult, so watch your fingers!
Use a spoon and scoop out the seeds that are found in the center.
Mix yogurt, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves together in small bowl. Spread 2 tablespoons on each half of acorn squash and make sure it is evenly covered. Place the leftover yogurt mix in the fridge.
Place squash face down on foiled cookie sheet. Bake for an hour to or until squash is very soft and tender and edges begin to brown a bit. After removing from oven, let cool for about 10 minutes.
Spoon rest of yogurt mix in each half of squash. Sprinkle with cinnamon and pecans.
Is it when you start drinking coffee? Maybe it’s when you start doing your own laundry or when you move out of your parents house? How about when you learn to cook fancy meals?
But maybe you aren’t grown up until you get married? Maybe you have to get a big kid job in the city and own a ritzy car and house.
Who has the answer?
Even if you do, don’t tell me. You’ll ruin my fun.
See I think I’m still a kid at heart and I’d like to remain that way for a while. I’m happy making other people happy. If that involves making fancy piesand exotic banana bread, then great. But I could always be happy with a giant bowl of tomato soup or a peanut butter, jelly, and banana sandwich.
Comfort food love. Kid style.
Confession: sometimes I put marshmallows in the microwave when I don’t have a fire. This is entertaining only for about 10 seconds because they expand to look like balloons. However, they don’t have that crispy brown roast flavor like when you put them over a fire.
But it’s Fall now, so I can make s’mores that are perfectly golden and warm.
Plus, I was kinda feeling fancy and made Homemade Cinnamon Graham Crackers…
But I felt like I wanted something a little more grown up than your typical s’more.
There are so many wonderful things about Fall. Most of them involve food.
Fall baking, Halloween, Thanksgiving, apple picking, pumpkin carving. I can’t wait!
I highly suggest spending one day doing the following:
Throw on oversized sweatpants and a sweatshirt and cuddle up with a nice big mug of Mexican Hot Chocolate with lots of marshmallows. Do not worry about hair or make up. You’ll be watching chick flicks anyway from dawn until dusk.
Has something you created ever started out as nothing special and turned out to be extraordinary?
Example: putting sea salt on chocolate and baking items. Whoever started that was pure genius. Chocolate turned into sensational magic that becomes best friends with sea salt and dances with your tastebuds.
I need to start making some genius decisions that turn things into extraorinary magic like that.
Example: Dining with Shamu.
I went to Seaworld while in California, and you can actually dine with Shamu!
I wish I could have had dinner with Shamu. As long as I wasn’t on the menu, it would have been one of those extraordinary genius decision things.
But, what about decisions to help you live better and be healthier? That could be pretty genius, right?
Sorry I haven’t blogged in awhile, I just got done visiting my grandparents. It was an amazing trip. I’ve picked a few highlights to share with all of you!
Yoga at 10,000 feet on top of the Sandia mountains
This was the perfect day. My grandpa drove my Mom and I to the Sandia mountains. I packed my Grandpa a Ham & Swiss sandwich, which he loved of course. Afterwards we went to a small thrift store, where I found some old cookbooks and random treasures.
Visiting a french pastry shop. Yum.
I found this place in Santa Fe. It was absolutely fantastic! I think the best part of it were the amazing crepes. Blueberry, raspberry, and nutella too. Highly recommended.
Eating authentic Mexican street food
The best part of the southwest is the amazing Mexican food. I love spicy food, so of course I didn’t mind eating it everynight. Mmmm Sopapillas, tamales, and green chile! My grandma gave me some of her recipes. Look for them soon!
riding the train to Santa Fe
This might have been my favorite day. We took the train to Santa Fe and shopped in the plaza and in old town. It was full of unique street vendors selling food, jewelry, and art. It’s easy to fall in love with the culture.
The zoo with my Grandparents
Look at these cuties! We got to spend the day at the zoo. My grandpa even found a wild snake wandering around. He’s such a sly guy. I’ll miss them.
I wish vacations didn’t end… What would you do if they didn’t?
I’d eat waffles every morning. Maybe even for dinner.
We had a solid two years together, but I think oatmeal and I are breaking up.
We spent nearly every morning together. Sometimes with peaches or bananas, but most of the time it was with cinnamon and blueberries.
I used to love waking up just so I could have it, but then I got bored. And this girl can never be bored. For reals.
This could be because I started thinking about all those remarkable breakfasts I had before oatmeal came into my life. They were delightful and spontaneous. They were fun.
…Crispy banana stuffed French toast, melt in your mouth buttermilk Belgian waffles topped with peanut butter, and of course those oversized bagels that were completely heavenly when toasted.
Yep, it’s time to get back to that.
I’m going on a breakfast binge. And I’m starting with this bread.
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Swirl Bread.
I’ll keep it simple. This bread is extra delicious for those are fond of cinnamon rolls yet probably shouldn’t to eat one every morning. That’s me. The smell of cinnamon toast is an amazing way to start the morning. Yowza.
But watch out this bread is good. Too damn good.
Toast it to perfection and top with your choice of spreadable love. Do it now.