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Friday, January 28, 2011

~ Pasture Mist ~ Squash Salad? ~ Blueberry Pancakes! ~

Good cold, 29º, foggy morning. What else.  The pressure is dropping. Weather guy said to expect rain, maybe, tonight and tomorrow, Saturday. With what the pressure gauge is doing, it will snow not rain!

Yesterday morning the sun came out and the steam was rising from the frozen grass and barn roof...

I decided I needed to do something with the big pumpkin and squash I had sitting here. The pumpkin has been out on the porch and same as refrigerated so it hadn't deteriorated.


I researched and searched for a recipe using cooked pumpkin, squash, sweet potato, etc..... for a type of salad. Nothing, nada, zip. So, I invented one....

I cut, peeled, and diced the squash. Put it in a bowl and drizzled on my garlic infused olive oil, Napa Rosemary/Citrus sea salt, Sonoma pepper, and put it in the oven at 400º for about 15 minutes. It was just al denté.

Then I cut the pumpkin, scraped out the seeds, laid the quarters on cookie sheets, sprinkled with olive oil, sea salt, and some balsamic pomegranate vinegar... baked at 400º about 40 minutes ...


I also cut an onion, set it in foil, added olive oil, salt and pepper, wrapped it up and cooked it in the oven with the pumpkin...

When the onion and pumpkin were cool I diced just a little of the pumpkin and all of the onion. The remaining pumpkin will be thought about today..... Hmmmm..... ideas?

Next I microwaved 3 sweet potatoes and one red potato (because that was all I had!), let them cool, diced them

 ... diced and cooked some bacon..

I put all the ingredients in a big bowl along with a
can of black olives and grape tomatoes and mixed it up.

To serve it put some of the mixture in a serving bowl and
drizzled on Greek Feta Dressing that Kristen had given me.....

I also sprinkled on some roasted pumpkin seeds. OMG.... it was OUTSTANDING!

Now the pumpkin seeds turned out awesome. First I rinsed them and then put them in salted boiling water for 5 minutes. Drained and dried them well in a towel. The I sprinkled them with garlic infused olive oil, Napa Rosemary/Citrus sea salt and Slap Ya Mama Cajun Seasoning.... and baked them in a 350º oven for about 30 minutes. Let them cool well. You can just eat the whole thing without cracking the outside shell.

We had a very snuggy fire and watched some good TV.

Historically this date...

1887 – In a snowstorm at Fort Keogh, Montana, the world's largest snowflakes are reported, 15 inches (38 cm) wide and 8 inches (20 cm) thick. 


And births this date include......
1939John M. Fabian, NASA astronaut

1950Barbi Benton, American actress

1981Elijah Wood, American actor

And here's an interesting idea...
Cook your artichokes in the crockpot! I'm gonna give this a try very soon.

All I know. UPS will be making a delivery to me today from Omaha (I know, it always looks like Obama to me!) Steaks... a special deal at a special price....
(1 pkg.) Boneless Pork Chop 4/4 Oz
(1 pkg.) Stfd Sole W/sclp&crab 2/4.5
(1 pkg.) Beef Lasagna 24oz
(1 pkg.) Filet Mignon 2/6 Oz
(1 pkg.) Top Sirloin Steaks 2/6 Oz
(1 pkg.) Omaha Steaks Burgers 4/4 Oz
(1 pkg.) Chicken Breast, Bnl 1 Lb
(1 pkg.) Franks Gourmet 4/3 Oz
(1 pkg.) Potatoes Stfd Baked 4/5.75 Oz
(1 pkg.) Cheesecake Carnegie Deli 4"
(1 pkg.) Vegetable Medley 2/7 Oz
(1 pkg.) Beef Sirloin Tips 2/1#
(1 pkg.) Potatoes Au Gratin 8 Count

I'm gonna eat good!
On a good note, my friend Candy came through her eye
surgery very well.  I will see her tomorrow.
Her hubby Bob is reovering nicely from
his shoulder surgery and being typical male.... LOL, hi Bob!
And Debbie didn't have to have the root canal after all. YEAH.
She, I heard from PJ is doing good. Glad my friends are all
Nuff said. Happy Friday!!
Pro-Bowl on Sunday!
 xo Mom/Soupy/Sue
January 28th
National Blueberry Pancake Day