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Get cozy with butternut squash

One fall vegetable that people love to eat but hardly ever like to make on their own, because it can be difficult, is Butternut Squash. The skin on the butternut squash can be difficult to peel and the seeds and strings can be stubborn when you try to scoop them out. However, preparing butternut squash by yourself is rewarding in several ways. The meal becomes healthier, you enjoy it more since you put more hard work into making it and it saves you money!

Buying a butternut squash can save you a few dollars. A whole butternut squash can range from 23 cents to $1 per pound while the pre-cut butternut squash can be $3 to $5 per bag (usually 1 to 1.5 pounds in a bag). Sometimes the bags can add extra preservatives to make the squash last longer. Buying a whole, fresh butternut squash can eliminate some of those unwanted ingredients.

To help save you money and encourage you to make a homemade butternut squash meal, we have found a helpful trick! In two steps, the peel becomes easier to remove and the seeds and strong slip right out! All you have to do is stab the squash with a fork and then microwave it!  Click here for more instructions.

To get you into the kitchen and working with butternut squash, here are some delicious recipes for you to try out:

  1. Love chickpeas? Try out this Curry-Roasted Butternut Squash and Chickpeas Recipe.
  2. Crispy Butternut Squash Spinach Salsa with Bacon-Shallot Vinaigrette can be the perfect side dish or meal!
  3. Soup tastes even better when it is homemade and not out of a can! Try this Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup.
  4. Need something a little hardier? Try this Butternut Squash Risotto with Parmesan. It is super easy to make, delicious and quick!

Since the rain is here it is the perfect time to stay in your kitchen and try out some of the recipes!  Enjoy!

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It’s the first day of fall! What’s your favorite fall activity?

Welcome to fall. The days are slowly getting shorter, colder, and darker. You leave the house in the morning wearing a sweater and by the afternoon you may turn on the A/C but by the evening your lighting a fire in the fireplace. Halloween candy is showing up at the grocery store and thoughts of pumpkins and holidays are starting to creep in to your long term plans.

Fall is a wonderful time of year for you and your family. There are so many indoor and outdoor activities that families can do together. Here is a quick list of links to fall family activities.

  1. Guide to Oregon – festivals and events
  2. Oregon Live – things to do with the kiddos
  3. Northwest including Washington
  4. Seattle area

From football games to raking leaves there are plenty of fun things families can do together this fall. Take a few moments to share your favorite fall activities in the comment section. We’d love to know what memories you’re making with your family.

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Fall Exercise Ideas – 25 Ways to Have Fun!

The Northwest is great because there are so many healthy activities that go on rain or shine. As it gets cold, I understand that it is tempting to sit inside with little activity but this is a perfect opportunity to redefine exercise. Sure you could run on the treadmill or join a gym but there is so much more you can do! Look into local activities like a walk or run for charity or check out these alternative ideas and let me know what you think. I had fun making the list!

1. Go for a walk around the neighborhood to see harvest decorations.

2. Make your morning walk indoors in the mall. Window shop while you are at it.

3. Stretch at home by the fireplace or by a heating vent.

4. Take a walk with your family after a meal.

5. Use the stairs for an entire month. Read More