1. What is your favorite Halloween candy? If I’m in the mood for chocolate, then snickers. If I want something sweet or fruity, I like Skittles. Neither of these are strictly Halloween candy.
2. Do you fold your socks? No
3. What is something that you wish you had been warned about? how boys can break your heart
4. What is the most significant difference between you and your significant other? Nothing, cause there isn’t one yet.
5. What are three words you would use to describe yourself? creative, loud, sensitive (feel free to let me know how you would describe me)
On Saturday, my friend Diane took me to this small city called Oak Glen. I had previously mentioned to her that I had wanted to get together to hang out but also to take pictures out in nature, as it is something that we both like to do and a way that God speaks to her. She had mentioned this place, thinking that it would remind of back home (upstate NY). I LOVED IT!
Here is a little background info about the city: It is one of Southern California’s most scenic spots year-round. The cool mile-high climate provides a beautiful change of seasons. Apple orchards cover the slopes laden with blossoms in the spring and apples in the fall. You can visit orchards, taste fresh picked apples and cider, pick your own apples or berries, enjoy hot apple pie, feed the animals in the animal park, or browse through the specialty shops in the Glen. Some of the places even had wine tasting available (which I of course had to sample). Oak Glen is located 90 minutes from Los Angeles on the way to Palm Springs.
One of the things I miss about living back in NY is the change of seasons. Fall was my absolute favorite. I loved the cooler, crisp temperature, the beautiful fall foliage (as orange and red are my favorite colors), the abundance of apples, pumpkins, squash and other vegetables, the smell of hot apple pie and the taste of cool apple cider, and the different festivals, such as the pumpkin festival and the apple festival. So this place really brought that little bit of home to me, here in southern California. The only thing missing was the the cooler temperature – it was 90 degrees on Saturday, and the leaves hadn’t changed color.
Diane and I sampled lots of varieties of apples, I had some wine, we sampled other foods, such as cheeses, jams, and sweets, and we both got caramel candy-covered apples. We also saw some animals, but mostly just enjoyed being surrounded by the scenery and letting God speak to us through his creation. It was a picture-perfect day, it many ways. I have included a few of my favorite pics that I took. I would love your feedback on them.
I recently purchased a Quick Vegetarian Main Dishes cookbook from Pampered Chef, as an alternative to eating meat every day and incorporating more veggies into my diet. I came across this recipe and had also been seeing variations of it on cooking shows, so I decided to give it a try. Since today was a cool, rainy day, it was the perfect time to try my new recipe and satisfy my craving for some homemade mac ‘n cheese. I hope you all will try it and let me know what you think.
16oz uncooked medium shell pasta
1 pack (12 oz) frozen butternut squash, THAWED
1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk
2 cups shredded six-cheese Italian cheese blend
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
additional ground nutmeg (optional)
1) for pasta, bring salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Carefully remove 1/4 cup of the cooking water for later use. Drain pasta, and set aside.
2) for sauce, place squash into a 3-qt. saucepan; gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Cook over medium-high heat 3-4 minutes or until mixture begins to simmer. Reduce heat to medium. Add cheese; cook 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and mixture returns to a simmer, whisking constantly. Add salt, nutmeg, and reserved cooking water; stir until smooth.
3) add sauce to pasta and mix to coat. Serve into dish/plate and sprinkle with additional nutmeg, if desired.
1. Did you have a pen pal when you were little (or now)? Where were/are they from? I remember in High School, there was this program I was in where we had a pen pal in elementary school and they were usually disadvantaged kids. We got to meet them at the end of the year. Not sure where he is at now. For the last 7 years, I have been sponsoring children through Compassion International and we send letters and pictures back and forth. My boy lives in Peru and my girl lives in Brazil.
2. If you could do a different job for one day, what would it be? I want to work on the set (or star in an episode) of Keeping up with the Kardashians..lol
3. Do you remember your biggest fear from when you were little? I used to be afraid of something being under my bed, or outside my window, especially when I was really young and our house was surround by woods.
4. What do you think is a waste of time? Why? worrying! Because we aren’t really in control – God is!
5. What is the oldest item you have in your closet? I have no idea, but I’m sure there are lots of clothes that I have held on to that I thought I would wear again some day. Thanks for reminding me I need to clean it out.