Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baked Brown Sugar & Honey Acorn Squash

Acorn Squash is a winter squash, but baking it with brown sugar, honey and butter reminds me of the flavors of Fall!!! Squash isn't a vegetable that my family prefers, but they are getting better. It's the same thing with yellow and zucchini squash unless I disguise it.

Me, I love just about any vegetable imaginable. I grew up eating a variety of squash, so it's hard for me to try and come up with recipes to convince my family just how delicious squash can be. 
When my kids were babies I could bake acorn squash with salt and pepper, mash it up, and they would eat it by the spoonfuls. Now that they're older they just don't seem to care for it.  

Baked Acorn Squash is the perfect Fall side dish!!! Roasting or baking acorn or butternut squash with a little, butter, brown sugar, honey, salt & pepper is the easiest way to prepare this squash. I like to score the inside of the squash with a knife so all the yummy juices really get down into the squash as it bakes.

When the squash is done it will have a nice caramelized color and be fork tender. To eat you can scoop the squash out into a serving bowl, or just mush around in their shells and eat with a fork. Baked acorn squash also makes a beautiful side dish for Thanksgiving.  

Friday, September 5, 2014

DIY Homemade Rotel (Tomatoes & Green Chilies)

One of my favorite things about summer is our vegetable garden. This year wasn't too unbearably hot, so we were blessed with a variety of fresh peppers, onions, tomatoes, cantaloupes, watermelon and a variety of squash. 

August and September is the time of year when we start getting overloaded with tomatoes, squash and peppers. This year our squash plants did very well, so we have tons of squash to deal with. I've made squash casserole a few times, canned zucchini pickles and grilled zucchini. 

Our tomato plants seemed to take off a bit late, so now we have tomatoes coming from everywhere. It's funny how we spend all summer tending to our gardens trying to get everything to grow, and then before we know it we are in garden overload.

To help conquer the abundance of all the tomatoes and peppers in our garden I searched around online for a few tomato recipes. I came across this recipe for Homemade Rotel from Canning Granny. We use Rotel a lot, so I thought this was the perfect idea. 

I did adapted the recipe slightly by using a variety of peppers (bell pepper, anaheims, and jalapenos). I also decreased the amount of sugar in the recipe, because I thought my first batch was a bit sweet. Also original Rotel doesn't contain onions, but I thought it was a nice touch. 

I have used a couple jars in a Queso dip, and in chili and both were very good. I will definitely be making this again with next years tomato crops. I hope you will give this recipe a try. 

Monday, September 1, 2014

September Menu - Menu Plan Monthly

I hope everyone has been enjoying this wonderful Labor Day weekend. I will keep this post short and sweet! Today I have my September Menu Plan for y'all. As usual recipes in red are linked recipes, and recipes noted with (New) are ones that I am working on and hoping to post in the future. I hope you find something you like.

September 2014 Dinner Menu

Ma maws Dorito Beef Casserole, Flour Tortillas & Fresh Cantaloupe
Creamy Chicken Enchiladas (New) & Cilantro Lime Rice 
Grilled Lemon Chicken (New) Baked Potatoes & Grilled Zucchini 
Spaghetti & Meatballs, Garlic Texas Toast & Salad
Chicken Ranch Tacos 
Logan Country Hamburgers & Sweet Potato Fries
Barbecue Chicken & Bacon Pizza & Pepperoni Pizza Bites
Chicken Pot Pie & Salad
Fall Off The Bone Ribs, Baked Beans & Roasted Fingerling Potatoes 
Oriental Chicken Pasta  & Baked Crab Rangoon Wontons
Honey Pecan Pork Chops (New), Roasted Broccoli & Skillet Potatoes 
Friendship Casserole, Salad & Peas & Carrots
Red Beans & Rice & Cornbread
Amish Chicken & Rice (New), Roasted Veggies & Rolls 
Smoked Ham, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Grilled Corn & Watermelon (Labor Day)
Cheesy Hash brown Casserole W/Ham , (Leftover Ham)  Buttery Crisp Green Beans  
Ham Fried Rice (Leftover Ham) & Egg Rolls 
30 Minute Pumpkin Chili & Corn Muffins 
Teriyaki Meatballs (New), Brown Rice & Sweet & Sour Green Beans
Pasta Carbonara (Whole Grain Pasta), Steamed Carrots & Salad
Copy Cat Arbys Ham & Cheddar Melts, Tater Tots & Yogurt Fruit Salad 
All-In-One Crock Pot Pork Chop Dinner
Ground Beef Stroganoff, Brown Rice & Baked Acorn Squash
Breakfast Night (King Hawaiian French Toast, Bacon & Eggs)
Stuffed Bell Peppers, Salad & Fresh Fruit 
Pizza Skillet Bake , Green Beans & Salad
Not My Mama's Meat Loaf, Mashed Potatoes & Brown Sugar Carrots
Sticky Chicken FingersMacaroni & Cheese & Fruit Salad
Soup & Sub Sandwich Night 
Taco Cups (New)Sopa De Conchas (Mexican Pasta) 

The Best Apple Crisp Ever
Apple Fritters

Chocolate Cobbler
Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Pie