Oven Roasted Butternut Squash and Red Onions with Goat Cheese

You can see I got a little happy with the goat cheese...

Oh, my gosh.  This is a good one for your Fall menus. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Cut open a butternut squash and remove seeds.  Peel the squash.  This is a bit of work, but trust me — worth it in the end.  You can use a small knife to trim the peel off.   I find it easier to peel smaller pieces, so I cut the squash into uniform sized hunks or slices (it doesn’t matter) and THEN peeled.  A slice or chunk that is about 1/2″ or 3/4″ thick works fine. As an alternative, if you’re short on time, you might consider purchasing ready to cook butternut squash (already peeled and cut in chunks.) Place peeled and cut butternut squash on a low-sided roasting pan or cookie sheet with sides.  Cut up a large red onion or two small and add to the squash. Drizzle the squash and onions with olive oil, just enough to coat.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in the 400 degree oven. Make sure the chunks can spread out in a single layer.  You don’t want piles of vegetables.  They will brown properly if they can be in one single layer.  They need breathing space.  Don’t we all? Stir and turn the veggies every 15 or 20 minutes.  This helps them brown and cook evenly. I hate to say this, but I didn’t keep good track of how much time it took to roast the veggies.  I know it was at least a half hour and probably more like 45 minutes or so.  If you allow an hour, you’ll be fine. When the butternut squash is tender and the onions slightly  browned and yummy, remove from the oven.  Dot individual servings or the serving dish with Chevre goat cheese, in whatever amount you like. You can see in my finished photo above that I got a little extra happy with the goat cheese…. That’s because I love goat cheese from Bosky Acres Farms in Waxhaw, NC.  They employ sustainable practices, giving the goats plenty of fresh air, exercise, pasture and browse, and whole grain feed and hay. They love their goats, and happy dairy goats make wonderful milk.  Wonderful anything! I happened to have  exquisite, mouthwatering Bosky Acres Chevre with garlic and chives. Need I say more? Consume slowly and with appreciation, enjoying every nuance of taste.  The salty, creamy goat cheese is pretty much heaven against the roasted butternut squash. Here’s to your Fall menus!!

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Christie Lenee can play a guitar. She’s the 2017 International Finger Style Guitar Champion of the Year. In September of last year in London, she also won Acoustic Guitarist of the Year.

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A friend of hers, Michael Pukac, requested that she write a song, one he described as “the story of love.” She scribbled notes and went to work.

Through Christie’s ability to imagine, his desire became music. Now she plays this song for the world with her love fingers. Lucky you, lucky me, lucky us.

Take very good care of yourself this week. Why not sing a little…

Love,

Terri

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What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
Source: LyricFind
Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
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With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
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I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
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