Saturday, August 27, 2011

This Week had Wings!

Today is officially one week since we made the drive down to our new place in the country for good and the week flew by!   We are still sane and the biggest accomplishment has to be successfully having the internet installed.   The rural location made it difficult but this satellite hookup seems to be working Great; we were warned it may be slow, but seems fine to me!

Billie loves being able to run without the leash and so far has stayed close to home.   She did wander off a bit yesterday and we can only hope she can track her way back home if she gets lost.

I processed the Cushaw squash, which is similar to pumpkin.   After it was steam baked, I cubed it up and served some for dinner with butter, cinnamon and nutmeg.   The rest I sent through the food processor and ended up with 3 freezer containers of squash for future use.   I did keep 1/2 cup out to add to the muffins (recipe below).   I found a pumpkin muffin recipe and used squash in place of pumpkin.

Squash Muffins

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 beaten egg
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup cooking oil
1/2 cup cushaw squash, processed (mashed)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 cup raisins (optional)

Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.   Combine egg, milk, oil & squash - add to flour mixture and stir until moistened.   Fill muffin cups 2/3 of the way full and bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

The weather has been very dry and we have been watering daily the plants that managed to stay alive while we were gone - beans and peppers along with some flowers.   Seeing quite a few baby lizards and frogs hopping around.   They are saying another full week without rain - I'm sure the baby reptiles are loving it!

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