Friday, October 11, 2013

In All Things Be

     Our Little Mister, now nearing the age of two, hasn't spoken yet. Well, that's not entirely true. Last spring he said the word "necklace" and then clammed up for months. A couple weeks ago, as his therapist was counting the numbers "Six, seven, eight..." he yelled out "NINE!" and then wouldn't say nine anymore. That's how it goes with him. I've heard all the stories of children who don't speak until they are three years old and then it comes out in sentences, or kids whose first word is "octopus". I've heard it all, and I'm fine with our son taking his time. There's a proverb that says An empty barrel makes a lot of noise. I have found this to be true. No empty barrels here. My boy's barrel runneth over. 

As I write this, we're getting ready to attend a harvest festival. A celebration, an expression of thanks. Wouldn't you know, that leading up to this, it was the worst week ever? The Little Mister caught the sniffles, who then passed it on to The Mister. The washing machine broke down. There was not one iota of peace for yours truly. A new domestic calamity every day right up until the time we embark on a public display of gratitude and satisfaction. Surely, there's a message in there, meant for someone like myself who does not easily grasp subtle leadings. 

Here are a few simple places I've found satisfaction lately.

 One early evening, the sky turned pink and furious. October is a lady of vivid color. I grabbed my camera and followed her trail into the sunset...




 


This is the second year I entered a picture of our Little Mister in the annual photo contest for our local farm newspaper. I like that the photo submissions are boldly printed next to the weather. In a farm paper, that's prime real estate for placement.







  I happily rediscovered my favorite fall recipe, Stuffed Acorn Squash, in my recipe file. It's the perfect meal this time of year. Easy to make, wholesome, and delicious.  


Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 medium acorn squash, halved with seeds scooped out
1 pound bulk spicy sausage
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup fresh baby spinach or broccoli finely chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries

Place squash cut side down in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, crumble sausage into a large skillet (I added a tablespoon of oil to the pan) and add onion. Cook over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. In a large bowl combine sausage, spinach, cranberries, and a sprinkling of bread crumbs.Turn squash cut side up and stuff with sausage mixture. Cover and microwave for 2-3 minutes. Makes 4 servings.
 I'll file my next report after the harvest weekend. A much needed change of scenery will refresh my fingers on the keyboard.

19 comments:

  1. Thank you for sharing the recipe! That one sounds DELICIOUS! Looking forward to hearing more of the journey with your Duckling. I sure understand about things breaking down, right when we would not desire them to. Hoping the Lord cheers your heart!

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    1. Thanks Renee, I love sharing my journey with friends like you.

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  2. That recipe sounds like a keeper Monica. And your Little mister is a real cutie but I don't need to tell you that.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful sunset.

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    1. Thanks for still being here after all this time, Tracy.

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  3. LoVe that sunset!!! Isn't our Lord Jesus the best artist?!! He really knows how to use and blend colors (it only makes sense since He created them.....smile!). Little Mister is darling.......love that hat!!

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    1. Hi Randi! He is the Master Artist, and one can only imagine what heaven is like when the beauty here on earth seems perfect.

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  4. I love the fact that not only did you notice the beauty and satisfaction around you, you took the time to write about it. It's a shame that we know if that cute duckling doesn't win the photo contest, it's because there's a desperate need in that town for new eyeglasses for the judges. Wowzer - so cute. Sunrises and sunsets are truly some of my very favorite things, I guess because I know they're not man-made and two are never the same. I may be wrong, but I think I (well, OK, Scott) made that sausage/acorn squash stuff before and we got the recipe from you. Not sure but if not, I've had something similar and it was delicious! I'll have to remember to make that, especially since it's the perfect time of year for that. Have a great weekend ~

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    1. The Mister informed me that he enjoys butternut squash more than acorn, so I'm going to try it with butternut squash and see how it goes. Can you believe he didn't win the photo contest last year? I don't know what the problem was, as his grandparents felt strongly that he should have won.

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  5. Oh just you wait! One of these days he will get to talking and never hush! LOL!

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    1. You're right Michelle, and I think about that, too! Maybe we're not ready for what he has to say.

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  6. He is adorable and growing so big!

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  7. Microwavable stuffed squash? Thanks for posting it.
    Also, I had the same experience with my son; Each child is different, but know that I am praying for you. Such a dear little one!
    Marge

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    1. Thanks Marge, and yes, the microwaving part really makes this a quick fix. I would have never tried it if it wasn't for that.

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  8. Your little Mister is adorable...such a sweet photo of him. The pink sky is beautiful...thanks for sharing...blessings

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  9. So . . . if I have no microwave (true story) how would you suggest (how long, what temp?) cooking this delectable sounding dish?? I'm not sure about the cranberries in there, but am game to try once and see how my family receives it.

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    1. Really, your family wouldn't like some Craisins thrown in there? How about dried cherries? I think they would work well, too. In the oven, do them cut side facing up, at 375 for about 30 minutes.

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  10. Monica, what vivid photos and beautiful prose. Everything in its own time... even those gorgeous October sunsets.

    The little Mister is so beautiful. May he know your love.

    Saloma

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  11. That last sentence did not come out the way I meant it... I mean to say may he know how much you love him.

    Saloma

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