Have you noticed that there seems to be a never ending supply of new foods to try? There is no reason to be bored with the foods we eat if we are willing to try something new.
If you are pressed for time or intimidated by purchasing a large squash this convenient food item might be just what you need. All the prep work has been done for you. Recently I have seen these both at Sam’s club and Costco. Butternut squash is one of my favorite fall foods. It can be oven roasted or microwaved and is quite tasty with just a little salt and pepper. Of course you can guild the lily by adding a little honey, agave or maple syrup and a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Use it in soup like this Italian Sausage Bean Soup with Kale or one of our favorites Roasted Butternut Squash with Bacon Pasta.
I found it at Whole Foods.
Normally roasted garlic and onion would not be associated with jam. This works if you think of savory food. Use a thin spread of jam on a water cracker and add a thin slice of cheese or spread a little light cream cheese first and then a smear of jam. Perfect as a spread on your favorite turkey sandwich or add a little twist to a grilled cheese sandwich.
Stonewall products can be found at specialty food stores, Amazon or check out their website Stonewall Kitchens.
These were found at my Whole Foods market. They are a tasty and low calorie salad dressing option to have on hand when you don’t want to make your own.
They are not my favorite choice for a store bought salad dressing. I prefer some of the Annie’s salad dressings but hey, you don’t know if you don’t try. Since we all have different taste buds you might like them more than I did!
A box of these can usually be found in my pantry. Don’t judge! Sometimes I just can’t stomach traditional breakfast items and when that happens I will go for one of these. Not health food by any means but it does hold me until lunch time. They taste pretty good too.
These do contain sugar alcohols which can cause some lower GI issues if I have too much of them. The 10g doesn’t seem to cause me any problems. They can be purchased at many stores and I buy mine at Sam’s Club.
Last weekend hubby Tom had to take a day trip out of town to see a client so I tagged along. He spied this cute little shop so after conducting his business he insisted on taking me here.
From the outside it looked like a tiny little hole in the wall store. Boy was I surprised when we got inside and there were several aisles like this!
Lucky for hubby Tom my kitchen is pretty well stocked so this is all I came away with. My current apple slicer is cracked and its’something I use daily so this is my back up. The little 4 tablespoon measure cup is my second one like this and I use it all the time to make smaller amounts of salad dressing. The kitchen twine came in handy with a stuffed pork tenderloin recipe I recently made. Rubber spatulas need replaced now and then and I loved this red one.
We made one more stop on the way home at Macy’s and bought this Food Saver that was on sale and then they were having an additional 20% off kitchen appliances that day, plus I paid with a gift card I was given so this baby was free! I like free. Costco has the bags and roll of plastic as one of their coupon specials so I will be stocking up. This should help solve our problem with too many leftovers. We can freeze food ahead and not worry about freezer burn.
All of these items were purchased by me. Nothing was given to me nor was I asked to write any reviews on these products.
For the past few years hubby Tom and I have dodged Halloween by going out to dinner and taking in a movie. We did just that last night and were surrounded by other Empty Nester’s in the movie theatre. We saw Cloud Atlas and although well done if you haven’t read the books which it is based on (we hadn’t) it can be a little confusing. When it was over I heard a lady behind us say “Well that was weird”!
Like most of America I can’t stop thinking about all those folks in the East who’s lives have been turned upside down by the recent events of Sandy. Where has everyone gone who lost their home to fire or water damge? How do you even restart your life when you have lost everything and have no home to return to?
It seems somewhat wrong to be posting about food finds and food saver machines when so many people are in the middle of a tradgedy. It has weighed heavily on my mind – to post or not to post. Maybe the distraction even for a brief minute or two is a good thing. It doesn’t mean I don’t care or am not aware of what is going on. Everytime I see the news reports I am filled with sadness for everyone who has been touched by this.
Locally they are saying we can help by donating to the Red Cross or Salavation Army and we can donate blood. It doesn’t seem like much but it is something.
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What’s on your heart today?