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    Quote Originally Posted by AlyssaEimers View Post
    I do not think I have ever cooked from a whole pumpkin either. One of the butternut squash from my garden got damaged so I needed to bring it in and use it. I found some recipes online that look really good, but I thought 3 cups of brown sugar was excessive.
    I agree.

    I find when baking that I can almost always reduce the sugar significantly, but it takes some experimentation.

    I haven't baked from whole pumpkin, just canned, but you can mash it up I assume. I don't know...I am still very very new to this baking thing, I experiment constantly but I don't know a lot. My new thing is pureeing fruit to get the flavor without the lumpy texture. I made strawberry muffins that were all crumb, they came out great.

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    Thank you.

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    On the positive side: Today is our 8th wedding anniversary.

    On the negative side: I don't remember if I said this before, but last Sunday we found a house that I totally 100% fell in love with. It's in the perfect location, has everything I want in a house, walking distance to some great shops and restaurants and the library, has a mature garden in the backyard, all sorts of great stuff. So we put in an offer on Sunday, but the listing said ahead of time that they wouldn't review the offers until today. Well, we just heard from our realtor who talked to their realtor, and she said that there are three offers on the table, and we all put in an escalation clause. They didn't tell us how high the others were willing to go, of course. They wanted to know if we wanted to go higher. DH is arguing no (and in fairness, the comps from the neighborhood seem to suggest that if we went higher than our cap we would probably be overpaying for the house). So I'm guessing we are probably going to lose the house. Wah! Totally bummed about that. Plus stressed because we didn't see a lot of other options that we were crazy about, and our house is now under contract so we have got to find something soon! I know I need to wait until they decide tomorrow before I get good and bummed, but my gut is telling me that we are going to lose the house.
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    Happy anniversary!

    And good luck with the house.

    I know this: when it comes to buying a house, it always works out the way it should. If you don't get it, it will be because there's something else out there that is going to be better. I know it doesn't always seem that way but it mysteriously works out, for sure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alissa_Sal View Post
    On the positive side: Today is our 8th wedding anniversary.

    On the negative side: I don't remember if I said this before, but last Sunday we found a house that I totally 100% fell in love with. It's in the perfect location, has everything I want in a house, walking distance to some great shops and restaurants and the library, has a mature garden in the backyard, all sorts of great stuff. So we put in an offer on Sunday, but the listing said ahead of time that they wouldn't review the offers until today. Well, we just heard from our realtor who talked to their realtor, and she said that there are three offers on the table, and we all put in an escalation clause. They didn't tell us how high the others were willing to go, of course. They wanted to know if we wanted to go higher. DH is arguing no (and in fairness, the comps from the neighborhood seem to suggest that if we went higher than our cap we would probably be overpaying for the house). So I'm guessing we are probably going to lose the house. Wah! Totally bummed about that. Plus stressed because we didn't see a lot of other options that we were crazy about, and our house is now under contract so we have got to find something soon! I know I need to wait until they decide tomorrow before I get good and bummed, but my gut is telling me that we are going to lose the house.
    Happy Anniversary!

    Could you possibly stay some where and put your stuff in storage for a short time so that you are not under pressure to buy something less then ideal because you are rushed? I agree that if it doesn't work out, then there probably something better in the wings.

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    Thanks!

    Bonita - Our contract on our house that we're selling gives us the option to rent it back for 30 days if we don't find something before closing, so at least we have that. Otherwise yes, we could put stuff in storage and either stay with one of our parents (both sets have offered) or rent an apartment month to month. So we wont be homeless either way, but I don't want to move twice if I can help it.

    I'm sure you guys are right though. If we don't get this house, we'll find something.

    DH kind of wanted to buy this other house we saw. I admit that the price was right considering the neighborhood. It just needs a little fixing up and updating and it would be worth a lot more given the location (plus it's got a great floor plan.) But ugh, I just do NOT know that I am up to rennovating right now. Bleh. We'll see what happens though.
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    Three of my favorite butternut squash recipes are here: 5 Favourite Butternut Squash Recipes

    Black Bean and Butternut Squash burritos
    Butternut Squash "Mac & Cheese" aka heaven in a bowl
    Garlicky Roasted Butternut Squash (I use more garlic so I don't have to worry about vampires, LOL!)

    The woman who writes that blog is vegan so she uses things like Earth Balance and almond milk. I just use whatever dairy product she's swapping out.

    I love butternut squash! My DH won't eat it or any squash, but the kids like it. If you just roast butternut squash plain, and puree, it freezes really well. I usually think ahead to what I might want to do, and freeze it in the same portions I'll need for later, 1 cup or 1.5 cup. Butternut squash doesn't tend to be as watery as pumpkin; I've never found the need to drain it but if yours seems watery after pureeing, just let it sit in a fine mesh strainer for a while.
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    The squash was a mixed bag in our family. DH and Brianna did not like it, but I do not think they would have liked it regardless of how it was prepared. Alyssa, Caitlyn, and I really liked it. Caitlyn had seconds which is unusual for her. I did end up using the brown sugar, but it just cooked in the juices of it. Most of the brown sugar was left in the pot when it was done. I toasted the seeds and chopped up nuts and put on top. There was no butter or anything other than brown sugar and cinnamon to flavour it.

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    Its a fall and winter staple at our house. I roast it with olive oil and salt, and probably make squash soup once a week. I wouldn't add sugar to it as its so naturally sweet.

    alissa hopefully the house thing works out- and ita with Laurie or whoever said it about everything always working out for the best- just right- when it comes to getting the right house . Good energy your way it's eleventy hundred degrees so we've spent our post nap time here at the pool again. Dh has been in Vegas all week so we are taking advantage of the flexibility and just packing dinners. I take them home at 7:30 and everyone goes right off to bed. Love loving summer and this camp free deal- it's been so relaxing!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    Its a fall and winter staple at our house. I roast it with olive oil and salt, and probably make squash soup once a week. I wouldn't add sugar to it as its so naturally sweet.
    Thank you. I have been trying to learn more to cook with vegetables, but the only vegetables I cook with regularly are really starches.

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