Tried it Thursday {Acorn Squash}

I’m so excited to share this recipe with you all. I just made it earlier this week and cannot wait to make it again soon!

Whether you’ve tried squash before or not, I suggest you give this recipe a go. It is super cheap and uses very few ingredients.

I bought our acorn squash at ALDI – they’re only 89 cents there! Trevor and I have begun shopping there to save some money. I compared the price to what it is at Target (where we used to buy our groceries) and they are sold for $1.89 there. So go buy your acorn squash at ALDI, I just bought more today!

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What you need:

  • a pan (13×9 suggested in original recipe)
  • water
  • acorn squash
  • butter
  • brown sugar (optional, but suggested 🙂 )

How to make Acorn Squash:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F.
  2. Slice acorn squash in half and remove the seeds + pulp (kinda like a pumpkin!)
  3. Fill pan with about a half inch of water. Place squash halves in pan, like seen below.

*I suggest if the stem is long or curved to cut that off too. I did not do this and it caused issues later on.


4. Place pan in oven for 40-45 minutes.
5. Remove after time is done. 6. VERY CAREFULLY flip squash over. I used tongs because mine were so hot I nearly burned myself.
7. Put lots of butter in the hole of the squash. (See where that curved stem caused me some issues…) 8. Add brown sugar to the hole of the squash (optional).

9. Place back in oven for approximately 10 minutes.
10. Remove from oven and decide how you want to eat!

Two easy options for eating this tasty meal are straight from the squash skin, like shown below…
OR scooping all of the squash goodness into a bowl and mixing it all together!  I prefer the second method because I can mix in a little extra brown sugar.

See, I told you it’s an easy recipe! To see the original click HERE.

If you have any suggestions on how to improve this recipe or feedback on how the recipe went for you, comment below! I would love to hear your thoughts on this delicious meal.

XO Elisebeth

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Tried it Thursday {Apple Chips}

Hey everyone,

I know I started these “Tried it Thursday” posts back this summer and have struggled to keep up with it, but I’m going to try to improve at that! As you can see, the blog has undergone a little transformation! Until I get A LOT of “Tried it Thursday” posts accomplished, I will just be posting them in their respective area. Eventually It’ll get its own spot in the header above.


Apple Chips

So I stumbled upon this recipe on Pinterest (who would have guessed). It is honestly the simplest recipe ever. Even if you’re not too great at cooking, you should give this a shot!

You may have seen a picture of the delicious finish product a few posts ago when I talked about fall break, so I’ll include that again at the bottom as some extra encouragement to give this recipe a try.

Step 1: Slice the apples – THIN!

Be very careful doing this – apples have a not so pleasant shape when it comes to slicing. Each slice needs to be super thin if you want your chips to be crispy + crunchy. They don’t taste bad if they’re on the thicker side, but they’re much better the thinner you can make them. The website (which I’ll link later) that I found this on suggested using a mandolin slicer. Unfortunately I do not have one, but I’d imagine that would do wonders for step 1.

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Step 2: Coat apple slices in cinnamon sugar goodness.

Mix up some cinnamon and sugar together and throw your apple slices in! The suggestion from the other site said to sprinkle, but I love the intense flavor when I coated them well.

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Step 3: Heat oven at 200F degrees (do this in advance if you don’t have a gas oven like me!!!).

Step 4: Lay apple slices on a cookie sheet.

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Step 5: Bake the apple slices for about 1 hour, flip over all of the slices, bake them for another 1 or more.

Step 6: Turn off oven – but leave in the apple chips for another hour! This helps your chips reach their maximum crunchy potential.

Step 7: ENJOY.

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To see the original website I used this recipe from, click HERE.

I would love to hear how your apple chips tasted as well as if you have any helpful hints or tricks to make them better!

XO Elisebeth

Fall Break 2015

Last weekend, my school had fall break.. It was a much needed break, although I spent it doing many other things than I would have liked or intended to do.

Wednesday night Trevor hurt his back, so I spent the night caring for him. Thursday his back was no better so we spent a lot of time in bed. I would get up to get him what he needed, like a quick run to Target for some Icy Hot.

Thursday I also had an interview at Caribou Coffee! That’s my “big” job news… My interview went quite well. They told me that they will give me a call to set up a second interview, so now I play the waiting game (again). So fingers are crossed that this job opportunity works out!

Friday I was able to enjoy the morning in bed, watching Friends on Netflix. I did work at Noodles that evening – oh joy…

Saturday I worked a double at Noodles. Talk about a day from hell. I woke up with a sore knee, but knew I had to go in since I was opening. My coworker that was supposed to come in at 11, never showed. And we were swamped with a college volleyball team and several large families. What a lovely time to be understaffed.. At the end of my first shift, Trevor picked me up. I had no want to go back-at all. But I knew it was only me and another guy scheduled for front of house for the evening, and I couldn’t do that to him. So I did go back. Thankfully, my manager let me out an hour early (Tracy is seriously the best manager ever).

Sunday, I was a bad person. I called in to Noodles (I was scheduled for another double) and said I could not make it in due to my knee being swollen and barely being able to walk. Now this may have been a slight exaggeration, but my knee was quite bad and I didn’t want to spend my last day of a break at the place I am not so fond of. Plus, Trevor didn’t work until 4:30, so I wanted to spend some quality time together.

So Sunday turned out to be a great day! Trevor had an Apple appointment for his Mac charger, so we went to the Rosedale mall for that. I enjoyed smelling probably 30 different candles at Bath & Body Works. We then headed to Taco Bell for a cheap lunch. After picking up a classy lunch, we headed to the end of Summit Ave in Saint Paul. There is a beautiful outlook of the Mississippi River! It was breathtaking, especially with all of the fall colors! We then headed to Caribou Coffee for a drink and Trevor went to get his haircut (FINALLY). We may have waited for an hour before he actually got that taken care of, but it’s done now!

I am so glad we got to spend the afternoon together.


  
After our fall colors excursion, we headed home and Trevor went off to work. I got a little homework done, but primarily just enjoyed myself with lighting a lot of candles and making apple chips. (I’ll be posting a tutorial with a recipe of those soon!)


I am so thankful for the opportunity to have enjoyed (a good chunk of) my fall break. While I didn’t get the chance to travel anywhere, like some of my friends. I got some awesome time with my husband, and that is good enough for me!

XO Elisebeth

Homecoming 2015

This past weekend Concordia celebrated Homecoming!

I am so thankful I asked for the day off from work to spend some time with my friends and have some fun. It was a blast!

Concordia throws this awesome carnival that starts toward the end of the Homecoming football game. So Sarah and I went to watch football during the second quarter. Eventually Katrina joined us and we headed to the carnival area.

With your student ID if you’re a current student, you get in for free! So it’s free rides + food + petting zoo! It was a blast! I can only imagine how many calories I consumed… Seriously, I ate a lot.

These ladies are the best.


  
  
  

  
  
  

Psst… I have some good news coming soon (hopefully) regarding my job situation!

XO Elisebeth

First Day of Fall

love fall. It’s easily my favorite season.

Things begin to cool down to the point where you can wear jeans and a cozy sweater, but there’s no snow yet! I wish that I would have gotten the opportunity to wear some more of my fall apparel the past two days, but with my knee brace jeans get uncomfortable. Another huge downside to my knee issues resurfacing is the necessity to wear more comfortable shoes. I just got the cutest pair of black booties from H&M, but I can’t wear them again until my knee calms down a bit. It’s rather frustrating.

So, originally I was going to share some of the awesome ways Trevor and I have spruced up our home to be ready for autumn, but I’ve gotten swamped with homework. So on Sunday my goal is to get all of the pictures done and ready and to have a post for y’all early next week…

I hope your SECOND day of fall is going swell!
XO Elisebeth