Confession: I’ve always wanted to be… a sidewalk performer.
Is that weird? I always love stopping to listen/watch to different people singing/playing/performing on the sidewalks. But, I especially love it during Christmas time. In fact, I want to BE that person spreading Christmas Cheer for all to hear…
A couple problems with the practicality of that dream:
- Until now, I have never been near a big city where sidewalk performances would be normal.
- I forget the words to a lot of songs, so I really need them in front of me.
- My guitar skills are mediocre at best.
I fixed the first problem when I moved to Philly. The second problem can be fixed with the shame of carrying music with me. But the third problem… that’s a toughie. I’ve been practicing guitar every night and morning in preparation for my big debut, but I don’t think it’s going to be ready. I am in desperate need of divine intervention or a willing accompanist.
I’ll update you on my progress, of course.
As I struggle with this reality, let’s discuss something more pleasant.
I stumbled across a brilliant combination of food yesterday: Butternut squash + Honeycrisp Apples + Cranberries + Nutmeg/Cinnamon + Butter + Honey = Everything nice. It’s right up there with pie. I love it that much.
Recipe: Baked Butternut Squash and Apples
- 2 C butternut squash, peeled and cubed
- 3 large honeycrisp apples, large dice
- 1 large pear, large dice
- 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
- 2/3 C fresh cranberries, whole
- 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Tbsp Butter
- 3/4 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Chop the butternut squash. Toss cubed squash with cranberries and olive oil on a baking sheet and bake for 15-20 minutes.
- Dice apples and pear and toss with fresh lemon juice. Set aside.
- Remove squash from oven. Toss and add apple/pear mixture, spices, butter, and honey. Place baking sheet back into oven for another 10 minutes.
- Serve warm.
A note to the Diabetics: One serving (1 cup) = 22 grams of carbohydrate. Enjoy as a lower carbohydrate alternative to pie. Trust me, it’s equally delicious.
If you’re in a hurry, you can also make this pan in the skillet. I did it the other day. It turns out just as yummy, but not QUITE as pretty as when it’s done in the oven.