Butternut Squash & Kale Salad

“What day is it?  Hump day!  What day is it?? Hump Day!”

(Anybody else like to quote the talking “Hump Day” camel?  …No?)

…is still a no-go. I’m getting a health screening done today, which I’m hoping will tell me that I’m good to go, because I am so over this whole pneumonia thing…  Sedentary –> not for me.

On a better note, staying home + not grocery shopping = some serious creativity in the kitchen!  Lunch yesterday was a yummy, thrown-together concoction:


I personally get bored with the same go-to salads, so I’ve been increasingly daring with what I throw in a bowl of greens nowadays. I found in my fridge butternut squash from last night’s dinner and a couple slices of mozzarella cheese…


I had peeled, cubed and baked the butternut squash in the oven after lightly coating it in olive oil (2 Tbs), honey (2 Tbs), and lots o’ cinnamon! (30 min @ 375 degrees did the trick for me). Yum!

Throwing a couple handfuls of spinach and kale in a bowl, I put about 3/4 c of the squash on the side, a big ol’ slice of mozzarella on the greens, microwaved for 30 sec, then topped it off with a sprinkling of sesame seeds for texture and healthy fats.


Amen to an unboring salad!


Almost gone. ;)

My bro-in-law is a youth pastor, so last night I sat in on my church’s youth group since I was there dropping Jason off at a men’s Bible study anyway. It was fun hanging out with junior highers and hearing what’s going on in their lives. (Was it that long ago that I was stressed out about boys and algebra and soccer games? Wow).

The message, albeit for 8th graders, was still a good reminder on how important it is to be in God’s Word and to have it “hidden in your heart.” One particular verse that jumped out and stayed with me was Isaiah 55:10-11:

The rain and snow come down from the heavens
and stay on the ground to water the earth.
They cause the grain to grow,
producing seed for the farmer
and bread for the hungry.
11 It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

Boom!  I love this.  Just as rain causes crops to grow, God’s word will produce fruit.  Just like water allows life on earth to prosper, the Bible will enable God’s people to prosper.

How encouraging, because I know that every time I open that book and take the time and energy to read it, it’s never going to come back void.  There will be fruit.


When was the last time God’s word produced fruit in your life?

4 responses to “Butternut Squash & Kale Salad

  1. That faith part rocks my world!! I don’t know last time it produced fruit in my life, but I try to keep some verses on my mind at all times. I’m going to dig more into this verse for my quiet time tonight though! :0) Thank you for spreadin the word like FIRE!! :) Talking about snow, God’s making sure the harvest will be plentiful this spring with all this snow!

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