WE MADE IT TO FRIDAY! yay. I’ve slightly overbooked myself the past couple weeks and so I’m going to do my best to actually relax some this weekend. I say “actually” because I’m bad about setting aside time to rest but then just filling it with various chores that have me rushing around the house and doing anything but resting. SO, here’s to a relaxing and restful weekend.
And when I get home today, there will be FOUR FRUIT TREES waiting for me on the front porch. If I could express my excitement over the internet, it would look a little something like this 🎉🎉🎉🎉‼️‼️🍎🌳🍏🌳🍎😃😍👏🎉.
I can’t even begin to explain why the thought of planting fruit trees has me SO ecstatic, but it does. I have, in fact, been talking about planting my very own apple tree for a good 15 years now so I guess that could have something to do with it.
To back track: on Tuesday, I spent my lunch break researching apple trees. It started out casual like, “oh, let me just see how much they cost” and next thing you know I’m on the phone talking to a sweet old lady who’s owned a gardening company in Georgia her whole adult life and I’m ordering 3 apples trees and a fig tree. My intention was to just order 2 apple trees but somehow 2 simply didn’t seem like enough. I also ended up spending a bit more money to get trees that were more mature and would produce apples as early as next year! (!!!) So, starting today, I’ll be the proud owner of a fuji apple tree, a granny smith apple tree, a honeycrisp apple tree, AND an Italian fig tree. The fig tree was an impulse buy.
Needless to say, you’ll hear lots more about my fruit tree growing adventures in the near future.
Lets talk about these Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash. As I mentioned previously, I was a food stylist on a shoot recently where the company asked that their pictures be styled to look like a “bountiful harvest”. In order to achieve such a look, I spent ~$100 on produce all of which I took home with me after the shoot. The next few blog posts that you will see are my desperate attempts to eat 3 weeks worth of fruits and veggies in just ONE week before it all goes bad. That’s what this acorn squash recipe is really about.
Quinoa + Black Beans + Cilantro is one of my absolute favorite combos and I do it rather often. Sometimes I eat it just by itself and other times I stuff it into sweet potatoes or tacos OR these acorn squash.
This recipe is surprisingly simple which is a large reason why I love it. It’s also very easily adapted. You could add in some ground turkey (or really any other kind of meat), any spices, any other veggies.
These Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash are also VERY filling. It kind of feels like comfort food while simultaneously being filled with nutrients and for that, I’m grateful.
Friends, I hope that you have a marvelous weekend filled with all of the things that bring you joy :)
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