My latest Eat This column is up! Winter Squash 🙂 I included two of my favorite recipes; both for butternut squash. I used Ina’s roasted squash recipe, which is great as a side dish or as a first-step for using squash in other recipes, like a salad or soup. I chose Foster’s Market’s butternut squash soup recipe because it’s one of the only ones I’ve made that isn’t overly sweet or curried, which are probably the most common types of butternut squash soup.
And now, without further ado, is the REAL point of this post…
Here it is folks, the house we’ll be renting for at least the next six months, if not longer.
While renting certainly wasn’t our first choice (hello, moving TWICE), this house is truly a blessing in so many ways. In fact, we weren’t even looking for it; a friend from the hotel took a wrong turn on their way to dinner one night, drove by and wrote the address down for us.
I grow more convinced every day that God has a special plan for Andrew and me in terms of our housing arrangement, and I know that this is just part of it. I said before that renting wasn’t our first choice; I’ll just come right out and say that until a couple weeks ago, I didn’t want to rent AT ALL. I DID NOT want to move twice. I didn’t want to give up on finding a house at the 11th hour. But, in the end, I truly think God had to bring us to this point–all the anxiety and disappointment and losing that ‘perfect’ house and now renting–so that we would truly surrender ourselves (and our desires) to Him and His plan. It’s been a looooooong summer, full of activity and “noise,” and I think we’re finally ready to “be still and wait.”
Countdown to move-in: 10 days!
It may not be much to look at on the outside (it’s in a super cute part of the Orchard Park village, but it’s definitely missing the TLC that only a homeowner can give), it has three bedrooms and a big, dry basement–which is important since much of our stuff will be down there!
Here’s our “short list” of things we’re looking forward to:
-a REAL trash can: just the other day Andrew was rhapsodizing (literally, with gestures and everything) about our big stainless steel can with the foot-operated lid
-a kitchen! the baking bug has bitten HARD and I cannot wait to get back into the kitchen with all my gear and cookbooks and go to town… Too many recipes have gone unmade this summer!
-having enough room that I’m not (literally) tripping over the dog every time I turn around
-our coffeemaker–the hotel coffee may be free, but it isn’t that good
-NOT having to change out of my pj’s to have my morning coffee or let the dog out
-Hadrian NOT barking at every passing person outside our door or hotel window
-Hadrian NOT barking at housekeeping EVERY DAY
-a desk for studying
-a door to SHUT while studying
-being only five minutes away from East Aurora, instead of 25
-did I mention the cats? We can have them back, too. (I’ve all but forgotten we own cats at this point….)
Yay for my “off” day! I love Tuesdays, but they often get booked-up with lunch or coffee dates and various errands. Today, my coffee date had to reschedule and Andrew is out of town, so I have the ENTIRE day (and night!) to get ahead on schoolwork, organize details for the move and other various ‘tasks.’ First up: the gym!