Black-eyed Pea Stuffed Squash

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Don’t you love mixing flavors and textures in food? I do! If you don’t this recipe may not be for you, BUT it is delicious, so you might want to give your taste buds a new experience with this one!

It takes about an hour from start to finish. Most of that time is while the squash is baking, so don’t let the time scare you. This is super simple to make!

Preheat over to 400 degrees.

What do you need?

  • 2 acorn squashes, halved crosswise and seeded (this would work with other squash -spaghetti, delicata, etc.)
  • 2 Tbl olive oil (divide this in half)
  • A little salt (to taste)
  • 1 C of cooked black-eyed peas (I start with dry, so I cook them first; if you use canned, just open and drain them)
  • 1 C of cooked farro (you could use another grain; maybe you have leftover brown rice or barley in the fridge)
  • 1 C finely chopped red bell pepper (or another color if you prefer)
  • 1 Tbl fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp sherry vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp freshly cracked pepper
  • 1 – 2 oz. of goat cheese, crumbled (optional) OR grated parmesan
  • Fresh chopped flat leaf parsley (amount is up to you!)

Line a baking dish with foil for easier clean up. Place squash halves in the lined dish cut sides up, and brush with 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add a little salt and pepper. Bake for 45 minutes or until you can pierce with a fork. This will vary on size so start checking on them around 30 minutes.

While they are baking, get going on the filling. Saute the pepper in a skillet over medium heat until it starts to soften. Add the black-eyed peas and the farro and mix. Add the thyme, sherry vinegar, smoked paprika and pepper. Let them all cook in the skillet for several minutes. The smell will be amazing because of the smoked paprika!

When the squash are done, fill each half with some of the filling. Drizzle a bit of the remaining olive oil on. Add the goat cheese or parmesan cheese if you are using it. Add some more cracked black pepper.

Pop them back in the over for 10 – 15 minutes.

Remove and add fresh parsley.

Enjoy!

Einkorn Wheat Berry Salad

What’s better than simple, yummy and good for you? I love when I can stir up something at the beginning of the week and have it for lunch during the week. This Einkorn Wheat Berry Salad is the perfect ticket for this!

If you are not familiar with this grain here’s a shot of my box:

You can use this like rice, add it to soup or salad. It doesn’t get mushy so it works in a lot of situations. It is an old grain (12,000 + years old!) and a 1/4 Cup packs 9 grams of protein with 0 grams of Sugar. In my book that is a lot of bang!

For the salad cook 1 C of Einkorn Wheat Berries in 3 C of water for about 30 minutes. Be sure to check the directions for this on your box if your brand is different than mine. Drain and let cool.

In a bowl start dumping– 1 diced cucumber, 1/4 C Vidalia onion (or use green onions), 1/4 C Cilantro, 3 oz feta cheese, 3 Tbl Olive Oil and 1 Tbl Golden Balsamic. Add the wheat berries when they are cool. Mix it all up and store in the fridge until lunchtime!

The great thing about salads like this is flexibility! Don’t like cilantro then use parsley! No Golden Balsamic in the pantry then grab red wine vinegar or another favorite. Goat cheese could go in for the feta. AND tomatoes would be fabulous in here but they are not in season yet at our house so we are still waiting on that addition because I won’t buy them at the store now that I have grown my own.

If you cannot find the Einkorn Wheat Berries at your store, you can get them on Amazon because well Amazon has everything!

Enjoy!

FGU

Weekend Grilled Sandwich(es)

There is nothing like a great sandwich. Since we don’t eat a lot of meat we do not make sandwiches often. This weekend however we feasted on sandwiches more than once and they were fantastic and yes vegetarian!

This is heaven on a cloud of ciabatta. Yes a cloud…

I think some folks think ciabatta is heavy, but when baked right it is light, airy and just feels like a cloud when you press it. Hubby made the ciabatta using the recipe from “The Italian Baker” and it was magnifico! If you don’t have a baker in the house buy a good quality ciabatta for this sandwich.

Let’s make it!

Heat your grill to hot! I grill at a very high temp – 600 – 700 degrees. Heat to where you are comfortable.

  • Slice zucchini and/or yellow squash lengthwise about 1/4″ thick.
  • Slice a red pepper into pieces. I cut my pepper into 5 nice pieces that would lay on the sandwich after grilling.
  • Drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  • Toss on the grill (I use a grill pan with small holes so I don’t lose anything in the process).
  • Grill for a few minutes on each side.

Towards the end of grilling cut the ciabatta lengthwise to open it up. There were only two of us eating so we cut the size of the bread appropriately for 2 sandwiches. Brush the bread with a little olive oil and pop on the grill for a couple minutes on each side.

Assemble!

  • Spread fresh (if you have it) or store bought pesto on the ciabatta.
  • Layer the veggies
  • Add a bit of sliced purple onion
  • A slice or two (or more, don’t be shy) of fresh mozzarella takes the sandwich over the top so get cheesy!

We served this with Italian Potato Salad – which is basically red potatoes with balsamic, olive oil and a bunch of fresh herbs. It was sooooo yummy!

We dined outside with a good red wine and believe me when I say it was GREAT!

Notice I did not give amounts on any of the ingredients. Since it is a sandwich it is up to you! Use whatever you think is reasonable for whoever is indulging (then add a little) 🙂

The next night we made paninis with the ciabatta on our griddle and added grilled large portobello mushrooms, red peppers, chipotle mayo and swiss.  Hubby made baked beans and it was again a feast. We were so excited to eat another sandwich, that I forgot to take a picture!

And what would a weekend be without a good breakfast sandwich? Eggs, peppers, mushrooms, pesto, avocado and mozzarella on the ciabatta. Many of these ingredients were left from the evening sandwiches and it was a great way to not waste!

Enjoy and happy unleashing with sandwiches! What are your favorites?

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #243

Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It doesn’t matter whether you are a first timer or visit weekly; I am glad you stopped by! This is a great place to share what you are up to and to brag a little.

I am always inspired by what is shared here. I loved the quiet, peaceful post from Mid-Life Blogger last week, Be Still. She found herself without electricity and truly made the most of the day in stillness and enjoyment of her surroundings. I think we all need a “Be Still” day every once in awhile. Thank you for sharing!

And we had pretzels and refinishing and multiple entries on chickens and eggs and yummy goodies and well just so lots of good stuff to look at. Thank you to all that participate. You make Fridays so much fun!

So let’s do it shall we? Time to hop!

Share a post about what your inner and outer farmgirl is doing and feeling this week. Brag on yourself and your skills! Share what being a farmgirl means to you; you don’t have to live on a farm to be a farmgirl! 😉

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart -MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #242

Happy Friday & Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It has been a busy and fun week. We started with a three day weekend in Cincinnati celebrating my hubby’s birthday AND simply relaxing. After our kitchen project we took some downtime. Even though we were traveling we spent a lot of time sleeping, playing Yahtzee and watching basketball– some of the things we haven’t done much of lately! It was so much fun.

Midweek we had church activities and this is my first full week back to work full-time in a few months. So it has been a good week but it has flown! How about you?

We had some fun blog entries last week. A new one that I noticed and loved was Farm Life in the Italian Mountains. She is living my dream life! Wonderful blog and pictures also.

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Take a little time today and visit Italy with Chandra. Thanks Chandra for posting!

So you may not be in Italy this week but you are probably doing something interesting in your world! Take a few moments and share what you are up to.

This is a blog hop so join in and have a great Friday!



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #241

Happy Friday and Happy Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

It is a beautiful day in the neighborhood! We have 70’s today and I will enjoy because storms are coming tonight and we see 20’s and 30’s again over the weekend. February weather always leaves you guessing!

I planted my first green babies this week. That makes me giddy!

We also finished our kitchen!

This has been a 2 year project. We totally gutted it, hubby made most of the cabinets, we moved doors and windows and well it has taken us awhile. BUT Tuesday we got the last of the countertops! I will have to share some before and after pics in an upcoming blog. It is wonderful and was worth the work. 90% of the time the work was fun to do together. And we have survived a couple of these kitchen remodels now so our marriage must be rock solid!

OK— last week there were several great entries on the hop. BUT how can you resist chocolate chip cookies that someone has made THREE times in a week. Oh yes they must be good and we all must try these! Thank you Tami from A Creative Homemaker for sharing!

Let’s get hopping shall we? Have a great weekend whatever you do!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am happy to journey with you again this year; so glad you are here.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #235

Welcome to Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! 

And Happy New Year!

We are about TWO weeks into the new year. Are you a resolution maker? Do you like to kick start the new year with a new habit or do you like to try something new?

Since I love to cook, I have been looking in my cookbooks and Pinterest for new recipes to try out. I have made some new soups, tried new things with spaghetti squash and made my own enchilada sauce this week instead of using a bottled one when making enchiladas. OK– they were delicious!

What about you? Is there something new you want to attempt in 2017? Something you want to brag about doing? This is the place!

Brag about your cooking, farming skills, gardening, crafting, sewing, painting and whatever else you do to connect with your inner farmgirl. It can be a new endeavor for 2017 or one that you have mastered!

Let’s blog hop!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

I am happy to journey with you again this year! Here’s to a lot of fun and a lot of sharing in 2017.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters


Hello Again!

Happy Fall!

I have been on a bit of a hiatus. For me it is a good thing to do now and then. It is nice to focus on what I am doing and not be so concerned with camera angles while taking pictures and making sure that I am not missing a picture or redoing something just to capture the picture. I am pretty certain that if you blog you can relate to that! So every once in a while I put the camera aside, take pictures just for me and detach just a bit from the electronics.

We have had a full and fun late summer however. Much of me still feels I am in summer. The temperatures are cooler and the fall garden is planted but the summer garden is still producing heavily. So canning and eating summer food is still in the forefront. Canning is on the calendar again this week. Last Tuesday I canned 55 pounds of tomatoes. It makes me so excited to think I will be able to enjoy them all winter long!

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The produce is still coming in!

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I have lots of winter squash coming in now, but no pictures. Like I said, my electronics and I have been working on practicing a little separation.

Kitchen! Yes, kitchen is progressing nicely. Cabinets on the walls now and gorgeous counter tops. I am super excited about the counter space I have now and the big sink!

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And of course life would not bring quite as many smiles without a visit to this little guy!

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I hope you are enjoying the transition of the seasons! What are some of your favs this time of year?

Happy Unleashing into Fall!

FGU

Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #231

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Welcome to the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop!

You may be coming off a long weekend like we are. I love having the extra day from work to work in the garden and do other things around here. We are busy in the garden and busy in the kitchen with our remodel still going. Hubby got the sink out this week and by end of the weekend the new sink cabinet that he is building and our new apron sink should be in! Yipee!! For now we are using paper plates and cups and cooking on the grill. We have a sink in the basement but we figure the less dishes we make the better for a few days.

Last week I loved reading the blog on Hibiscus. I have Hibiscus and yet I buy tea with Hibiscus. Michelle from Seeking Joyful Simplicity shared a tea recipe and more on Hibiscus.

And who doesn’t like to put something old to good use. Lyn from Repurposed for Life showed us the new life her couch has received and boy is it pretty!

There were so many good link ups last week on the hop! Keep ’em coming as I love reading them.

Let’s blog hop!

Here’s some simple guidelines:

  1. Write a post about your farmgirl lifestyle and brag a little about your farmgirl talents while your at it! Share what being a farmgirl means to you. Include lots of photos of your farm, crafts, animals,  quilts, home decor projects and thrifty make overs, your backyard garden, chicken coop, recipes, studio or workshop. You get the idea!
  2. Leave your entry in the  Linky tools space to your  Farmgirl Friday post.
  3. Please include the Farmgirl Friday button ( or link back here ) in your post and remember to share this hop with all of your blogging friends!
  4. Enter up to three entries per hop

Thank you for joining and sharing and visiting each other! It is not a hop without you.

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters



Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop #229

FGF LogoV2Here we are again at the Farmgirl Friday Blog Hop! So glad you stopped by.

I love this time of year – mostly because I am obsessed with my veggie gardens. The potatoes blossomed this week—

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The beans are about ready to pop on our first planting of them—

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And the Malabar Spinach is about big enough to toss in a salad!

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I cannot wait to head out every day to see what is happening. And I love to head here also to see what ya’ll are doing.

Last week Ginger Dawn shared a poem titled “She Let Go“.  I have read this numerous times in the last week. I think we are all so busy and that makes this such a great message. If you did not read it, take a few moments by yourself and read it and let it resonate with you. I love it and we all need to stop, breath and let go over and over and over again in our lives. Enjoy reading it and thank you Ginger for sharing. Please note also that the artwork is by Ginger herself and it is beautiful.

So like I said we all are busy. So take a moment and brag on what you are doing this week.

Visit some other posts while you are at it. Thank you for joining. It is not a hop without you. Let’s get hopping!

Farmgirl is a Condition of the Heart – MaryJaneButters