Last weekend a kind soul dropped off, in our driveway, some potted plants and grasses ready to be put into the ground!

Paul and I found it quite interesting, as these verses were attached (in Ziploc bags to stay dry).

We’re so appreciative and excited to plant this variety of grasses in our back yard. We both decided that this was a very creative way to show hospitality.

So here’s a BIG thank you – to the anonymous giver!

Also, last year around this time when my husband was planning our garden, he asked what I wanted to grow. Years ago we gave up on growing things like carrots, garlic, onions, corn – things that we felt just took too much garden space and were cheaper to buy in the stores or at the market. Living on a city lot, we don’t have a huge space for our garden as if we were in the country.

My mother loved to garden, and the type of squash that I loved to eat as a kid was acorn squash! My mom made it taste like candy, because she baked it with butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. It was heavenly.

This year we grew “one” acorn squash. I don’t know what happened and why we only got one, but because this “one” was so significant to me, I wanted to make sure our whole family enjoyed it, the way I did as a girl.

I cut the squash in half, removing all of the seeds

I melted butter with brown sugar and cinnamon

I sliced the squash like a cantaloupe, laying it in a sprayed 9×13 and pouring the butter mixture over the top

Then I baked it at 400 degrees for 1 hour

It came out of the oven soft and bubbly, and our family of 5 consumed it last night around our dinner table.

I’ve decided that next year we will grow more than 1 acorn squash. And I’ll be heading to the market this weekend to buy more. It’s a perfect winter side-dish!

(Using my apple butter recipe, I made 7 pints of pear butter this last weekend! It takes a little more work because I had to peel and core the pears, but when it’s served on homemade waffles or peanut butter and jelly sandwiches – I always know it’s worth it!)

Thank you Melissa, for naming Reluctant Entertainer “Blog of the Week,” over at The Inspired Room. If you haven’t checked out Melissa’s blog – it’s full of inspiring and beautiful posts!

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