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Photos & Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Hello and happy Sunday y’all!

Hope everyone is having a nice weekend so far.  Any plans for the Big Game?  Ya know, the game also known as the Super Bowl.  Bryan is going over to a friend’s house and I’m feeling a little under the weather so I’m going to stay put and cuddle up with the pups.

Oh, and I’m making myself Fried Spinach & Artichoke Dip Balls.  I’ll let you know how those turn out. 🙂

In the meantime…

Do you remember when I posted about keeping things simple?  Well, I love this theme so much that I’ve decided to make all of my Sunday posts simple.  I’ve deemed it Simple Sundays.   Whether I decide to post just photos, or a simple recipe, I promise to keep Sundays simple.

Thoughts?

Don’t forget to keep them simple… 🙂

Sooooo to continue with my Sunday simple theme I want to share some photos from Thursday when Bryan and I were lucky enough to snorkel with manatees!

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It was the perfect day out – high 70s, no wind, sunshine, and crystal clear water.

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I’ve lived in south Florida for almost three years now and I’ve never seen the water so clear. It was magical.

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And magical makes me happy. 🙂

Bryan knew how much I wanted to see manatees so he was on a mission to find some…and let’s just say, his mission was more than successful.   About five minutes into our paddle, he spotted six manatees and pointed them out to me.

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Here he is surrounded by them. 🙂

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Admiring them from above was great, but I knew I had to get in the water with them.

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And I’m SO glad I did.

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They weren’t bothered by me at all.  It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  I still can’t believe it happened. They are such incredible creatures.

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Sadly, as you can see in this photo, slow-moving manatees often cannot avoid the boats that frequent the Florida waterways they call home. As a result, propellers inflict serious or mortal wounds, and most manatees have a pattern of scars on their backs or tails after surviving collisions with boats. 😦  Luckily this one didn’t seem too affected by it.  She even had a little calf with her. 🙂

Okay, Okay, enough with my AMAZING experience, now I want to share with y’all one of the simplest ways to prepare butternut squash.  So simple in fact, that I expect you’ll start preparing it this way just because of its simplicity – four simple ingredients and a piece of cake to make. 🙂

You can thank me later. 🙂

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Simple Roasted Butternut Squash

Ingredients:

  • Butternut squash – peeled, seeded, and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2T extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt & pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Toss butternut squash with olive oil and garlic in a large bowl. Season with salt and black pepper, to taste. Arrange coated squash on a baking sheet.
  3. Roast in the preheated oven until squash is tender and slight brown, 30 minutes.

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Viola! That’s it!

Now I’m off to watch Lady Gaga!  Are y’all as excited as I am???

Oh, and P.S….the Spinach Balls are amazing!

 

 

 

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