Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Italian Baked Acorn Squash, Buffalo Sloppy Joes, Multi Seed Bread & Chocolate Cupcakes

So glad that this is a short week- how about you? I don't think I could do a full one after all the Christmas fun. I figured I would do a mish mash post, showing you a little bit of what's been cooking and baking in my kitchen.


First up, I made a batch of Italian Baked Acorn Squash. I made Josh a turkey version and myself a pink bean version. I forgot how incredibly delicious this combination is:


I also made up some Buffalo Sloppy Joes for Josh a la Rachael Ray (while I went for a second round of Italian Baked Acorn Squash):


We're going to be spending a few days with Josh's family to ring in the new year, so I also baked up some treats to share with them. First off, Cinnamon Sweet Bread:

I also made up this delicious seeded bread (using sunflower seeds instead of flax):



Later tonight, Josh and I are going to bake up some mini chocolate cupcakes using Martha Stewart's One Bowl recipe. We plan to do half with chocolate chips, half with dark & mint chocolate chips (pictures to come later!!).
I adjusted my workout schedule so that I could fit in all the fun with Josh's family. My week of workouts will look something like this:
  • Monday: Taught Body Pump and Body Step
  • Tuesday: Taught Body Attack
  • Wednesday: 45 minute spin and two mile run
  • Thursday: Off
  • Friday: Off or 6 ish mile run
  • Saturday: Teach Body Step
  • Sunday: 6ish mile run or off (depends on Friday)

If I don't "talk" to you again beforehand, Happy New Year!!!


60 comments:

Abby (Abbys Vegan Eats) said...

Oh my goodness, Erica, everything looks fabulous, esp that seeded bread. You are quite the little baker!
Enjoy your time with Josh's fam and Happy New Year to you as well!! :)

Britt said...

Girl, you have been busy! That seeded bread looks awesome. I'll take a loaf please. ;-)

Stephanie @ cookinfanatic said...

Everything looks great! Hope you have a wonderful new years celebrating with Josh's fam :)

Diana said...

Look at all your baked goodies! I'm planning to bake a loaf of something this week...thanks for some baking inspiration! :) Diana

Marisa (Loser for Life) said...

Your breads look fantastic!

Yum to the sloppy joes, too!

Have a great time with Josh's family:) Happy New Year!

homecookedem said...

Everything looks fantastic!! Esp. the Italian Baked Acorn Squash!! I just bought one and I'm thinking I'll have to copy your idea!! :)

inmytummy said...

Happy New Year, Erica!

lesley lifting life said...

Your pictures look wonderful ... looks like you've been eating well! ;)

Happy New Year to you too, Erica!! :D

Lauren said...

There are way too many things I want to recreate on this post! LoL. I make the Sloppy Buffalo Joes for my hubby all the time and he LOVES them! I make the same for me, but use chic peas for the meat and it turns out awesome!

Have a wonderful time tonight. Love that the Christmases are extending into the New Year! Enjoy hun. ;)

lk (Healthy Delicious) said...

love your embroidered towel! how cute! the seeded bread looks really good.I'd love a ig slice that that, right from the oven.

I hope you had a great Christmas and that you have a fabulous New Year!

Diana said...

Hey Erica! I got your comment that my link for my Eat in Month Challenge in January didn't work. Here's another shot: http://thechiclife.typepad.com/the_chic_life/2009/12/eat-in-month-challenge---january-2010.html

Hope that works! :) Diana

Diana said...

ahh....i tested it and it works! So sorry the first one didn't!!

Jessica said...

Hey girlie! You food looks fab!! Love that bread - yum!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Oh that cinnamon sweet bread looks awesome as do the flax rolls! Yummy stuff, Erica! Great job, you've been busy :)

Mom on the Run said...

I love all your acorn squash recipes.

Have a wonderful week and enjoy ringing in the New Year!

Molly said...

that bread looks so perfect and mouth-wateringly delicious! yum!

Esi said...

Happy new year!! Hope you are having a good short week. I am loving all this time off. Gonna make it hard to go back next week :)

chrystad72 said...

You kicked some butt in the kitchen! Everything looks super!!! Id love to make that baked acorn squash. That looks fantastic. Have a fabulous holiday!!

Katie said...

Wow Erica, you've really been busy in the kitchen! Everything in the kitchen looks fabulous... I always covet your cinnamon bread.

Happy New Year!

ktbwood said...

ohhh my gosh that looks GREAT ! and that bread- delish!! you are such a good home maker :) i love it!

Char said...

The Italian baked Acorn Squash looks to die for, I will have to try!

Pam said...

WOWSER!....that some pretty gosh darn good eatin!

Happy New Year's Darlin to you and Josh!

Hugs!

Julie said...

hey girl! i'm glad things with you are going good (or well depending if you're an english lang freak haha)

so i'll put my order in for baked italian acorn squash in like now? that looks freaking a.may.zing! your hubs is totes the lucky guy. hope he's prepared to be the hubs of a housewife reality star ;)

i used mint chocolate chips in some cookies for christmas and they came out SO GOOD. the mint and dark choc combo is to die faw so i'm sure everyone will luurv them!

what are your plans for the new years? have an awesome week girl :)

Ada said...

Wow, I must recreate those Italian baked acorn squashes asap, they sound like the perfect week night meal:) I love your cute Itzy's Kitchen dish towel, by the way.

K from ksgoodeats said...

First of all, those towels? So cute! I'm loving everything your kitchen has been producing. I need to make your cinnamon bread!! I love that you and Josh baked together :)

I hope you guys have a wonderful and safe New Year!!

Diana @ frontyardfoodie said...

that bread looks incredible! My husband would LOVE it. Maybe I'll try something similar for New Years:)

brandi said...

that squash looks so good! I need to get some more.

Happy New Year!!!

carolinebee said...

Erica sounds like u had a wonderful christmas!!! First one in your new house right?? :D Everything looks delish, hope you have a fun and relaxing weekend xo!

Diana said...

You are very fancy with all those baked goods! I only baked choc. chip cookies for xmas this year and they didn't come out very well, despite it being a recipe i've made DOZENS of times. I fail! Boo.

Happy New Year to you!

kilax said...

Yum! That bread looks so good! Like something a professional would make!

Happy New Years!

Veggies 'n' Cake said...

Buffalo sloppy joes looks insanely good. I'm tempted to make them tonight.

*Naomi* said...

i LOVE your little kitchen towel!! so cute

you have been a busy bee in the kitchen, and LOVE all your recipes! I want to try those stuffed squashs!! OMG they look fabulous, the perfect wintertime meal!!

happy New year, xoxox

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather said...

Looks like you've been treating yourself well in the kitchen! Super cute tea towel :)

Hope you have a wonderful new year with your family!!

Kris | iheartwellness.com said...

Wow, this sweet bread looks sooo good!! It looks like a loaf from a store! Amazing!!

I love your little "martha" ways! Too cute!!

Have a great new years!!

XXOO

Holly said...

WOW, does that squash look amazing!!! I tell you what, I think I could eat squash every single day and never get sick of it. Or....at least not for a few months. ;-)

I hope you have a wonderful New Year, girl and enjoy some down time with the fam!

Holly said...

WOW, does that squash look amazing!!! I tell you what, I think I could eat squash every single day and never get sick of it. Or....at least not for a few months. ;-)

I hope you have a wonderful New Year, girl and enjoy some down time with the fam!

Krista said...

The squash and bread look fabulous! Can't wait to see pic's of the cupcakes...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Dawn said...

happy new year girl!!!

Holly said...

i am loving up on that italian baked acorn squash my dear! glad you are enjoying the season and getting to spend time with josh's fam!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Maria said...

Happy new year! I love all of your eats! I've been sick all week so no food or workouts for me:(

Yum Yucky said...

I searched and searched for a chocolate cupcakes pic. But I've been denied. Humphf!

Sana said...

You have been very busy! Happy new year!

Paige@ RunningaroundNormal said...

Oh wow that sunflower seed bread looks amazing! Like something you'd get at Great Harvest or something. Mmm mm.

Nutritious is Delicious said...

MMMM MMMM MMM! THat Cinnamon Sweetbrread looks sensational! :D

Happy New Year!

Deva (Voracious Vorilee) said...

I love bread full of seeds - it makes it taste super nutty and delicious!

peanutbutterbliss said...

now that baked acron squash is a GREAT meal :) you are such a talented chef my dear!!
happy new year :)

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Alison said...

Happy New Year girl! All your kitchen adventures have me feeling ready to start cooking again in this new house.

I can only imagine how nutso the next few weeks are going to be for you at work. Rest up for 2010!

MizFit said...

happy 2010!
I wanted to pop in and say thank you so much for sharing SO MUCH of yourself with us this year, Erica.

Carla

lesley lifting life said...

Happy New Year, Erica! : ) I just wanted to let you know that you're in my blog post today ; )

bhealthier said...

Happy New Year!!!

Tricia said...

Yum, it looks delish!

Happy New Year!

Shannon said...

everything looks fabulous, happy new year!!!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

You are such a whiz in the kith mamacita! Happy new year :)

teresa said...

it was so fun catching up with your blog, you've been cooking up some tasty stuff over the holidays! hope you had a wonderful season!

Yum Yucky said...

I cut up a cantaloupe at 5:30am this morning. And I'm eating it a work right now.

I hope you are proud. I am seeking your approval. hehehe.

Chef Jeena said...

Happy New Year Erica!

Looks like you have been enjoying some tasty dish yum!

Anne Marie said...

Happy New Year to you too! I love acorn squash. It's amazing!

The Blonde Duck said...

Your bread looks so pretty!

Angelalovesfood said...

Just catching up with your post and omgah, I love your dish (pretty much all) maybe because I just love cheese and anything related to ground meats cooked in sauce haha.