Well. . . . . .sort of! lol
Last year I spent a lot of time decorating the main living area and didn’t really get around to decorating down stairs. I was trying to simplify my Christmas decor and boxed up the stuff that I wanted to get rid of. One day, my hubby took it upon himself to decorate the Family room using the things in the box. (So much for trying to get rid of stuff! lol) He joked that, from then on, he was going to take over the Christmas tree down stairs and start decorating it with Cleveland Browns and Cavaliers ornaments.
I’ve been picking up ornaments ever since. It’s been tough trying to find Cavaliers things…..there isn’t much available.
Instead of decorating one tree, I suggested doing two. The reason being….I don’t think brown, orange, wine, gold and blue would look good together, plus, we have more Browns items than Cavs! lol
My hubby was all excited with all of the things I found and since both sports seasons are upon us, we put the trees up already! Besides, they’re more “sports” trees rather than Christmas trees!! lol It’s kind of hard to tell in this picture, but the taller tree has orange lights with Browns ornaments and the smaller one has red and yellow lights with Cavs things on it. We’re still on the lookout for more ornaments along with something for tree toppers. They’re lit up faithfully every night, whether a games on or not!
A while back, we got together with Chuck’s sister and her family to go apple picking and then went back to his niece’s house for dinner and to watch the Browns football game. She made a lot of great food, but one dish that I absolutely loved was her Rosemary Butternut Squash Pasta!! It was SO good!! Hers looked a lot prettier than mine….I don’t think I was gentle enough stirring in my butternut squash. It kind of got “mushed”! lol But it still tasted wonderful!!
Rosemary Butternut Squash Pasta
1 lb. penne pasta
3/4 pkg. cream cheese
1/2 c. grated fresh parmesan cheese
1 large butternut squash
1 large yellow onion, diced
3/4 c. roasted walnuts
1 T. fresh basil, chopped
2 T. fresh rosemary, chopped
salt and pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425°.
Cut butternut squash into 1” cubes and mix with diced onion. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast for 40-45 minutes.
Meanwhile, cook pasta and drain; reserving 1/2 c. of pasta water. Combine pasta, cream cheese and parmesan cheese in large bowl; add a little pasta water until a creamy sauce forms to cover pasta. Gently mix in squash mixture, walnuts, basil and rosemary. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
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Well, that’s all for this week. Thank you for taking the time to stop by! I really appreciate all of you!! :o)
Until Next Time . . . .Kris