Happy Thanksgiving! (CSA MEnu PLan #17)

Last week:

butternut ricotta greens pizza

One of the best things on last week’s menu turned out to be a twist I made on this recipe for butternut squash pizza.  I followed the instructions for the squash, onions and ricotta, used this pizza crust recipe and topped the pie with thinly sliced arugula and spinach for the last couple minutes of cooking.  It was really good.  The skillet lasagna from How Sweet It Is was pretty awesome too – so much easier than a regular lasagna – and it made 6 servings, which was an unexpected and added bonus.

This week’s pick up:

Signs we’re in winter: our pick up this week looked tiny and I don’t have a photo because every time I thought to take one, it was dark.  So, you get a list instead.  This week we picked up fingerling potatoes, spaghetti squash, spinach, carrots, kale and rutabagas for ourselves.  For Thanksgiving, we got Brussels sprouts and beets that I’ll be roasting and bringing to our meal with Brian’s family.

The Plan:

I had a hard time with the menu plan this week.  It seems like there’s too many days and not enough vegetables in the fridge.  As a result, I was feeling sort of uninspired.  Nevertheless, I think I came up with something workable.  We’ll see what inspiration (and unexpected events) comes up as the next two weeks go by.

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Nordstrom’s Tomato Basil Soup (Serious Eats) – I really love this recipe

Spaghetti Squash with tomato sauce

Black bean and kale tacos




Chickpea Noodle Soup (which I never made last week)

Lentil sloppy joes

Spinach and cheese frittata, with potato hash

Creamy Rutabaga and Potato  Soup

Cheddar Scallion Polenta Croquettes  (Serious Eats) with kielbasa

Leftover polenta and kielbasa

dinner out

next CSA pick up!

IFTTT, Revisited

In the summer of 2013, I wrote a post about If This, Then That.  I mentioned the site a lot of times that summer, actually.  It was a bit of an obsession.  IFTTT is such a great way to automate online tasks and I wanted to tell the world about it.  I was recently reminded via Twitter (thanks Kelly!) that a follow up might be in order.  So, here you go!

IFTTT revisited

At the time of my first post, there were 69 available channels on IFTTT.  There are now 148.  That’s a lot more services that you can link together to make your life easier.  Some of my favorites include Android (photos, location, notifications, device, phone call and/or SMS), Buffer, Date/Time, Evernote, Google Calendar, Pocket, Todoist and Dropbox.

I won’t go into how to set up an IFTTT recipe; it’s pretty self explanatory on the site and I wrote about it in my previous post.  There’s a huge catalog of published recipes one can browse, but I usually just create new ones.  If you know exactly what you want, I find it just as easy as browsing or searching. I do want to share some of the recipes I’m currently using on IFTTT.  I decided I wanted to be more intentional and personal with my social media, so I no longer directly link the Relishment’s RSS feed to Twitter and Facebook.  Instead, I’m using one of my new recipes below.

A few of my current favorite ways to use IFTTT:

IFTTT Recipe: Turn on Ringer in the Morning connects date-time to android-device

Brian and I don’t have a landline phone. It’s New England in the winter. There’s a good chance that one of these days we’ll have a snow day. This recipe causes my ringer to turn on in the wee hours of the morning, allowing me to avoid late night text messages from friends, but making sure I get those snow day calls.

IFTTT Recipe: Add feed items to Todoist connects feed to todoist

This is the recipe I’m using to help me personalize my social media outreach.  Instead of auto-posting, this recipe adds a reminder with the link to my latest post to my Todoist list and a note to remember to tag any relevant accounts in my post.  The next day, when I’m working on my tasks, I remember to share the info on social media.

IFTTT Recipe: Post Instagram photos as native Twitter pictures connects instagram to twitter

It was recently recommended to me that I use native Twitter pictures instead of links to Instagram (which is what happens when you share to Twitter from Instagram).  This recipe takes care of that.

IFTTT Recipe: Saved starred emails to Todoist connects gmail to todoist

I’m good at saving emails to follow up on.  I am less good at the actual follow up.  I’m much better at paying attention to Todoist (have I mentioned that I love Todoist lately?  I actually just signed up for a Pro account!)  Now my starred emails end up on my to do list.
IFTTT Recipe: Save Links in Tweets to Pocket connects twitter to pocket
I’m also working on focusing on single tasks at a time. (I need A LOT more practice in this area, but IFTTT is helping!) If I see a tweet with a link that looks interesting, I send it to Pocket to read later instead of clicking over to read it immediately.

Are you an If This Then That user?  Are you using any awesome recipes? As much as I love the site, I know I’m not taking full advantage of it.  Please share your tips in the comments below!

Highlights: Squash

It’s officially squash season around here.  It’s certainly not a bad thing; I’m a big fan.  But I know that come February, I’ll be more than ready for salad greens and fresh fruit.  As a result, I’m constantly searching for new ways to make creative use of all sorts of winter squash.  Luckily, the internet has no shortage of great ideas:


Pappardelle With Ricotta And Squash (Rural Intelligence)

Why Acorn Squash Should Be On Your Fall Menu (The Kitchn)

18 Sweet Potato and Squash Dishes for Thanksgiving (Serious Eats)

Chipotle Pumpkin Soup with Crispy Chorizo + Caramelized Apples (Half Baked Harvest)

Lentil and Roasted Root Vegetable Strudel (Oh My Veggies)

Black Bean Butternut Sliders with Chipotle Ketchup (How Sweet It Is)

Herbed Butternut Squash Chips (Food52)

Roasted Butternut Bourbon (Ari’s Menu)

Curried Butternut Squash Bisque with Cashew Cream (Healthy Delicious)

Kabocha Squash Pie with Black Pepper and Ginger (Brooklyn Supper)

Please share your favorite squash recipes – I can always use more!


Winter Is Coming (CSA Menu Plan #16)

Signs winter is coming:  the amount of snow the Midwest received this week, the increased frequency with which we are defrosting our car in the morning and the shift from picking up our CSA weekly to biweekly.  The biweekly pick ups cause serious mixed feelings in my life.  On one hand, it’s nice to have…

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My First Cauliflower Crust PIzza

I am very late to the cauliflower pizza crust party.  I feel like I’ve been seeing mentions of it for months, perhaps even years, but I never gotten around to trying it.  With my re-return to menu planning, I really wanted to be dedicated to using up all of the vegetables we brought home.  Last…

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Glass Bottom Brewery beer and glasses

A Visit to Glass Bottom Brewery in Lee, MA

Please pardon the cell phone photos Glass Bottom Brewery appeared on my radar during my birthday month celebrations.  One of our stops was Hops and Vines, a Williamstown restaurant that we’d been planning to try forever.  We had one of the best restaurant meals I’d had in a long time (the review still may get posted…

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Highlights: Salmon

Recently, I was out to dinner with some of my lady friends from church.  We were talking about my blog and what proteins I eat.  “Do you eat fish?” someone asked.  And then I got to thinking about it.  As much as my short answer to explain flexitarianism usually involves explaining that I don’t really…

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TAKE TWO (CSA Menu Plan #15)

It was just 2 weeks ago that I wrote a post in which I said that I was getting back to menu planning, because it keeps me sane.  But then last week went by without a menu plan because I was gone for all of last weekend.  So I was doubly reminded of the importance…

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Currently -10.31.14

Making: a shopping list, a menu plan and a to do list.  I actually have time to accomplish some things this weekend and it’s going to be productive! Cooking: mashed potatoes (which I never think to make, but will be revisiting soon), kale and delicata squash, all left over from last week’s CSA pick up. …

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