Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce & Pasta

So I ride my bike to school everyday. I love to bike; it’s good for me, it’s faster than the bus or walking, and it’s super convenient. In my apartment complex we have bike racks to lock our bikes and I’ve never had a problem with it being outside. Well, this past weekend I didn’t use my bike. When I go to get on my bike to ride on to class, I swing my leg over and try to sit…and notice that my bike seat is MISSING. Missing you say? How is that possible? SOMEONE STOLE IT!

Ugh. So I had to make reports to my apartment complex managers and the police. It baffles me that someone would just come up and steal a bike seat…like what? Apparently bike part/bike thefts are very common here. My dad was telling me that one of the national news stations did a series on bike thefts a couple of days ago. Ironic. He said that they put a GPS inside the bike and within the hour the bike was stolen, taken apart, and hidden in someone’s house. So maybe my bike seat is sitting in someone’s house waiting to be used again. I hope they enjoy it because it was a really nice, comfortable seat.
Then came the hunting-for- bike-parts adventure. My silly bike (her name is Ethel) made it very difficult to find the right replacement parts, but my wonderful, detective mother found them!

Anyway, after dealing with all of that, class, homework, meetings, and rehearsal all week, I’m tired. Therefore, I didn’t want to make anything for dinner that was too complicated, but really wanted something delicious. I looked in my freezer and saw that I had frozen butternut squash (pureed) and pasta in my cupboard. HAZA! A work of art was born.

Introducing my Creamy Butternut Squash Sauce & Pasta: delicious, nutritious, and easy. It is sweet, thanks to the squash, and savory, thanks to the spices. It’s saucy [Don’t get saucy with me, Bearnaise!] and creamy and amazing. Enough yakking, lets eat.

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Absurdly simple Mexican Crockpot Chicken

Do you ever have those morning that you know you’ll get home that day and you’ll be so tired that you won’t want to make dinner? Then that will turn into take-out or munching on a bag of salt and vinegar chips while vegetating in front of the TV. I know when I’m at school and get back from a long day of classes, followed by a long rehearsal, I don’t want to do anything much less cook a square meal. I can usually tell when it’s going to be that kind of day, so I try to pre-plan.
Enter: the crockpot. My crockpot is my very best friend on those kind of days. It saves me from falling into the “I’m too tired” trap.

This recipe is just about as easy as calling for take-out or taking the effort to open that bag. It’s much cheaper than take-out, much better for you than a bag of chips, and tastier than both combined. It’s perfect for college students and busy people alike.
I try my hardest to stay away from prepackaged foods as much as possible, but if you check the ingredients on the salsa can and make sure it only has normal ingredients (like tomatoes, onion, garlic, oregano, etc) then you should be okay. You do have to watch out for added sugar which the manufacturers like to add…for whatever unknown reason. Sometimes we just don’t have the time to do it all, so it’s good to have a stash of simple-ingredient staples, like salsa, at hand.
I think Mexican food is so homey, comforting, and tasty. I guess it’s my version of Mexican because I doubt a can of salsa would be used, but I don’t care. When you get home and smell that appetizing aroma of chicken slow cooking, you’ll thank me.

salsa chicken close up
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