Friday things

Hey there. TGIF! Hope the week has been good to you and you are slowly recovering from the election draining excitement disappointment. I've been reading a lot of other bloggers this week and have seen some really upsetting posts about how everyone feels. Nothing too harsh or disturbing, but a lot of the women bloggers are upset that the United States didn't make history with Hillary Clinton. I get it. I completely understand why these women are bummed, but being Green Party in the SNS household, we are on our own disappointment ship with Jill Stein. Having the first woman in office would have been a great step for women in this country, maybe even the world. But we have to swallow hard, move on, and accept what we have been given. I have always told The Bean, "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." What good would it be to pout and cry over the results and let him see The Mr. and I so down in the mouth over it. We are pretty open-minded folks over here and the only thing we can say is, darn it, but let's just see what he can do for us now. Reading Twitter is seems the hashtag of #NotMyPresident is trending. It's a real shame that more people can't swallow their pride and accept what we've been given and hope for the best. But then again, most people can't seem to swallow their own pride and be more humble about much of anything. Here's to moving forward...

Here are the exciting things that made our week interesting.

1. This food adventure

This past Sunday, The Mr., The Bean, and I went to the Fill Your Pantry yearly event in Corvallis, Oregon. We stocked up on yellow onions, red and yellow potatoes, oats, pastry flour, squash, and some random jellies, and berries. This was the first time we've been to this event and it will definitely be something we do next year. We left there with enough food to last us for about six months and we only spent $75.

2. This fog

We've had quite a foggy start to the mornings here this week. It was foggier this morning than it has been the last few days, but once the sun came up and the wind picked up a bit, it rolled on through.

3. This tiny visitor

While cleaning the windows and dusting the sills this week this little guy was looking for a way out. I picked him up and expected him to tuck in his shell and hide from me, but he did quite the opposite. We had a short meet and greet and I placed him in one of my outdoor plants and wished him well.

4. This squash

As per the post above, this spaghetti squash was part of our haul from the Fill Your Pantry event. I have always wanted to try spaghetti squash in place of regular spaghetti noodles and I finally dove in head first. It was easy to bake and even easier to shred. The Mr. and The Bean enjoyed it, so I would say it was a success! 
Slowly and carefully cut squash lengthwise from stem to bottom with a serrated knife.
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle on salt and pepper to your own taste.
Lay face down (cut-side down) on a parchment-lined baking sheet
Bake for 45 minutes in a 375 degree oven.
Allow to cool for about 30 minutes and shred "noodles" with a fork.

5. This book

This book. It's worth a read and you can find it here.

Have a great weekend!

Side note: I just want to take a quick 
second and say thank you to all of 
those that served, currently serving, 
and those that have lost their lives
giving us what we have today. 
Your sacrifice reminds us that 
freedom comes at a cost. I do hope
that your sacrifice isn't forgotten in
the future with the "changes" 
coming to our country.

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