This week’s installment of Friday Favorites, served right up!
1. Bacon. Butternut Squash. Melted Cheese. All together! I pulled out one of my favorite recipes this week: Roasted Butternut Squash and Bacon Pasta. It’s comfort food at it’s finest, basically a gourmet mac & cheese. With the delicious addition of bacon! It’s a perfect winter dish. And don’t worry, while it is decadent, it’s actually a Cooking Light recipe, so you really don’t have to feel guilty!
2. La Source Hand lotion. Winter is the season of dry hands. I’ve tried dozens of creams (and even have a friend that swears by Crisco), but the one that is hands down (no pun intended!) my favorite is from Crabtree & Evelyn. It’s called La Source Hand Therapy Cream, and not only does it perfectly moisturize, it smells divine. It’s fresh and clean and a perfect dose of summer in the midst of our cold winter! I also really love their Hand Recovery, which is unlike any other hand cream I’ve tried. You actually rub it onto your hands then rinse it off. You’re left with smooth, silky, soft, yummy-smelling hands!
3. Dr. Seuss. Of all the kid’s books we’ve been through in our house I have to say that Dr. Seuss is my favorite. His books are witty, clever, and downright fun to read. But sometimes even better than reading them myself, is listening to famous actors recite the fun stories. I stumbled across these audio CD’s a few years ago and they are on constant rotation in the car. Between the 2 box sets, The Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham, 18 of the Dr’s most popular stories are covered. My favorite is listening to David Hyde Pierce artfully maneuver through the tongue-twisting Fox In Sox. A close second is Kelsey Grammer’s rendition of The Cat in the Hat and I dare you not to think of George Kostanza when you hear Jason Alexander read Dr. Seuss’s ABC.
4. Wild West Winterfest. Today through Sunday, get a taste of the West, winter-style, at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. It’s like the summer fair, only there’s snow. Live music, live animals, dog agility contests, ice hockey, chili cook-off, activities for the kids, and my favorite–skijoring! I’ve never actually seen it live, but it looks like quite the event. Horses pull contestants around a course while on skis (the people being pulled are on skis, not the horses–just to clarify).
We’ve attempted a version of this, trying to get our dog to pull us on skis (or even better, to pull the kid sled), but it never quite works out. I think she’s too smart to do the work for us!
Anyhow, check out the Fairgrounds this weekend and be sure to check out the photography competition in Building 3. . . you might just see some of my work in there!