Okay, so I bought a butternut squash with a big long thick neck and I cut it’s neck OFF and I peeled it and cut it into pieces and cooked it until the pieces were tender. I put half the pieces aside for soup another day.


  • cooked squash
  • butter
  • salt
  • honey
  • nutmeg
  • ground toasted pecans

Mash the squash. Add the other ingredients and mix well. Chill.


  • white beans, drained, liquid reserved
  • olive oil infused with garlic
  • onion powder
  • fresh sage and rosemary (or something else)
  • salt

Mash the beans. Add other ingredients. If too dry, add some of the reserved liquid.


  • avocado, peeled and de-pitted
  • lime
  • salt and pepper
  • salsa

Mash the avocado. Add other ingredients and mix.


  • nuts
  • peanut oil
  • salt
  • spices and/or herbs
  • dried fruit

Mix everything but fruit and spread on baking sheet. Cook at 350 for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cool a bit and add to fruit. I used raisins, sultanas, dried apricots and dates.

Oh, and the head of the butternut squash? I scooped out the seeds (didn’t roast them because–I just didn’t, but they’re good roasted). Buttered the hollow of the squash, put it skin-side up on a baking pan and cook it at 350 for about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, I made some couscous flavored with salt and garlic-flavored olive oil. I turned the squash out onto plates and filled them with the couscous and topped it with herbed feta (basil and tomato, I think) cheese.

Also shredded a turnip, sprinkled it with sunflower seeds and drizzled with honey French dressing. The secret is to get a turnip just the right size–about the size of a baseball, maybe a little smaller. Very sweet and good!

Have a blessed Christmas Eve and a happy holiday season. See you tomorrow! 🙂

WRITING PROMPT: Write a character who is alone on Christmas Eve. Make it be happy.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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