Last Night as Ten

Tonight will be the last meal together before Tech moves out.  He’s moving one state away and I’m an emotional mess.  So, pushing down my emotions because I’m not ready to get all teared up, let’s talk about what’s for dinner.

We’re starting with One Pot Wonder Fettuccine Alfredo by The Wholesome Dish.  We have to triple this recipe to have enough for everyone.  We found it to be an easy, tasty alfredo with one exception–too much nutmeg.  We actually only use 1-1½x the nutmeg while tripling the recipe.


We are also making Easy Garlic Herb Butternut Squash from Healthy Seasonal Recipes.  We’ve actually made this before and no one could really eat it because we used way too many fresh herbs and didn’t balance them correctly.  This time, about 4/5th’s of the herbs are parsley, with a bit of thyme (about 10 sprigs), and a little bit of rosemary (about 3 sprigs).  If it doesn’t work out this time, we’ll be scrapping it for some other vegetable side dish.

Chopping up so many fresh herbs was great time for a lesson on how to chop and use fresh herbs.  Fire got to help with the rosemary and thyme.


Did you know you can peel a butternut squash with a vegetable peeler?


I had no idea until recently.  Makes preparation of butternut squash so much easier.

Tonight, Baby can’t have any of the pasta due to a dairy sensitivity.  I can’t wait until we can just serve him the same thing we are eating!  I’ll be letting him sample the squash and eat some leftovers.


Everyone loved the fettuccine, but that’s not a surprise.  Baby was given one noodle, so we’ll see if that gives him trouble.  The squash was a toss up.

  • Fire liked it.
  • Hero ate it without complaint.
  • Tech tried to throw it out.
  • Aqua had seconds on both dishes.
  • Chef, Baker, and I weren’t very fond of it.
  • Baby just threw the squash off the tray but gobbled up the ground beef from another meal.
  • I thought it needed more salt and pepper.

I still haven’t decided if we will make the butternut squash again.  And I still haven’t faced the fact that this is the last night Tech will live in my house.

Shopping list time.  What to make over the next few days?  I write the menu and the list and Dad picks up the groceries on his way home from work.


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