Stuffed Acorn Squash

Tonight is going to be short and sweet.  I’m not feeling 100% — nothing serious I think it’s just a bit of seasonal allergies, but some relaxing and an early night in bed is definitely in my future.

Hubby’s Diner

My wonderful husband wanted to make sure I had a good dinner tonight when I got home, and was even thoughtful enough to take pictures while he was preparing it for you all.   Tonight on the menu we had a Stuffed Acorn Squash with quinoa and mixed veggies and of course,  a small side caesar salad for me.   Here is his recipe for you all 🙂

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Stuffed Acorn Squash 

Serves 2


  • One whole acorn squash
  • 1/2 cup of quinoa
  • One small carrot
  • One stalk of celery
  • Quarter of a white onion
  • 2 fresh sprigs of rosemary, or about 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 fresh basil
  • 2-3 cloves of garlic
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • Parmesan for topping
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and spray/oil a baking sheet
  • Prepare your quinoa while your oven heats to al dente (about 15-20 minutes depending, about 80% cooked)
  • When quinoa is finished, drain excess water and put to the side
  • Dice the vegetables and herbs and combine with the warm quinoa.
  • Mix everything together with olive oil
  • Split the acorn squash in half and clean out the innards (Zach recommends using an ice cream scoop for this step)
  • Stuff the halves with the quinoa mixture, add salt and pepper to taste
  • Cover the acorn squash with foil, and bake for about an hour, depending on the size of the squash.  Removing the foil about 3/4 of the way through.
  • Top with parmesan and enjoy!


I’m going to a resource fair in the morning for work — so I’ll try and make sure I stop by before heading that direction in the AM.  Time to get some R and R with the family 🙂  Have a great night all!

Question of the Night:  Anyone else struggling with seasonal allergies or sinuses right now?

Mine are mainly in my head, mild constant head aches, with some other minor aches and pains.

Blogging 101

Finally, a review from the Blogging 101 class from  Anne the adventurer that I was able to take :).  Get ready for a wordy post everyone 🙂

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I left the class feeling very inspired and excited for the potential of my own blog.  While I wish you could all have been there and shared the experience with me — I’ll do my best to share my own experience with you all and as always, will answer any questions you may have (or refer to you the amazing teacher! ha)

Showing Up

Anne’s blogging class was held at a the Galvanize building in Downtown, Denver.

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The space was really unique and unlike anything I’ve seen in Denver before.   It reminded me of what I would imagine a building in Silicon Valley to be like.  Very techy, and a lot of people all just clipping away with each other.  They have space and computers available to rent for small business or individuals and seemed like a very high energy, cool environment.

I showed up about 15 minutes early, being unfamiliar with the exact area and parking.  When I walked in, I was greeted by other friendly bloggers (are there any other kind?) who were more than happy to chat and get to know each other.  We all grabbed a glass of wine or drink (yes — we were able to have a drink for class, how awesome is that), and chatted until Anne got us into the classroom.

The Class

We began class by introducing ourselves, giving information like our names, if we had a blog and what it’s about, why we took the class, and what we “do.”   This was helpful, not only to get to know one another, but also to get an idea of what kind of resources we had available to us right in the room.  All of us were coming from different backgrounds and expertise, so the networking opportunity was definitely there.

Anne then started talking about her own experience blogging, her background, how she got to where she is today, and what works for her.  Getting to the meat of the class

There was so much I took away from the class, that I could write for days.  I figured the best way to really discuss what I got out of the class would be to address it in different categories, giving each category it’s own little section in my own voice and how I interpreted it.  

I’ll speak to the major theoretical  points of class, including:

  • Vulnerability
  • Networking
  • Find Your Why


Anne started the class by speaking about the importance of being vulnerable with and on your blog.  Think of this in the sense of being genuine with our readers.  Being wiling to expose yourself a little bit, and allow the blog to genuinely express who you are in your own voice.  Sometimes this is uncomfortable, absolutely.  But just like you can in any other interaction, when we are fake as bloggers, it comes across in our work.  And I can only speak for myself, but I don’t want that for readers.

An example of this is being vulnerable in your own experience to allow others to relate to you.  The importance of having that “me too” moment.  One of the many great things about the blogging community is having other like minded people, who understand you and where you’ve come from.   How great is it in that moment when you realize you aren’t alone in your weirdness ;), that there are other people out there just like you!  I know speaking from my own experience, the blogs that I continue to read are those that I feel I make that genuine connection with the author. . .


How do we make friends?  You reach out to other people, right?  Or get to know people through others.  It’s exactly the same on the blog.  Networking is HUGE in making your blog “successful” or in reaching more readers.

Networking can be as simple as telling your friends and family about your blog, especially to start with.  But it can also include reaching out to others already in the blogging community, via being an “active reader.”  Active readers are those who post on other’s blogs.  This is huge for getting people to find your blogs.  You’re getting your voice out there to others — and if you do it consistently, people see that and may naturally gravitate towards your blog!  I find that this has honestly been what has worked best for me.  Because I love the blogging community and WANT to be connected, just being active and having that conversation via the blog with others makes people more invested in your blog!

Networking can also be finding local blogging events, reaching out to local bloggers, asking to do guest posts, etc.  Just reaching out to others in the community, not only to have the support, but also to get word out there about what YOUR doing and why people should check out your blog.

Disclaimer: Going back to being vulnerable and being genuine.  Bloggers can tell when you’re using their blogs to bolster your own — so be warned!  Networking is the best way that I’ve seen to grow my own blog, but that’s because I feel such a strong connection to the community and MAKE time to actively read others. Somedays I don’t have time, and that’s OK . . . but it’s better to be genuine than to just spread your name all over the bloggosphear!

Find Your Why.

We spoke to this an awful lot in the class.  Why do you blog?  Why do you keep blogging?  And in my own interpretation, why should people keep coming back to your blog?

Take me, for example.  There are a lot of healthy living blogs out there, so why should people read MINE?  Why is it that I want to blog?  It’s so important to know that, so that YOUR voice comes through in your writing.

This is actually what Anne gave us “homework” for.  Really giving ourselves some time to think about why we are blogging in the first place.  What we want to blog about and why we continue to blog.   This is something that has really stuck with me since the class.


Of course there was more to the class than just the theoretical messages I’ve discussed here.  We talked about the practical aspects of blogging, specifically for how to begin.  This part would have been HUGE before starting — the basics of choosing a host, and learning how to navigate the pages which can be a challenge for us starting out.

Resources I walked Away With

I walked away with a ton of knowledge and resources from the class, but there are a few I want to share with you all that I think will be super helpful for me in my blogging:

  • <— he knows his stuff!
  • The Golden Circle <—–google it.
  • Altsummit or The Altitude Summit / The Alt Channel — they offer a ton of online web classes that are affordable and on a ride range of blogging topics
  • Google Analytics: Specifically helpful for those needing to track numbers on their blogs ( has something like this already)


Overall I had a GREAT experience with this class.  I left really digging deep for why I do what I do, what I’m trying to accomplish, and goals of where I want to go — and how to get there.   I hope to really grow and develop, starting with these lessons that I took away from the class.

I hope this little review is helpful for you all — I know it’s a little all over the place, but sometimes that’s just how this little brain of mine works! 😉

Question of the Afternoon:  ANY question you have on the class or my review 🙂

Exciting News

Another week speeding by!  Hello Thursday and Good morning to you all 🙂

Zach and I had a great night last night — full of running, beer and wine, and good food.

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One thing I do want to clarify:  I DID bring baby wipes to at least attempt to clean myself, and a change of clothes.  I didn’t force Zach to be seem with me THAT nasty and sweaty the ENTIRE night. . .


Anyway, after all that fun, we ended the night with the foam roller and some mindless TV. Highly needed!



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Our marriage license returned from the state!  I literally have been like a kid at Christmas waiting for the license to get returned.  Checking out mail box everyday super excited, only to be let down! haha  When Zach told me it had come in yesterday, I literally jumped up and down for like 30 seconds.  If he wasn’t embarrassed by my post run look — he HAD to be embarrased after that, right?

We’re officially married everyone 🙂 YAAY!

Now I just have to wait for that tiny little issue of the Government Shut Down to begin the name change process — but hey, I’m excited 🙂

This Morning:

Of course,  I woke up this morning a little exhausted thanks to the late run and later than normal night. . . but either way I got up and hit the gym

Workout For the Day:  10 miles stationary bike + weights

Today weights included a hodgepodge of work, focusing on arms, but incorporating abs and legs as well.

  • Chest Press (machine)
  • Lateral Pull Down (machine)
  • Row (machine)
  • Incline sit ups
  • Plank
  • Bicep curls
  • Twists
  • Lunges
  • Side Lunges
  • Squats

I think that was everything?  I did 3 sets of 12 for each, with different weights ranging from 10 lbs to 30 lbs, to body weight for plank.  Like I said, hodgepodge, but it worked and got me nice and sweaty.

And now — it’s that time again.  Shower up and head into work.  I’ll be back later this afternoon with the Blog 101 recap.  🙂

Question of the Morning: