Weekend of Firsts

So this weekend had its highs and its lows. I found out that my multivitamin I took (for the first time) had MSG in it. Seriously . . . that stuff is EVERYWHERE! I learned a valuable lesson: I MUST check the ingredients on everything that goes into my body. My body is very sensitive to MSG and I actually got a two day migraine because of it. I was sick all day Friday and all day Saturday. Not fun.

But I am feeling much better now and this weekend was a weekend of firsts.

Last night, I tried butternut squash for the first time.

leaving the dirty work of the cutting to my husband

Before . . .


I really liked it. It wasn’t actually as hard to peel or cut that I thought it would be. Maybe that’s because I left that part for my husband. πŸ™‚

I do think that I overcooked it a little because it was kind of mushy. But I still liked the taste and I would try it again. How long should I roast butternut squash anyway?

Today I tried making homemade cinnamon rolls for the first time. I made Pumpkin Cinnamon rolls and they were so tasty!

Fresh out of the oven

I can post the recipe later. It’s one that my dietician emailed to me and it was adapted from Cooking Light. There were a few times that I wasn’t sure me and Corey were doing it right, but they came out so delicious and they actually looked like cinnamon rolls.

It was a great Sunday morning activity for me and Corey to do together. The couple who cooks together, stays together . . . that is, unless the couple kill each other over which room is best to leave the dough in to rise. πŸ˜‰

I also left my very first Operation Beautiful note!

I was in the fitting room at Kohl’s, trying on some new clothes for work. I was feeling really bad about myself and engaging in a lot of negative self-talk. At that point, I stopped myself and decided that I would post an encouraging note instead. I couldn’t think of a better location for positive encouragement than a fitting room! It made me feel so much better and it really put a smile on my face.

I also got my very first IPhone! Yay! My cell phone that I had was about five years old, so it was practically ancient. Our Verizon contract ended yesterday, so we switched to AT&T first chance we got. πŸ™‚

Love the pic of me and Corey as my wallpaper. So cute!

This evening, I tried spaghetti squash for the first time.

Mmm . . . very tasty. Corey and I made some simple sauce by combining 365 organic pasta sauce, some Jennie-O lean turkey sausage (hot), some garlic powder, oregano, and red pepper. The sauce was super tasty and the squash really didn’t have that much taste, which I didn’t mind. But I think we undercooked the squash just a little because it wasn’t as tender as I think it could have been. How tender does spaghetti squash get anyway? We bought half a squash that was already cut up and baked it in the oven for about 30 minutes. Did I undercook it? Again, I just need some advice. How long should I bake the spaghetti squash?

The highlight of today (for sure) was that I had my very first Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks!

this pic was taken on my new IPhone!

Totally yummy . . . I may have to look into making my own Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I have seen so many recipes on blogs lately and goodness knows, it would be cheaper than going to Starbucks all the time. I definitely see more of these in my future. πŸ™‚

So that was my weekend in a nutshell. Were there any firsts for you this weekend?

Happy Halloween!


12 responses to “Weekend of Firsts

  1. Whoa a vitamin with MSG?! What the…!
    I haven’t had spaghetti squash all year long!

  2. First time for butternut squash, spaghetti squash, pumpkin cinnamon rolls AND new iPhone? Wow. Sounds like you had a great weekend of firsts!

    No firsts for me this weekend, except for maybe me dressing up as a bumblebee, that’s a first!

  3. What a great bunch of firsts! MSG in a vitamin? Seriously? Crazy.

    30 min is prob good for half a squash- I usually bake a whole one 45-60 min. It doesn’t get super tender- the “noodles” still have a little crunch to them. πŸ™‚

  4. Those pumpkin cinnamon rolls look so good!!!

    First for me this weekend: Dressing as batman πŸ™‚

  5. Please post the pumpkin cinnamon recipe, they look amazing!

  6. Doesn’t posting OB notes uplift you too? I love that about them!

    And our first was taking M trick or treating. I’m so happy she had such a good time.

  7. You attacked all the squash fearlessly! πŸ™‚ I’m glad you enjoyed them both, next up – Acorn? The first time I cooked that I ended up turning it into pasta (not as noodle-y as spaghetti squash, but still works…sort of…), and still loved it. Ha, really you can’t go wrong with those things.

  8. Yum! Your roasted butternut squash looks amazing.

  9. Mmmm the squash looks like perfection! I can’t believe MSG is in a multiVITAMIN! Crazy!!!!!

    Congrats on the new phone. I want one soooo badddd!!!

  10. Love spaghetti squash! I had NO idea vitamins would have MSG, eek!!


    I usually cut it in half and scoop out the seeds, put it in the oven at 350F for 40 mins or so, until it’s tender. Just take a fork and scrape out all the delicious ‘noodles’ πŸ™‚ Sometimes I put a bit of soy sauce or balsamic vinegar (or both) along the cut edge before baking, don’t know if you eat that/like those flavours but I’m sure if not you could try something else – some herbs or whatever, or just add them after. I think butternut squash takes longer to cook as it’s more dense. I’d guess…a bit longer than you’d roast potatoes? (I don’t eat/cook potatoes much, so I don’t know how long that is heh)

    Excellent weekend of firsts!!!

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