Quick & Easy Snacking – American Idol Top 11

American Idol’s Top 11 results show had it all; flash, cheese, product placement, and one of the most shocking eliminations I’ve seen in all my years as an Idol fan. Last night’s Motown themed soul-fest delivered strong performances, leaving me wandering who would be the unlucky contestant to miss the Top 10 and Idol tour by just one spot. What I didn’t expect was for Casey Abrams, the eccentric and show stopping Seth Rogen look-alike, to be the one at the bottom.

Week by week Casey has delivered something that I can’t say for every other contestant, passion and originality. Every time he steps on stage I’m anxiously waiting to see what he’ll do next. So what gives America? Why the low votes? Maybe everyone was just cooking up a storm like I was and forgot to vote….(segway)

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Thanksgiving means Squash Casserole!!!

I love the holidays, especially Thanksgiving. Who wouldn’t love an entire day dedicated to giving thanks over a feast of meats, casseroles, and desserts galore. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Thanksgiving in my family is definitely an event. Whether it’s my father’s feast of meats, or my Grandmother’s casserole smorgasboard, I am never left unsatisfied. This year will be spent at my Grandma and Grandpa’s house in Oklahoma for the biannual Thanksgiving/family reunion. Every other year the entire family comes together from Oklahoma, Texas, New York, Salt Lake City, and Tennessee. It’s quite an event and I must say the food can’t get any better anywhere else. I can’t wait to take lots of pics on Thursday and share all of the good eats with everyone this weekend, but for now I wanted to share my favorite dish that has become a Hibbard family staple.

The origins of this recipe started with my amazing Aunt Janice. She was a wonderful woman full of spirit and love, and her Squash Casserole reflected all of the love she conveyed. The recipe has been passed throughout the family but for the most part has maintained it’s original flavor. I made just two small changes, even though it tastes amazing with it. You really must make this recipe, it’s the best casserole I have ever had!! Continue reading

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