Holly and Heather's Helping Hands

Inspirational Heartfelt Hints

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: The Futsu Squash

It looks like a gourd, who would eat it? But it’s not, it’s a Futsu Squash! Another farm share beauty! It was almost too good to eat but eat we did! It has a nutty scent and we thought perfect for roasting with nutmeg and olive oil. So that’s what we did after halving it, scooping out the seeds and finally slicing.

A 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes brought it to a just fork-tender state.

We hope you find one at a farm stand near you!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Peace, Change & Prayers

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Our hearts are hurting to turn on the news and hear about the horrific, senseless tragedy of those who lost their lives in Las Vegas this week. As firm believers of love, peace and hope in this world, it is unfathomable that people enjoying an evening of outdoor music are horrifically gunned down. We need peace and love now more than ever. What can we do to help?  Lobbying efforts on gun control are still ongoing.  The right to bear arms is a hot topic but no ordinary citizen needs military grade rapid fire assault weapons.  Here’s an idea – how about security screening for any place where more than 100 people are gathered?  That would mean walking thru metal detectors at hotels and schools.  We already do it at airports, cruises and lots of theme parks.  Some kind of change has to be brought forth to protect innocent lives and allow us the freedom to enjoy being in large crowds without worry.  Change is difficult and while nothing is guaranteed in this life, let’s make it harder to allow someone with bad intentions to succeed.  And of course the one thing everybody can do is pray for peace and for those who are grieving.

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Teeny Tiny Happiness Hints

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Who couldn’t use a small moment of bliss every now and again?! It’s so easy to make it happen and it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money or involve other people (though an unexpected hug or “I love you” is the best!).

Here are a few hints to bring a smile to your face any and every day:

Fill your home with pictures you love.  Whether it’s family members, nature scenes or vacations, something wonderful to look at every day can fill you with joy.

Find a patch of sun.  Bask in it for a few moments and let the warmth of it soak into your soul.

Here’s our number one thing right now that is so silly but makes us so happy….every now and again spend a few dollars on some fragrant soap to wash your hands with.  It sounds so teeny tiny but the joy it brings is the best! We recently went shopping together and indulged in a few fall scented soaps.  Each time we wash our hands that wonderful pumpkin and apple spice scent wafts up and smells so delicious!  And the fun shopping memories we had together come flooding back too, adding to the happiness!

* Note to hubbies for Christmas stocking stuffers: any hand soap that smells like food is a winner!

Enjoy each moment of your day, even the tiniest ones!!

Holly & Heather’s Helpful Hint: Cook With Farm Fresh Fruit

As we continue to enjoy our farm share in the fall (happy autumn!) we discover new ways to enjoy the deliciousness of the season. Here’s what we made with farm fresh white peaches!

Peach Biscuit Pie

Make a biscuit dough – mix two cups of Bisquick with 2/3 cup milk and a few dabs of honey for sweetness. Because we love to bake and cook with stones, we spread the dough evenly on a pizza round stone. The peaches were cut into slices and sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon. Bake at 350 degrees for about thirty minutes.

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