Lazy Saturday

I woke up at 9 this morning; the Husband was leaving to work at an event. I rolled over and went back to sleep, and when I woke up again, it was noon! I haven’t slept that late in years. I must have needed it.

I asked the Teenager (also just waking) what he’d like for breakfast/lunch. Blueberry muffins! I still have a freezer full of blueberries from this summer’s bumper crop, so that was a definite possibility. Remember these?


Some of them ended up here.



They were just Bisquick muffins, with some applesauce added since there was a bit left in the fridge. They were delicious!

And so were the omelettes I made to go with them.

Teenager and I spent the afternoon on a CSI:NY marathon, courtesy of netflix. I knit all afternoon. Perfect on a rainy day. I’m almost finished with the project using the leftover hoodie yarn and rejected buttons. I’m hoping to post tomorrow; there’s no daylight left to take a picture tonight! I also put another log on the log cabin. This blanket will be done soon. It’s so nice to snuggle under while it’s in progress, but I’ll still snuggle under it when I’m knitting something else later!

Dinner tonight is leftover pork stew from last night. Perfect lazy Saturday.

Pork & Acorn Squash Stew

2 lbs pork loin, cut in to inch cubes
2 T olive oil
2 medium onions
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 T cumin seed
1 14.5 oz can diced tomatoes
1 1/3 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2/3 cup white wine
1 tsp oregano
3/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 acorn squash
1 1/2 T cornstarch

In a large pot, heat olive oil. Brown the pork and then transfer to a large oven safe dish. (I use a 4 liter covered casserole) Add a little more olive oil to the pan, and saute onion and garlic until translucent but firm. Add cumin and saute 30 seconds more. Add tomatoes, broth, wine, oregano, and pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, then add to the pork. Cover and bake in 400 degree oven for 45 minutes.

While pork is cooking, cut the acorn squash lengthwise and remove seeds. (I used my ancient cleaver for this. Thanks, Dad! I was afraid I would break the point on my chef’s knife if I used that.) Microwave on high for four minutes, cut side up. Let cool. Remove peel and cut squash into cubes.

When stew has baked for 45 minutes, add diced squash. Stir, and return to oven for another 20 minutes.

Dissolve cornstarch in water and stir into stew. Adjust seasonings. Serve over brown rice or whole wheat egg noodles.

Enjoy! We did.

9 responses to “Lazy Saturday

  1. Your muffins look delicious. Can I come over for breakfast?

    Sometimes we just need to recharge our batteries. We have rain too, and of course that seems to be conducive to sleep. I woke up at 7am when DD had a coughing fit (ongoing running nose & cough) and she got stuck in the “legs” of her Mickey Mouse chair which added to her distress. Then I climbed back into bed and didn’t roll out until 11am.

  2. I’m coming over for breakfast too! I’m curious about your mystery project.

  3. That stew sounds marvelous! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Sounds like a wonderful Saturday! The muffins and stew sound so good…

  5. Sounds like a perfect fall Saturday! 🙂

  6. What a luxrious day. The photo of the blueberry shrub is wonderful and I could almost taste the muffins.

  7. Sure do remember the pic of those yummy-looking blueberries!! I’m so jealous!! Hope you have some of that breakfast left over because I’m coming over for a late night snack!! will bring the knitting of course 🙂

  8. That sounds like the BEST day! Can I come over this Saturday? : )

  9. ToolMan made your stew for dinner tonight with brown rice and it was DELISH! Our cumin was not exactly fresh so it was a little flat until he added a pinch of cinnamon. This is a new favorite to add to our standard “comfort food for winter” list!