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My Happy List: What a Wonderful Weekend, *plus* Early Summer Squash

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

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We had a very Happy Weekend.  :D

My Happy List

1.   Shelley had a great time @ Clairmont Show Stables Saturday.  We all did, actually.  It was lovely! Clairmont is one of the prettiest little barns we've ever seen!  If you missed my post about the horse show you can read about it here.  Horse show weekends make me happy!

2.   After the horse show, we went to Mt. Laurel for the Farmers' Market.  The market always makes me happy!  An Italian cooking school had a booth there with some delicious canned goods.  We also bought some homemade peach and strawberry preserves.  Plus, we couldn't pass-up the early summer squash.  It's the most tender at this time of year!  I also bought some roses because my favorite flower market had a booth there, too.  I'll post photos later this week once they've opened.

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Mr. Art @ Home couldn't resist the artichoke bruschetta from the Italian Cooking School folks.
The preserves are from a small farm in Chilton County.  They'd sold out of peaches before we got there!

3.   Shanley Belle and Charles came home  yesterday and had supper with us.  Shanley Belle has been working hard this summer taking Chemistry and Statistics.  She's making very good grades, and I'm so proud of her! Spending time with her makes me so happy, and this summer school semester will be over this week.  YAY!

Sunday Supper Menu:
Filet Mignon grilled on hot iron skillet
Squash Casserole

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Squash Casserole

6 cups large diced yellow squash 
1/4 cup olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
4 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1 sleeve crushed Ritz crackers


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Saute the squash in olive oil over medium-low heat until it has completely broken down, about 15 to 20 minutes. Line a colander with clean paper towels. Place the cooked squash in the lined colander and squeeze excess moisture from the squash. Set aside.

In a large skillet, saute the onion in butter for 5 minutes. Remove from pan and mix all ingredients together except cracker crumbs. Pour mixture into a buttered casserole dish and top with cracker crumbs. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes.

This is the first time I'd ever made squash casserole without eggs, and I think I liked it a wee bit better this way.  Can you tell that I'm trying to get rid of the big box of Ritz crackers and the cheddar cheese I bought for the Poppyseed Chicken Casserole?  ;P

4.   I really appreciate the participation in Literary Friday last week.  Y'all made me so happy!  

5.   We're going to the library today and tomorrow.  I'm happy because I'm determined to find some great books, and I'm reading a fantastic book right now.  :D  

So far so good!  It's a creeptastic book for sure!

What's making you happy?  Please link-up your happy posts and share!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I think Shelley is going to need a bigger room so she will have a wall to hang all the blue ribbons she’s going to be bringing home. We love fresh summer squash and I make the casserole a lot RJ. Thanks for sharing the recipe. I”m happy because we are making family plans for the fourth!
    Have a great day in T-Town............

    The French Hutch

  2. I didn't know Anthropologie had a blog - oh nooo! Congrats to Shelley! It does sound like a wonderful weekend. Isn't summer great!

  3. I LOVE Farmer's Markets! I can't wait to start going here!

    Funny thing, I never liked squash as a kid, but these days I love it so I'll have to try your recipe! :D Maybe come fall though, we don't run the oven much in the summer (HOT with no AC!)


  4. That book looks intriguing, and I would enjoy the horses show too. I have liked horses since I was five, and used to ride at a riding stable.

  5. The bruschetta spread looks absolutely yummy! I would have loved to have been at that farmer's market. Your squash recipe looks good, I think I have my mind on food! lol!

  6. You really have a lot to be happy about, enjoy it!

  7. I love Neil Gaiman and look forward to checking out the new book once I get through my insane to-be-read pile.

  8. I always love your Happy Lists. They make me happy to read them- xo Diana

  9. Well your list is better then mine which would include watching my granddaughter and having a warm bed after a hot bath.......

  10. Congrats to Shelley for her wins! How exciting and fun. I know you are proud my friend! I'm reading a great book, by Adriana Trigiani. I love her books! Enjoy your week!

    1. Thrilled to know you're enjoying my books!

      xoxo Adriana

  11. I'm going over to check out the horseshow now, but what a great happy list. Yay! I love summer squash, I could live on it, I've been getting it at our farmers market and just grilling it, but the casserole sounds very good. I don't do a lot of them anymore unless I'm taking it someplace, it'll be on my next potluck for sure!

  12. your sunday supper sounds so yummy :) and i love that you visit the library!

  13. Great list! Family time, good food, fresh market foods, horses, and good books- Sounds wonderful! Sorry I missed last week.

  14. That's a really nice list! The squash recipe sounds delicious!

  15. I've got that book on my reading list too! Can't wait to get into it.

  16. RJ,
    Cobbler makes me happy. I've linked my recipe and some table setting ideas for summer meals.
    Thanks for hosting this fun party.

  17. The kids and I went to the library this week and all I got was a diet book. :(


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