Welcome to Day 21 of 31 Extraordinary Days to Be… Or…simply: Be…
Together, we will learn to Be… to live fully and beautifully in our “skin”
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When was the last time you invited someone to your home?
Is the question causing you to feel a little defensive?
Maybe that’s okay.
Because hospitality is not about comfort.
Yup. I said it.
If you’re a good cook….people will enjoy your comfort food.
If you’re a great home decorator….people will feel welcome in your home.
If you love people…no one will care whether you can cook or decorate because they’ll feel loved.
If you’re none of the above…well…figure out what it is that you are…and BE that….and then share it.
Over the last ten years I’ve been noticing that as much attention as we all seem to be paying to our homes and dinner plates (Just look at Pinterest if you’re in doubt.) we’re not inviting people into our homes for meals.
I’m not talking about dinner parties or any other event where we might feel the pressure to entertain in our homes. I’m talking about inviting that co-worker whose husband or wife is out of town, or even out of the country. I’m talking about inviting that single mom, the gal or guy whose spouse recently walked on on them, the family at church or at school who is new in town. I’m talking about the family going through a stretch of unemployment, or a health crisis, or any crisis. These people may be your friends or just acquaintances. Though maybe the less you know them, the better.
Let me encourage you to exercise hospitality in your home.
Look around your world and see who you can bless.
If you’re concerned about your home…this isn’t about you. It’s about your guest(s). Sure…it would be wise to run the vacuum, clean the bathroom, and corral the clutter. But, remember, House Beautiful is not coming for a photo shoot, you are exercising true hospitality. Don’t worry, don’t fret, and don’t over think this. Be real.
Here’s a simple meal suggestion that you could have on hand for a last minute dinner. Keep in mind that getting your guests involved in preparing the meal is a really good thing. This is actually a loving gesture.
We’ve had this meal twice in two weeks…it was that good. And the main ingredient came from a JAR!
Squash Squash with a Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce
Time: 1 hour (approx.)
Ingredients for four people:
- 1 good-sized spaghetti squash
- 1 small butternut squash
- 3/4 lb. of plain ground sausage
- 1 cup of coarsely chopped walnuts
- Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce from Aldi
- olive oil or coconut oil
- sea salt
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Wash and cut your spaghetti squash in half. Scoop out the seeds and coat flesh with olive or coconut oil and salt.
- Set squash flesh side up on a baking dish and place in preheated oven for 50 minutes.
- With a vegetable peeler, peel the butternut squash. Cut in half and scoop out the seeds.
- Cut the butternut squash into small cubes about 1/2 to 3/4 inches. Toss with oil and sea salt to coat.
- Turn out onto a baking sheet and pop in the oven with the spaghetti squash for 20 or 30 minutes to roast.
- Brown the sausage in a large saute pan or dutch oven.
- When browned, add the jar of Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce and cook on medium low until warm.
- When the roasting squashes are done roasting. Pull out the spaghetti squash and let it rest for 10 minutes. Immediately turn the roasted butternut squash into the meat and pasta sauce mixture and gently incorporate the mixture.
- Turn the sauce into a serving bowl or serve from the dutch oven.
- If you’ve never made spaghetti squash… Using a hot mitt or pot holder, steady the squash with one hand and using a fork drag the fork through the squash flesh from end to end. You will be pulling threads of squash that look like spaghetti. As you pull them, place them into your serving bowl. Continue until only the shell remains.
- Place the sauce and the spaghetti squash on the table along with a bowl of walnuts.
To serve…make a bed of the spaghetti squash, top with the butternut meat sauce, and top with chopped walnuts.
If you wish, you could also serve another vegetable for a side dish, but this is a filling meal. Plus, it’s grain free and inexpensive.
If you have an Aldi near you…hurry over to see if they have this pasta sauce. If they don’t or you don’t have an Aldi…I hope you can find something similar at one of your local stores. One thing I loved about this sauce is that there were no additives or preservatives. The jar claims that all the ingredients are fresh. Let me know if you try it!
Day 21 Challenge: Think about who you cross paths with that you could bless by inviting into your home. Pick up the phone this week and make the call. Could you do this monthly? Weekly? What gets in your way of opening your home. Analyze. Are you making excuses about your home, etc., and making this about you rather than the person who needs your true hospitality?
I know…I’ve been a little in your face with this post. But…true hospitality is loving our neighbor. This is the cup of water we talked about last week. Hospitality is not about comfort, or appearances is it? This is the time when we need to get over ourselves and open up our hearts and our homes. Don’t I know.
I hope I didn’t offend you. On the other hand…I do hope you felt a strong nudge. We all want to make a difference in the world and this is one BIG yet small way we can do exactly that. I hope you do. And I hope you come back to share about it here or on Facebook.
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Go and be hospitable!
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