Whoa! Posting in the middle of the day? Who am I?
Apparently I haven’t jinxed myself, because this morning I slept until 7:30! I usually have so much trouble sleeping that I wake up at 6 or earlier, but last night I was out like The Situation on Dancing with the Stars.
This weekend has been gorgeous. Yesterday my mom and I went to Soergel’s Orchards, which is kind of a fall tradition for us. They do lots of fun things for their “Fall Festival”, including hay rides, corn mazes, pumpkin painting, and the haunted barns. It’s a pretty big draw for people that live in the area. When we arrived, the place was already packed with families. We ended up parking in a cornfield about a mile away. Not really, but that’s what it felt like.
My favorite thing about Soergel’s is the bins of apples and squashes!
I love the smell of kettle korn!
It was fun seeing all of the little kids pick out pumpkins with their families. I remember those days. I think I got lost in the corn maze once, but other than that I only have good memories of Soergel’s.
I also picked up some of these frozen ravioli to have for dinner.
Butternut squash ravioli with “marinutta” sauce.
I didn’t have jarred marinara sauce that the original recipe called for, so I ended up whipping up a sauce of my own.
Susan’s “Marinutta” Sauce (adapted from HEAB)
- ~ half cup diced onion
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- ~1 tsp dried oregano
- ~1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- ~1 tbsp creamy almond butter
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Saute the onions in the oil over low-medium heat until the are translucent.
- Add the chopped tomatoes, oregano, salt, and pepper. Cover and let simmer for at least 30 minutes.
- Add the almond butter and flaxseed. Stir and let simmer for at least 20 more minutes.
Even though I made it from scratch, this sauce was very simple and delicious. As you’d expect, it’s a creamier and nuttier version of your normal tomato sauce!
As for the ravioli, I loved them! They were a little expensive so it was definitely a treat, but the filling was savory and squash-y and yummy.
Do you have any autumnal traditions? And what’s your favorite pasta sauce?
Jam of the day: Peter Bjorn & John “Let’s Call It Off (Girl Talk Remix)”