Category Archives: Rainy Day Recipes

Roasted Butternut Squash! Perfect for a Rainy Day.

Roasted Butternut Squash makes everything better!

I’ll explain the picture of roasted butternut squash in a minute. But it has to do with this being NOT an unusual day. Every day that I am scheduled to shoot a College Money Mom video, there are three or four problems that crop up…just when I have gotten my hair to behave and my make-up is not yet a hot mess!
So I’ve almost come to look forward to the unique little problems each and every time…precious little problems like the dog didn’t get walked in time and left a form of doggie hate-mail in the middle of the foyer. Hubby tracked it around, of course. I had to clean it up. But then, I offered.

After putting myself back together, we dared to start recording. BOOM! Thunderstorms, plural, repeating every ten minutes or so. With driving rain announcing itself on the windows between the lightning and thunder, we soldiered on, recording small parts of the video whenever things died down a bit.  And then the frogs started. Ewww, Ewww, Ewww! They actually sounded like birds shouting their disapproval of the terrible weather.  But even the frogs had a predictable pattern, making it possible to sneak a little recording into the margins of nature’s scheduled events that we can never control.

Food distracts one from the problems of the day,  so it was imperative to bake something warm and yummy and low carb, of course! Having a butternut squash on the counter provided the raw material for my spicy roasted butternut squash. Peel, cut up, toss in a foil-lined baking pan with olive oil and a dusting of Tony Chachere’s or Emeril’s (best for this dish) and bake at 350 until tender.

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FAFSA – Not That Scary!

Don’t run! It’s just the FAFSA!

Just sit down and watch this video. You might just feel a whole lot more confident and ready to tackle this infamous government financial aid form. After all it’s the most effective way to get money for college! It’s hard to believe, but the FAFSA is the gateway form to just about all the college financial aid there is.  The Federal Government takes the information you enter in the FAFSA form and computes your Expected Family Contribution or EFC. Almost all colleges take their cue from the EFC when it comes to handing out  grants, scholarships, work-study funds and federal student loans. Compared to the much more invasive CSS Profile form used by about 250 elite private schools, the FAFSA is a comparative snap. But stay vigilant and do your homework. This is your chance to get your fair share of the Federal student aid pie.