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I’ve been overwhelmed with all of your supportive blog comments + tweets about my latest Project Food Blog post!  Thank you all.  Always!  If you haven’t voted, it’s open until Thursday.  This has been such an exciting opportunity to be a part of and it’s thanks to you that I’ve made it this far!

To say that Sunday was an awesome day, would be an understatement.

I had a smile plastered on my face all day long.  It was hard to fall asleep Saturday night, and I sprung out of bed on Sunday!  Why?  Well, because visitors were coming!!

The lovely Abby + Jessica!

What do you do when you have bloggers coming to visit???? 

Start cooking!

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I also prepared little Ohio-themed goodie baskets for the girls!  Everything was fresh from Shaker Square farmer’s market.  If you’re in Cleveland, you must go check it out!

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Enter the acorn squash.  I just love acorn squash!  This recipe was from this month’s edition of Vegetarian Times magazine.  The prep was a bit time consuming, but fairly simple.  The hardest part was cutting open the squash!  It’s always so hard to cut raw squash, even with sharp knives!  Then, I had to cut a hole in the center and scoop out the seeds + goop.

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Then, so they will sit flat while baking, you have to shave a small piece off the bottom of the squash.

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Don’t cut too much off the bottom, or this will happen.  Oooops.  No problem though!  This one was salvaged!

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The stuffing was a South American veggie ragout.  It was SO amazingly flavorful.  The different textures worked really well together. 

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Before the girls came over, I prepped the squashes and got the soup/stew mixture ready, then popped it in the fridge.  My mom picked up lunch for us from a delicious Mediterranean restaurant, Aladdin's.

hummus + baba + tahini yogurt sauce

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pita + falafel [the falafel was to.die.for!!!]

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Such a fun lunch spread!  My mom ate with us, and we chatted NON-STOP, while shoveling in the food.  I met Abby on my last trip home, but just met Jessica for the first time that day.  There was not ONE second of awkwardness.  I talk to both of these girls multiple times per week and love them dearly.  Just makes it even better that we had the chance to hang out!

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Next, we headed to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, which were just gorgeous.  We had such a good time and practiced our photography.  The lighting was really great, although a tad chilly.

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Jessica is HILarious.  SO spunky + bubbly + just amazing. 

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Abby has the best stories, and is so kind and adorable.  A pleasure to be around!!! 

I adore them both.  HOW could you not?

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Abby made sure we didn’t get lost.  Just like with our last visit.

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They had an amazing + HUGE herb garden!  We crouched down to waft in the smells.  MMMM


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Purple kale!  I should have used this for my wedding bouquet!  Could have massaged it into a salad with my dinner. ;)

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When we arrived home the squash were just about done in the oven.  I gave my mom instructions on the final steps, [basically just filling the hollowed squash] and she popped them in the oven before we got back.

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Jessica, doing her photo thang!

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Check out Jessica’s post.  She took some amazing shots and also had some really sweet things to say about our day. :)

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I think she was checking to see how many vegetables were inside…hehehe  If you know Jessica, you know she’s not too crazy about veggies!  However, she said she loved this [and I believe her ;)].

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Make sure to check out Abby’s post, recapping our day as well.  It was beautiful.  She had some really amazing things to say not only about our day + our friendship, but the blogging community as a whole. 

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Jessica brought dessert!  24 mini pumpkin cupcakes + raw macaroons, that I forgot to photograph, because I was too busy eating them. :)

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I love these ladies like I have known them my whole life.  Without this amazing community, I wouldn’t have found them, or all of YOU.  I feel so very lucky.

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The hardest part was saying goodbye…but I know I will see them again soon….

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My parents had getting to know Abby + Jess too!  :)

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Who do I look like more?


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or Dad?

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One more day in Cleveland.  Better rest UP!!!

Night :)

<3 Ash

Reader Comments (47)

Ahhh this makes me want to meet you like craaaazy!! Foodbuzz Festival will be insane.

What a lovely day from start to finish. Good for you getting Jess to gobble down some veggies :)

I think you look more like your mom. What do most people say?

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAllie (Live Laugh Eat)

Love the simplicity of that table setting.

I can sense that 'home sweet home' feeling from this post :)

I would have LOVED to be a part of this day! :D Jessica is another blog I love to read daily - looks like you all had So Much Fun ! :D

October 4, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristina @ spabettie

gah! through this entire post, all i can think about is how i forgot to include the basket you guys gave us! <3
And... I just woke up and can't sleep.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJessica @ How Sweet

That's so cool that you were able to get together and meet! Next month I'm meeting up with a fellow blogger who lives out west and I'm so excited. It's great when you can make friends through blogs, isn't it? :)

ps - nice spread by the way, beautiful!

I think you look like a pretty even mix between your mom and dad. Cute! Looks like you girls had a great time. And btw . . . your photos are always good, but they've become amazing lately! Have you learned any new tricks lately? Also, I'm finally going to try using up my acorn squash this week. Hmmmm. PS: I got your postcardddddd. Thank you!

This is the perfect way to welcome fall! Glad you ladies all had a spectacular day together. :) We have family that live in Twinsburg and Solon, not too far from Cleveland. I always love going to visit there.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren

looks like so much fun and i want that acorn squash!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLauren at KeepItSweet

What a fun day! I follow jess's blog as well and I can only imagine how much fun she must be in person :) I really do need to venture to the botanical gardens. It looks beautiful! Are you going to post that stew recipe? It looks amazing and I can't wait to try it!!!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCarly Milbert

What an awesome day!!! I don't know what parent you look like the most - i went scrolling up and down up and down trying to figure it out. Meh. :)

I pretty much was dying when you said you wanted to use the kale as your wedding boquet!!!

Great post! The food and botanical pics are gorgeous! I have a leftover root veggie chili that I just might serve in my little acorn squash sitting on the counter, nice presentation and a few more bites of squash :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJL goes Vegan

Gahhh - I wanna wear comfy jackets too! SO festive! :-) .Love.

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKristy

Just found your blog and I love it--the photography is gorgeous. And that squash dish looks great. Bookmarked. :)

You sure spoiled the girls! Your acorn squash dish sounds HEAVENLY and I could probably eat two! :-)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaSaundra

I found you through jessica's blog and I just wanted to say - What a sweet post! This is my first time visiting, but I can already see how friendly and kind you are. :) Plus your food looks INCREDIBLE! :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermegan @ whatmegansmaking

That looks like such a fun day! And that garden is beautiful, those birds looked fake ;) I think you look like an equal combination of them both, hehe.

Mmmm, that stuffed acorn squash looks delicious!!
I'd say you look more like your mom in the mouth area, and more like your dad in the eyes area. That's what I see, anyways!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

How fun! I want a blogger visit!
Jessica looks somehow different than I expected. She never posts photos of herself, so I guess it's understandable!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCamille

aw, how fun! you guys are so cute...and i definitely want to make everything on here for friends too :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHeather (Heather's Dish)

What a fabulous day with friends! That lunch looks to-die-for. When can I come visit you? ;)


yum - that squash looks amazing! I love stuffed squash.

Looks like a fun day ;)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterbrandi

Thanks so much Megan :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

It was just way too much fun. :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks so much Tracey!!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hahaha...I think I look more like my mom! :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh yeah, the gardens are sooo fun! I'll post the recipe soon!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Seriously? I feel like when I'm home they're never as good b/c I'm typically in a rush! However, since moving to Ft. Collins I've been trying to take a little longer photographing..and thinking more about exactly what I want the photo to show. I'm glad it's maybe working?? ;) You are SO welcome!!!!!!!!!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Meet ups are so much fun!! :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Oh my not worry about that, haha! You probably can't sleep b/c you miss me so much!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yesss, 1 month! Typically, people say my mom :) I sound like her a lot too!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Yay for Cleveland bloggie fun! :) I voted for you for PFB! Are Abby and Jessica both Clevelanders too?? I've been living in a West Side bubble, I'm terrible! You are just home visiting though right? Also - am I bad Clevelander for having been born and raised here and NEVER going to the CBG? EEK! Looks like an absolute blast! :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterallijag

Awww what a great time! Your squashes are adorable and I LOVE Aladdin's!

I think your nose and cheeks look more like your mom.. but I'm still trying to figure out the eyes -- maybe more like your dad!

Allijag, you've never been to CBG? Clearly we need another Cleveland meet up. Abby and Jess live in Pittsburgh btw!

I loved reading this on you and Jess' blogs. It makes me so happy when my favorite bloggers get together! Yay for blog friends :smile:

I haven't! I'm seriously sheltered sometimes when it comes to CLE! Sounds like another blogger meetup will just be a necessary evil! ;)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterallijag

You look much more like your mom, I'd say

Looks like you had a great meet up! I think you look most like your Mom :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSheri

Looks like you guys had a blast! Gorgeous pics from the botanical gardens, and the food? YUM! I have to find that recipe for the acorn squash/veggie dish. I love squash but have never tried the acorn variety. Need to get on that! :)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

I love this recap, the photos (as always, duh) are gorgeous! I'm so glad y'all had such a great day. I loved reading everyone's account of the day!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCaitlin

looks like fun! and gorgeous photos. i've been eyeing the cover of vegetarian times too and i think i have to make this soon. it's so fancy!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterrachel

I'll be at Foodbuzz as well! I can't wait to meet all of you wonderful girls!! All of you are so inspirational :-)

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlyssa

I miss you already!!!! What a wonderful day it was to spend with two of my favorite people! And your family...oh my, I love your parents so much! Tell them HI!
And you look more like your mom...but I see a little bit of your dad, too!

October 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAbby

I was in Cleveland until yesterday morning! I am so behind on blog reading I just saw you were there..bummer! Next time you come we will have to plan to meet up!

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThe Healthy Hostess

It was fabulous!!! My family loves both of you and said to say hello back :)

October 6, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

[...] I have recently been following Ashley’s blog Edible Perspective for around a month now.  I can not remember how or who I link to her blog from although the meals she makes are divine.  This past week in my reader a great combination of my two loves – Chili and Squash.  Ashley combined both and made: Acorn Sqaush Chili.  [...]

Hi Ashley! I'm ashamed to say that I am this far behind in your blog! I sure have missed reading your posts and seeing your amazing pictures though! And reading about blog meet ups just really puts a smile on my face! :)

You guys looked like you had SO much fun!

November 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDee

thanks for linking back to was super fun to see you girls having a ball!

December 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAverie (LoveVeggiesandYoga)

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