Stuffed Acorn Squash with Beef and Rice; meanderings

Why is it that summer takes forever to arrive but is gone in a flash?

Two weeks ago I was complaining about the heat…. Today we’re thinking about lighting a fire. (Just thinking about it at this point).

The good news is the winter squash are ripening. Some of the early ones are already picked, cured and in the cave for winter.

Fall is stuffed vegetable season chez nous…..

This acorn squash bakes while the stuffing is prepared and just needs 10 – 15 minutes to finish.

For a faster meal, cook it in the microwave.

I usually can’t get all of the stuffing in, so I keep it warm and serve it on the side.

This stuffing has a bit of an Asian influence with toasted sesame seeds stirred in at the end.

As you can tell, my acorn squash was white (pale yellow) rather than the usual green. I blame the French mystery seeds…..

The recipe, Stuffed Acorn Squash with Beef and Rice, has been updated, nutrition information added, and re-posted here: Stuffed Acorn Squash with Beef & Rice.

Next on our wander down memory lane is the last bathroom.

This is the floor plan, sort of, of the upstairs guest bathroom.

There are 3 small upstairs windows on each side of the house. On this side of the house one is in our bedroom, one is in our bathroom and we wanted the other to be in the small guest bedroom. That meant no window in the bathroom, but that’s not unheard of in old houses.

But, there’s not a lot of space between the windows, so we had to do some creative planning to get the rooms big enough. Where the red arrows are is where we put the window seat in the small bedroom, thus getting the window in that room. We left just enough room in the bathroom to put a small tub in that area.


It looked very cramped and small once we got it built out.

Please note the lovely ceiling…..


Everything fit in nicely, and is actually much roomier than expected. He did a wooden ceiling (as always, too many odd shapes for sheet-rock) and painted it white.

bath_gray2As usual, he saved the beams where possible, and refinished them. This is the tub, tucked into the back of the bathroom, along with the toilet. The wall you see acting as a partial divider is the shower.

bath_tubMon mari built the shower for this bathroom as well.


It had not been my intention to get such neutral tile. When we bought the tile for our bathroom (blue) we had choices of purple and green and red and pink and orange…..

When we went to get the tile for this bathroom we had choices of gray and dark gray and light gray and beige and greige…. That’s what was in every store we went to.


The colors, or lack there of, would not have been my choice, but I was quite pleased with how it all turned out.

Last update on October 10, 2022

6 thoughts on “Stuffed Acorn Squash with Beef and Rice; meanderings”

    • Your guest bathroom is gorgeous and the nicest bathroom we experienced in France! (It was hard to get the teenage boy out of this bathroom!)
      I am excited to make this recipe soon as I have two acorn squash from the farm share ready to be used – Thanks!

  1. Delline, thanks

    Kate, maybe 4 lol

    Zoomie, he does good work

    brassfrog, and he enjoys it – the best part.

    Jane, glad you all liked it 😉 We love it when the acorn (and butternuts) start ripening

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