The Butternut Challenge

Hello foodies! How’s this week treating you so far? The weather here has been in the upper fifties for the past few days and although I’ve been stuck inside four concrete lead-lined windowless walls (the joys of working around x-rays) for 8.5 hours each day, I’m not complaining because I know we are just THAT much closer to Spring! Whew! You had me worried for a second there Pux!

So last week I asked for some help on deciding what to do with my little hanging-on-by-a-thread b.nut squash. I got some really great suggestions and I can’t wait to give them all a try, but the one that caught my eye the most was one that was wrapped up in a little foodie challenge. Carrie, from Moves ‘n Munchies has raved about her Cinnamon Roasted Almond Butter Squash and challenged me to see if I could make it more “photogenic.” Well, you should all know by now, that I am totally down with a foodie challenge…if I can go completely sugar-free for one week, I can make a model out of a butternut!


First, I primed my “beauty” with a gentle and invigorating massage using agave syrup and cinnamon. Once she was good and relaxed, I set her on a tanning table cookie sheet and placed her in the sauna oven. After about 45-50 minutes of discovering her “inner glow,” she emerged a whole new squash…one with confidence, beauty, and a down right mouth-watering scent!

I made sure to pick out the best ensemble for her first cover project. She was a little shy about just donning scrambled tofu, so I convinced her to try it with a little cinna-roasted chickpea “wrap”. Once she was dressed and on the set, the finishing touches were placed. What sort of photo shoot would this be without a little lace? And by lace, I mean dark chocolate almond butter (aka laced crack).

Now, without further ado, I present to you Cinny B Nuttersquash in her debut spread “Here’s What Dreams Are Made Of”:

Work it baby, work it! You’re a tiger! Grr Baby!

Oh, excuse me…I forgot you guys were still there!

Model is wearing warm cinnamon spice and agave with a cinna-roasted chickpea “wrap” (based loosely off Mama Pea’s Pumpkin Spice Roasted Chickpeas) by Maytag 450* Oven, and cinnamon kissed scrambofu by Heated Skillet, all “laced” with devilishly dark chocolate by Almundo Buttier!

So what do you think of Cinny’s first shoot? One for the portfolio or is it back to the makeup chair?

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