Sausage & Apple Stuffed Squash

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This dish just screams fall to me! The squash, the apples, the herbs. Made me want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and a glass of wine, which is exactly what I did right after eating this 🙂 For the presentation that you get with a stuffed squash, the prep and hands-on time is relatively easy. This makes a great dish on it’s own for dinner, or as a side dish for a dinner party. You could even use a roasted acorn squash to serve your Thanksgiving stuffing, if you really want to get crazy! The other great thing about this recipe, you can easily change up the ingredients that you put inside to tailor it to your own diet or tastes. Add some grains, like cooked rice or quinoa, remove the dairy, change the meat to chicken sausage or add beans for protein instead. The possibilities are endless. So get creative and let me know if you try any substitutions. I’d love to hear about it!!

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Poblano Corn Quesadillas

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We officially have a crawling baby! Which means, my life is about to get a little more hectic. As of yesterday, Landon is on the move and ever since then he does not want to be confined in any way, not in the bouncer, not in the playpen. Just wants to be able to move freely. No more setting him down on the play mat to run to the restroom, or turning my back to do dishes while he sits in one spot playing. Nope.

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Ratatouille Stuffed Shells

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Well, today the baby got himself from lying on his tummy up into sitting position for the first time. I love each new skill he develops but this one has mama in a panic! Crawling is just around the corner which means I’ll be spending this week baby proofing!! And…it also means there will be a DIY baby gate post coming your way in the near future. So, if you’re into that sort of thing, stay tuned!

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Parmesan crusted salmon with lemon cream sauce

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Well, another year older. Not sure about wiser 🙂 One thing is for sure, this birthday felt different. In the past, I haven’t really wanted to celebrate my birthday, do anything special or draw any sort of attention to it. I wouldn’t say that I dislike birthdays, just haven’t wanted to make much out of it for the last 5-10 years or so. Maybe after 21, birthdays just aren’t a big deal anymore.

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Loaded Nachos

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I was really feeling that 70°F weather yesterday! And now…back to rain. I can’t wait for more consistently sunny weather. I have so many projects I want to do outside, particularly, finally finishing the back deck. However, that requires paint, so I need to wait for a stretch of at least a few dry days.

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Italian Chicken & Tomato Basil Orzo

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Ok mamas…I now have a baby who is suddenly sleeping 10-11 hours at night only waking up once, maybe twice AND taking 1 1/2 to 2 hour naps!!!! I have made a couple changes recently, most notably to his feedings. But I’m wondering, is this normal that there is a shift around 5 months and babies just start napping well? Or is it possible that the feeding changes I made actually made the difference? Just want to know before I go tooting my own horn about sleep training in a blog post 🙂 Haha! That sounds way more “I’m-so-amazing” than I wanted it to.

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Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Bars

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I mean…I don’t really feel like I need to say much about these. The name kind of says all you need to know…Cookies & Cream Cheesecake Bars! We DEVOURED these! Just looking at the photo and remembering how delicious they were is making me want to whip up another batch. They were so easy too, no bake, just chill in the fridge for a bit and then eat to your hearts content. Ok, it’s settled, I’m making them again.

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Green Goddess Sandwich

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I started painting my kitchen cabinets about 7 months ago, right when we got home from Hawaii. Also, around the time we found out I was pregnant. The problem, I went to continue painting after finding out a baby was on the way and was of course concerned with the chemicals I was using. I found that the paint de-glosser I was using was EXTREMELY harmful to pregnant women and children (and probably everyone else, but not on the same level as a child’s developing system) so I didn’t continue the project, thinking I was out of luck until after the pregnancy.

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Spring Frittata w/ Asparagus, Leeks and Dill

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I was actually about to blog something different but saw photos of this frittata and realized I never shared it! Crisis averted 🙂 I made this as part of Easter dinner and it was delicious. Makes a great side dish or appetizer for a spring dinner party.

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Party Perfect Appetizers

This last weekend we celebrated my mother-in-law’s birthday by throwing her a surprise party. It was so much fun to get all the family together for an evening of food, drinks and fun! I’ve never managed to actually pull off a surprise, to keep it a secret and all, but I’d say this was successful. People came in from Washington and California to help celebrate this beautiful, caring mother/daughter/sister/aunt/friend who always tries to take care of everyone else.

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Baked Brie w/ Maple & Pecans

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It has been almost a month since my last post and I have missed you all SO MUCH!!!!

Why is it when you get off track with your normal routine, it seems like such an undertaking to get everything back on track?

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Sausage & Spinach Stuffed Shells with Butternut Squash Puree

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I’m on day 4 of being sick in bed…I am NOT good at being sick like this. I am bored out of my mind and want so badly to get up and leave the house but am such a mess and exhausted that all I can do is lie in bed. So ready for this sickness to be done!

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Walnut, Mint & Feta Brown Rice

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I feel like, as a blogger, I’m supposed to be fairly tech savvy. This is 1000% NOT the case right now. I got a new laptop last week, and I’ve been battling with it non-stop. I guess I’m battling more with figuring out how to use Windows 6 than the computer itself. Either way, its irritating and I keep pulling out the old laptop while the new one just sits on my desk looking pretty. Right now, though, I’m forcing myself to use the new one. It’s working, although, it’s taking me about 3 times as long to edit photos and create a blog post.

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Cheddar & Sage Biscuits

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We’re about halfway through the Thanksgiving feast posts! Still to come…green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, gravy, turkey & pie! All the best parts!

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Truffle Mac & Cheese

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Mac & Cheese was never part of our Thanksgiving meals growing up, but last year, my brother-in-law made it part of our meal and, I mean, it pretty much made the meal. This recipe incorporates truffle oil and a crispy topping, and makes beautiful dish for your holiday table. The flavor is subtle, which is the key for a meal with so many competing dishes.

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Bacon-Wrapped Dates

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I’m sitting here planning my calendar for the month of November…yes…November.

#1 – I can’t believe it is that close to Starbucks breaking out the red cups and holiday music playing in stores.

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Lasagna with Meat Sauce

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This lasagna has seriously taken over as a staple in my house. We don’t do pastas too often because we try to stay away from starchy carbs (and because we are too lazy to workout) but I decided to give this a try and substituted gluten-free lasagna rice noodles instead of regular lasagna noodles (not that it made a huge carbohydrate difference but my conscience felt better anyway). Couldn’t even taste the difference! AND…you don’t have to pre-cook rice noodles!!!! Yep, that’s a choir you hear singing Hallelujah in the background.

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Broccoli & Pecorino Pesto Spaghetti Squash

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Well! What a week, full of ups and downs! I accepted a new job that I am so excited about! Don’t you worry, I have every intention of keeping this blog going but was feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of essentially working a full-time job while still keeping this “part-time hobby” going. I’ve had so much fun this summer with my DIY projects, remodeling and cooking and getting to share it all with you on this site but have been stressing about scheduling and juggling it all.

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BLT Pizza

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I LOVE BLT’s, I mean LOVE them! So when I saw this recipe for BLT Pizza on the cover of last months Cooking Light I had to try it out. And it was delicious! The key is the mayonnaise based white sauce rather than the usual red pizza sauce.

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Parmesan Fritter Salad with Bacon Buttermilk Dressing

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This was course #2 from my first-day-of-summer dinner. Not your usual salad with tons of different toppings but oh so much flavor thanks to the fritters and dressing. A great crowd pleaser when you are hosting dinner guests but I recommend making the fritters and dressing ahead of time (up to 2 days) to limit your kitchen time when your guests are mingling. Warning: be very careful with this dressing…you may want to lick it all from a spoon and have none left to serve with the salad! It’s that good!

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