Creamy Spinach and Sausage Butternut Squash


Played around with a recipe the other night and it was quite delicious. Here's the scoop...


4 Garlic Cloves, Minced
2 Shallots, Chopped
16 oz. Turkey Sausage (I prefer the ground breakfast sausage)
32 oz. Fresh Spinach
2 Medium Butternut Squash
1/2 to 1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, Shredded
8-12 Ounces Cream Cheese (I did 16 oz. the first go round and it was way too rich)
Salt and Pepper


Cut the butternut squash in half, take out the seeds, lightly spread on olive oil, salt and pepper. Place skin side up (flesh side down) and bake in an oven at 375 for about 45 minutes, or until soft.

While the squash is cooking, saute the garlic and shallots in olive oil. Add in the turkey sausage and cook thoroughly. Once cooked, add in the spinach and allow it to wilt down. Turn off the stove if the spinach has wilted and the squash isn't quite cooked.

Once the squash is cooked and cooled a bit, turn the stove back on, shred the squash and add it into the turkey/spinach mix. Then cube up your cream cheese and add it in, as well as the parmesan. Salt and pepper if desired.

Make sure it is all thoroughly warmed and no chunks of the cream cheese remain.


The nice thing about this recipe, is that you can easily omit the cream cheese portion and just use some parmesan, salt and pepper and it would still taste great. We served with a big salad and it was a hit all the way around in this house.

2015 Pumpkin Pics


It's my favorite time of the year, and I need all things pumpkin - including pics of my kiddos around a ton of them. Our annual trip to The Arboretum is in the books, so I just thought I'd share...

One of my children shares my enthusiasm for pumpkin season.

The other one? Not so much.

So the first born will entertain me and pose for pics.

And, after about a million frames and lots of distracting, we get a decent shot of them together!

With, let's be honest here, the bribe waiting at the end of the session.

T-Ball Time


Since most of my sporadic posts have centered around shopping and vacations, I thought I'd spend a couple of posts catching up on life around here.

This is officially our first BUSY school year. Two kids, two different schools, two different extracurricular activities. We'll get to our girl in another post, but first I want to talk about HUT.

He's my sensitive child. He takes his time to warm up in any scenario, but, when he does, it's magic. Last weekend he played his first ever T-ball game. I can assure you that I was more nervous because I truly don't even think he realized he was about to play in an official game. They'd had one practice and, due some unforeseen incidents, his poor team had a rocky start.

But this kid? His first practice he absolutely loved it. After about 45 minutes he began to lose focus, but, hey, he's four. Most of the time he dreads going back to the activities that I've tried with him. This time? He really, truly enjoyed it.

Don't ask me if they won or lost - anyone who has experienced T-ball and attest to the fact that it is both filled with hilarity and chaos. I do know that HUT scored a run and left a happy kid. That's a win in my book.

So, here we are, T-ball parents. Who knows how long it will last, but as long as he's enjoying it? We'll be right there cheering him on from the stands.

Halloween Buckets


Just in case you don't follow me on Facebook or Instagram, just had to spread the love for these amazing Halloween buckets that I bought for our kiddos this year.

They might look familiar - that's because she also made our Easter baskets earlier this year.

$25 for a bucket or $35 with the bow. And she ships. I figure it's worth the investment because my kids will use them for years to come. The personalization is just so stinkin' cute. She'll work with you on the color, Halloween character, etc.

Check out B. Bell Designs on Facebook or Instagram to place your order. But hurry - she's only doing a limited amount this season!

Holiday Cards 2015


Short and sweet post.

If anyone, like me, already has their pictures and/or design for holiday cards in hand, you might want to head on over to Zazzle today. 50% off of all cards (use the code EARLYSPECIAL) - whether you purchase one of their designs online or create your own.

I designed a little something, got the approval from the U that he liked it, and placed my order this morning. Here's a little, teeny, tiny, teaser...
I've never had an issue with their printing, and they have some great options for paper and cuts for your invitations. Happy early shopping!