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September 29, 2016

Recipe: Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Boats

We had these Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Boats for dinner this week and we totally loved them! This was a great meal for us, because it's fairly healthy, grain free and suits our tastes. Of course, it would be a tiny bit easier to just serve the spaghetti squash in a bowl, rather than spoon it all back into the shells, but it wouldn't look nearly as beautiful that way!

Now, I have to be honest and tell you that my boys do not eat this. They will each eat a deconstructed version of it, but not the meal as a whole.

Italian Sausage Spaghetti Squash Boats

2 ripe spaghetti squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground Italian chicken sausage
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes
¼ cup low-fat milk
Pinch red pepper flakes
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. pepper
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped

  1. First, prepare the spaghetti squash. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Slice each squash length wise, scoop out the seeds etc. and place face down on a baking sheet. Bake squash in the oven for 45 minutes until tender.
  2. While the squash cooks you can start on the filling. Drizzle the olive oil into a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions and garlic until fragrant. Add chicken sausage and cook until crumbled and lightly brown, draining if necessary, then add chicken broth, tomatoes, milk, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Bring everything to a boil then cover and allow flavors to simmer on low to medium heat until spaghetti squash is ready.
  3. Remove squash from the oven and scrape out all the strands of spaghetti using a fork. Add all the spaghetti squash to your skillet along with a 1/2 cup of cheese. Toss well until cheese is melted and squash is fully coated with sauce.
  4. Transfer squash mixture into your now scraped out squash bowls and top with the rest of your cheese. Place them back in the oven for about 3 to 4 minutes until cheese is melted and squash is heated through.
  5. Top with pasley, serve and enjoy!
Recipe adapted from Eat Yourself Skinny

Have you tried any new recipes lately that your family has loved? Please share them with me in the comments below! 

September 27, 2016

Weekending & For the Love of Shoes

Hey there! Did you guys have a great weekend? We sure did!

Friday night we stayed in and had dinner at home. I made my Quick & Easy Bolognese, which is a hit with 75% of my family, and Roast Broccoli, which is at favorite of 100% of us, so it was a dinner win over all.

Saturday morning we hit the gym bright and early (MaxBurn for me and basketball for Keith), and then headed down to the Great Mall to shop their For the Love of Shoes sale (going on now through September 30th) and find outfits for our family photos.

The mall-wide event offers an unprecedented opportunity for shoppers of all ages and all budgets to indulge in guilt-free shoe shopping! Now through September 30th, shoppers can stock up on hundreds of styles and brands for every age and occasion, from ankel boots to athletic shoes and flats to high heels, all at significantly discounted prices.

Keith and I each picked up a couple pairs of shoes. I'm in love with the suede flats I found at J. Crew Factory, and I'm planning to wear them in our family photos later next month -- now I just need to find an outfit to go with them! We also found Keith and the boy's outfits for our pictures, but I'm going to wait to share those until after we have our pictures taken. 

In between all the shopping we were doing we hit up Chipotle for lunch! I seriously heart that place! I've never tried their margaritas, but I heard they're not too bad either. I got my usual... grilled chicken burrito bowl with pico de gallo, corn salsa and guac of course!

After lunch we did some more shopping and then on the way out we let Owen try out the giant jumpy bungee cord thing! They started him off pretty low, which I believe is how they gauge the kid's bravery. Well, the man must have been able to tell that Owen is a little thrill seeker, so he really let him fly. He was having the best time! He was cracking up, screaming with delight and smiling from ear to ear. I kept calm, but every time I saw my baby go flying up in the air toward the ceiling I felt my heart leap up into my throat. He was sad when it was over, but I was relieved!

Surprisingly, Owen stayed awake for the whole drive home, so when we got home we played around with his science kit and did some color mixing. We started with the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and then I had him make green, orange and purple by mixing the appropriate colors to create the rainbow. We had a lot of fun!

Saturday night I skipped cooking dinner and we just had leftovers -- isn't that just the best? I love to cook, but it's always nice to get a break too. After the boys were in bed Keith and I watched Hush on Netflix, which was totally terrifying. If you like scary, suspenseful movies you will really like this one. I can't stand when the character seems dumb and makes really bad choices to make the movie better, and there is no of that in this one. It was great!

Sunday morning was nice and slow, just the way we like it. I made Pumpkin Pancakes, and everyone including Lukey, LOVED them! It was really just the mix from Target though. 

While Luke napped, Owen and Keith went out on a little hike up in the hill behind our house, and I cleaned up around the house. My mom and sister came by for lunch and we all hung out. Sunday was burning HOT here, so we had salad for dinner. 

And that was the weekend! Hope you had a great one!

September 23, 2016

Friday 5 - A Recipe, Books and a Box

Hey there, friends! It's Friday again (Thank the Lord!) and I've got a little bit of this and that to share with you before we head out for the day, so let's get goin'...

| O N E | POPSUGAR Must Have box.

Are you a box junkie? I would seriously commit to them all if I could. I was super excited to hear about the Popsugar Musthaves box and was thrilled to see it arrive on our doorstep last week. It is filled with some really fun things! Inside my September box there was:

JACK & LUCY Wide Brim Hat - The hat is super cute, but not really my style, so I'm passing it along to my sister who will totally rock it!
NCLA MANI-ER Tool Kit - I was so excited to see this in the box because I really needed something like this to keep in the car for a nail emergency.
BRIOGEO Don't Dispair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask - I'm going to give this a try and let you know how it works out.
FLINT Lint Roller - Giving this to my sister too so she can use it on her hat :)
SMITH & CULT Lip Lacquer in The Warning - This is such a pretty red color -- perfect for the upcoming holidays
THE GLUTEN FREE BITES Dark Chocolate Coconut Bites - Mmm this were delicious! I've been packing a couple for a post workout snack this week. Such a treay!

Have you checked out the Popsugar Musthaves box? What came in your box?

| T W O | Kid Books!
It's been a while since we've bought any new books for our collection at home, but as Owen gets older and older (it's happening fast!) I've found that once he hears a story a couple times he's kind of over it. So, we've been borrowing books from the library and it is so much fun for us all! AND this week his teachers started sending books home for the kids. I told Owen it's his "homework" to listen to the stories and remember to return the books to his teacher in the bag each week. He's taking it all very seriously!

So, what are your favorite books for Pre-K / Kindergarten aged children?

| T H R E E | New favorite recipe!
I tried this recipe for this week and it is a new favorite for sure! I found it on Samma's blog (Spice & Sass), so I knew it would be great, because she always shares the best recipes! It was really easy to put together too. We all loved it!

| F O U R | Your Friday dose of cuteness!
Have I told you Luke is working on getting his two top teeth right now? The 2nd bottom tooth just made it's way through and then this week I notice the top two are breaking through at the same time. Poor baby! He's all smiles though, and you'd never know he was teething!

| F I V E | Car seat recommendations, please! 
Owen is getting so big for his current car seat, so we are starting to consider a new one for him. Right now we have the Britax Marathon, and it has been really great for us. Obviously, our first priority here is safety, followed by comfort. I'd love to know what you have for your 40+ pound kiddos!

Now we're off to enjoy the day! I hope you have a lovely weekend, and in the meantime you can follow along with us on social media!

You can see where I'm linking up HERE!