{friday 5}

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I hope your week has been a good one.  It’s been a chaotic, but productive one over here.  I’m beginning to think Friday’s are my new favorite day of the week.  Sorry Saturday!  I think it’s the excitement of wrapping up the week.  And obvi starting the weekend.  If only I didn’t have to work on Friday’s.  In other news, I’ve been wearing the exact same pair of shoes for 2 weeks straight.  I can’t take them off…true love!

 

Ok, and now on to 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – To-Do’s // You guys, I have nothing on my to-do list for the weekend.  I mean, I’m sure there are a million things I could do, but I don’t have anything I HAVE to do.  WTF am I going to do?  Ha!  The struggle is real.  I work to not have anything to do on the weekends, then when I have nothing to do, it kinda stresses me out.  I’m such a mess!  I take that back, I really, really want to see American Made.  Not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, but I keep hearing this movie is GOOD!  Has anyone seen it?  I’m sure I’ll add about 23 things to do by the end of the day.  That’s just how I roll.

Here’s the trailer…..

American Made Official Trailer

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TWO – Veggie of the week // Butternut Squash!  Probably my favorite so far.  I’ve had it many times.  I’ve cooked with it many times.  I decided to try 2 new ways of preparing it, rather than my normal roasting.  Butternut Squash Pizza…Oh My God!  Delish!  Then I went and made a pasta sauce using only pureed butternut squash + shallots + garlic + a little reserved pasta water.  Equally delish.  And this one deserves it’s very own post.  I’m hoping to get it on the blog next week!

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Butternut Squash Pizza

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Butternut squash
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked + crumbled
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Pesto
  • Mozzarella Cheese, thinly sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh thyme leaves
  • Salt + Pepper

 

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees + line a baking sheet with foil.

Peel + slice butternut squash in 1/2 inch slices.

Note: I used 1 butternut squash for 2 recipes, so I only used about 1/2 of the skinny-er side of the butternut squash.  About 8 slices.  Once you get to the bottom of the squash, you’ll find seeds and wont be able to get perfect slices.  

Brush slices of butternut squash with olive oil and season with salt + pepper.

Roast for 20 minuets.

Remove from oven.  Spoon marinara or pesto over the top.  Top with sliced mozzarella.  Then add bacon crumbles + thyme.

Back in the oven for about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Enjoy!

Bay tried them and said they were not her favorite, but if she were really hungry, then she’d eat them all.  Ha.  I guess I kinda won that one?  Maybe?

I on the other hand LOVED them.  Had the leftovers for lunch and told everyone in my office about them.  I’m thinking caramelized red onions would be a great addition next time around.

 

THREE –  Microwave // We’ve been without a microwave since we moved.  About 7 weeks.  I haven’t really missed it.  Maybe a handful of times.  Bay says every once in a while she wishes we had one.  Not that I can’t just go and get one.  I was curious if we really NEEDED one.  Honestly, I think they are ugly.  I don’t like extra shit on my counters.  At our last house it was above the stove and didn’t bother me at all.  This morning I was out of K-cups so I hit the Starbucks drive-thru.  Got ready for work.  Realized my coffee was cold AF.  I did the unthinkable.  I had to!  Re-heated my coffee in a pot over the stove.  As if Starbucks coffee doesn’t taste burnt enough as it is.  Bay witnessed and said, “I think it’s time, Mom!”  And guess what?  I’m still not 100% convinced.  Ha!  Maybe we’ll do an Instagram Story Poll….wondering how many peeps have microwaves?

Can you live without one?

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{mini pumpkin pies}

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Happy National Pumpkin Pie Day!!  At least according to my homegirl Martha Stewart.  I’ve seen some conflicting dates.  Some claim December 25th is the official day.  In my book, what Queen Martha say, goes!

Obviously I will be sharing my favorite, simple pumpkin pie recipe with you today!!

Mini Pumpkin Pies

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Doesn’t everything mini taste better?

Not only are these pies adorable, they are also the perfect individual portion.  Not that I would ever over indulge or anything.  Ha!  I’ve been known to kill two of these in a sitting.

They are GOOD #justsaying

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(styled by Andrea)

We served these mini pies at my sisters baby shower over the weekend.  Andrea gets styling cred.  The whole display was more that I could pull off.

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{baked chicken tacos}

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We’re BIG on tacos!  I can honestly say, I’ve never met a taco I didn’t like!  But, you already knew that.  Kinda like pizza, tacos are our thang!  Pretty much weekly.  If I’m not whipping them up in the kitchen, then you will most likely find us bellied up to a booth at Maria’s Cantina for Taco Tuesday.

You also know my love of “jazzing” things up a bit.  I can’t have the same ol taco every single week.

I came across these Chicken Street Tacos on Daily Dose of Pepper.

When she say’s they make a mess, she’s not joking.  Not messy, like they make a mess when you make them….pot and pans everywhere.  Or make a big ass mess and fall apart when you’re eating them.  What she’s saying is, they make a mess of tacos.  A whole bunch of them.  20 to be exact.  So for all you chicks with #hellakids, this one’s for you!!!

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They are crunchy, but not fried.  HUGE plus.  You’re house wont stink for the next week:)

And what if I told you that you can sub a few ingredients making these a whopping 90 calories a piece?  2 Smart Points (weight watchers).  Pretty good, huh?

Here’s what you’ll need:

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{friday 5}

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Hello Friday, I’ve been waiting for you!  ALL week!

What’s the plan for the weekend?  My to-do list is growing by the minute.  But, it’s OK.  I’m going to sleep in + drink coffee in my pj’s before I conquer the world (and my to-do list) both mornings.  That’s something to definitely look forward to.  I’m going to drink some wine + indulge in yummy food too.  That’s what the weekends were made for!

Whatever you do, have a good one!!

Now, I’ve got 5 things on my mind…..

ONE – Veggie of the week // One of my {Fall To-Do’s} is try a new veggie each week.  Last week we tried Jicama (aka dirty apple).  It was a flop!  This week – Delicata Squash.  I prepared it following a recipe from the one and only, Skinny Taste.  You guys, it was sooo good.  Even Bay enjoyed it.  I have proof on Instagram 🙂  “better than brussel sprouts!”  I won that one!!

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • cooking spray
  • 1 delicata squash, washed (99 cents/each at TJ’s)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest

Here’s what you do:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Line baking sheet with foil, spray with cooking spray.

Slice squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.  Slice seeded halves into 1/4 inch thick slices and place in a bowl.

Drizzle olive oil + salt + pepper over squash slices and toss well to coat.

In a small bowl combine parmesan + parsley + thyme + lemon zest.

Lay squash slices flat on prepared baking sheet.  Sprinkle parmesan mixture over the top.

Bake for 225 minutes until golden brown.

So good.  I can’t wait to make it again.

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TWO – Instagram Story Polls //  I’m fucking obsessed.  Who’s dinner looks tastier?  Who likes a full tank of gas + a clean car?  Should I buy the dress?

Instagram even keeps track of that shit.  I hope it stays FOR-EV-ERRRR!  That way you guys can all help this indecisive bitch make life decisions.

I cannot believe you think Bay’s dinner looks better.  I even had mayo!!!  But to each his own.

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Everyone can agree, it’s a good feeling!!  I do it every Friday and it makes my day start happy AF!

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I didn’t buy the dress:(  They only had it in a size large.  That’s why I’m holding it in the back.  It was huge.  Doesn’t mean that I wont find a nearby store that has a medium instock and drive there TONIGHT.  I’ve been known to do it!

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THREE – It’s Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers // I read this.  Laughed my ass off.  Therefore I am sharing it with you.  I want to be friends with this writer.  I think we’d get along GREAT!

IT’S DECORATIVE GOURD SEASON, MOTHERFUCKERS

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{blueberry coffee cake}

Such a sad day for our country.  Waking up to the horrific news reports really stops you in your tracks.  My heart goes out to all the people + families suffering in Las Vegas.  There are really no words.  I just can’t shake it today.  And I feel as though there is nothing I can do, except be kind.  Do something nice for someone.  All this hate has to stop!

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Blueberry Coffee Cake //

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Sometimes, every once in a while, you have to just say fuck it and make cake for breakfast!!!

Coffee cake

with blueberries

and the secret ingredient…..

sour cream

Crumbly cinnamon + brown sugar topping sandwiched between rich layers of coffee cake.  You guys, this is a good one.

I will be pulling this recipe out again during the holidays, that’s for sure!!

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{mozzarella stuffed meatballs}

When you say comfort food, I think pasta!  Always.

With Fall in the air, I’ve got pasta on the brain.  Big time!

I tried out a new recipe and it was such a hit.  Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs.

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Also, I’ve never, until now, ever made meatballs.

Now I want to throw them into the weekly rotation, like every week!  I feel like I need to make up for lost time.

But, you know I can’t just make the classic meatballs.  I always have to jazz things up a bit.

Cheeeeessseee.  It’s always a good idea, right?  The more the better!

HAVE YOU EVER TRIED THESE MOZZARELLA BALLS?  OMG!  Pure heaven!  If you’re anything like me, then you could kill this whole tub too!!

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The ooey gooey melted cheese center is an unexpected surprise.

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{friday 5}

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F R I D A Y

The first day of Fall!

And oh my gosh, THE WEATHER!  It feels like Fall and I’m loving it.  Who else is with me in welcoming this change of season?

It’s Friday, and I’ve got 5 things on my mind……

ONE – Shady AF //  This one’s for you Lina!  I’ve been asked over and over by so many peeps to share my shade details.  I just got these a few weeks ago and I’m totally diggin them.  Matte black.  Polarized.  Great price tag.  I scored mine during the Shop Bop sale for $50.

And let’s take a sec to talk about Bay’s shades.  Until last month, I had NO idea Ray Bans came in Jr sizes.  Bay really really wanted a pair for her birthday.  She keeps them in the car and pops them on as soon as she buckles up.  It kills me.  She looks so teenager with them on.

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Le Specs Weekend Riot Polarized Sunglasses

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RAY-BAN JR.

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TWO – Wi-Fi Printable // This was on my Intentions for the week.  Check!  I want peeps to feel at home when they walk though the door at our house.  And what feels more at home than your Wi-Fi connecting?  I just recently figured out how to change the name on our Wi-Fi.  Ha!  It was some weird combo of numbers and letters and I had a hard time figuring out which one was ours.  Picking a name was kind of a big deal.  Especially when you recruit the help of an 11-year-old.  Here’s what we came up with:

HeyBayBay1

HeyBayBay2

Since when do you need two?  They explained all the technical shit to me and it went right over my head.  But we have Wi-Fi, so it’s all good.

Anyway, I printed out this cute FREE printable and put our password on it for all our guests.

Come over and get cozy AF!  Use our Wi-Fi!

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