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Perfect Fall Night

Good morning and welcome to the weekend. So far I have gotten mine off on a fantastic foot.

Yesterday after work I made a quick stop to heaven.

I hadn’t been to Trader Joe’s in about a month! Some one very special gave us a gift card to TJ’s  as a wedding present and it has been burning a hole in my pocket ever since!
They have a ton of new products available, but I didn’t go TOO crazy. 🙂

Tomato & Roasted Red Pepper soup, frozen mixed peppers, marinara sauce, pecan pumpkin oatmeal, instant popcorn, cheese sticks, and Mediterranean yogurt dip. The dip was the free sample they were giving away and with one bite, I was hooked so into the cart it went!

Pita chips, cinnamon oatmeal, turkey bacon, avocados, very cherry blend, and a new TJs bbq sauce . I can’t wait to try out this sauce!

I wasted no time getting to work on last night’s dinner. A house favorite, stuffed spaghetti squash!

In case you forgot, or don’t stalk me, here is the original recipe.

My favorite thing about this recipe is that you can really throw whatever you want in here. It’s a great way to empty out that veggie drawer.  Last night’s veggie mix consisted of garlic, onion, frozen mixed bell peppers, 1 zucchini,frozen spinach, and per Nolan’s request, a few chicken sausages.

The photo isn’t great, but these are chipotle  chicken sausages with Monterey Jack cheese.

While everything was simmering, I cracked open a cooking beer.

**Cooking beer- the beer you drink while cooking for extra inspiration. **

It’s no secret that Nolan and I find solace in the kitchen. It’s where we go to unwind, laugh, and create our experiment. What better place to also drink a bit. haha Now, don’t get the wrong idea. We don’t do this EVERY time we set foot in the kitchen. We would be drunk all day every day if that were the case. The cooking beer is classy. It’s cooking beer not cooking beer(s), and to be quite honest, most of the time more beer goes into our recipes than into our mouths…most of the time on purpose lol

I picked up a jar of organic marinara sauce at TJ’s for tonight’s dinner.

Same price as the original marinara sauce, so why not buy organic?

How great does that look?!

Time to start stuffing!

I spread a little sauce on the bottom of the squash bowls to keep the stuffing moist while I bake it.

Once stuffed, I sprinkled a little reduced fat Parmesan cheese on top along with a few slices of white American cheese. 5 minutes later…..

Dinner was ready!

Sooo delicious!

After dinner, Kara and Sarah came over for a little Halloween night! We watched Halloween movies and carved up some pumpkins.

Mine is the least creative one in the upper right haha. But to tell you the truth, I wasn’t too concerned with the pumpkin. It was the insides I was most excited for.

I was so siked to toast up some pumpkin seeds to snack on. I sprinkled on a little sea salt and cayenne pepper and baked them at 350 for about 30 minutes.

Pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite salty snacks. 🙂

It was really a perfect fall night.


Today’s agenda contains, but is not limited to

  • laundry
  • unpacking
  • grocery shopping
  • exercising
  • cooking something yummy!

Have a great weekend.



What is your favorite Halloween movie? –  Hocus Pocus

Favorite Halloween treat? – Pumpkin seeds and candy corn

{ 2 comments… add one }
  • Michelle @ Eat Move Balance February 25, 2013, 7:14 pm

    You’re right. That stuffed squash looks incredible. I might have to try that out with my husband sometime soon. Thanks!

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