BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SAUSAGE CASSEROLE

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Recently I read a quote that says “cook like you don’t have to clean.” There so much freedom in the thought of cooking without reservations and allowing the mess to pile up in the name of great food. The problem with that quote, is that no matter how great the meal is, the pots and pans need to be scrubbed, the dishes need to be rinsed and it all has to get done before bedtime!

I’m teaming up with Scotch-Brite™ Brand to share with you my go-to Butternut Squash and Sausage Casserole Recipe.

This casserole is delicious and a little messy, but with help from Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge, you will cook, clean and have plenty of time to spend with those you love.

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 2 tablespoons of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of pepper
  • 2 teaspoons of dry thyme
  • 2 teaspoons of dry basil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and grease a medium casserole dish

Toss the cubed bread in a roasting pan and bake until golden. Approximately five minutes but watch it carefully!

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the sausage.  Cook until golden brown, about 6 minutes. Add the sausage and brown (for about 8 minutes).  Add the leeks and squash and cook down until the leeks are soft, about 3 minutes (you may add a little chicken broth to pick up the brown bits off the bottom). Add salt, pepper, thyme and basil. Add the focaccia cubes and 1 tablespoon of butter and toss until the butter melts.

In the meantime, whisk the egg and chicken broth in a bowl until smooth; stir in the 1/2 cup of the parmesan. Pour the broth mixture over the bread mixture; cook until the liquid is absorbed by the bread, about 1 minute and transfer into the prepared casserole dish. (You can stop here if you are making this dish the night before, cover and put it in the refrigerator) 

Scatter the 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese evenly on top and bake until golden and cooked through, about 40 minutes. Set aside for 5 minutes before serving.  

Ok, so once you make this delicious recipe, you are going to have to clean up.  For this mess, my tool of choice is the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge! Some people like to use dish cloths, but I am #TeamSponge all the way!
I think it’s important to have the Right Tools for Every Surface and for this casserole dish and my oven, I like the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge.  It removes tough baked-on messes 50% faster than other competitive sponges and can be used on pots, pans and oven racks (psss…. I also use it on my garage door!)  Then, after the casserole dish an the oven are clean, I use the blue Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and clean the sink, the counters, and stovetop!

I say cook like you know the cleaning is a piece of cake!

Get more cleaning inspiration here and download the coupon below

Also, you can enter to win a Scotch-Brite™ Scrubstakes for the chance to win a $20,000 kitchen makeover!!!

 
Also, you can purchase Scotch-Brite® Non-Scratch Scrub Sponge and the green Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge at Kroger, or other Kroger banner stores.
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WARM DAYS AND OUTSHINE

After a long week of rain and cold weather, the sun finally decided to delight us with its presence.  We are head over heels about it and are determined to enjoy every bit of these warm days.  We are doing school outdoors, exercising outdoors and are taking snack time outdoors! Gosh it really has been so much fun throwing the doors open and letting the kids have a full day of fun without worrying about chilly temperatures or snow!
Around 3pm everyday we pack a little bag of goodies and head for the backyard.

These days, we are loving these cold and refreshing

Outshine mango fruit bars!

The kids Love the mango flavor because it reminds them of Florida and all things sun! I like them, because they are a healthy snack alternative, because they are portable and because Outshine uses real fruit and no GMO ingredients! Win!
Haddon is always sharing with Emory, which I think is adorable.  They’re building quite a big brother- little sister relationship that makes my mama heart so happy.
We have fond memories of eating mangos at Alex’s parents house and these Outshine Fruit bars take us back to those sweet Florida memories.

 Head over to Outshine’s site to learn more about how you can put good stuff in and get good stuff out and where you can purchase!

 You can also check out their Instagram for inspiration!

 

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JUNK STOCK SPRING 2017

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This past weekend we had an opportunity to go to junk stock for some vintage shopping. I’ve always had a soft spot for vintage finds. My dad would collect old trinkets and him and I would try to tinker and repurpose them. I have great memories of finding “treasure “alongside of him and working to make a lamp out of an old phone and picture frames out of wooden rudders.
Over the years, Alex and I have developed more of a minimalist mentality which has made us very selective when it comes to bringing decorative pieces home. This time around we found some beautiful plants and an old vintage school desk that we can’t wait to restore and use for Grace’s school!
We also bought some local Nebraska honey, which I can’t seem to stop eating and will probably have to order more of… because it was that good!
We’re hoping to check this place out again in the summer and in the fall.  In the midwest? Here’s their website!
Here are a bunch of pictures from our visit. Grace took most of them. You can tell because of the angle! I love handing her the camera and seeing what peeks her interest enough for her to take a picture.  Sometimes I’ll have 8 pictures of a patch of grass and other times we get pure gold!
I hope you’re all having a wonderful week friends!

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