I am forever looking for new breakfast ideas for myself. I’m not really into typical breakfast foods first thing in the morning (but I love a cinnamon roll in the afternoon or pancakes for dinner) and a girl can only have so many breakfast salads before she starts to lose it.

This Breakfast Stuffed Acorn Squash is my new favorite and I’m going through withdrawals right now because Trader Joe’s was out of acorn squash the other day and I’m refusing to go to any other grocery stores until the excitement of TJ’s wears off.

Life is rough.

And I know you think I’m nuts and you think squash for breakfast is a horrible idea. But trust me, this is so good. It’s just cooked acorn squash with turkey breakfast sausage, onion, garlic, and an egg on top. And then when you’re ready to eat you mash it all together and dump a ton of sriracha on top and you’ve got a healthy, delicious breakfast that’s full of protein and good carbs. Plus, it’s just fun to eat straight out of a squash!

I prepped this one night while binge watching Once Upon a Time (which I always thought sounded super lame but I’m addicted) and it was so nice to wake up the next couple of mornings and not have to worry about breakfast. I just popped a half in the microwave and sat down to eat!

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You guys. I have had a week.

And I know that technically the week isn’t over but I’m done with blog posts after I hit publish on this and I’m done with sports practices. My only obligation is getting kids to and from school. After that, I’m free to get in my PJs and afternoon-drink.

Not that I’d ever do that.

I know I said I’d never mention Stove Saga 2014 again but… I’m mentioning it again. Because guess what? Now my stupid oven is stupid.

When I preheated the oven to make these Sweet Lil Smokies yesterday, it never preheated. Like, it didn’t light or whatever it is that ovens do. So I kept turning it off and on until it finally did.

And two hours later it finally passed 300F.

Ugggghhhhh.

Yeah, I really waited almost 3 hours for my oven to get to 375 degrees so that I could make these.

These lil smokies are one of my favorite things in the universe. The first time I made them was my now 7 year old’s first birthday. Since then I’ve made them at least twice a football season and any other time I’m required to bring an appetizer or snack.

And I know you’re probably thinking “Ewww, why would I want my pigs-in-a-blanket to be sweet?” You just do. The butter and the brown sugar and the honey and the pecans – it just works.

Fun fact: I had this recipe on the blog years ago but hated the picture and eventually just deleted the whole post because I couldn’t stand having it on the internet. That says a lot because I have some pretty horrendous photos on this little blog. But it’s back now. And you should make it.

PS. Two more weeks until NFL games start!

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Nope, no need to wipe your screen to get rid of that black speck. That’s a piece of pepper that I somehow overlooked in 27 different photos of this dish. Ugh.

I almost scrapped this post because of that stupid pepper piece but my boys loved it so much that I just had to share. They absolutely love Sweet and Sour Chicken and would happily eat it every night but I just haven’t been up to frying lately. I was watching a vlog the other day and whoever I was watching mentioned Sweet and Sour Kielbasa – I started searching for a recipe immediately.

The great thing about this recipe is that, even though it’s a slow cooker recipe, it’s ready in 2 hours! So if you’re an amazing procrastinator like me, you can still have dinner ready in time if you’re too lazy/tired/busy on Pinterest to put it in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. I actually put it in the slow cooker right before we left for soccer practice and by the time we got home, it was ready to go.

My boys went nuts over it. They ate all of it. All of it. My two older boys were actually arguing over who was going to eat what was left on the baby’s plate (there was none).

One year ago: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Two years ago: Hot Cross Buns
Four years ago: Pretzel Bites
Five years ago: Tomato and Goat Cheese Tarts

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Kielbasa

Ingredients

2 cups ketchup
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup onion, diced
4 tablespoons white vinegar
1/2 cup water
salt and pepper to taste
1 pound kielbasa

Instructions

  1. Put ketchup, brown sugar, butter, onion, white vinegar, water, and salt and pepper in the bottom of a slow cooker. Stir until combined.
  2. Slice kielbasa into bite-sized pieces. Put in slow cooker and stir to coat with sauce.
  3. Cook on low for 2 hours or high for 1 hour.
  4. Serve hot, over rice if desired.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/03/26/slow-cooker-sweet-sour-kielbasa/

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My seven year old is on Spring Break this week which I thought was going to be pretty awful because, omg, what am I supposed to do with 3 kids for an entire week when it’s 20 degrees outside? But it turns out that there are good things about it.

Like, I don’t have to yell “YOU HAVE EXACTLY 22 MINUTES UNTIL WE HAVE TO LEAVE! HURRY UP!” up the stairs every morning. Plus, instead of shoving cereal down his throat, I have time to make fun breakfasts. Like this one!

I loathe making pancakes. I would rather make anything else in the world. But my kids are always asking for them. I have found my solution! Pancake muffins! And they have sausage in them! They taste like a McGriddle which if you didn’t know, is my go-to McDonald’s breakfast item.

I got about 30 mini muffins out of the recipe so it’s perfect for a breakfast gathering or just making on a Sunday so you’ve got breakfasts for the week!

One year ago: Country Herb Rolls
Three years ago: Scallops with Caramel Orange Sauce
Four years ago: Blueberry Muffins
Five years ago: Saffron Couscous with Zucchini Ribbons

Mini Sausage Pancake Muffins

Ingredients

pancake mix and all ingredients it calls for
1 pound maple sausage
2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for dipping

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cook maple sausage in a large skillet over medium heat, breaking it up, until no pink remains. Drain well and set aside to cool slightly.
  3. Prepare one batch of pancake mix according to package instructions. Stir in sausage crumbles and maple syrup.
  4. Spray a mini muffin tin with baking spray. Fill each muffin cup about 2/3 full. Bake 12 - 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of one comes out clean. Cool slightly on a wire rack before serving. Serve with maple syrup on the side.
http://fakeginger.com/2014/03/25/mini-sausage-pancake-muffins/

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I love getting to peek into other people’s Thanksgiving meals. Whether it’s via Instagram or a blog post or just hearing someone talk about their holiday. Thanksgiving is such a traditional meal and I think most of us tend to make the same things year after year. I love seeing other people’s menus for inspiration to change it up a little.

I never considered stuffed mushrooms a Thanksgiving dish but on the first Thanksgiving my husband and I spent together, I ate my weight in them at his mom’s house. And they have been a holiday staple in our house ever since.

I don’t think I’ve ever met a stuffed mushroom that I didn’t love but I like to make mine with sausage, a good cheddar, and cream cheese to give the stuffing that super creamy texture.

For these stuffed mushrooms, I used the Smoked Seaside cheese from Whole Foods. It’s a smoked cheddar and it’s super delicious. I love smoked cheeses so it’s no surprise that I’m now obsessed with the Smoked Seaside. And by the way, if you’ve never visited the Whole Foods cheese counter, I suggest that you do. I go about this time every year to stock up on enough Cranberry Cheddar to get me through the holiday season and I always end up talking to the person working the cheese counter for 20 or 30 minutes. They are so knowledgeable and can recommend the perfect cheese for whatever you plan on making.

I also picked up some of the Whole Foods Sage Breakfast Sausage to use in these. And then the usual suspects: mushrooms, cream cheese, and Parmesan. I already had the rest of the ingredients on hand so there wasn’t a whole lot to purchase for these guys.

These are so fantastic, I could easily eat the entire batch myself. That good. I like to put them out before the actual meal is ready as a little appetizer but you can use them as a side dish for the meal too. They work great both ways!

We’re having a Twitter party on the 12th to talk all about holiday food! There will be 10 $50 Whole Foods giftcards given away so go ahead and RSVP!

Make sure you check out the Whole Foods Holiday Guide which has menus, baking tips, brining tips, basically everything you could possibly need. They also have an e-store where you can order your holiday pies or your entire meal if you need to. And finally, check out Kitchen PLAY to see what a bunch of other bloggers cooked up for the Thanksgiving table.

Sausage and Cheddar Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

24 small white mushrooms, stems carefully removed and discarded
1/2 pound Whole Foods breakfast sausage
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup Smoked Seaside English Cheddar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 cup grated Parmesan, for sprinkling

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a large, rimmed baking sheet with oil and place mushrooms in a single
  2. layer on it.
  3. To make the stuffing, cook the breakfast sausage over medium heat until no pink remains. Drain off fat. Add garlic and cook for about 30 seconds or until fragrant. Add cream cheese and stir around until completely melted. Add Smoked Seaside, salt, pepper, and onion powder. Stir until the cheese is melted and mixture is fairly smooth.
  4. Spoon mixture into mushroom caps. Sprinkle with Parmesan.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until mushrooms have softened considerably.
http://fakeginger.com/2013/11/04/sausage-and-cheddar-stuffed-mushrooms/

I was given the opportunity to work with Whole Foods thanks to Kitchen Play. This post is sponsored but if you know me at all you know I am obsessed with Whole Foods.

 

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