Browned Butter Butternut Squash Ravioli

Browned Butter Butternut Squash Ravioli

I’m convinced that if you toss anything in browned butter, it’s almost a guarantee that it’s going to be good. Ok, obviously that’s not totally true, but let’s be honest, it’s like 95% true.

Tossing butternut squash ravioli in brown butter is truly the best combo ever. It has everything you could want in a fall pasta dish between the rich butternut squash ravioli and the warm, nutty flavors from the browned butter. I also add fresh sage leaves that get all crispy in the butter and toasted pine nuts. And the best thing about this dish is that it’s ready in 20 minutes or less thanks to using store-bought ravioli.

Browned Butter Butternut Squash Ravioli

I know, some of you may be asking why didn’t I make the ravioli homemade, right? Well, because I’m tired and I don’t want to! But, seriously, you can make them homemade if you want, or you can buy them at pretty much any grocery store in the fresh pasta section. I always see butternut squash ravioli, but if for some reason you can’t find it, regular old cheese ravioli would work well here too!

I’m loving this recipe for a really fast weeknight dinner, but you could certainly add other things to make it more substantial if you wanted or you could serve as more of a side dish.

Browned Butter Butternut Squash Ravioli

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Whenever we get into November, I feel a rush to get out the last of my pumpkin recipes before Thanksgiving comes and goes and we move onto the holidays! I made this pumpkin spice granola back last month and OH MAN, is it good! Even my picky almost-three-year-old was eating it. She was particularly obsessed with the pepitas!

This granola is better than any store-bought granola that I’ve ever had. I really and truly mean it and I was legit depressed when it was all gone. It’s perfectly crispy and sweet. And best of all, it contains actual pumpkin puree! It’s not just about the spices here!

Pumpkin Spice Granola

I toss this granola with coconut oil, pumpkin puree, some spices like cinnamon, and some maple syrup and just a touch of brown sugar for sweetness. Maple syrup is the perfect match with pumpkin! I mixed in pepitas and chopped pecans as well. You can add other nuts like walnuts or even chia seeds!

This granola can be eaten by hand, in a bowl with some milk, or even as a topping for yogurt. OR, oh my gosh, ice cream! I can’t believe I haven’t tried it with ice cream, but I’m gonna do it like ASAP! Fall, please never end!

Pumpkin Spice Granola

Easy Beef and Broccoli

Easy Beef and Broccoli

If you guys missed my most recent baby update, sleep has been pretty much non-existent in this house for the past month or so. Natalie has been waking up constantly and I’ve been just exhausted. Cooking dinner has not been my favorite activity as of late, but we certainly can’t order in all of the time and I’ve been making a lot of quick dinners lately and this Easy Beef and Broccoli is a new one that my husband and I both gave a huge thumbs up and I’ll definitely be making this one again.

Easy Beef and Broccoli

This dinner comes together in under 30 minutes. The longest part for me is slicing the flank steak and actually, I planned ahead and sliced my meat the night before I made this and it saved a lot of time the next night so that is definitely an option if you want to make this during a weekday!

The sauce is super simple, just beef broth, soy sauce, a touch of brown sugar, rice vinegar, and some spices. The steak is sliced nice and thin and cooks really quickly and the whole recipe comes together before you know it! I served this over rice, but you could also serve it over ramen noodles. Heck, it’s so yummy, I could just eat alone maybe with more veggies tossed in for a lower carb dinner!

Easy Beef and Broccoli

Natalie: Six Months

Natalie Six Months

A half of a year! It seems crazy that Natalie is already 6 months old, but here we are!

This last month has been really hard, honestly. On the one hand, Natalie is becoming so much more interactive and happy, but she’s been a complete nightmare at night! I’ll start with the good stuff first though.

She’s completely mastered sitting up on her own. At her checkup, her ped actually said she sits up better than most 9 month olds that she sees. In my last update I think I said she was almost ready to crawl. Mastering sitting up has kind of taken over though and while she is still trying soooo hard to crawl, she only goes backwards! It’s so funny, but she gets really frustrated and I feel bad for her because she always ends up backing into things and gets her feet stuck. I’m not really sure how to teach her to go forwards, but hopefully she will get the hang of it soon.

Pumpkin Butter Cups

Pumpkin Butter Cups

You guys, these Pumpkin Butter Cups are EVERYTHING! A couple of weeks ago, I was thinking about my favorite Halloween candy and obviously thought of peanut butter cups. They are a definite favorite in my house and I started thinking about how delicious one would be with pumpkin added to it. I’m happy to report that these guys are beyond delicious!

You might also like to know that compared to regular packaged candy, these pumpkin butter cups are actually a lot healthier! I used a combo of dark chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate and then the filling is made with natural nut butter (peanut butter or almond) and maple syrup so there is no added sugar in these!

Pumpkin Butter Cups

If you don’t want to taste the peanut butter, I would recommend using almond butter. If you aren’t sure how the peanut butter and pumpkin will be together, I’ll tell you I was so pleasantly surprised how much I liked the combo so give it a try! I also sprinkled some graham cracker crumbs on top to make the cups a little prettier, but you could leave them plain or use sprinkles or chopped nuts if desired.

Pumpkin Butter Cups

Bat’s Brew

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Bat's Brew

With only a couple of more weeks until Halloween, the parties have officially begun and I’ve got the perfect cocktail for you guys today! This Bat’s Brew is sure to please your guests and I’m kind of obsessed with the deep dark purple color! It gives the drink a more sophisticated look for a more upscale Halloween party.

For this cocktail, I reached for one of my favorite spirits: Bacardi! The name for this cocktail was inspired by the mark of the Bacardi Brand, the bat, of course! Bacardi Superior and Bacardi Gold are a must-have for your upcoming Halloween celebration.

Bat's Brew

To achieve this spooky purple color, you will also add blue curacao, some cranberry juice, and a splash of grenadine. You can easily mix this drink in a large punch bowl and double or even triple the recipe. I love the garnish of the blackberries and blueberries for that monochromatic look, but you could also add fun Halloween stirrers or straws. I also recommend adding dry ice to the bowl or individual glasses to add to the Halloween atmosphere!

Bat's Brew

If you are hosting a Halloween party this year, here are some of my best tips for drinks and food:
– Choose recipes that can be made in a punch bowl or pitcher as opposed to drinks that have to individually mixed.
– Mix in advance and store in the fridge – If I know I’m going to be making multiple batches, but don’t want to put everything out at once, I will mix extra and store in the fridge in a pitcher and just add to the punch bowl once it gets low. That way, I don’t have to keep mixing up a new batch over and over and it also keeps the punch bowl fresh and cold.
– Frozen fruit is the perfect garnish to throw into your punch bowl. The frozen fruit helps keep the drink cold without watering it down like ice often does.
– For food, I’m all about recipes that can be made or prepped the night before so that even as the host, I can also enjoy time with my guests.

Bat's Brew