Bacon & Butternut Squash

I almost titled this “Bacon and NOT cheese” haha! I mean cubed up butternut squash… could fool anyone!

For all holiday gatherings, I brought roasted butternut squash in bacon fat tossed with honey and cinnamon… topped with bacon. And it was a hit! Soooo you better believe I’ll be bringing this to any gathering we go to in 2018.

Recipe inspiration/method—> HERE from the Paleo Running Momma.

Paleo or not… this REAL FOOD side will please anyone. Be sure to pick a nitrate free bacon. I decided to use the fat to roast the squash with, so I picked a thicker sliced higher quality bacon. There are some great options to choose from in the store and from local farmers.

I never got a finished product “picture” if you that tells you anything ha!

Menu for next week is coming together. A few more things to put together and I will share.

Happy Saturday night!

Baked Oatmeal- a perfect gift to give!

Baked oatmeal… one of my favorite breakfast items!! Mainly thanks to my favorite coffee shop (Heritage House!!), it’s usually in the weekly rotation 👩🏻‍🍳

I AIM to pop a batch in the oven either in muffin or pan form each weekend. Perfect for snack or a quick breakfast (in hopes we can make it ON TIME to church ha!).

Before everyone got up this AM, I popped these in the oven!


As I was baking them, I thought about how these are perfect to gift your neighbor at Christmas or even a new mama! Who doesn’t love a breakfast that’s already done, right??

Now these aren’t under the “paleo” umbrella since oats are grains. I waited a while before introducing any type of grain with Tripp and I still don’t like to rely on oatmeal for breakfast. Honestly, there are so many different things to try! But if you find yourself with an oatmeal lover… be sure to pack all the nutrition possible in. Not sure when we don’t try to make the most of each meal?!? Ha #mamalife

Our top 3 toppings:

1. Nut butter (usually sunflower or a jazzed up almond like THIS!)
2. Almond yogurt (I get the Kite Hill brand at Publix) for some probiotics
3. Grassfed collagen (find some HERE)

Our fruit is usually baked in the oatmeal, but if I forget, we throw some Thrive Life berries on top and dig in.

I hope y’all have a happy Saturday!! We are off to family
Christmas gathering #1 💃🏻